BY PAUL FERRY I’ve always wanted to be the Doctor, ever since I was a small child and Tom Baker’s fascinating Fourth Doctor dominated my Saturday teatimes. I mean, who wouldn’t? The Doctor is the ultimate hero – brave, caring, resourceful and although there are sometimes difficult decisions to be made, the end result is always to make the universe a better place to live. When I was 11 years old, I dressed as the Doctor for a school costume party in a Fourth Doctor outfit that my mother made for me. She made the coat from scratch and knitted … Continue reading The Doctor: He’s Always Been My Hero and She always Will Be!
The BBC has broadcast their first teaser trailer featuring Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor at half-time in their coverage of the Football World Cup Final (that’s soccer for any Americans reading). Jodie’s announcement in the role last year was … Continue reading The Universe is Calling: Series 11 Teaser Trailer
In this classic article from Strange Skins 2013, controversial columnist Bob Sheppard takes a look at fandom’s initially judgemental reaction to the now well-loved Eleventh Doctor companion. The popular shared opinion of fandom is like one of those shoals of shining silver fish that you see on natural history documentaries from time to time. It glides along nicely for a while in one particular direction, and then it suddenly shoots off skittishly at a tangent for no immediately definable reason. This pattern can be seen time after time throughout Doctor Who’s long history; whether it be the sudden change of … Continue reading Look Back in Ginger: Fandom’s Harsh Judgement of Amy Pond
Here’s the first in what might be a series of preludes to the forthcoming Timebase film Memory Failure; Lazlo’s Big Score by Paul Ferry. Under his breath, Lazlo vowed that the next time he saw Mephlim he was going to punch him in the face. With his metal arm, not the soft one. Flesh and bone was too good for that treacherous creep; he deserved solid-state cybernetics – right in the middle of his scaly snout. An easy job, he’d said; just a few pieces of machinery to smuggle across the Alpha Barricade. Well, it turned out that, when assembled, … Continue reading Prelude to Memory Failure: Lazlo’s Big Score
One of the most eagerly awaited Doctor Who fan videos of all time has posted its first episode online… after an unprecedented 27 years! Doctor Who – Devious started filming in 1991 (to put it in perspective, that’s three years … Continue reading The Long Game: Legendary Fan Video ‘Devious’ First Episode Complete
This is not a review of Doctor Who: The Collection Season 12. I set out to write a review, only to find that I was too close to the material to be truly impartial. You see, Tom Baker’s debut season was my introduction to Doctor Who. Looking back, I had probably seen some of Jon Pertwee’s last season; I have vague memories of the giant spiders and was aware of the Daleks prior to Genesis of the Daleks, but my memories of Tom Baker’s first season are vivid. Although I was only 5 at the time, I know I watched … Continue reading Not a Review: Doctor Who Season 12