Myth Makers Doctor Who Magazine Boxset

Myth Makers DWM BoxsetDVDFrom DWM #509!

And it’s a piece about which I have no ‘additional’ material whatsoever to share at this bit, before the break. Instead, I’ll solicit good internet karma by popping in a link to the website where you can purchase the DVD under review. Continue reading

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Verity!: “Feminism is built into the DNA of it”

L-R, Deb Stanish, Erika Ensign and Katrina Griffiths

L-R, Deb Stanish, Erika Ensign and Katrina Griffiths

DWM Yearbook 2016The final selection of extra bits from the DWM 2017 Yearbook (in shops now!). And here’s Deb Stanish, Erika Ensign and Katrina Griffiths from the Verity! podcast.

Full disclosure – I didn’t actually interview the trio together. I spoke, first, to Deb via Skype, then met up with Kat while she was visiting London, and finally Erika, again over Skype. I’m running their answers below in one narrative as each discussion covered similar topics.

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Radio Free Skaro: “Who cares what some dork in his basement says?”

Radio Free Skaro

L-R, Chris Burgess, Steven Schapansky, Warren Frey

DWM Yearbook 2016The DWM 2017 Yearbook is out today. I’ve got a few bits in it, including a feature on Doctor Who podcasting, in which I spoke to the makers of Reality BombVerity! and Radio Free Skaro.

Everyone involved in these endeavours proved to be 1) Charming and 2) Generous with their time – and I took up a lot of it. But, because of my allotted word-count, I had to really compress each interview for publication. Therefore, I’m taking this opportunity to run some ‘unseen’ footage from each here.

More will (hopefully!) be along in the next few days, but we begin with Steven Schapansky, Warren Frey and Chris Burgess from Radio Free Skaro
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Kazimierz Piotr Jerzy Brachacki

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DWM #506Above is a picture of Kazimierz Piotr Jerzy Brachacki. In 1952, he applied for British citizenship, and became known as Peter. Anyone reading this will know, he designed the TARDIS interior – a brilliant, ageless piece of work.

In DWM #506 (on sale now) I attempt to tell his story – something that was only possible with the help of his widow, Gaby, and oldest son, Alexis.

It was summer 2015 when I first got in touch with them, and in the year-and-a-half since, we’ve spoken on several occasions, and they’ve both been very generous with their time. Furthermore, Alexis even shared with me unpublished images of Peter’s work and – following a trip to visit his paternal relatives in Poland – unearthed pictures of his father during the 1940s and ’50s. You can see many of them in the new DWM, but I’d thought I’d share a few more here.
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Michael Kibble-White, 1939-2016

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The following is the final entry in Steve Berry’s Doctor Who book, Behind The Sofa, originally published in 2012, and to which my dad – who died this morning – contributed. If you’re so moved, please support Alzheimer’s Research UK.

(Apologies to Ben Morris, for modifying his work, above)
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Depicting Doctor Who 2001

Doctor Who 2001

Holly and Dan meet the Hickman/Gatiss/Roberts Doctor (Click to enlarge)

DWM #500I was shameless. Absolutely shameless.

I remember ringing Tom Splisbury in the middle of 2015, to gossip about this and that – but in truth the purpose was to make it clear I really wanted to have something in DWM #500. It meant a lot to me. Even then, I didn’t think that something would also include my own illustration… Continue reading

Tom Baker: “There’s always a bloody inquest”

Tom BakerIt’s Tom Baker’s birthday today, and people are joyously sharing Tom stories and interviews online. It’s prompted me to dig out my own Tom transcript, from 14 April, 2014.

Tom had been pressed into service to promote reruns of old Doctor Who episodes on The Horror Channel. After helming an uproarious roundtable (bits of which, I wrote up here), he did some quick one-to-one chats. So, I jumped in, double-banking quotes that could possibly be used in the huge poll that featured in DWM #474 (in the end, I don’t think any appeared) and running past him a Q&A feature for Total TV Guide, pertaining to various ‘firsts’ from his career.

Here, opportunistically, is the full transcript, and note how he off-handedly seems to want to bring the interview to a close. But then carries on in fine form anyway.

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Tom Baker circa 1979

This post has nothing to do with writing for DWM. Instead, it’s just a handy place to lodge this short but rather lovely video which I uploaded to YouTube. It shows Tom Baker circa 1979 (identified by the fact that in a later sequence I’ve cut out, there’s a cab adorned with an advert for 2000 AD featuring the logo the comic used over ’79 and early 1980) in Beaumont Square, East London, 1979. He’s attending a charity event held by the London Taxi Drivers’ Fund for Underprivileged Children.

There he is, his Tom-ness, surrounded by balloons and admirers, signing autographs. I like it when he spots the camera, does a wave and rubs his nose.

Thanks go to Elaine Penn who passed the footage on to me in the first place.