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May 20, 2006

TSV 37!

When TSV 37 first popped through my mail box back in 1994, it gave me a huge surprise to find that a picture I'd drawn of a Dalek had ended up on the front cover (I'd drawn it to accompany a story I'd written for the issue called The Last Words). I was also proud of my picture of the secondary TARDIS console which is to date the only piece of artwork I'd done for TSV that I was completely happy with.

In fact, that issue's artwork was generally well praised in the next issue's letters column. I like Chris Girdler's illustration for the New Adventure Shadowmind. Illustrations for the novels (outside of the covers of the books) seem to be rare, which is a shame because I like seeing how other people have visualised the characters and events.

I also got a cartoon published called Good Omens which suggested we should watch out for things like flying pigs and hell freezing over to signal that the BBC was bringing Doctor Who back. Sadly, Russell T. Davies has somewhat taken the wind out of that by actually making new episodes. I intend to write him a letter of complaint.

There's also a couple of piece resulting from Jon Preddle's trip to the UK: an interview with Gary Russell and some behind the scenes for the 30 Years in the TARDIS documentary (he stumbled on the filming!).

There's lots of other cool stuff too, like another installment of Beyond the Book covering three of the New Adventures, and Graham Howard on Witch Mark, so go read! :)

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April 9, 2006

TSV 36

Tonight I got Time/Space Visualiser issue 36 online. A celebration of the show's thirtieth anniversary, the issue included a story guide and a history of Doctor Who related events covering the time the show had been off the air. In an article somewhat topical to now (with the release of "The Beginning" as a box set) titled An Unearthly Pilot Episode, Jon Preddle examined the differences between An Unearthly Child and the version as originally filmed.

On the book front, there are more reviews for the New Adventures from Deceit through to The Left-Handed Hummingbird, and a major article on the creation of Timeframe written by David Howe.

As Paul points out, TSV 36 is the halfway mark in archiving issues online, at least until issue 73 comes out later this month!

I've basically got the whole of the NZDWFC site converted to XHTML! The only thing left is the Editor's Log which is still using the default Wordpress template - I still need to find out how templates work in Wordpress...

Posted at 9:08 PM | Comments (0)

March 6, 2006

TSV 35

[cover]So last night I got TSV 35 online - you may note the new format for the index page (you can view either a segregated mode or a straight print listing). Please let me know if you have any problems with it.

As usual, there's some pretty cool stuff: a feature on the Titan Script Books, a piece by Kate Orman on the writing of The Left-Handed Hummingbird, the welcome return of Tardis Tales after a couple of issues absence, and the launch of a new regular column titled Beyond the Book, which delved into the background of some of the New Adventures. In TSV 35, Beyond the Book examines Lucifer Rising and White Darkness.

There's also yet another opinion piece suggesting Doctor Who should rest in peace as a series. He he he :)

So, now I have issue 35 online, I can look at going back and turning the earlier issues into XML and cleaning them up some so they all look spiffy! That should keep me out of mischief. :)

Posted at 8:31 PM | Comments (1)

February 2, 2006

TSV 34

[TSV 34 cover]As you may have guessed from the title, another issue of TSV has gone up on the NZDWFC site. TSV 34 came out in mid 1993 - the "It's Back!" on the front cover referred to the ill-fated production The Dark Dimension which never really got off the ground.

One of the features of this issue was the publishing of the results of a short story contest won by Nicholas Withers with a Quatermass crossover. Then's also a feature on the amazing Kandyman costume which won the Judges Choice award at DefCon 1993, and another speculation on the future of Doctor Who.

Also, as you can tell from the artwork page Tim Hill produced a large amount of the artwork for this issue, but that quantity is dwarfed by the couple of dozen pieces he had in TSV 40!

Next up I will be upgrading the NZDWFC site to XHTML and updating the style. :)

Posted at 11:20 PM | Comments (0)

January 13, 2006

The TARDIS Tales Collection

The latest issue to hit the TSV archive is The TARDIS Tales Collection, a special issue which included every installment of Graham Muir's comic strip up to The Final Chapter in TSV 32, and added the epic 10-page Sauceron. As well, Graham provides commentary on the strips, and some of his pre-TARDIS-Tales comics are printed, such as this excellently funny one-page summation of the first episode of Death to the Daleks.

Of course, The Final Chapter wasn't the last TARDIS Tales, so there are more comic strips to come in future issues, though the next one isn't until TSV 35...

On a related note, Paul relates how the NZDWFC site was recently visited by award-winning NZ author Keri Hulme!

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December 29, 2005

TSV 33

Issue 33 includes: the influence of the Bible, Norse mythology, and Quatermass on Doctor Who, Kate Orman's opinion piece on the New Adventures, an examination of Terrance Dicks' writing style, the last installment of the Novelisations covering the seventh Doctor's books, a list of actors who've been in both Doctor Who and The Prisoner, and The Box, which describes how dimensional transcendentalism works.

Though this was dubbed the "Alden Bates issue" in the next issue's letters column because of the amount of stuff I had in it, (only 7 items, really...) I much prefer the articles other people had printed. Particularly the items I've mentioned above. My excuse is that the stuff I wrote in this issue was done during my foolish teenage years, though since this issue was published in April 1993, I'm not going to be able to use that excuse for much longer. :)

The back cover also has one of my favourite pieces of artwork of the Master. Is that not great?

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November 17, 2005

TSV 32

Just uploaded TSV 32 to the NZDWFC site.

Including! An article on The Doctor Who Magazine comic strip Memorial and making thereof; an analysis of the material cut from Attack of the Cybermen prior to filming; the second Novelisations article, this time featuring the third Doctor Target novelisations; the end of Jeff Stone's Wotan Lives!; and lots and lots of other goodies.

TSV 32 also sees the first appearance of a shortlived cartoon I did titled Dr Hoo. This continued in irregular fashion until TSV 42, whereupon I ran out of ideas. The TSV 32 edition features a character from a more professional cartoon... Also from me is What's Really Inside a Dalek, but the less said about that, the better. :)

Posted at 9:35 PM | Comments (0)

October 8, 2005

TSV 31

I've just finished uploading the contents of TSV #31 to the archives. It was published in November 1992, and includes such cool things as an article on The Robots of Death, Jon Preddle's article detailing the use of the Sonic Screwdriver over the course of the original series, the first part of a series of articles about the Target Novelisations, aaaaaand the first part of a JeffStoat fanfic titled Wotan Lives! (Note that this was written before putting an exclamation mark on the end of a title started meaning "THIS IS A COMEDY! YOU MUST LAUGH!" and Wotan Lives! is a serious fanfiction).

Of course, if you're looking for something silly, there's always Tardis Tales and Nigel the Self-Igniting Dalek and his Little Friend Oswald.

TSV #32 next, which features among other things) bits cut from Attack of the Cybermen, more Novelisations (the third Doctor novelisations this time) and the debut of a short-lived comic strip I did titled "Dr Hoo".

Posted at 9:24 PM | Comments (4)

June 17, 2005

TSV 30

I uploaded TSV issue 30 tonight. Published in 1992, it included reviews of the Cat's Cradle trilogy of New Adventures, and more Tomb of the Cybermen reviews.

Perhaps interesting given the fact that the TV series is back and going strong is an opinion piece by Aden Shillito, titled In Memory of the Late Doctor Who, which argues that the show should stay off the air.

There's also the transcript of a series of comedy sketches titled Fibremen of Spong (which featured a Maori Doctor and screened in a comedy show here), Missing Scenes Resurrection detailing material cut from Resurrection of the Daleks, no less than six Discovering Who, an analysis of Time Travel in the Doctor Who Universe, cartoons, artwork, and loads more stuff.

Posted at 9:41 PM | Comments (1)

June 5, 2005

Recently Added: Doctor Who on Television eBook

Last week Another Time and Space was added to the NZDWFC site. This is an eBook written by Paul Scoones which details the screening of Doctor Who in New Zealand from 1964 to today.

It includes details of the background of the screenings, listings of the dates and times each episode was played, the episode blurbs from TV listings magazine The Listener, and also clippings from that magazine. It's an updating of The Doctor Who Listener, which was published in paper form in the late 80s/early 90s.

Another Time and Space is a continuing work in progress - there are more clippings and blurbs to go up, and doubtless there will be more information to put up once Prime starts playing the new series...

Posted at 11:12 AM | Comments (0)

March 6, 2005


Over the last month, Timestreams (the fiction zine of the NZDWFC) issues #2, #3, and #4 have all gone up on the site, so now a lot more fanfiction by New Zealand fans is available to read.

Some of my favourites are: Intersect by Craig Young, which is a crossover with The Tomorrow People; Across the Universe by Jeff Stone, in which the Doctor and DJ meet the Beatles; and a prologue for Power of the Daleks by David Lawrence.

Posted at 3:37 PM | Comments (0)

February 7, 2005

TSV 29

TSV #29 went online last night - the most material for an issue yet! Included in this issue:

  1. Boatloads of stuff on The Tomb of the Cybermen
  2. The Young One's Vyvyan becomes the Doctor's companion
  3. The first of a series of additions for the Time Lord role playing game.
  4. The start of Scrapbook, another regular column in which magazine and newspaper clippings of interest are presented.
  5. An analysis of the legends surrounding The Mythmakers.
  6. The Doctor regenerating into a Dalek!
  7. And possibly the piece of fanfiction with the lowest content-to-title ratio in all history!

Posted at 11:18 PM | Comments (0)

December 10, 2004

TSV 28

TSV 28 is now online. It includes some cool stuff like interviews with Paul Cornell and David Halliwell, the last part of Jeff Stone's Murder at Midnight, an analysis of The War Machines, and some pretty cool artwork and cartoons. :)

There are one or two pieces still to come for that issue as well...

Posted at 10:12 PM | Comments (0)

October 24, 2004

TSV 27

I now have TSV 27 HTMLed and up on the site.

Jon Preddle's article on the chronology of the UNIT years isn't up, because it's all covered in his book Timelink. Part 2 of Murder at Midnight is, of course, plus an interesting article on the Timewyrm Quartet (Or quadrilogy as I guess it could be called :) and there's also quote a lot more artwork this time.

We'll start to catch up more quickly temporally speaking from now on, as 1991 was the last year to have 6 issues.

Posted at 11:40 PM | Comments (0)

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