The random witterings of Jonathan Morris, writer.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

(Remember The Days Of The) Old School Yard

Out today, there’s a new special edition of Doctor Who Magazine about The World of Doctor Who – The past, present and future of fandom’. What a marvellous idea for a magazine. I had the enormous pleasure of writing the first article in the magazine, about Doctor Who fans in the 1960s, before there was social media, before there were fanzines, before there was a ‘fandom’.

For the article, I interviewed such legendary luminaries as Jeremy Bentham, Richard Landen, Ian McLachlan and Dick Fiddy, and tracked down and interviewed Stephen Qualtrough, who met William Hartnell as a young boy. I did try to track down the fans who ran The Official William Hartnell (Dr Who) Fan Club but sadly they eluded me. But, to be honest, I only had a limited amount of room, and I already had enough material for 10 pages, never mind 4. Jeremy, Richard, Ian and Dick all gave very interesting interviews, so at some point I’ll post on this blog some of the stuff that I didn’t have room for, as it seems a pity for it to go unseen.

Anyway, it was a lovely article to do, I hope people like it, and I see the rest of the magazine maintains a similar high standard.

In other news, Big Finish have announced a couple of forthcoming Doctor Who audio adventures that I’ve written. The first is Chase the Night, due out in January 2020, featuring Tom Baker as the fourth Doctor, Lalla Ward as Romana, Matthew Waterhouse as Adric and John Leeson as K-9. I was at the recording of this one a few weeks ago and it sounded marvellous. It’s set during the period where the Doctor and his friends were trapped in ‘E-Space’, having various adventures involving marooned spaceships. I can’t say what Chase the Night is about save for that fact that it’s set on a planet where daylight is lethal, but it’s very much in the ‘hard science’ mould of that era of the TV series. You can pre-order it here.

The second forthcoming adventure is The Day of the Comet, due out in January 2021, featuring Tom Baker as the fourth Doctor and Louise Jameson as his companion Leela. I attended the recording of this one too and it also sounded marvellous (I wouldn’t tell you if they didn’t). I’ll talk more about it nearer the time of release – 2021 sounds incredibly distant – but you can already pre-order it here.

And finally, there’s now a blurb for my more imminent adventure, The Crash of the UK-201. You can pre-order it here. The blurb is as follows:

You can’t change the past, every time traveller knows that. What’s done is done and cannot be unwritten. But what if it isn’t the past any more? What if it’s now the present?

The spaceship called the UK-201 was intended to fly to the Earth colony of Astra. But it never made it. Crashing on the planet Dido, a tragic chain of events was set in motion leading to the death of almost all of its crew and a massacre of the indigenous population.

The only survivor of these events was a young girl called Vicki. Rescued by the time traveller known as the Doctor, she’s been travelling in his ship for some time.

So when she suddenly wakes up in her cabin on the UK-201 again, without her friends, a few days before the accident, she’s faced with a stark choice... Can she stop the crash from happening? And if she can, should she?

1 comment:

  1. Looking forward to the extra interview material. I'm already thinking about a post about the other 3000-word history of fanzines which I could have written.