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Issue 15 - THE ANNIVERSARY ONE - Contribution Details

Everyone thinks that the Anniversary of Doctor Who is over...but it isn't! The 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who is just starting! To celebrate this, we're producing (what we hope!) will be our biggest and best Issue ever. As always, we need contributions from you. For this Issue we're looking for essays/reports on the 50th Anniversary, amazingly enough! We want to know what YOU did for the big day, what you thought, what you felt etc Whether you watched it at home, saw it at a cinema, went to a party...anything! Also, we're after your reviews of the actual episode (positive - or negative). If all of that doesn't take your fancy, you can write about what you think of 50 years of Doctor Who and what it means to you. Please e-mail us at with whatever you like! Please note that the deadline is 7th December Cheers!

Happy 50th Birthday Doctor Who!

" Susan and I are cut off from our own planet, without friends or protection. But one day we shall get back. Yes, one day. One day. " What can you say about a television programme that has kept generations of people happy for 50 years? It has - and will continue to - inspire and entertain many more in the next 50 years and for that reason alone, Doctor Who has proven to be the best television programme of all time. Let's raise a glass to everyone who has worked on the programme. Thank-you Doctor Who. The world would be an infinitely duller place without you. Have a great day, however you're celebrating!  We're looking for contributions for our next Issue, so if you fancy telling us about what you did today, how and where you watched the episode, what you did to celebrate the Anniversary, please e-mail us at (After today, obviously!)

The Randomiser - 50 Years of Doctor Who Stories - Part 5

The final day of our journey. Here are three stories from the three Doctors of the 2000’s. Expect scares, laughter and a bit of wood. The Unquiet Dead It’s arrived! Doctor Who has arrived! That was the thing most people took away in 2005 after The Unquiet Dead first aired.   Yes, Rose and The End of The World were okay, but this episode really forced Doctor Who, and what it was about, home to millions of new viewers.   I should know, I was one of them. It’s funny, whilst watching this again, I thought back to that first series and think about how average some of the episodes were.   I think if the same episodes were aired during Series 2 or 3 they wouldn’t have gone down as well, but despite that first series being chaotic from a production point of view, it was all new, so it’s still held in high esteem.   For me though, The Unquiet Dead , along with a few others from Series 1, will go down as a bone-fide ‘new series classic’.   The story sees The Doctor and Rose

The Randomiser - 50 Years of Doctor Who Stories - Part 4

Today’s Randomiser sees us do things a little bit different. But don’t fret – both of these stories are CANON. Remember that.                            Time and The Rani The one story that you don’t want to pull out of your 10 year-old Quality Street lid, and it’s probably this   Time and The Rani .   It makes Terror of The Vervoids look like an episode of Poriot. . I don’t like bitching about episodes, as plenty of people worked very hard just to bring these to our screens, but after watching this, I wondered why they bothered. It’s 1987 and Colin Baker had been sacked. Not by the producer or anyone who had anything to do with the making of the show, but the head of Programming at the BBC.   Not just that – but the budget continued to be whittled away by the powers-that-be.   Whilst watching this, I kept wondering; Why did they set this on a alien planet, when they had a miniscule budget to play with? Why couldn’t they have done what they did in 1970 and bind The

The Randomiser - 50 Years of Doctor Who Stories - Part 3

On day three of our pissing over the legacy of Doctor Who by writing quick, random and let’s face it, poor reviews, we’re covering stories from two Doctors who never changed their trousers. The Five Doctors No, I haven’t cheated. The fact that my random drawing system produced the 20 th Anniversary story is purely coincidental. I wanted Caves of Androzani . I’ve seen this story a few times and I must admit, I enjoy it more with each watch.   There’s (obviously) references flying all over the place, some hammy (but great) acting and of course – there’s Five Doctors.   Well, technically only 3 of the actors returned – William Hartnell sadly passed away 8 years previously, so the role of the First Doctor was played by Richard Hurndall. Tom Baker declined to return, so clips from the unused Shada were used in this.  Hartnell does appear at the start though - the marvellous clip of him saying goodbye to Susan in The Dalek Invasion of Earth is used as the pre-titles sequen

The Randomiser - 50 Years of Doctor Who Stories - Part 2

On Day Two of our random journey through 50 years and 11 Doctors, we have a couple of episodes that are historically important because of two very different reasons. One introduces a major villain, a new companion and a recurring character, or ‘semi-companion’ if you will. The other never got broadcast, well, it was never actually made. Terror of The Autons The opening story of Season 8 proved to be significantly important for a number of reasons – it introduced the characters of The Master, played by Roger Delgardo, as The Doctor’s best enemy, and Jo Grant (Katy Manning) as The Doctor’s best friend.  Richard Franklin also made his bow as Captain Yates, as the producers decided to lock the revolving Captain door that had existing during the previous year.   More common soldiers were used as monster fodder instead. The Doctor has a new assistant. But that’s not all – there’s a robbery in the UNIT vaults and a mysterious man, with a beard, is going around hypnotising people

The Randomiser - 50 Years of Doctor Who Stories - Part 1

To celebrate 50 years of Doctor Who stories, we decided to do something that is perhaps a tad ambitious for our lazy selves – watching and reviewing two Doctor Who stories a day (one per Doctor) up until the 23 rd November.  Somehow, we hope these quick observations and thoughts will make a little bit of sense and get you (and us!) in the mood in time for the big day! We’ve used our hi-tec ‘randomiser’ (a lid of a Quality Street tub and pieces of paper, with numbers corresponding to episodes, written on them) and drew one out for each Doctor. So we have our 11 random stories to watch in 5 days (yes, we know that on one day, we’ll need to watch 3!) question is, what are they? Well here are our first two: The Aztecs Piece of paper No6 meant that I drew out ‘ The Aztecs ’. A story which saw The Doctor hitting on women, long before the modern day series, Barbara becoming a god, Ian having (what seemed like) drunken fights and Susan just shouting at people. It’s great.

Issue 14 Download & Contribution Details For Issue 15

Here it is. The only Doctor Who-related media that you've been trying to avoid, but like a bout of flu, or a Doctor Who rumour you've heard countless times before, we're still hanging around. In this Issue: Reviews of the latest Doctor Who episodes Thanks Matt Smith - we say goodbye to Doctor #11 Cyberman No3 - with a Five Doctors twist Review of the Doctor Who Proms (or 'Prom' if you're being pedantic) Peter Capaldi - our take on the casting Plus Much More You can download the Issue here (right-click and save, or whatever you do!) Like everyone else, we're gearing up for the anniversary episode, so if you'd like to contribute to our '50th Anniversary Special' Issue, please feel free to e-mail us at For this, we aren't just interested in a review of the story (but please give us one, regardless!), we also want you to tell us (and the readers!) about your day/how/where you watched it. We'd

Issue 14 - Out Now!

We're back with another Issue of views, reviews and loads of waffle. With the 50th Anniversary just a matter of weeks away, this Issue provides all Doctor Who fans with a somewhat silly companion piece for the present time. In this Issue: Reviews of the latest Doctor Who episodes Thanks Matt Smith - we say goodbye to Doctor #11 Cyberman No3 - with a Five Doctors twist Review of the Doctor Who Proms (or 'Prom' if you're being pedantic) Peter Capaldi - our take on the casting Plus Much More Prices (includes P+P) UK: £2 Rest of the World: £4 You can order a copy of this mediocre printed mag by sending the payment that applies to you, via PayPal, to and please mark your payment as 'family or friends', we're neither, but if you buy a fanzine, we'll be your friend for life. Oh and make sure you include your name and address too, so we can send you your mag. We won't stalk you or anything. Not if you do

Thanks Matt - and Goodbye!

I don’t think the word ‘shock’ is the right word to use to describe Matt Smith’s exit as The Doctor - we’ve been hearing rumours for the past year or so, maybe ‘surprise’ is the best way to describe it.   At first I felt a bit sad, I must admit, but that was quickly forgotten in favour of gratitude to a young actor who gave his all in what is, the most demanding acting role in television. We’ll always have a soft spot for Matt here at the fanzine - in those early days, way, way back in 2010, he was The Doctor who was up against a tidal wave of disgraceful abuse from some fans , whom tended to judge him on looks, videos of filming and the fact that he wasn’t David Tennant. BEFORE they even saw one of his episodes.   So naturally we (well most fans really, we won’t take credit that we don’t deserve) rallied behind him and the series, as it was those run of episodes that made us fall in love with Doctor Who all over again and start this mag.   And you know what? He didn’t turn ou

Issue 13 Download & Contribute to Issue 14

We're back and gearing up for a summer of being shut up in our bedrooms, typing out the same-old nonsense as we usually do. Like the typical Doctor Who fans we are. While you wait for the anniversary episode, you can bide a bit of time reading our latest Issue, which can download here (right-click and 'save as') We're also very busy with producing the next Issue of the fanzine and as usual - we need your help! We're looking for any contributions from anyone who is willing to put hand to keyboard. We'll accept basically ANYTHING as long as it's about Doctor Who and written in clear English. You can find further info on how to contribute here .  If you're not sure what to write, why not review the latest run of episodes? (There HAS been some on!) If you're interested, please make your review no more than 1000 words (and no less than 1) and send to  The deadline for all contributions is 14th June Cheers and have

Issue 13 - OUT NOW!

Seeing as we're a fanzine of Doctor Who, we've time-travelled into the past to present you with March's Issue 13. (Or maybe we've travelled back from the future, from the past. I'm not sure what's going on). In this brand-new Issue we have the following 'entertainment' to tide you over during that horrible week-long wait for new Doctor Who! Reviews of 'The Snowmen' Doctor Who: A Horrible History - a look at why Doctor Who should be doing more historicals Cyberman No2 - our bumbling comic heroes are back! Zagreus - The ins-and-outs of Big Finish' 40th Doctor Who anniversary story, explained for all The Fanzine MOB - A long-standing fan moans about the internet and Doctor Who fans It Could Have Been A Spin-off (The Spin-off) - Another look at potential programming that Doctor Who could produce And MUCH More! Prices UK - £2 Europe - £3.50 Rest of the World - £4.50 You can purchase a copy by either of the following methods Se

New Year - New Issues!

After a somewhat quiet Christmas, we're all set for a busy year of Doctor Who!  But like everyone in the UK at the moment, we're shit scared of the all the snow outside and we're even finding it difficult to sneak past hoards of snowmen so we can panic buy bread, milk and DWM's from the local supermarket. So with all that in mind, we're stuck on our computers and have decided to get on with this year's issues. We're looking for the usual 'anything to do with Doctor Who' scribblings, to be more specific however, we're mainly looking for reviews of the latest episode of Doctor Who, The Snowmen .  We need as many in-depth reviews as possible - positive, negative or both! So don't be put off if you don't share the general reaction, in fact, we'll love to hear as many different point of views as possible! Please make you reviews no more than 750 words and no less than 1. Any number between the two is also fine.  Seeing as it's the 50