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Doctor Who Classic Comics 1

Review by Jonathan Park

From what I read in DWM and TSV, Doctor Who Classic Comics would be either very good or silly. Well it's not at all good... it's excellent!!!

The first issue features the making of the sixties strips, two full Pertwee strips and one Pertwee strip to be completed in Issue Two. It also had the next of The Daleks strips taken from DWM in packages of 4-6 each issue. Not only that but each of the early issues have a giant free poster.

Now to the comic strips - the first one is Gemini Plan, set in Australia and this is probably my favourite. The second one is called Timebenders and is quite long but still a good read, and the third is The Vogan Slaves. This one finished halfway through but so far it is rather good. Don't miss it!

Doctor Who Magazine 194

Review by Jon Preddle

Resurrection of the Daleks is the cover archive feature this month, written by Andrew Pixley in his usual competent manner. Apart from a look back at the merchandise of 1992 and an interview with musician Peter Howell, the issue contains little else of interest. A new series of postcards starts this issue, with photos of four of the Doctor's more popular companions.

Like other zines released at the time, DWM headlines the news of The Tenth Planet Planet 4 'hoax'. It is clear from the different typeface in the second column of this item that the DWM offices discovered the truth just in time for them to alter the relevant paragraph before going to press.

Doctor Who Magazine 195

Review by Jon Preddle

This issue is a milestone in two respects - it is Gary Russell's tenth issue as editor and the first without John Nathan-Turner's influence as 'Advisor'. Having been in the hot seat for nearly a full year, Russell has managed to maintain the high standards set by previous editor John Freeman; not an easy task, I'm sure. Now, with the knowledge that JNT's watchful eye is no longer restricting the magazine's content, I hope that Russell will not be afraid to take a few risks.

This issue, however, contains nothing startling. The Archive covers The Two Doctors, and the feature is backed up by a short but interesting interview with actor Laurence Payne, who played Dastari. In addition, there is a brief look at the making of A Fix With Sontarans, a short 'play' which appeared in a British show called Jim'll Fix It. With the comic strip - in its penultimate installment featuring some very Klingon-ish aliens! - this issue could almost qualify as a 'Sontaran Special'!

The issue also contains a look back at what happened in the world of Doctor Who during 1993 and gives readers the chance to have their say in the annual survey. In 'Off the Shelf', Gary Russell gives very negative reviews of the latest books, in particular Transit (which is also featured in Prelude). To round off the issue, there is a second set of postcards, unfortunately just too late to be used this past Christmas...

Doctor Who Magazine 196

Review by Paul Scoones

The highlight of this issue is, I believe, one of the most interesting and engrossing articles that I've had the pleasure of reading in DWM. I refer to BBC engineer Steve Roberts' utterly fascinating account of how The Daemons was restored to colour. Roberts is not wary of giving detailed descriptions of the various processes used, yet explains things in clear, concise language that the reader can easily understand, and this is the article's greatest strength.

The Celestial Toymaker is an intriguing case of perhaps the most problem-fraught Sixties Doctor Who production. Many stories have been told about the making of it, and Andrew Pixley has expertly woven all this information together to form a definitive Archive feature. He accurately documents New Zealand's transmission of the story, which makes me wonder if he's seen a copy of The Doctor Who Listener...

DWM's series of 'Prelude' introductory stories for The New Adventures are for some reason rather forgettable, and the latest, for The Highest Science, is no exception. Still, from what the reviewer has to say about the book, it definitely shouldn't be missed.

The comic strip story Pureblood comes to an end this issue, and finally gave Benny something to do! I liked the subtle twist on the last page, even if it was a little contrived.

Finally, there's an interview with Sophie Aldred, covering her post-Who career. Sophie is thirty now, so I wonder if she'll still be passed off as a teenager if Ace - and indeed Doctor Who returns...

This item appeared in TSV 32 (February 1993).