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A Doctor Who fanzine archive

April 21st, 2009 (12:20 pm)

The Ninth Circle of Hell is a project devoted to archiving old Doctor Who fanzines online, and is a thoroughly good thing. The first issue of Circus is up there, from 1993 (is it really that long since I bought it, on gervase_fen's recommendation?), and is well worth reading.


Posted by: Virgers! How are we doing with those explosives? (tree_and_leaf)
Posted at: April 21st, 2009 07:47 pm (UTC)

Interesting read - including the review of U2 on the Joshua Tree tour (though I would beg to disagree with the reviewer's assessment of Runrig...)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: April 21st, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)

Theo Robertson had a brief phase as Doctor Who fandom's angry young man, retreating from writing articles quite quickly. His hostility towards Runrig could be grouped with a post-mid 80s anxiety about Doctor Who's modernity, best expressed in novel form in Timewyrm: Revelation where Ace suddenly develops a detailed knowledge of the Madchester scene missing from her television appearances.

Posted by: gervase_fen (gervase_fen)
Posted at: April 21st, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC)

Oh, that brought some memories. Incomprehensible but compelling Johnny Chess fiction, a guide to Hancock I still wish I had now that we live in the days of BBC7, and Colin's acknowledgments noting an out-of-the-blue phone call from Christopher Benjamin.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: April 21st, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)

The Ninth Circle of Hell is a brilliant idea. The editors know how to scan and present documents. A pity that the one issue of Ark in Space was removed - but who was the irate contributor who wants his fanzine-writing past obliterated?

I don't have any issues of Auton, so I am looking forward to looking through those...

...and returning to Circus and John Connors's article, thanks to Google I can at last find out who his ideal Doctor of 1993, Cal McCrystal, is.