Tag Archives: 1993

“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 10

Tides of Time, issue 10, was cover dated Hilary Term 1993. It was edited by Julian Mander. Its cover price was 75p.

This issue is available for download as a PDF.


  • Editorial by Julian Mander
  • State of Death. Fiction by Paul Groves
  • Talons of Weng-Chiang. Review by Stephen Drape
  • Era Review. The Davison Years by Mark Hanlon
  • Aunty Ainley. Agony column
  • Dear Aunty Ainley… Cartoon by Jeremy Dennis
  • The Deserted Village. Review of The Android Invasion by Matthew Kilburn
  • State of Decay? Critique of the Society by Paul Dumont, with responses from Anthony Wilson and Julian Mander
  • Complex Corridors of Power. Review of The Horns of Nimon by Terry Cesa
  • Transit. Review of the New Adventure by Flash Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart
  • Quiz 3 by Steve Drape
  • For Sale. Advertisement feature – the editor’s Target book collection and other Doctor Who memorabilia.

Format: A3 folded to A4 with one single A4 sheet, 22pp

Tides 11

Tides of Time, issue 11, was cover dated Trinity Term 1993. It was edited by Julian Mander. The cover price was 75p.

This issue is available for download as a PDF.


  • Editorial by Julian Mander
  • Era Review: The T. Baker Years by Mark Hanlon
  • Making your own Doctor Who serial by Gary Meehan
  • Oh no! Not Another Bloody Review! by Paul Groves
  • Doctoral Thesis. Fiction by Matthew Kilburn
  • Pantomime Towers. Review of Paradise Towers by Ian Fellows
  • Quiz by Steve Drape
  • Parody of the Daleks. Satire by Paul Groves
  • Membership statistics compiled by Matthew Dovey

This was the last of four issues to use Julian Mander’s standardized photomontage as the cover illustration.

Format: A3 folded to A4, photocopied, 16pp