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Doctor Who General Notes

A cool article in the Telegraph today discusses some pre-production notes from 1963, in which the genesis of Doctor Who is revealed. The paper summarises the notes as describing “A paranoid fugitive who travelled the galaxy in an invisible flying saucer, suffering from LSD-style depressions and trying to halt scientific progress.” It seems that the…

Doctor Who Hack of the Week Award

In a new semi-regular item to run primarily through Series 4, we take a look at a piece of blatant space-filler on the web and in the press, and award it the soon-to-be-coveted Doctor Who Hack of the Week Award.l This week’s winner comes from the Digital Spy organ, by Cult Editor Mr Ben Rawson-Jones….

Love Letters

This autumn will see the publishing of Doctor Who: The Writer’s Tale by Russell T Davies and journalist Benjamin Cook (Doctor Who Magazine). Described by publishers BBC Books as “It’s not only the ultimate ‘Doctor Who’ book, it’s a celebration of the creative process and a love letter to great television.” …the book will provide…

Can I Have My Ball Back?

Doctor Who of yesteryear Peter Davison has remarked in a Digital Spy interview how he would like to make another return to the series. Following his tear-jerking appearance in the Children in Need cutaway Time Crash, in which the Tenth Doctor comes face to face with his earlier self, Davison has said “I would certainly…

Annual Illustrator Dies

Responsible for many a formative years experience vivid images of Doctor Who in print, World Distributors annual illustrator (and publican) Walter Howarth has died, at the age of 80. The artist delighted youngsters by interpreting some of the most famous fictional characters as line drawings such as The Lone Ranger, Dempsey and Makepeace and Bonanza,…

Tears of the Clown?

We hear so much about the “tragic” comics – Tony Hancock, for instance – that the tragedy tends to overshadow the body of work that they leave behind. Of course it makes a good story for the media to talk about lonely comics, holed up in hotel rooms, away from their families and friends, topping…

Carry On!

It’s silly, bawdy, in many cases badly and cheaply made, yet Carry On… is still wonderful, giving us some of the biggest stars in comedy history, launching careers, giving work to old actors who need it and generally being British. Without Carry On…, we would have no Barbara Windsor.  Kenneth Williams would never have become…

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