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Published on January 15th, 2014 | by Nick Kitchen

Doctor Who Features In Classic Starlog Magazine Online Archive

The move towards digitizing and preserving past print media has been one of the greatest accomplishments of the digital revolution.

However, a vast majority of the time, what’s preserved and archived is of general and historical interest; not a bad thing, to say the least! History is important. It’s an even sweeter victory when the archivers save something genre related. With that in mind, the team at archive.org has managed to archive back issues of the groundbreaking American SciFi magazine, Starlog, which ran from 1976-2009.

It’s at this point, dear reader, that you may be thinking, “What in Rassilon’s ring does this have to do with Doctor Who?” Well, issue 23 of Starlog (available here) captured a very important snapshot in the American history of Doctor Who. The issue gave a reintroduction to the Fourth Doctor and his companions as renewed interest in Doctor Who brought the show back to independent American networks. It’s a fascinating look at how things transpired on this side of the pond. Given the American popularity the show enjoys now, it’s almost hard to imagine a time when it was considered “too British” for American viewers.

Issue 23 also has some interesting details about Star Wars, Star Trek, and a little film now known as Alien. Check it out and then let us know down below your thoughts on the magazine and the piece.

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“That’s bacon! Are you trying to poison me?” And from that line on, I’ve been unable to stop watching, reading, musing about the Doctor. As a recent transplant to the Whoniverse, I’ve been trying to soak up as much Who-related knowledge as possible. That journey has taken me from the Tenth Planet to the Fields of Trenzalore and gently set me at the edge of my seat for what’s next. It’s an honor to be here and I plan to bring a unique perspective. I hope you’ll enjoy the journey alongside me.




7 Responses to Doctor Who Features In Classic Starlog Magazine Online Archive


  1. I’m trawling through every issue, will let you know if I find any others :) In the meantime did you know that the USA will celebrate 40 years of Doctor Who this year, thanks to the state of Iowa? :) http://venusianspearmint.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/doctor-whos-american-age-is-pushing-40-because-of-only-one-state/

  2. avatar Michael says:

    I have heard that Starlog was archived online because the Starlog warehouse burned down and they were no longer able to sell from the vast collection of back issues they had maintained. I bought all the early ssues of Starlog when they came out and read the issue 23 mentioned above when it came out. It was very hard here in America to find out about Doctor Who back then.

  3. avatar Hoosier Whovian says:

    I still have all of my old Starlogs, I was going to scan them but if there is a resource of them online then I am not going to have worry about it now! Issue 23 was great!

  4. avatar Dave Rudin says:

    I first began watching Doctor Who with these Time-Life episodes, with narration by Howard da Silva, on Channel 9 in New York. The first one I saw was “Genesis of the Daleks,” and I remember that Davros scared the living hell out of me.

  5. avatar Al says:

    I’d love for someone to put together an index of all the issues – aside from DW there’s a lot of sci-fi history here, as well as interesting “what might have beens” and even the occasional weird error. For example, I remember one Starlog (it’s probably in the archive) announcing after Moonraker that the next James Bond film would be titled Sea Wolves (which ended up being the title of an unrelated WWII movie Roger Moore made before he did For Your Eyes Only). One article was devoted to the iconic science series Cosmos (which is getting an updating this year). I miss Starlog and I wish it was still going – there’s really no excuse for it to not too since its sister magazine Fangoria is still going. Oh well.

  6. avatar SRoman says:

    There was also Fangoria #2 (Starlog’s sister horror magazine) in 1979 that featured not only an article about the series, but a large pull-out poster of Tom Baker and some of the monsters (Daleks, Robots of Death, a Sontaran, etc.).


  7. I’m a late guest to the conversation, but this was the first issue of Starlog I ever bought (it was amazingly available in Australia where I live) Thank you for sharing this. So many memories :) [I still have the issue but it is probably not “mint” condition.

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