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By Paul Scoones

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Doctor Who Magazine 214 (6 July 1994)

Janet Fielding (Tegan) is both the cover and lead interview subject. Fielding has strong views on equality for women, and as might be expected, her views on the series in this respect are rather negative. It was thought provoking to read her forth-right and candid views on what was wrong with Tegan and the series as a whole. Shame on the person who wrote the captions for the interview though - it went against the grain of the rest of the piece to use such a gender-loaded word as 'bossy' to describe Tegan. The Tenth Planet was a particularly good choice of story to archive, as prior to Mr Pixley's detailed examination, there hadn't been a lot documented on this important milestone in the series history. In the continuing Peter Davison interview, it is intriguing to note that Davison remembers Castrovalva as being made before Kinda, when it has always been documented that Kinda came first of the two; is he mistaken? TSV 38 gets a good if brief review in The Fanzine Trap - but what exactly is a 'remote controlled Dalekibility'?

Doctor Who Magazine 215 (3 August 1994)

Louise Jameson (Leela) is interviewed and is the subject of the cover photo, billing her as 'The 'Naked' Savage' - possibly a bid for increased sales? Interviewer Nick Briggs takes Jameson through a selection of clips from her stories, Tom Baker Years-style, to prompt the reminiscing, but most of Jameson's reminisces have appeared in similar form elsewhere. Her reaction to Dimensions in Time is fresh, however. There's a fascinating interview with Reeltime video maker Keith Barnfather. DWM should do more interviews with the fans who have managed to make a success of their interests. The Lunar Strangers is a Fifth Doctor comic story about a couple of space-faring cows visiting a moonbase. Writer Gareth Roberts once again pushes absurd concepts within the series. Martin Geraghty's artwork is particularly good, strongly reminiscent of John Ridgeway's work, but suffers from an inability to capture Tegan's likeness. Warwick Gray appears in the production credits for this issue; he's temporarily working in the DWM office; but what exactly is a 'Pucker Geezer', Warwick? And for that matter, I'm also interested to know if anyone understands the joke at the bottom of page three...?

Doctor Who Classic Comics 21 (22 June 1994)

The Stockbridge Horror begins. This is a particularly interesting Fifth Doctor strip, and I know it's meant to be a surrealistic story, but aren't two of the pages transposed? Once in a Lifetime and Warworld are truly awful Seventh Doctor strips reprinted from The Incredible Hulk Presents. They should have stayed there.

Doctor Who Classic Comics 23 (17 August 1994)

(Where's issue 22? Blame it on the postal service, I guess). The lead story is The Threat from Beneath, a single-part Third Doctor and Daleks strip. John Ainsworth covers the Marvel back-up strips, and the first back-up strip The Return of the Daleks is featured, which is a surprisingly innovative tale.

Doctor Who Magazine Summer Special: The Genesis/Destiny of Doctor Who (July 1994)

[DWM SS94]

If you only buy the occasional issue of DWM, I highly recommend seeking out this particular gem. The front half of the issue deals with the Hartnell era; flip it over, and the back half covers the McCoy years. The archives are 100,000 BC and Survival; a great two-part comic strip written by Warwick Gray links the First and Seventh Doctors, managing to make an insightful comment of the series changing attitudes to alien encounters. (Vicki screams at the first sign of possible danger; Bernice only screams 'when the liquor runs out'!) The highlight of the issue however is an overview of the series' first year in production by Marcus Hearn, who has dug up ancient BBC documentation revealing that the series was constantly under threat of cancellation, that scripts were written at incredibly short notice, and that there was talk of getting rid of Jacqueline Hill (Barbara). Coming right up to date, Sylvester McCoy talks about Survival and beyond - including his opinion of the controversial Dark Dimension project.

This item appeared in TSV 40 (July 1994).