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Doctor Who fandom in the 1970s

October 16th, 2010 (02:24 pm)

Remember this post? Simon, who writes the blog My TARDIS Years, did, and asked me whether he could reproduce my scans of early covers of TARDIS, the fanzine around which the Doctor Who Appreciation Society formed in 1976. They now appear in his latest blog entry, 'My fandom years with Steve Cambden + interview'. Read about the days when fandom was small and one could be lucky enough to watch The Pirate Planet on first broadcast at Debbie Watling's house; and also of the days when it was expected that most people started work at sixteen, and if you were also very lucky you could join the BBC and become K9's assistant operator.

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Posted by: ooxc (ooxc)
Posted at: October 16th, 2010 02:09 pm (UTC)

>>>>also of the days when it was expected that most people started work at sixteen, and if you were also very lucky you could join the BBC and become K9's assistant operator.

Oh yes - how I remember those days - being looked down on by younger shop assistants because still wearing school uniform at 17.
On the other hand, as you say, there were the people who were working at Pinewood before they were 17. In those days, people alighted or took trains to and from Pinewood at the station where I boarded the school train.
Oh the thrill when, forty years later, it was my turn to arrive and board there by taxi for and from Pinewood!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 16th, 2010 02:15 pm (UTC)
UK_politics

I watched most of BBC Parliament's repeat of the 1970 election coverage last weekend, which brought home how I was born into a different country from the one in which I now live.

Pinewood sounds dramatic and exciting - what were you doing there?

Posted by: ooxc (ooxc)
Posted at: October 16th, 2010 02:55 pm (UTC)

It was rather amazing - the old studio is stil there, although it wasn't clear whether they still use it.
I was being filmed for a semi-fictitious programme about deceased friends and relations and their activities during the 60s and 70s until the 90s

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 16th, 2010 03:26 pm (UTC)

I think Pinewood's big stages are still available for booking, but they have diversified into television to keep going, and that's what keeps the business going at the moment. The programme sounds of interest, anyway.

Posted by: ooxc (ooxc)
Posted at: October 16th, 2010 03:28 pm (UTC)

That sounds likely - but I meant that the original building, that used to appear in credits, was still there - my taxi drove past it

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 16th, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC)

Oh yes, of course - I'd forgotten that. I remember seeing an old This Is Your Life during an archive repeat season, where John Mills was surprised outside.