And here we are. My last thing published under Tom Spilsbury as DWM‘s editor. ‘End of an Era’ said the cover line, for all sorts of reasons.
Tom is the person who invited me to become the magazine’s ‘new series’ reviewer. I can’t remember why. I can just recall being at a press screening for ‘The Waters of Mars‘ and he asking me if I’d enjoyed it. I think I’d been gently pestering him for a while whenever I saw him at events. Either dropping hints or asking outright if I could do ‘something’. Suddenly, I was through the door, and completely thrilled about it.
I still am.
Along the way, he proved hands off in terms of moderating what I wrote, but a brilliant sounding board whenever I needed it. We spoke a lot about ‘The Caretaker‘ review, for example, and he helped me find a way to say what I wanted to.
Thanks again, Tom – you were my Doctor Who Magazine editor.
This is from DWM #515.
Oh dear. Look at me trying to ladle on the portent in those opening and closing lines.
From DWM #515.
See me belabouring for some kind of pithy pay-off. And getting nowhere near to that.
My last one from DWM #513.
God love DWM which, when this was printed in the magazine, rendered the appropriate bits in the correct ZX Spectrum font.
Another from DWM #513.
Last one from DWM #512.
For what it’s worth, when I write these pieces for the magazine, I know in advance what the page-flow will be. In this case, it meant I was aware this would be the last of my reviews in the issue, so I tried to give it the sense of also rounding off my reviews thus far. A sort of ’till next month…‘ feeling.
Another from DWM #512.
And it was a mighty relief to having something upbeat to say about a Frank Cottrell-Boyce Doctor Who story. Particularly as I generally think he’s a terrific writer.
I’ll get to it later, but I wasn’t especially upbeat coming into this series. That was only because the Christmas episode – which prompted an extremely positive reaction in general – left me cold (no pun). This, I thought, was representative of the new direction for Peter Capaldi’s final year.
It sort of was too. But, as it transpired, once Bill was locked into the equation, I really enjoyed what was to follow.
This review is from DWM #512.
This one’s from DWM #495…
Wherein I make a slightly catty remark at the end about how long it was going to be until Doctor Who was back on telly. Continue reading
Last one from DWM #494, and a happy place to end, I guess, reflecting on series as great as any the show had brought us… Continue reading
Still chugging through DWM #494. And it strikes me a lot of writing about Doctor Who – and not just my writing about it – comes to rest upon the notion that the series is forever moving forward. That new things are coming. Is that simply because it’s the promise of the format, or because we (still!) like continual reassurance there’s more to follow?