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By Paul Scoones

TSV 40 was printed, stapled, folded, and sealed in over two hundred envelopes waiting to be posted out the following morning when in the dead of night we received a phone call from Gary Russell, editor of Doctor Who Magazine and author of Legacy. He was calling to tell us that he would be in Auckland as part of an overseas trip on the last weekend in August. Coincidentally, this was the same weekend Continuum was to be held in Wellington. Felicity and I hastily persuaded Gary to take an extra flight to Wellington to be guest of honour at 1994's Doctor Who-related convention. All that remained was to stamp the back of every envelope with a brief message communicating the good news.

Having Gary at the convention was a rare opportunity. In England apparently even the small-scale conventions can usually attract at least one if not several Doctor Who actors or production people, since in most areas there's likely to be one living just a short train ride away. In New Zealand we do not, of course, have this advantage. To arrange for a Doctor Who guest to attend one of our conventions requires considerably greater expenditure than just the price of a train fare, so we were extremely fortunate that Gary had decided to visit New Zealand.

I'm sure everyone who attended Continuum (or met Gary during his brief stop-over in Auckland) will join me in extending a very warm and sincere thank you to Gary Russell for giving up part of his weekend holiday in New Zealand to entertain and inform us.


Musical accompaniment: Counting Crows, August and Everything After

This item appeared in TSV 41 (October 1994).