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“How long, Tides of Time? How long have you lived? Back… back to the beginning!”

Tides01Over the last few weeks, to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Oxford Doctor Who Society, I’ve been possibly placing the reputations of several people at risk and uploading many more of the early issues as pdfs,. Links to these have been quietly appearing on the ‘Issues online’ page. The first twelve issues are now all available and I’m grouping the links here.

(The) Tides of Time didn’t provide a nursery for an influential group of creative writers or inspire a new movement in cultural analysis, but it has provided a space for DoTides02ctor Who fans largely at or associated with Oxford University to put down and exchange some ideas about a television programme they grew up with and in the process practice writing in styles and about subjects for which it was difficult to find an audience before the internet age. These contributors are mainly undergraduate and graduate students across all disciplines, but have also included postdoctoral researchers, an ordinand and a learning-disabled admin staff member of a univerTides05sity department.

These issues were published between 1990 and 1994 and cover many of the subjects Tides09wider Doctor Who fandom was talking and writing about at the time, post-morteming the 1980s in general and the McCoy era in particular, enthusing about increasingly widely available old stories, however legitimate the source of the video tapes, and (from 1991) the New Adventures novels published by Virgin. Along the way the humour quotient increased, with stories such as ‘Apathy of the Daleks’ and ‘Sadness of the Sontarans’ being joined by cackling agony columnist Aunty Ainley. Similarly the format changes from photocopied A5 assembled using cut-and-paste to full-fledged DTP in A4, rather like the mainstream of Doctor Who fan publishing, though we could never aspire to the glossiness of The Frame or Skaro and the photocopier remained the main printing method until the 2000s. There are the inevitable shifts from material very much aimed at readers who were members of the university society, to articles which could easily have found a larger audience in the fanzines or indeed prozines of the day.

Tides12netcoverThe direct links to the pdfs are to the left on the list below; the contents links connect to the quasi-bibliographical blog posts which I made in 2010. For administrative reasons (known as cutting and pasting) they count down backwards to the first issue. Enjoy this look back to the work of privileged university students over twenty years ago.

Issue 12 (January 1994)contents

Issue 11 (May 1993) – contents

Issue 10 (January 1993)  – contents

Issue 9 (October 1992) contents

Issue 8 (April 1992)contents

Issue 7 (January 1992)contents

Issue 6 (October 1991) – contents

Issue 5 (April 1991)contents

Issue 4 (January 1991)contents

Issue 3 (October 1990)contents

Issue 2 (April 1990)contents

Issue 1 (January 1990)contents


The Tides of Time, issue 37, Michaelmas 2013

Tides37_colourcoverI’ve been promising something for the past few months which wasn’t actually in my power to deliver, and that was issue 37 of The Tides of Time. Editor John Salway has now provided me with the original file, which can be downloaded here, in colour. If you visited earlier today and had problems downloading, I’ve now reduced the file size to under 5Mb.

I was very pleased to be peripherally involved with this issue. It’s a good summary of the character of the Oxford Doctor Who Society at the start of the 2013/14 academic year.

Bibliographic details are as follows…

The Tides of Time, issue 37, was published in November 2013 by the Oxford Doctor Who Society. The editor was John Salway.

Contents include:

  • Editorial by John Salway
  • Crossword – Fifty Years of Villains
  • Return to Earth. Review of the Wii video game, by Adam Kendrick
  • The Eternity Clock. Review of the game for PC, PS3 and PSVita, by Graham Cooper
  • Rusling the Isis. The second part of a look at Russell T Davies’s Oxford University media career in the 1980s, by Matthew Kilburn
  • Fifty Years, Fifty Moments. The scenes which encapsulate Doctor Who‘s Doctor Who-ness, compiled and written by Graham Cooper and Sara James, with Thomas Keyton, Matthew Kilburn, and Jonathan Martindale
  • Doctor Who and Philosophy. Jonathan Martindale reviews the 55th volume in the Open Court Press series ‘Pop Culture and Philosophy’, which turns its attention to Doctor Who.
  • Lost in Translation? Sara James reports on the status of Doctor Who in Germany with particular regard to pronouns!

Page 39 is intentionally left blank.

The magazine’s print form is A5, lasercopied, with 40 pages.

The Tides of Time, issue 36

I’m pleased to report that there is a new issue of The Tides of Time, issue 36, on its way to being distributed to Oxford-resident members of the Oxford Doctor Who Society shortly. It can now (we add much later) be downloaded as a PDF. It is cover dated Summer Vacation 2012, and Adam Povey remains editor, assisted by John Salway.

Within this issue:

  • Aptly Named. Editorial musings on the regeneration of the student body by Adam Povey.
  • The Cybermen of The Tenth Planet. A defence of the Mondasian Cybermen by Jonathan P. Martindale.
  • The Gunpowder Plot. Adam Kendrick reviews the final Doctor Who Adventure Game for PC.
  • Digging around The Stones of Blood. Katrin Thier considers some of the inspirations and themes of the 1978 Doctor Who story, partly recorded at the Rollright Stones in Oxfordshire.
  • How I Met My Mother. Sara James reviews her first convention experiences and meets Sophie Aldred.
  • Crossword by Thomas Keyton
  • The Adventures of Jessica Chrome. Matthew Kilburn delves into Russell T Davies’s career in Oxford student media.
  • Morality and Integrity: The Philosophy of the Last of the Time Lords. Jonathan P. Martindale examines the Doctor’s philosophical outlook.
  • Bargains of Necessity: From the Cutting Room Floor. Some ideas on Doctor Who‘s treatment of historical settings, omitted from his essay in the book Time And Relative Dissertations In Space, by Matthew Kilburn.

The cover montage is by Matthew Kilburn.

This is a 40 page A5 issue, possibly rolling off laserprinters at a secret location even as I type.


The Tides of Time issue 35

  • Louise in Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150AD is Rose’s niece!
  • Davros the deconstructivist!
  • A dozen Nick Briggses!
  • “As slow and uneventful as your average first Doctor serial” – but which computer game is this, and has Peppa Pig anything to do with it?
  • Make sure hist’ry marches on/For Rassilon, Rassilon, Rassilon!

All this and more can be found in the latest issue of The Tides of Time, now online.

The Tides of Time issue 35 was published in September 2011. It was cover dated Summer 2011. It was edited by Adam Povey.

This issue can be downloaded as a PDF.


  • The Silent Pulpit. Editorial by Adam Povey
  • Silence in the Library. Adam Kendrick reviews Shadows of the Vashta Nerada and Evacuation Earth.
  • “You can believe this subject is a part of the Doctor Who universe. But we don’t.”
    Sara James explores the possibility that Journey’s End gave fandom a way to canonise the Peter Cushing films.
  • Season Seventeen – Douglas Adams and Doctor Who’s Lost Renaissance of 1979. The tale of Douglas Adams’ s tenure as script editor by Matthew Kilburn.
  • Season Five – A Survival Guide. Jonathan Nash bullet points how to survive the first year of Moffat’s tenure.
  • Moffat’s Revolution. Thoughts on the impact of the current Chief Whovian from Sara James.
  • The Gallifrey Rag. Lyrics by Thomas Keyton.
  • Burnt Orange. The good in Gridlock as seen by Matthew Kilburn.
  • Experiences: The Cardiff Exhibit and the Doctor Who Experience. Adam Povey recalls the Society trip to Cardiff and the new Doctor Who Experience.

Front cover design by Matthew Kilburn, with apologies to Smash Hits, c.1988

Format: A4 folded to A5, lasercopied, 40pp

Tides 34

The Tides of Time, issue 34, was published in October 2010. It was cover dated Michaelmas Term 2010. It was edited by Adam Povey.

This issue can be downloaded as a PDF.


  • Why Is It Happening Again? Editorial by Adam Povey
  • Arc Light. An examination of Arc of Infinity by Matthew Kilburn
  • Doctor Who: The Adventure Games. The BBC’s downloadable computer games reviewed by Adam Kendrick
  • My Top Seven Non-recurring Doctor Who Villains by Thomas Keyton
  • The Closet Behind the Couch. Adam Povey on Doctor Who‘s struggles with the heteronormative paradigm
  • Doctor Who and the Country House Hotel. A review of the first Utopia convention, by Matthew Kilburn
  • Trial of a Time Lord. A sonnet by Thomas Keyton
  • The Ground Beneath Their Feet. A review of Doctor Who and the Cave-Monsters by Matthew Kilburn
  • Timelash: A Commentary by Thomas Keyton, arranged by Adam Povey
  • Three Great Doctor Who Episodes That Never Were. Emma Lewis looks back at her predictions.
  • Photographs from the Society archive

Front cover montage by Matthew Kilburn

Format: A4 folded to A5, photocopied, 36pp

Previous issues:

Tides 33

Tides 32

Tides 31

Tides 30

Tides 29


Tides 1

The Tides of Time, issue 1, was published in January 1990.  It was cover dated Hilary Term 1990. It was edited by Louise Dennis. Its cover price was 70p.

In May 2014, to mark the society’s twenty-fifth anniversary, I rescanned and uploaded the entire first issue.

Download issue 1 as a PDF here.

Earlier versions of this post included links to first two, later three and eventually four articles as PDFs.  These links are retained below.

In every case I was working with scans from a photocopy which is over twenty years old. This is reflected in the quality of the images, and though there has been some minimal editing, grey tones and the occasional paper discolouration still appear.


Cover illustration by Louise Dennis

Format: A4 folded to A5, cover pages on light green paper, photocopied, 20pp.

Tides 2

The Tides of Time, issue 2, was published in April 1990. It was cover dated Trinity Term 1990. It was edited by Louise Dennis. Its cover price was 40p.

The issue is available for download as a PDF (approx 5Mb).


  • Editorial by Louise Dennis
  • The Davison Years. Cricket scoreboard by Mark Dunn
  • “Chap with wings, five rounds rapid.” The Brigadier celebrated, by Simon Clifford with Roger Shaw, illustrated by Louise Dennis
  • Reviews: Horror of Fang Rock, Resurrection of the Daleks, The Claws of Axos, The Edge of Destruction, The Sontaran Experiment, Castrovalva, The War Machines and The Horns of Nimon by Paul Dumont
  • The Official Doc Soc Guide to the Lesser Known Doctor Who Monsters. Meet the Garlics, the Tarbi, the Weti and others, by Mark Dunn
  • The Matrix Quiz by Paul Groves
  • Symbiotic Atrophy, or Whither DWAS? by Matthew Kilburn
  • The King, part two. Seventh Doctor and Ace fiction by Louise Dennis
  • The Neutron. Cartoon by Louise Dennis
  • Questionnaire Results by Adam Stephens
  • Advertisement for Whoniverse 1990 convention

Cover illustration: photomontage by Paul Groves

Format: A4 folded to A5, cover pages on yellow paper, photocopied, 20pp