Tag Archives: 1992

“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 7

The Tides of Time, issue 7, was published in January 1992, and cover dated Trinity Term 1992.  It was edited by Louise Dennis. There was no cover price, but probably sold at 40p.

This issue can be downloaded as a PDF.

Contents

  • University shield by Ben Murphy
  • Editorial by Louise Dennis
  • Why Are We Here? The point of the Society, by Ben Murphy
  • Time Tunnel: Classic Sci-Fi or a Hollow Tube? by Tim Procter
  • Paul Groves Pages. Crossword, jokes and a cartoon by Paul Groves
  • You, Who and Ninety-Two. A look to the future by Matthew Kilburn
  • Tomb of the Cybermen. Spoof advert by Paul Groves
  • Empire of Death, part two. Fiction by Alan Whitten
  • Whoops Apocalypse. Review of the New Adventure Apocalypse by Paul Dumont
  • Revelation by Paul Cornell. Review by Mark Dunn
  • Why in the Universe Are We Doing This? A valedictory essay by Matthew Kilburn
  • Envoi, photograph of live role-players and Hamlet quotation, by Louise Dennis

Cover illustration by Matthew Kilburn

Back cover illustration by Paul Groves

Format: A3 folded to A4, 20pp