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Tides of Time issue 39 – more plans

A number of articles have been received and some may be published on this site in advance. Real life has, as ever, intervened – but there will be an issue this term. Contributions are still welcome.


Tides of Time issue 38 now published!

Tides38coverHere at last, and worth the wait… issue 38 of The Tides of Time, perfect for a little summer’s Doctor Who reading, can now be downloaded from this site. Please read on screen or print on paper in whatsoever manner you wish!

Revised file uploaded 1 March 2017. This rearranges and replaces photographs in one article at the author’s request.

This thirty-two-page issue is first published here as a PDF. Thanks to editor Daniel Alford for allowing this site to act as the main point of distribution. The cover shows an imagined visit by the twelfth Doctor to Magdalen College, Oxford.

Contents this issue:

  • Editorial. Daniel Alford looks back over the past two and a half years, and forward to the future
  • Marco Polo – Fifty Years On. Episode 1 – Dramatis Personae. Katrin Thier looks back at this Hartnell serial
  • The Arcs in Space. John Salway reviews the story arcs of the Russell T Davies era
  • Cryptic Crossword. A fiendish quiz by Alex Middleton
  • Academic ‘Doctor Who Studies’ and 101 Things You Can Do With An Undergraduate Degree. Andrew O’Day looks at how Doctor Who has interacted with academia
  • The Empty Children and the Doctor’s War. Why the Universe Didn’t End when the Doctor Danced. Matthew Kilburn looks at the Ninth Doctor’s visit to Britain in the Second World War.

Tides of Time will return… the editor has now regenerated into Ella Holden.


Happy tenth anniversary, Doctor Who!

Tides30It’s ten years since the return of Doctor Who to BBC One, which seems an opportune moment to link to Tides of Time 30, published in March 2005 just before the series came back, and Tides of Time 31 published in November 2005 (here represented by a revised 2010 version) and very much bearing the mark of that first Doctor Who series of the twenty-first century. Fantastic!

King Solomon’s TARDIS, and other arguments

Tides25_0001ccWorking backwards again, I’ve now added a PDF of issue 25 of Tides of Time, published early in 2000, to the website, It’s a large file as these scans go, of 25Mb or so, but is worth it. Matthew Peacock edited this one, and was responsible for the major piece of fiction in it, ‘Jacob’s Ladder’, which Fiona Moore and Alan Stevens later cited in one of their academic articles on Doctor Who. Fiona herself writes for this issue, including looking at theexoticism and de-exoticisation of the primitive across twenty-six years of Doctor Who, on Lawrence Miles’s novel Alien Bodies as an allegory for Doctor Who as cultural commodity in the 1990s, and about the crisis of relevance which affected the programme in the 1980s. There’s a great piece on childhood memories and meeting Elisabeth Sladen by Mark Boyes, and a survey of the history of the magazine by me, as well as gossip, in-jokes, out-jokes and other fiction.

In the interests of variety, I had a go at tinting the cover illustrations for this edition, in an attempt to exploit the shortcomings of the photocopies I used as masters. I apologise in advance for the eye strain.