100% Cotton*: The Target Novelisations of Donald Cotton

A classic feature from the archives of Strange Skins 2013. Donald Cotton, an acclaimed TV and radio writer and co-creator of Adam Adamant Lives, only ever wrote two stories for Doctor Who… and neither of them is particularly acclaimed. His first, The Myth Makers, is often overlooked because it is one of those sad cases where 100% of the footage is missing from the BBC archive. Not even so much as a tiny clip exists! His second (and, as it turned out, final) script, The Gunfighters, exists in its entirety, but for a long time was unfairly (and rather inaccurately) … Continue reading 100% Cotton*: The Target Novelisations of Donald Cotton

Doctor Who Magazine Special: The World of Fandom

Fans of Doctor Who fan videos (too much use of the word fan in that phrase, probably) should check out the latest Doctor Who Magazine special, The World of Fandom, which has got a great feature about those lovely home-made slices of Doctor Who. There’s lots of other cool stuff in there too, including a feature on Audio Visuals, the seminal high-quality fan-produced audio series of the 80s and 90s. Nice! doctorwhomagazine.com Continue reading Doctor Who Magazine Special: The World of Fandom

Adult Situations: Is New Who More Grown-Up Than the Classic Series?

It’s often stated that one of the areas in which the modern version of Doctor Who succeeds over the classic series is that it is more grown up. But is it really? Could it be that two eras of Doctor Who simply wear their maturity in different ways and approach the issue of what it means to be an adult from completely different angles, informed by the society in which they were shaped? The aspects of the modern series that people label as more sophisticated are mostly emotional. The classic series rarely dwelt on open displays of emotion – unless, … Continue reading Adult Situations: Is New Who More Grown-Up Than the Classic Series?

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

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

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!