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August 11, 2007

TSV 49

TSV 49 going online means we have nearly 50 issues on the site! (well, duh) It's also the longest issue to date - the print copy was a massive 108 pages.

Man, where do I start? Well, there's a cool article about the sixth Doctor's treatment at the hands of Virgin Publishing, titled Time's Chump. There's also a comic strip featuring the fourth Doctor, Sarah and UNIT, titled Home by the Sea which, as you might guess, references the Genesis song of the same name quite heavily; and interviewed this issue is Chris Loates, who worked on the classic series.

Then again, I could be egocentric and mention I had two reviews published: Day of the Daleks (which contrary to what I said there isn't really one of the best Dalek stories, because they're somewhat pasted in. It does make good use of time travel though!) and Death to the Daleks (which I still have a soft spot for).

TSV 49 is (personally) notable for another fact which isn't apparent from the online version because it doesn't contain the letters column from the print issue. My letter in this issue starts out as follows:

Hello everyone. It wasn't long ago that I joined in all the Mel hating with all the rest of the masses of Who fans worldwide. However having watched Trial of a Time Lord and Time and the Rani numerous times, I've come to realise that I really like Mel, and that she's actually my favourite companion.

So TSV 49 marks the point where I became a Mel Bush fan, which indirectly lead to me webmastering the NZDWFC site.

Next issue, Tom Baker visits New Zealand, the last installment of Tardis Tales, the first installment of the Karkus, and a bunch more!

See also: write-ups by Paul and Jamas
Previously: TSV 48

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July 8, 2007

TSV 48

TSV 48 is now online. Between issue 47 and this issue (published in August 1996), three notable events occurred in the world of Doctor Who.

1.) the TV Movie, also known variously as "Doctor Who: The Movie" and "The Enemy Within", the first new television Doctor Who in some 7 years. As you might expect, there's reviews of the TV Movie itself, the novelisations, and the script book, as well as an article on the cuts made to the BBC video and even a speculative piece written by Neil Lambess on who the Doctor's mother is. Yes.

2.) Jon Pertwee sadly passed away, so there's a biography, tributes, and an item on the Telecom commercials which Jon did back in 1986. These would make a good DVD extra, if the BBC can get their hands on copies...

3.) The Virgin New Adventures put out their fiftieth novel, Happy Endings, so there's an interview with author Paul Cornell and a review, as well as an interview with Lance Parkin, who was to write the last Doctor Who New Adventure before Virgin lost the licence, and who's book A History of the Universe was also reviewed.

There's nothing from me in this issue, but several pieces in the next, which is also the longest issue of TSV so far...

See also: write-ups by Paul and Jamas
Previously: TSV 47

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June 9, 2007

TSV 47

Today TSV 47 went online, and there's a substantial bias towards the books this issue, with an article on the making of Just War, an interview with David Bishop on his novel Who Killed Kennedy, and an article on items cut from the DisContinuity Guide, as well as the already-online Not So New Adventures article on Transit. There are articles touching on other topics, such as Paul Scoones' piece on the aborted Doctor Who: The Motion Picture.

There's also another installment of Tardis Tales and one of my favourite of the TSV comic strips, a post-War Games second Doctor adventure named Hyperborea, written by David Ronayne and drawn by Peter Adamson. Speaking of which, David's letter says he was situated in Ulaan Baatar, Outer Mongolia - what was up with that?! There's also a letter from one Alden Bates writing about the rumour that the Doctor would reveal in the Paul McGann TV Movie that he was half-human. As it turns out, sometimes rumours can be true... These days, that letter would have needed a spoiler warning on it. :)

Next issue: lots and lots about the TV Movie!
See also: write-ups by Paul and Jamas!
Previously: TSV 46

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May 7, 2007

TSV 46

And a month to the day since TSV 45 went online the next issue (appropriately titled TSV 46) has gone up on the web site.

Issue 46 was the first to feature a flash new version of the TSV logo, not to mention a return to the colour covers. Inside, there's the second half of the Andrew Cartmel interview (which reminds me to go add a link from the first half), another comic strip titled Monkey House, another Tardis Tales featuring the usual mayhem, and boatloads of reviews.

Of course, what I really like about this issue is there's not only pictures of Tetraps, but also a rare piece of artwork of my favourite companion, Mel Bush. Due to the fact they were reprinted from an earlier issue, the review of Time and the Rani aren't actually reproduced here, but they're already in the index as part of TSV 6.

This issue also contains the news that Paul McGann had been cast as the Doctor for a TV movie being filmed in Vancouver. Somehow it's strange to remember that this issue came out more than ten years ago now... I feel old. :)

Previously: Revelation of the Daleks

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April 25, 2007

Revelation of the Daleks eBook

[cover]Revelation of the Daleks is one of five Doctor Who never published as a novelisation by Target, but which were done as fan novelisations by the NZDWFC. Now, joining Shada and the Pirate Planet, Revelation of the Daleks is available on the NZDWFC site as an eBook here. This should hopefully satisfy some of the many people who've been emailing to ask if the rest of the novelisations were going to be made available online. :)

Next up, TSV 46!

Incidentally, though my internet connection has been behaving itself for a while now, about a week ago it all turned to custard again, and my "always on" broadband has been dropping the connection every ten minutes. This makes for a choppy online experience. Xtra, you still suck.

Aaaaaand I see someone's set up an Xtra Sucks website. They should probably take this as a sign they're doing something wrong.

Previously: TSV 45

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April 6, 2007

TSV 45

TSV 45 went up on the web site today. There's only one feature article this time - Kate Orman's piece on writing Set Piece - and many of the other pieces now online are reviews. Primarily reviews of the six stories in the Key to Time season (which is now out on DVD in the US but not anywhere else in the world, strangely).

There is also Sums over Histories, a comic strip with the fourth Doctor, Romana and K9, which has some spot-on characterisation. I had some problems working out how to include the double-page spread in a form which was legible, and settled for putting it in a scrolling box, and also allowing the user to click on the graphic to open it separately for easier scrolling. Hopefully this doesn't make it too difficult to read. :)

There's also some cool cartoons and lots and lots of Key to Time related artwork (which will come in handy when I start adding artwork and blurbs to the story index nodes.

I didn't have any items in this issue (in 1995 I was working my first year at Pocket Solutions, so that may be why I wasn't submitting more material) but go read it anyway. :)

Previously: TSV 44

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March 3, 2007

TSV 44

Yes, it's time for another issue of TSV! Now that TSV 44 is online, there are only 20 issues of TSV (45-64) which aren't currently available either online or in print. Issue 44 contains (amongst many, many excellent items): a scathing indictment of the New Adventures, an article on the many and varied hoaxes perpetrated on Doctor Who fans, the making of the Dark Dimension, and a response to the Seeds of Doom article from last issue.

I had two pieces in this issue. A Masterful Life is an attempt to detail the Master's life. I've updated this a bit before putting it online to cover some of the more notable canonical appearances of the Master since 1995. The other piece was this montage of the Master which I did to accompany said article. The only bit of that artwork I'm really happy with is the Cyberman. Ah well, c'est la vie.

Also in this issue is Morgan Davie's Doctor Who story generator, which I've embellished by adding an automatic generator to the bottom using Javascript. Unfortunately I was only able to test it in Internet Explorer and Firefox, so if it doesn't work in your favourite browser, please let me know.

I decided that this, too, needed updating, so I've created an automatic story generator you can use to get started on your script for the new Doctor Who series being made in Wales!


Previously: TSV 43

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February 8, 2007

TSV 43

TSV 43 went online a couple of days ago. The paper version was published in early 1995, which means that one of the participants in Four Writers, One Discussion had yet to write anything Doctor Who related. Paul Cornell, Andy Lane and David Bishop were known at the time for their Doctor Who novels (and have done further work since), but Steven Moffat hadn't yet penned The Curse of Fatal Death, let alone the two stories he's done for the new series.

There's also The Engima Magnet, a comic strip featuring the fifth Doctor, Tegan, Turlough and Kamelion, which started off a regular run of comic strips - unfortunately they're not as common in TSV these days. And one of my favourite pieces of Cyberman art to appear in TSV. And a rare piece of Mel artwork! And this cartoon by Jon Preddle!

I had two pieces of art in this issue: pictures of the first Doctor and the Destroyer from Battlefield. I sent in the latter piece after Paul requested artwork for the Andrew Cartmel interview in TSV 40, but it was held over until this issue, probably because it was similar to Tim Hill's depiction of the Destroyer.

In TSV 44: the other half of Tardis Tales: Yet Another Alien Invasion Story, a look at the aborted anniversary special The Dark Dimension, and there's an article by me about the Master which I should probably update...

Further reading: Paul Scoones on TSV 43, Jamas Enright on TSV 43, David Bishop on Four Writers, One Discussion.
Previously: TSV 42

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January 14, 2007

TSV 42

Onto the first issue for 1995 - TSV 42 would have come out right after I finished university, in fact. Among the major items this time are a guide to the Doctor Who annuals, a script to screen on The Happiness Patrol, and an article on the TARDIS key. There's also a follow-up to TSV 41's Lovecraft article this time examining the Cthulhu references in the new adventure All-Consuming Fire, which makes a nifty counterpoint to an article from TSV 58 which has been online for a while and examines the Sherlock Holmes side of the same book.

I had one item in this issue, a "Dr Hoo" cartoon which no doubt shows off the fact I had no photo-references for the control room from Planet of Fire. Note also that the Doctor is always facing away from us so I didn't have to attempt to draw his face (the Master's a lot easier - just slap a goatee on him) and Tegan doesn't appear at all despite the Doctor mentioning her in frame 1!

And that was the last Dr Hoo strip I did for TSV, though I've done one or two other cartoons - the latest being Dr Who in "The Crap Pun", a collaboration with Jeff Stone which appeared in TSV 73 which you can order in paper form...

Next time, in TSV 43: Andy Lane, Paul Cornell, Steven Moffat and David Bishop; the return of TARDIS Tales, More than 30 Years in the TARDIS, and lots of other cool stuff. :)

Previously: Doctor Who and the Pirate Planet

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December 22, 2006

Doctor Who and the Pirate Planet

I've been somewhat lax recently in getting stuff done, and this entry is one of those things. As you probably don't remember me mentioning back in July, there were five1 Doctor Who stories (from the original series) which were never novelised by Target. All five of these were novelised by the NZDWFC but went out of print last year. In July we put the first of these, Shada, online.

The second book to be put online is The Pirate Planet, the second story of the Key to Time arc season, originally written by Douglas "Hitchhiker's Guide" Adams, and rewritten into book form by David Bishop, author of Who Killed Kennedy, amongst other things.

In the Pirate Planet, the search of the six segments of the Key to Time2 brings the Doctor, Romana and K9 to the planet Zanak, which confuses them because they were aiming for an entirely different planet. Equally puzzling is the fact that the ground is littered with precious gems such as diamonds, emeralds, and oolions. The story is peppered with Adamsian humour ("You'll never get it open, it's impossible." "Ha! Impossible? That means it will take 73 seconds.") and touches by David Bishop such as the Pirate Captain's violent premonitions.

There are a few special features such as a guide to the material which is from the original scripts and didn't appear in the televised story (Deleted Scenes) and the original Author's notes from the paper version. The book's also available in PDF format, if that's your thing.

For further reading, check out Paul's entry on the book.

Now I have some time off work, I should be able to catch up a bit on my todo list. :)

1 Shada's canonicity is arguable since the TV story was never completed and screened, but I give it the benefit of the doubt.
2 Which looks like a cuboid puzzle made of crystal and has the power to reshape the entire universe.

Previously: TSV 41

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November 26, 2006

TSV 41

TSV issue 41 is now online, completing the 1994 set.

Of particular note this issue is Why the Nimon Should be our Friends, a piece defending The Horns of Nimon, which was reprinted in the book License Denied, published by Virgin. There are loads of other articles as well, including Cthulhu in the New Adventures, K9, and a Script-To-Screen for Vengeance on Varos, plus more New/Missing Adventures reviews, artwork, etc.. The review of First Frontier marks roughly the halfway point of the New Adventures up to The Dying Days.

I feel compelled to explain a bit about this piece of artwork. I had the vague idea of redesigning the Robot (from the story of the same name). I'm not sure why, exactly, I opted to add fins to the design, or the fact that it otherwise it looks almost exactly the same as the original design, but there it is.

Next Paul's sent me more material for the Another Time and Space eBook.

Previously: TSV 40

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October 23, 2006

TSV 40

Over the weekend I got TSV issue 40 online. The major item this issue is an interview with Andrew Cartmel, script editor for the Sylvester McCoy era. The first ever interview with him about his time on the show, in fact, and it was later reprinted in Doctor Who Magazine. It's also notable for the sheer amount of artwork, much of it from Tim Hill, including many items related to the stories made during Cartmel's years on Doctor Who.

There's lots of other stuff, of course, like the first Missing Adventures review published in TSV, some neat cartoons including the return of Tardis Tales with a New Adventures themed strip, a Script to Screen on Ghost Light, covering material cut from the story before transmission, and lots of other goodies.

And also I fixed the back end for my music page, so I'll be able to start adding CDs to it again. I haven't added anything to it since APRIL, so I've got a bit of a backlog...

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October 8, 2006

TSV 39

Issue 39 of TSV is now online. This issue was published in 1994. The cover, as you can see right, featured the current New Adventures TARDIS crew of Ace, the Doctor and Bernice Summerfield. It'd be cool if Benny could turn up in the new series someday...

There's a bunch of post-TV series articles in there, with an article by Kate Orman on her book The Left-Handed Hummingbird, an introduction to the Missing Adventures (updated to note which books were put in which gaps), a speculative article on how the show might have gone had it not been cancelled, and more reviews of the then-current New Adventure series. The first Missing Adventures review pops up in issue 40.

There's an exploration of the violence in Vengeance on Varos, a history of the planet Mars (no less!) and one of the contributions I made back then which I don't cringe at now: an article on how the various references to Atlantis fit together.

I also managed to stump Jon Preddle with a question in Doctor's Dilemma, which I'm quite proud of. :)

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August 27, 2006

TSV 38

A huge swath of material from TSV 38 is now up on the site.

Included are interviews with director Michael Hayes and New Adventures author Gareth Roberts. There's also the fourth and final instalment of Paul Scoones' series on the Novelisations, covering this time the second Doctor. The Novelisations series never covered Doctors four, five or six, because five stories were never officially novelised (the NZDWFC versions are gradually going up on the site too!).

In amongst the comic strips (including the return of Tardis Tales after a one-issue absence), is Lesser-Known Who-Gear, the first of many pieces by Peter Adamson which the zine published. Another first is the first Script to Screen covering Dragonfire, which has the alternate ending in which Mel stays on as companion. :)

Now days you can buy remote-controlled Daleks, but back then Stephen Prichard built his own using a Sevans Dalek kit and wrote an article on it. I wonder if he ever did make the accompanying Davros he mentioned...

Right! What's next? :)

Edit: As usual, Paul's put up a far more elegant write-up!

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July 24, 2006

Shada!

There are two reasons I've been quiet recently: I've been catching up on DVDs madly, and I've also been getting the "Doctor Who and Shada" novelisation ready to go online. Shada was never completed by the BBC*, nor was it published in book form by Target**, which lead Paul Scoones to write it in 1989. Although it's been reprinted a few times, now it's online as an ebook. Hopefully this should make the many people who've asked about it very happy. :)

As well as the book's text, there's a number of extras, including extensive author's notes, a comparison of material with Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, and a behind the scenes article. Also the Making of Shada article in TSV 26 has been revisited and rewritten. Kudos to Paul for assembling an amazingly detailed amount of information for this story!

* Although Big Finish recorded it as an audio play with the eighth Doctor recently.
** Target novelised most of the original Doctor Who series, bar the five stories which the NZDWFC subsequently novelised.

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