The Doctor: He’s Always Been My Hero and She always Will Be!

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!

Look Back in Ginger: Fandom’s Harsh Judgement of Amy Pond

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

Prelude to Memory Failure: Lazlo’s Big Score

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

Not a Review: Doctor Who Season 12

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

The Shape of Things

It’s been a while since we’ve had an update on Memory Failure, the new Timebase Production. So here’s one. There have been a few changes to the production; the two-part format of the original has been re-jigged into a feature length (ish) one-parter, still retaining the name Memory Failure. The Doctor’s companion, originally called Claire Wheeler, briefly became Casey Wheeler, before becoming Misty Marshall. Paul Ferry: “Misty was the name of the companion in the two proposed audio adventures Battling Gods and The Gingerbread House Murders. I always liked the name but didn’t think it suited a professional hypnotherapist. I … Continue reading The Shape of Things

Most Exciting: Dr. Who & the Daleks on the Big Screen… IN COLOUR!

When I first got into Doctor Who fandom in a big way in the late 1980s, the received wisdom amongst fans was that the two Peter Cushing films from the 60s, Dr Who and the Daleks and Daleks’ Invasion Earth: 2150ad, were worthless rubbish. Which is strange, because almost everyone that I spoke to would say ‘Actually, I rather like them’ with a sort of guilty pleasure look on their face. Everyone had an incredible fondness for them from watching endless reruns during on a Saturday morning or during the school holidays in the 70s, wedged between episodes of Champion … Continue reading Most Exciting: Dr. Who & the Daleks on the Big Screen… IN COLOUR!

Looking On: the Latest News on Doctor Who Series 11

Strange Skins Digital’s Gemma Knight looks at all the latest news, rumours and downright lies concerning Jodie Whittaker’s first series as Doctor Who… The future of Doctor Who is shrouded in mystery. At no time in the past has so very little been known about where the series was going and how it is going to get there. All that we know for absolute sure is that the Thirteenth Doctor is a woman and she will be played by Jodie Whittaker. The BBC has released photographs of Jodie’s new costume as the Thirteenth Doctor. For a long time, many fans … Continue reading Looking On: the Latest News on Doctor Who Series 11