Fanzines are as rare as TV shows worth watching on a Saturday night. Mainly thanks to the internet these little publications of fan-boy (and fan-girl) love have almost become extinct and consigned to memory. Then along comes what could possibly be the ultimate and finest Doctor Who fanzine, Vworp Vworp!
This glossy and professional looking tribute to all things Doctor Who Weekly/Monthly/Magazine is a true work of art that culls together some of the most important people that helped the magazine become such a success over its three decades of publication. Editors Gareth Kavanagh and Colin Brockhurst should be placed on shoulders high and paraded through packed streets and thanked personally for this. It even comes with transfers!
Itâ€™s like getting the latest edition of DWM and finding that its returned to what it was before the new series. Now donâ€™t get me wrong, Doctor Who being back and getting so much coverage in DWM is great and long may it happen, but every now and again I get pangs for the era when the magazine spent time on such inventiveness as such comic strips as The Cybermen. The creation of this stunning serial forms a large part of Vworp Vworp! and rightly too, with interviews with writer Alan Barnes artist Adrian Salmon and Editor Gary Russell. Other cult favourites such as The Iron Legion and The Flood are also covered in fine detail including the original notes for the final strip of TIL.
Looking beyond these incredible features thereâ€™s the hilarious Collectorsâ€™ Corner with David J Howe reflecting on some classic merchandise, Part 1 of Time Leech comic strip from Christian Cawley which bursts with 10th Doctor energy with the Doctor travelling with his bustiest companion yet and another from Gareth Kavavangh and John Daiker which combines Doctor Who with Life On Mars!
Countdown to Kentish Town tells the story of the magazines inception whilst Tim Quinn, Dicky Howett, Nick Miller, Roger Langridge and Ben Wilsher amongst others inform how theyâ€™ve produced some of the funniest cartoons to grace the pages.
Who Cares! allows writers and well known Who fans to write love letters to the magazine which instead of being akin to a big wet kiss from your Auntie is more like that smooch you experience from the person you know will be your partner for life.
DWM has been a big part of my life and Vworp Vworp! reminded me just how important it has been. Hereâ€™s to another 30 years of DWM and I hope issue 2 of Vworp Vworp! arrives very soon.
Visit www.vworpvworp.co.uk now to order your copy – while stocks last!