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Old fanzine buying again...

October 31st, 2008 (10:20 am)

I've had a few rounds on eBay recently, and while was unwilling to pay over the odds for an issue of DWFC Mag from 1973, with the first review of The Three Doctors, I did pick up a couple of issues of In Vision. This caught my eye from issue 50, covering Warriors' Gate:

"[Steve/Stephen Gallagher's] first commission was a six-part science-fiction drama, The Last Rose of Summer, broadcast by Manchester's Piccadilly Radio, which in turn brought him to the attention of radio Producers in London. One of Gallagher's submissions, called An Alternative to Suicide, was considered a little too strong for Radio 4 but was passed forward to John Nathan-Turner's office with the suggestion that it might be suitable material for Doctor Who."

I am entertained by the idea of something being 'too strong' for Radio 4 and thus being seen as Doctor Who material. Sadly we never find out what was included in An Alternative to Suicide, though conceivably it dealt with some of the themes and concepts which made it to Warriors' Gate.

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Posted by: Virgers! How are we doing with those explosives? (tree_and_leaf)
Posted at: October 31st, 2008 10:50 am (UTC)
last of the timelords hand gesture

One of Gallagher's submissions, called An Alternative to Suicide, was considered a little too strong for Radio 4 but was passed forward to John Nathan-Turner's office with the suggestion that it might be suitable material for Doctor Who.

*boggles*

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 31st, 2008 12:42 pm (UTC)
Tom

As malaheed indicates below, this seems to be a a case of Doctor Who fan hubris, as An Alternative to Suicide was broadcast after all...

Posted by: malaheed (malaheed)
Posted at: October 31st, 2008 10:59 am (UTC)

AN ALTERNATIVE TO SUICIDE 1979 90m
Science fiction. Set in the future; the crews of interstellar ships are little more than super-efficient automatons who have been programmed from birth for their life away from Earth. One of them breaks his conditioning and finds the truth about his existence. Superior sf play. With Michael Jayston, Catherine Kessler, Paul Maxwell, Brian Haynes, John Bull, Michael Drew, Adrian Egan, Murray Cash, Carole Boyd, Margaret Robertson, Peter Marinker, Nigel Lambert, Danny Schiller, Roger Hammond, Patrick Barr, Graham Faulkner, Henry Knowles. Directed by Martin Jenkins.

It's listed as broadcast in 1979 on BBC radio

Posted by: wellinghall (wellinghall)
Posted at: October 31st, 2008 12:29 pm (UTC)

Where did you get that from?

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 31st, 2008 12:40 pm (UTC)

I thought this might be the case - while the 'factual' section of the magazine thinks that the play wasn't broadcast, the author of one of the critical articles later on remembers listening to it!