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By Paul Scoones

This issue has a rather special feature on a remarkable piece of Doctor Who history that took place right here in New Zealand - under our very noses, as it were. In 1984, the Terrance Dicks-penned play Doctor Who and the Daleks in Seven Keys to Doomsday was performed in Wellington. The production was publicised; it even made the Evening Post newspaper (which is where the photo on the back cover of this issue originates), but somehow it seems to have escaped the attention of New Zealand Doctor Who fans for over 15 years. Graham Howard has done a remarkable job of tracking down and interviewing the play's director. Does anyone out there remember the play? Did you, or your relations or friends attend one of the performances? Write in and tell us!

Speaking of writing in, have a read of the Discovering the Doctor column this issue, in which readers talk about finding out about Doctor Who and becoming fans - please do write in with your own experiences for this column. Don't forget, also, that if you're following the series on Prime TV that we'd love to publish your views on the Pertwee stories next issue so write in and tell us what you think.

If you can possibly help it, don't pass up the opportunity to see Colin Baker and Katy Manning live in person in Auckland this February. Fans in both the UK and the USA have numerous opportunities every year to meet the stars of Doctor Who, but here in New Zealand, opportunities to meet the actors seldom arise. By all accounts, both Katy and Colin are highly entertaining guests and I'm looking forward to meeting them. I hope to see you there, too. Come up and say hello.

Sorry about the lateness of this issue. Someone once told me that I shouldn't apologise when TSV's late, but I do feel the pressure of keeping you all waiting. My reason - as always - is that TSV has to take third place behind my job and my personal life. Most days, there's only room for two of those. I've therefore been giving some thought as to how to solve the problem. I'd like to think that that this magazine has a long and healthy life ahead of it, but to achieve this, I'm going to need some help. I'd like to farm out some of the work I'm currently doing to others. I think, for instance, that TSV could benefit from having a separate news editor and probably a fiction and/or reviews editor as well. These jobs wouldn't necessarily be very demanding or time-consuming on their own, but they'd certainly take a lot of the time pressures off me. So if you're an enthusiastic TSV reader, with good writing skills and internet access, and would like to help out (you don't need to live in Auckland), drop me an email at the usual address.


This item appeared in TSV 61 (December 2000).