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By Paul Scoones

Doctor Who Magazine 221 (18 January 1995)

There's something of a Hartnell era theme to this issue, as it includes interviews with Carole Ann Ford and Rex Tucker, and an Archive on The Gunfighters. Carole Ann Ford's memories of working on the series are most insightful; regular DWM interviewer Jane Walker has an obvious talent for gaining fresh perspectives from her subjects. The Rex Tucker interview is however very short which is a pity, as it is only in the last couple of years that his role in the creation of the series has come to light. Perhaps at the age of 89 he should be excused for failing to remember much about his role as the series' first producer or his direction of The Gunfighters. 'The Ballad of the Last Glance Saloon' song lyrics are printed in full, including material not used in the finished serial. The best part of the issue in my opinion is part one of a series of mini-interviews with New and Missing Adventures authors. And if anyone's wondering, my name is in the acknowledgements for this issue because I provided Marcus Hearn with information for his What the Censor Saw article.

Doctor Who Magazine 222 (15 February 1995)

Kate Orman dominates the fiction content of this issue, with both the second part of her comic strip story Change of Mind and her Prelude for Set Piece. The strip is interesting mostly due to the inclusion of Hank Macbeth from The Left-Handed Hummingbird but the Prelude is outstanding. The Prelude is one part of the magazine that even I, a dedicated New Adventures fan, usually only skim-read, but Kate has single-handedly demonstrated the full potential of this regular feature. There's a definite Third Doctor feel to this issue, including an interview with Richard Franklin, an Archive for Doctor Who and the Silurians, Kate's Third Doctor strip, and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Ghosts of N-Space. This was Gary Russell's last issue as editor.

Doctor Who Magazine 223 (15 March 1995)

The interview with Michael Hayes in this issue is interesting, not only for its expansion on what Hayes covered in TSV 38, but also because the interviewer only managed to locate the elusive former Doctor Who director after our interview with him was printed (did we provide the lead, I wonder?). Another interview is with David Driver, a name not usually associated with the show. He was the art editor of the Radio Times responsible for the creation of the Doctor Who tenth anniversary special. Driver's clearly recalled memories of promoting the series in print make fascinating reading. Linking in with the Hayes interview, the Archive story is The Armageddon Factor - a timely choice considering BBC Video's recent scheduling. The three-part series of mini-interviews with New and Missing Adventures authors comes to an end, with very interesting contributions from Daniel O'Mahony, Steve Lyons and Simon Messingham. It is a pity that this series didn't include Terrance Dicks or Craig Hinton. New editor Gary Gillatt has immediately made his mark by banishing the news pages to the very end of the magazine, which in the absence of much news-worthy material most months, is probably a good move.

Doctor Who Magazine 224 (12 April 1995)

Once again, there's a particular Doctor's era predominant; this time it's Troughton, with an Archive on The Abominable Snowmen also featured in the telesnaps. There's a detailed and very interesting article by the ever-resourceful Andrew Pixley examining David Whitaker's draft scripts for The Power of the Daleks, with reference to the development of the new Doctor's character. The comic strip is a Second Doctor, Jamie and Zoe adventure by Warwick Gray; sorry, that should be 'W Scott Gray', as our former cover artist has now renamed himself! A point to note is that the strip features members of a family called Ronayne, which is Warwick fulfilling a long-standing promise to TSV regular David Ronayne. The issue also contains what I found to be a very educational guide to Doctor Who on the Internet. But perhaps most noteworthy of all is the first of a three part interview with Andrew Cartmel, which readers of TSV 40 will find very familiar indeed, and yes, TSV does get a brief mention as the original source.

This item appeared in TSV 43 (March 1995).