purplecat: The Tardis (Doctor Who)

A Doctor Who version of one of those grid based logic problems.  I don't really have the enthusiasm to transcribe the clues without knowing someone would really like a transcription, but please feel free to drop a comment if you would like them transcribed.

From Tides of Time Trinity 1991. Credited to Mark Dunn who, I'm fairly sure, won't mind me sharing.
purplecat: Jamie from Doctor Who. (Who:Jamie)

Jamie and Victoria running away from a Yeti.

This is not, I believe, actually a shot from The Abominable Snowmen but in fact a mocked up photo-shoot for Doctor Who's Tenth Anniversary (though I could be wrong about that).
purplecat: The Tardis against a spiralling clock face motif. (Who:Tardis)

Russell Davies holding a tin decorated as a Tardis - though I'm not sure you can tell it is a tin from the photo.


The Tardis Tin concept (in which DWM interviews a Doctor Who luminary by getting them to pull random questions out of a Tardis Tin) has had surprising longevity. I can see it's easy to prepare (after all the questions already exist) and I wonder if the guests like it - after all generic random questions are unlikely to throw up anything too searching or embarrassing.

I have a Tardis Tin somewhere but I can't quite recall the context in which they were produced. I don't recall it having anything in it (e.g., sweets) on the other hand I don't think I was ever sufficient a completist to have bought an empty Tardis tin. I wonder if a VHS set of some description came in it? It occurs to me that I have enough back issues of DWM that I could probably go through and reconstruct the set of random questions and then put them in the tin, though to what end I can't quite imagine.
purplecat: The Eighth Doctor (Who:Eight)

Book Cover for the Infinity Doctors by Lance Parkin.  A White background with the Doctor's Ring showing a swirling galaxy in the large blue stone
The difficulty with this book is where to shelve it since it is clearly intended to be an AU in which the Doctor never left Gallifrey though. Until about halfway through the book, I was kidding myself that I could pretend it was set after he had returned to Gallifrey at some point in the future but no. Anyway, since the Eight Doctor adventures occur in canon in publication order I eventually opted to shelve it among them in publication order.
purplecat: The Thirteenth Doctor and Tards (Who:Thirteen)

Book cover for The women who lived.  Artists drawings of Thirteen (centre), Idris, River, Missy, Osgood, Donna, Clara, Bill, Yaz and Amy.  Amazing Tales for Future Time Lords is the tag line above the names of the authors Christel Dee and Simon Guerrier
Freebie postcard from Vworp!


The teenager got me this book for my birthday on the strength of it being publicised at Vworp! I think we were both a little disappointed with the reality which is capsule biographies of various women in Doctor Who not, as we'd somehow thought, new short stories about them. Still, there is lots of pretty artwork and it's the kind of thing I would have loved as a child/teenager getting into the fandom - though I'm less clear how much demand there is for this kind of thing in the age of the Internet.
purplecat: The Fourth Doctor (Who:Four)

Cover for DWM Issue 81.  A still from Shada showing three exaggeratedly aged people in silver outfits.  Below is an inset image of the Fourth Doctor and Romana and the Captions 'Shada The Story you Never Saw!' and 'Behind the Scenes Pictures, Interviews and Features'


Sometimes I see a DWM cover and wonder about the chain of reasoning that made someone think this, of all the images available, was the one most likely to make some random member of the general public pick the magazine up off the stand. Then I'm slightly charmed that either someone thought this, or someone felt that the cover image need only appeal to die hard fans.
purplecat: Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor (Who:Five)

Several comic panels.  A woman in a dark and white panelled dress is throwing hoops at a fairground stall.  The Fifth Doctor thinks he recognises her and chases her into the Ghost Train.


This is from the second issue of DWM I ever had. I still remember the excitement of realising whoever was writing the Dr Who comic was as Dr Who literate as I was. From my viewpoint now, I'm slightly surprised that I recognised that as a potential image of Zoe and wonder where I had seen Zoe's similar outfit before, or was it just the hair?
purplecat: The second Doctor reading his 500 year diary. (Who:Two)

Black and White Still.  Foam rains down upon a control room set.
From Fury from the Deep. One has to admire the chutzpah of using a foam machine for your monster and simply assuming that if you call it "Seaweed" in the script sufficiently often the viewers will accept that it is a seaweed monster.
purplecat: The  First Doctor (Who:One)

Black and White Fan Art.  Davros is centre and surrounding him from top right are a running Ogron, a movie Roboman, a Dalek, an Ogron drawing a gun, another Dalek, Sara Kingdom, and a final Dalek
This is from an unknown issue of DWB (it's just a page floating in one of my hanging files). It is by Steve Cranch.
purplecat: The Tardis (Doctor Who)

Line drawing of one panel of the Tardis console.  Controls and switches are labelled from 1 to 10


This is from DWM 79. The accompanying text states that, inspired by the Dr Who Technical Manual doing something similar for the 1980s console, the uncredited author(s) have examined the Hartnell and Troughton episodes in order to construct a reference of what all the controls and instruments on the Tardis console do. I can't quite work out to what extent I believe this reconstruction is entirely based on televised episodes. The modern magazine would lovingly reference each deduction, including discussion of any discrepancies and there is none of that here and some of the text doesn't ring any bells with me in terms of things I recall happening in stories. But still, for what it's worth in the above the labels refer to the following:

1. The Audio Unit.
2. Indicator Lights (the function of each one is detailed).
3. Course acceptance Unit. As I understand matters this is some kind of check on whether you've inputed correct destination coordinates.
4. Safety Precaution Switch. An invention of the Doctor's (no less) this stops the Tardis landing anywhere it might get destroyed. I find the concept that a) this does not come as standard in Tardises and b) that it apparently has to be activated after every take off somewhat alarming.
5. Materialization Switch.
6. The Stasis Switch. I confess I have no understanding of the text accompanying this. It seems to have something to do with the idea that the Tardis doesn't dematerialise if only travelling in time - but why you need a switch for that is beyond me.
7. Materialization Switch. Yes, another one. It is not clear what happens if you activate one and not the other.
8. Auto-Log indicator. Lights up if the auto-log has overriden the Navigational Instruments apparently.
9. Navigational Control. Allows you to program coordinates in binary (which rather suggests there are only 128 locations in the whole of time and space).
10. Co-Ordinate Programmer. Apparently the navigational control sets the coordinate from galactic zero while this sets the "normal digital reference". The reason you need both is not clear...

As for Panels 2 to 6... well I may post them sometime.
purplecat: The  First Doctor (Who:One)

William Hartnell stands on the left, there is a boy who may well have freckles and buck teeth standing next to him in school blazer, and a woman on the right with a 1960s bob cut and white polo neck jumper.  Hartnell and the woman are jointly holding a white sheet of paper and staring top right looking frightened/concerned.  The boy just looks really happy.

According to the caption in DWM, this is William Hartnell on Junior Points of View in 1964. The boy in the middle is Stephen Qualtrough from Liverpool and the woman is presenter Sarah Ward. I've no idea if Points of View is still a thing (Wikipedia tells me it still is) - there certainly was no longer a junior version when I was growing up, but I recall both Barry Took and later Ann Robinson presenting viewers' letters and sometimes BBC responses from my teenage years.
purplecat: The Seventh Doctor (Who:Seven)

Black and White Photo.  Sylvester McCoy is wearing an outrageous outfit, with patterned trousers and braces, and what looks to be a multi-coloured long coat with wide lapels.  Extravagant lace is visible at the  cuffs.  His haired is spiked up and  he has a small star above one eyebrow - the effect is slightly New Romantic
The credit on the back reads Sylvester McCoy in The Pied Piper by Adrian Mitchell from the poem by Robert Browning (Olivier Theatre, 1987). Photograph by Nobby Clark.


On the back of this postcard, I've written "Theatre Trip to `Anthony and Cleopatra' 6/2/88". So I must have picked this up while in the National Theatre shop. I certainly never saw the production.

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