Opinion

Opinion

New Rose

Petite, pouty, bottle-blonde shop girl, GSOH, seeks tall, distinguished leather-jacketed time-traveller for fun adventures. Must answer to the name Doctor; no ginners. Ahh – singles ads. Never the realm of your average single person, usually made up of sad obsessives or those already married (err… a friend told me so….). The above ad – however…

Those Damned Stairs…

The media circus. The photographs, the interviews, the WONDERFUL billboards. It’s a stunning synchronicity of television, radio and print; Doctor Who is everywhere. Billie Piper and Christopher Eccleston make us sit up and watch, each trailer carefully tailored to little boys and girls, or the little boys and girls in each of us adults so…

Preparation L

This is the latest in a series of articles looking at the stories that make Doctor Who what it is. What I intend to do with this series of articles is, like the Doctor, jump back and forth through time, where I will land at and analyse key events in history. This will of course…

Touring Company

Someone in the bizarre alternate reality known as “fandom” recently described the lovely, very English, Sarah Jane Smith as an Über-companion: Über Term with literal meaning of “above” in German. Brought to the mainstream in the early 80’s by hardcore American punk band, the Dead Kennedys when using the term in the anti-Californian government song…

False Dawn?

Paul McGann’s shorn head and a crystal from Metebelis 3. The first image of the new Doctor Who, an exciting and vibrant time in Doctor Who fandom, and the first time the online community had something real to talk about. Back to television the Doctor was marching – but where had he been for the…

Talons Series: Epilogue

“The Talons of Weng Chiang”… even the very mention of the title instils wonder into the minds of Doctor Who fans. The mist, the Victorian setting, the Eye of the Dragon, the Peking Homunculus – they are all icons of Doctor Who. Like Pyramid from Mars and Spearhead from Space earlier, Robert Holmes crafted a…

Doctor Who – Quintessentially British

Doctor Who is a program steeped in many traditions – the TARDIS, Gallifrey, regeneration, the Time Lords, and a slightly eccentric old buffer with a questionable taste in clothes. It’s also as British as the Beatles, clotted cream and scones, “Coronation Street”, Charles Dickens, “The Rocky Horror Show”, Sir Richard Attenborough, my uncle’s greyhound, my…

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