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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


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 3

Tides of Time, issue 3, was published in October 1990. It was cover dated Michaelmas Term 1990. It was edited by Louise Dennis. It had no cover price but probably sold at 40p.

This issue can be dowloaded as a PDF.


  • Editorial by Louise Dennis
  • Sixth of One. The sixth Doctor’s era reviewed by Matthew Kilburn
  • Prize crossword and wordsearch by Roger Shaw
  • Supremacy of the Daleks. Fiction by Alan Whitten
  • Wanted: Adam the Bad. In-joke
  • Day of the Daleks. Capsule review by Paul Groves
  • It’s a Kinda Magic? Review of Kinda by Paul Dumont
  • Review of Kinda by Mark Dunn
  • Snakedance. Review by Evariste Galois “(no this isn’t a pseudonym for Louise Dennis!)”
  • Vengeance on Varos. Review by Paul Groves
  • “Decay” after a Decade. Review of State of Decay by Paul Dumont
  • Planet of the Spiders. Capsule review by Matthew Kilburn
  • The Most Fell Beast of All. Arachnophobic protest against being asked to review Planet of the Spiders by Sarah Sturch

Cover illustration by Liz Humphry

Back cover illustration by Mike Collins of Doctor Who Magazine, obtained for a charitable donation at Carousel 90.

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