Wednesday, 21 December 2011

We Are Da Doctor Who Management (Taken From Issue 8)

Now we all think we can write a series of Doctor Who.  But what would happen if the bigwigs down in Cardiff actually listened to us fans?  We’ve enlisted the help of those people who used to do surveys for Family Fortunes and they’ve been everywhere on the worldwide web (as well as in some ‘dirty and seedy establishments’ – McDonalds) and asked fans what they would like to see in their dream series’. 

Here are the findings:


Episode 1 – The Return of John Smith
Written By Steven Moffat

Another tedious episode in which The Doctor has got to use the name ‘John Smith’ at least 617 times in a 45-minute episode, just to give a ‘nod’ to the Classic Series.  Which is strange, as The Doctor didn’t actually use the name John Smith all that much in the Classic Series anyway.

Episode 2 – The Rani Returns
Written By Russell T. Davies

The Rani (still played by Kate O’Mara) crash lands on Earth in the 21st Century, after she was shot down by Sgt. Benton, who has chucked in selling used cars and has somehow rejoined the army at the age of 65.  The Rani hits her head on the console and regenerates into some soap vixen.  Let’s say Louisa Lytton (who apart from showing her acting qualities in the glorious American Pie: The Book of Love, also shares a name with a Classic Doctor Who villain. See – it’s written in the stars!  That’s if she isn’t opening a branch of Kwik Fit, the day filming starts, of course)

Episode 3 – The Face of The Rani
Written By Russell T. Davies

Part 2 of this classic chronicle, as The Rani blows up The Doctor and his TARDIS and it’s up to Benton to clean up after them.  Although The Doctor tricks The Rani and it’s her TARDIS that she blows up.  Which leaves a nasty taste in her mouth.  The Doctor manages to wriggle away from her clutches at exactly the right time, before he explodes right before her watching face.  It’s gripping stuff.  Or so The Rani thinks.

Episode 4 – Blood of a Cheerleader
Written by Joss Whedon

The internet literally goes into meltdown as Joss Whedon (writer of Buffy, don’t you know!) writes a Doctor Who episode.  Writing the rest of the episode summary is pointless, as fans would be gushing over it anyway, so it doesn’t matter how terrible it is.

Episode 5 – Love and War
Written by Paul Cornell and Steven Moffat

Another adaptation if a Paul Cornell New Adventures novel, which is boycotted by the same smelly, 40-something who got angry and boycotted Human Nature/Family of Blood.  This novel would have seen the introduction of Bernice Summerfield, so the Moff replaces her with Jenny (The Doctor’s Daughter) and ruins the episode.

Episode 6 – The Greatest Sherlock In The Galaxy
Written by Steven Moffat

This episode sees Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman guest star as their characters from Sherlock as they investigate a mysterious theft in old London town.  Somebody has half inched a batch of oyster cards from a newspaper kiosk (the owner of which is played by Dick Van Dyke) - only a trail of slime, a ransom note made with letters from the Radio Times and left-over cider are the clues.  This is the Doctor-lite episode of the series, as he is stuck on the Northern Line.  Expect thrills, laughs and tedious clich├ęs in this thriller!

Episode 7 - The Sum of The Cybermen
Written by Eric Saward & Christopher H Bidmead

The Cybermen return and this time they seek out The Doctor who is the only one who can reprogram them to calculate a mysterious sum, which was given to them by a unknown Timelord.  What that sum is, you’ll never find out as you’ll be switching over to watch the omnibus repeat of Hollyoaks, which will be far more entertaining.

Episode 8 – The Dalek Invasion of Mars
Written by Mark Gatiss

Yes, it’s Daleks vs. Ice Warriors, what more do you want?  Well an explanation for people who don’t know who are what the Ice Warriors are for a start.  But you’re not getting one.

Episode 9 – The Cold War
Written by Mark Gatiss

Part 2, as The Doctor finally does something and makes the chief Ice Warrior his dinner and raconteurs him with tales about peace and Rose Tyler.  Expect more explosions and dialogue that delves into a 50 year-old back-story that doesn’t actually physically exist anywhere anymore.

Episode 10 – The Deadly Sea
Written by Steven Moffat

Yet another Silurian story that copies from the original, as The Doctor tires – but  fails – to persuade humans and Silurians to get along.  Throw in some lessons about evolution, some cracks about humans/apes, a few anti-war messages and poorly CGI-ed tongue attacks and sexual references that will make all the virgins giggle. You know the rest.

Episode 11 – Amy Noble
Written by The Doctor Who Fan Fiction Community

What will prove to be THE best episode of Doctor Who ever (well, until next week anyway) - get your tissues out, as we learn that former companions Amy Pond and Donna Noble may share something more than red hair.  Ever wondered where Amy gets her fiery temper?  Where were Amy’s parents during The Eleventh Hour?  Why do you think Amy gave birth to a Time Baby?  Better get that second box of tissues for an emotional ride that will drain you of all your tears.

Episode 12 – Omega’s Stratagem
Written by Steven Moffat

Yes, the secret villain all along is someone who only appeared in two Doctor Who stories in it’s 50 year-run and someone who 75% of Doctor Who fans know nothing about.  He was the one who sent The Rani’s TARDIS off course, he was one who told The Cybermen about ‘the sum’ and he was the one who invented Sarah Palin.  Yes, the man IS a monster but this Doctor Who - it’s all about monsters!

Episode 13 – The End
Written by Steven Moffat and Russell T. Davies          

And it is the end. The end of everything.  Doctor Who is cancelled as ratings fall to just 200 people.  Funnily enough, the same 200 people who got together to plan this series.  Oh and Rose Tyler pops up at the end to just remind us what an epic character she was.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Issue 8 - DOWNLOAD NOW!

The final Issue of 2011 - and if the death threats I've been receiving are to be believed - it is the last Issue EVER!

(So we've pulled out all the stops!)

In This Issue

  • Series 6 (Part 2) Reviews
  • Convention reports from London and Sydney!
  • It's Been A Wonderful Adventure - Was The Sarah Jane Adventures a success?
  • The Other Season 12 - What would it be like if Jon Pertwee had have stayed on?
  • Dress Karen Gillan - YOUR chance to finger her knick-knacks
  • And Much More (honest)

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Cheers!

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Missing In Action!

It's an aspect of Doctor Who that has always fascinated me.  Missing episodes. 106 still remain missing, as the BBC made the short-sighted decision to wipe their video tapes.  Many were recovered by overseas broadcasters and fans, but as the world grows smaller, finding them all, or just even a few, seemed like a massive uphill task.  Like walking up Everest in just your socks.

Today however, the BBC have exclusively revealed that episode 3 of 1965 serial 'Galaxy 4' and episode 2 of 1967's 'The Underwater Menace' were recovered by a private collector in 1980's, and only came to light a few months ago.  It's fantastic news for Doctor Who fans everywhere, as apart from getting those episodes back - it also gives us fresh hope that more will be recovered.  How many other collectors are sitting on unlabelled film cans?  How many Television stations around the world have got film cans that haven't been checked?  There's still the long-standing belief that many countries around the world could be a potential goldmine for lost BBC material.  It's a fascinating and exciting prospect!  I'm hoping the BBC and fans alike can make this news go global, to remind people that they are still searching for a long-lost episode that is held in a dusty film can.

The last discoveries were in 2004 and it seemed unlikely that any more would be found but fans never gave up hope - and here we are.  If you read the message boards, it's amazing to see what people (volunteers) actually do, just to find a 40-odd year-old episode of a children's sci-fi series that they love so much.  From going through piles and piles of tapes in Africa and Asia, to pulling old film cans out of skips - it would make a decent Panorama documentary (hint, hint BBC - get it sorted!)  It's things like this that stands Doctor Who out from the rest of television and shows people that it isn't just a program.

Ironically, the last year or so has seen the BBC turn to Big Finish and their partners, to produce an animated version of 'The Reign of Terror', which has two episodes missing.  With the technology available these days, it seems a logical step towards filling those gaps. All the soundtracks of the episodes exist, so it's just the pictures we're missing!  But nothing will ever replace those originals broadcasts, grainy footage and all, so it's great news that at least 2 missing episodes won't be animated!

Check your attics and car boot sales!

Missing Episode List 

Galaxy 4 Clip



The Underwater Menace Clip

Friday, 9 December 2011

Fish Custard Christmas Party 2011 & Support Your Local Doctor Who Convention!

We're delighted to announce the details of this years get together - on the Internet.  Bring beer.

Join some like-minded souls for a live watching of the classic Doctor Who adventure Time and The Rani. The legendary story will form the basis of the 2011 Fish Custard Christmas Party on Wednesday 21st December. All you’ll need is alcohol, internet access and to have no taste whatsoever. You don’t even need to wear clothes or talk to anybody. It’ll just be like a school disco.

If you don't have access to the best Doctor Who episode ever, you can whack on any old episode you want and join us for a Doctor Who geek-out. Stay tuned to our various sites for details and the hashtag #welovetherani on Twitter


You can find the event page, on Facebook, here 

(or you can just come and say hello and join in some of the games we'll be playing!)


In other news, we'd like you to take a look at another Facebook page Support Your Local Doctor Who Convention.  Basically, we've joined forces with fans from all over the world to promote those fan events near you, that you may not even know about.  In the wake of the poorly-received 'Official' Doctor Who Convention, this is a great opportunity for fans to get out there and experience fan-run events, which are always great value for money.  You can find the page at www.facebook.com/dwcons join up, post links or just read the information!  The page will be updated as soon as 2012, and new events, arrive.


Cheers and hope to see you on the 21st December!

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Issue 8 - OUT NOW!!!

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS ISSUE IS NOW SOLD OUT

The final Issue of 2011 - and if the death threats I've been receiving are to be believed - it is the last Issue EVER!

(So we've pulled out all the stops!)

In This Issue

  • Series 6 (Part 2) Reviews
  • Convention reports from London and Sydney!
  • It's Been A Wonderful Adventure - Was The Sarah Jane Adventures a success?
  • The Other Season 12 - What would it be like if Jon Pertwee had have stayed on?
  • Dress Karen Gillan - YOUR chance to finger her knick-knacks
  • And Much More (honest)

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Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Happy 48th Birthday Doctor Who!

It's this point of the year where Doctor Who fans all over the world dig out their old episodes and celebrate the birthday of our favourite programme.  Not many television programmes can have such an hold over their viewers, which just shows how successful it is.  Who would have thought that 8-episode children's show would last 48 years and be so loved all around the world?

Like last year, we've done some digging around and are proud to present a interview with Tom Baker, Mary Tamm and Carole Ann Ford, on Nationwide in 1978 - Doctor Who's 15th anniversary.  Tom is on top form and its well worth checking out!

Enjoy and make sure you watch an episode later!

Friday, 18 November 2011

Read All The Issues Online!

We're delighted to announce that you can now read all the back Issues of the fanzine online by clicking one of the links below. Or alternatively, by clicking 'Issues' on the left of this page.

Issue 7 - Read Online

Issue 6 - Read Online

Issue 5 - Read Online

Issue 4 - Read Online

Issue 3 - Read Online

Issue 2 - Read Online

Issue 1 - Read Online

Cheers!

Friday, 11 November 2011

Cash Cows Go To Cardiff!

As I write this, the BBC (or BBC Worldwide) have dropped a bollock by announcing an official convention, with Matt Smith and Steven Moffat. Great news! Well, not really. To get into the convention, you have to part with £99 which doesn’t include autographs (£20/25 per signature, depending on whichever person you want to sign) and photographs at the same price.  All that is before you have to think about travel to and from Cardiff, food, drink and hotels...it all mounts up. I’m not for one minute saying that you shouldn’t go, as that’s up to you, but surely you can see that this is just a blatant rip-off? Using Doctor Who as a tool to rake in money in the most obscene way possible – by ripping off the very people who love it.

And I’ve not even mentioned the best bit yet – Children aren’t really welcome...

You heard me right, Children and Families - the very people the show is made for, are NOT advised to attend. What does the convention contain? Lapdancers with Cybermen masks on? I’m sorry, I just don’t understand. Doctor Who is supposed to be for EVERYONE, not just those adults fortunate enough to have bags of money at their disposal. Of course the FAQ’s section of the site gives some half-arsed excuses such as ‘it’ll spoil the magic’. Or perhaps the opportunity to fleece adults with cash on the hip, is too good to turn down?

It’s interesting to note that the last official conventions (in Longleat in the 1980’s) were affordable for all (the equivalent of around a tenner today) and children were permitted. Would it not be better to charge a reasonable price? It’s not as if they’ll be making any losses and the promotion it would give Doctor Who, as a franchise (I do despise that word) would mean that it’ll be received warmly and lauded by the public for giving them the opportunity to meet the stars from their favourite telly show. Instead, all they’re doing is alienating people and it really doesn’t help when they’re flogging tickets 6 weeks before Christmas either…

All of this has made me wonder why Doctor Who has become this cash cow that it doesn’t have to be. Success is a great thing, but it shouldn’t come to the extent that it alienates its loyal fans, the very people who keep it going. I’m not going to the official convention because I can’t afford it. Does that make me less of a fan? Am I missing out? Am I bollocks! I just hope that one day the BBC will think ‘Are we damaging our reputation by rolling out these events and charging prices which the normal working person can’t really afford?’ But they won’t, as they’ve got money to make. Expect another record year for the profits of BBC Worldwide in 2012 (and they’ll still be cutting budgets and sacking people!)

Sadly, fans will still pay it, as they are caught up in the corporate machine that tells them YOU’RE MISSING OUT if you don’t go. You don’t know you’re doing it, but you do. It’s like when you walk into a supermarket for some milk and come out with more items than you intended. It’s automatically there, ingrained in peoples minds “Oooh I’ll never get to see these people again”, you’ll think. You will see them again. It’s called waiting. Maybe if people said NO on principle, maybe the BBC might change their minds? But as I said, people will always pay it, desperate to see two people they see on television. It’ll sell out and the organisers will think its okay to continue to fleece Doctor Who fans, as ‘they’ll snap anything up’. Is there anyone that doesn’t think that’s not quite right? People will probably point out the exhibitions, the various demonstrations and Q&A’s make up for the price. Is that really worth £99 though? You could go to the Doctor Who Experience in London for a lot less. And we had Confidential for many years before the short-sighted decision to axe it. And at least kids could watch and learn from it. But did it spoil the magic for them, I wonder?

I’m in a mind to say: shove your convention up your arse BBC Worldwide, I’d much prefer to hand over cash for a proper fan convention, who actually CARE about the show and its fans.

But I won’t!

Friday, 28 October 2011

Issue 7 - Download Now!!!

Despite our legal battles with Steven Moffat (we're trying to get more mentions of Fish Fingers and Custard in Doctor Who) we have been busy with a new issue of the fanzine. 

We can't believed we've reached 7, and neither can you probably.

Issue 7 contains the following:

  • Whooverville Review and interview with convention organiser Steve Hatcher
  • What Does Doctor Who Mean To Kids?
  • Torchwood: Miracle Day
  • I Love Who: Harry Sedgewick previews a chapter of his new Doctor Who book, exclusively for the fanzine
  • 31 Things Less Painful Than Watching Journey's End

And Much More!

(It isn't as tedious as it sounds)

You can download the Issue here

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Wednesday, 26 October 2011

The Scarifyers: The Magic Circle - Reviewed

It was with mixed emotions when I heard that The Scarifyers would return, following the death of Nicholas Courtney. Delighted that the series would continue of course, but equally sad that Nick wouldn’t be a part of it. How on earth could they make the story work? I wondered. Well I needn’t have worried, as The Magic Circle has, quite easily, become my favourite Scarifyers adventure!

David Warner (who is no stranger to working on audio with various Doctor Who spin-offs) stars as new character, Ex-Police Sergeant Harry Crow, who is enlisted by Dunning (Terry Molloy) to help him search out Lionheart (Courtney), who seems to have gone missing whilst looking at an old police case. But as the pair are trying to get to the bottom of it all, someone (or something!) is attacking certain magicians…

The story, as always, mixes comedy and drama superbly, but with this being more of a poignant story, I thought it was taken to another level. The performances are all top notch, but Terry Molloy is something else. Although I suspect that he wasn’t acting that much, considering the circumstances. I was very impressed with how the writers handled Lionheart’s backstory and provided a very fitting finale to his character.

Warner offers up a very different character than his predecessor, but he has that same quality in his voice that makes you want to listen. Whilst listening to the story, you can slowly see (or hear!) his character developing and I’m already looking forward to hearing more!

One of the other reasons why this particular story is my favourite, is because of the music. I’ve never really noticed it before (apart from the excellent theme) and some people say that you shouldn’t notice good music in drama, on whichever media. But I disagree, you should notice the best music, especially on audio, as it brings the best out of a particular scene and affects your emotions, and the way Edwin Skyes’ music is placed in some scenes, just adds that little bit of quality to an already-excellent release.

Also included is a 20-minute documentary ‘Remembering Nick’ where the cast and crew of The Scarifyers share their memories of Nick’s time on the series. Some genuinely heartfelt words, just confirming about what we as fans, thought about the man. And what’s more – the series was originally written with Nick/The Brig in mind!

I can’t stress enough that you should go out there and get yourself a copy. The Scarifyers is just quality and deserves a much wider audience. Even if you haven’t listened to a Scarifyers story before, you should still enjoy this for what it is. A tribute to Nicholas Courtney.

The Scarifyers: The Magic Circle will be available from http://www.cosmichobo.com/ on CD and download from the 1st November

Don’t forget to check out our interview with Scarifyers writer Simon Barnard in Issue 5 of Fish Fingers and Custard!

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Doctor Who: Are You Watching?


To many people (lazy journalists - I'm looking at you) viewing figures seem to matter above everything else.  In Issue 8, we'll be going through the Series 6 viewing figures in full.  In the meantime, here's our summary of the viewing figures of Doctor Who from 2005 to the mid-series break in 2011.  This article originally appeared in Issue 6 of Fish Fingers and Custard.

(If you don't care about any of this, we'll be having the usual fives and toilet humour in the next Issue.  We have something for everyone. Like an episode of Doc Martin)

“DOCTOR WHO SLUMP IN THE RATINGS” scream the tabloid media. Well that’s not exactly true is it? By the sounds of it, the media would have people believe that Doctor Who has seen a Heroes-style slump and had its figures slashed by 60%. Not true, in fact Doctor Who has never been so popular. It’s currently smashing all kinds of records for BBC America, Space (Canada) and the BBC IPlayer.

So to dispel this myth we actually went out and did some research into the viewing figures, with a cup of tea and several chocolate digestives. Now I understand that press-types don’t comprehend what research is, not when you can copy and paste people’s views from a message board or Twitter anyway, so I’ve broken it down into an easy-to-understand guide. I’ve decided to look at the regular series of Doctor Who - NOT the specials. I think looking at 13 regular episodes of Doctor Who will give us a better insight into viewing figures, as they’re broadcast over consecutive weeks and rely on pulling people in to tune in each week. The Specials are (on the whole) one-off episodes which are broadcast standalone and on a significant day in the calendar, so adding them to the figures would be unfair.

I’ve decided to calculate all the figures of each series, add them together and then average them out to provide us a figure to work with. I’ve also displayed the highest and lowest figures of each series, which will help to show how consistent with its figures each series is.

Viewing Figures


So according to the above, Series 3 is statistically the lowest-watched series so far. It’s interesting to note that BLINK has the lowest viewing figures of the series at only 6.62 Million. The numbers are pretty consistent throughout the series though (in fact, Series 3 is the most consistent) with only 1.9 million separating the highest and lowest figures. Series 5 is the next lowest, with 3.64 million separating the highest and lowest figures. I think its worthy to note however, that there was a 2 year gap in between Series 5 and Series 4, with the specials in between. Those 2 years saw an upturn in people investing in new technologies, such as PVR recorders, HD digital services and the BBC IPlayer, but more about that later.

Audience Share Index (AI)

The BBC doesn’t just take viewing figures into consideration when reviewing programs, unlike commercial channels who rely on good figures to attract advertisers. The BBC also uses an AI (audience appreciation) Index which sees a number of people marking an episode out of 10, before a percentage is calculated. This is an important marker to gauge to how much the general audience (and I must stress the GENERAL Audience, as Doctor Who is made for them, not some fanboy smashing at his keyboard when replying to a cheeky tweet from Steven Moffat) enjoys the episode. An ‘average’ rating is 70, whereas anything above that is considered ‘very good’, with 85+ considered ‘excellent’ (no Cyberman voices, please)

I’ve done the same calculations to the AI rating throughout the series, as the above viewing figures


The figures above show that Series 4 was the highest rated amongst viewers, with Series 3 next, followed by Series 5. This is very interesting if you note that 3 & 5 had the lowest viewing figures of any series so far. Series 1 lags behind somewhat, but I think this is a case of the series being fresh and not established yet - from Series 2 onwards, people are used to the series and that will affect their ratings. Whether or not the AI is a fair system (91% for The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End?) is another question, but the BBC like to take these figures into account and they’re all constantly high, so no worries here.

The Audience Share

Now, the audience share is probably the most crucial rating for any television program. The percentage gives the figure of how many households, who were watching television at the time, were watching a particular channel. This helps us to get a better idea the proportion of people who were watching, as high viewing figures doesn’t automatically mean a huge share of the audience, the same going for low ratings. With Doctor Who broadcast over the summer these days, the figures are always going to be a bit erratic. We do like our weather over here in the UK. When we get some that is.


Bizarrely, despite being broadcast alongside the FIFA World Cup, Series 2 has the largest share of the audience. Although some episodes were directly preceded by a game, so a large percentage may have carried over. Then again, ITV would show a game at around 7pm, so the figure is still very impressive. Series 1 is adrift by just 0.32%, with Series 3 (the lowest rated series, in terms of viewing figures) just 1.37% behind. I think it’s also interesting to note that Series 4, with its high figures, saw its average audience share down from the previous year, whilst a gap of two years saw a 1.81% drop off from Series 5.

Series 6

At the moment Series 6 is averaging 7.65 million and the figures have been pretty consistent, with 2.1 million separating the highest (The Impossible Astronaut) and the lowest (The Almost People), which was quite an unusual dip for the series. Overall, along with Series 3, it’s currently the most consistent with its viewing figures and it should be interesting to see if the 2nd half continues in the same vein. The AI is currently very high and is second only to Series 4 and again, is very consistent with only 3% difference between its highest and lowest figures. The audience share has seen a significant drop of 1.91% from Series 5.

It’s difficult to say what state the figures of Series 6 will be once all 13 episodes have aired, but we will, of course, work them out in due course. With it being ‘half-time’ in the series, a shift to the autumn and darker and colder nights should see an upturn in figures. As there are only 6 episodes remaining (rather than 7), the average figure will be higher if the series continues to attract a consistent 7 million viewers. The AI for series 6 is so far the 2nd best placed after 7 episodes. Now it’s very difficult to say whether these figures will rise or fall, as the AI is based on the actual quality of the episodes, as voted for by supposed neutrals.

Impact of The BBC iPlayer and On Demand Services

I think it’s worthy to note that PVR recordings ARE included in the figures whereas iPlayer figures are NOT. People don’t need to tune in at whatever time Doctor Who is on now, which will affect the figures somewhat. The iPlayer itself was introduced during the 4th series of Doctor Who in 2008, since then the number of people using the IPlayer has rocketed in the 2 year gap between Series 4 & 5 - Series 5 lost an average of 300,000 viewers on Series 4. If you consider the IPlayer figures (more about that below), then Series 5 would seem to have been watched by MORE pairs of eyeballs than Series 4. If we go back to the missing 300,000 and compare them to previous years, then Series 5 comes out quite nicely. It’s actually 200,000 up on Series 3 and only 90,000 adrift of Series 2, all this AND with the iPlayer and other outlets to battle against.

The opening episode of Series 5 (The Eleventh Hour) was notable for smashing iPlayer request records, with 1.27 million people streaming the episode from the BBC Website IN A WEEK and is still the record-holder for the BBC with over 2.5 million requests. Every episode of Series 6, apart from the Almost People, has had more than 1 million requests, with The Impossible Astronaut’s 1.7 million only being beat out of the Number 1 spot of iPlayer request in 2011 by an episode of Come Fly With Me. It’s clear to anyone, that Doctor Who is one of (if not THE, considering the number of episodes) most popular programmes over the BBC’s various platforms.

Series 7

Series 7 is already confirmed and, at the time of writing, seems to be split up to run in 2012-2013. Now I’m not going to go into the politics of this (you can read that elsewhere) but from the figures I’ve shown here, another gap could potentially harm figures again. What the show needs now is some consistency and we just don’t have that at the moment. It’s always on early in the evening and always at different times. This is not meant to be a criticism of Steven Moffat, but RTD was always up against the BBC on this issue, and normally won. See the Series 4 figures for an example. Consistency is the key to keeping something successful and the episodes are very consistent with its figures but to get these higher, it needs to be on at a consistent time, or else people won’t be bothered to watch it live. If this is a creative decision by Steven Moffat, then I do hope he knows what he’s doing!

Conclusion

It’s clear from the figures given that the number of people watching Doctor Who live on BBC One has fallen. On the other hand, it’s also clear that new technologies such as the iPlayer, PVR’s and Catch-Up Services severely affect viewing figures, not just for Doctor Who, but for almost every other program on television. It’s a result of the age we live in, where sadly, people just don’t get around the television to watch something live anymore, as it’s a lot easier to catch it later. As mentioned, the iPlayer only came into being during 2008 and only really established itself after Doctor Who’s ‘gap year’ in 2009. Doctor Who is a program that is perfect for gathering families around to watch and anything above a 30% share in the television audience is still an excellent figure, considering that means almost 1 in 3 people watching television at the time, will be watching Doctor Who! It’s a shame that Doctor Who has set itself unbelievable figures in the past, so that when they fall, people say it’s on the decline when they don’t know the full facts.

Doctor Who is still the highest rated program outside the ‘Big Two’ soaps (Coronation Street and Eastenders), reality shows and major sporting events. The current audience share of 34.9% (lets just call it 35) means that 35 out of 100 households, who are watching the telly at the time, watch Doctor Who. That’s an incredible figure and if you don’t think so, I would like you to show me another teatime drama series that achieves higher figures over a similar period of time.

There’s no reason to be concerned with the viewing figures, historically Doctor Who has always had differing viewing figures each year. Series 6 in 1968 only had an average audience of 6.5 million and this is with just THREE channels to watch at the time. A year later colour television and Jon Pertwee were introduced, but even then figures were still on the level, or even lower, than they are today. For Doctor Who today, to get 7+ million at 6pm, in this multi-channel age, is just extraordinary and fan or not, you just can’t argue with that. It may sound like I’m making excuses for the show (I know you cynical people will be thinking so) but just look at the figures in-depth and you’ll come to the same conclusion.

I strongly believe that the above figures prove that Doctor Who is in an healthy state going forward and with a Seventh Series confirmed, the BBC seem to think so too.

So to borrow a phrase from a well-loved Doctor Who writer DON’T PANIC

With thanks to The Doctor Who News Page and The Mind Robber.co.uk

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Contribute To Issue 8 and Other Stories

With the debt collectors shoo-ed away, we can start work on the final Issue of the year!  For Issue 8 we're mainly looking for reviews of the 2nd half of Series 6.  Please make your reviews no more than 700 words and send to fishcustardfanzine@googlemail.com The same e-mail address also applies to ANYTHING else that you are able to knock up, too!  (apart from your Girlfriends.  I know I'm handsome, but you should take responsibility for the situations that arise from using the contents of your pants)

With the series, bar the Christmas episode, on ice for 9 months, we'll be regularly updating this blog with more (some will say, ignorant) opinion pieces and 'classic' stuff from the fanzine.  Hey, if Justin Bieber (who styled himself on Adric) can release an autobiography at the veteran age of 17, then surely we can dredge up a few past articles? So look out for that!

The fanzine's Twitter and Facebook feeds will also be regularly used during the off-season and I may even go out and take some videos to add to our YouTube site too!  God knows what I'm going to film, I don't suppose drunk people being sick, doesn't go down well these days?

Anyway enough waffling on, please contribute, keep an eye out here and don't forget that there's plenty of Classic (that's 'Proper Classic') Doctor Who out there for you to enjoy.

Cheers and thanks for your support!

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Confidential, Cut Down

I've praised Doctor Who and the BBC in the fanzine for bringing us such an informative behind-the-scenes look at our favourite show, in the form of Doctor Who Confidential.  Educational for adults and children alike, it was the perfect companion for a show that has single-handily revived big budget family drama in the UK.  After watching an episode of DWC, with its detailed look at how an episode was made, how certain effects were done etc - how many people would learn off that? How many children would say how 'cool' it is, and then be inspired to be an actor/director/effects maker etc, after watching it?

But now its been axed.

Anyone who knows me will know how much I utterly despise reality shows that involve singing.  You've got corporations and networks spending millions, so that greedy record companies can leech off some kid for a year, before they move on to someone else to carry on their vampiric tendencies.  It doesn't inspire anybody, only brainwashing millions and producing some utterly shit music in the process.

Where am I going with this?  Read on...

The BBC have axed or cut budgets on a shedload of programmes.  Be it drama, comedy or educational.  Yet they still feel fit to pay an INITIAL £22,000,000 on reality show 'The Voice'.  To me, it just smacks of desperation, so they can compete in a 'my singing contest is better than your singing contest' dick-measuring competition with ITV.  I'm sorry, I thought the BBC was above all that.  Always at the forefront, always producing new and exciting things.  That's what DWC was.  It may have tired in recent years, but all that needed was a simple refreshing of the show, not axing it.  Where will children look for inspiration now?  Will their dream job be that of filling out an application form, so they'll be sold out by a nasty record company?  You just have to look around, hear people speak, to see how much television affects people these days.

This isn't even an argument about the demise of DWC anymore, it's about the state of television today.  Why is OUR BBC spending so much money on something that is tacky and doomed to fail (Fame Academy anyone?) and yet cutting budgets for everything else?  This is NOT what the people want, what we want is for the BBC to carry on being exciting, original and inspiring.  Buying a Dutch-made singing contest made big in America, isn't exciting, original or inspiring.  It's shit. A big white doggy piece at that.

However, this may not be the end of DWC.  You'll just have to put your hand in your pocket to pick it up on a DVD boxset.  How many 7 year-olds can afford to do that? I can't even afford to do that!

(This is just my POV btw...)

Friday, 23 September 2011

Issue 7 - Out Now!!!

Despite our legal battles with Steven Moffat (we're trying to get more mentions of Fish Fingers and Custard in Doctor Who) we have been busy with a new issue of the fanzine. 

We can't believed we've reached 7, and neither can you probably.

Issue 7 contains the following:

  • Whooverville Review and interview with convention organiser Steve Hatcher
  • What Does Doctor Who Mean To Kids?
  • Torchwood: Miracle Day
  • I Love Who: Harry Sedgewick previews a chapter of his new Doctor Who book, exclusively for the fanzine
  • 31 Things Less Painful Than Watching Journey's End

And Much More!

(It isn't as tedious as it sounds)

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Friday, 26 August 2011

Bored? (After Saturday's Episode)


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You can access the forum on the side of this page.  The direct link is http://z15.invisionfree.com/Fish_Custard_Fanzine/index.php

Cheers and enjoy the episodes!

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Next Stop: Derby

On what's fast turning out to be a Fish Custard Tour, we'll be attending Whooverville, which is a one-day convention held at the Quad Centre in Derby.  Ran by local group The Whoovers, the convention has already established itself on the UK Con scene and is fast becoming one of the most-popular fan-run events.

The guests for Whooverville 3 include the likes of Nicola Bryant, Sarah Sutton, Frazer Hines, Tristan Peatfield, Maurice Roeves and Ian McNiece, amongst others. There'll also be various Q&A's, live podcasting, merchandising room and monster appearances, amongst other events going on during the day!  Whooverville is ideally situated for almost anyone in the UK to attend and Derby is a lovely city for a day or weekend break.  We'll be doing the weekend, so that's your guarantee of quality right there!  We will also be handing out free copies of the fanzine, so come and say hello if you're about!

Whooverville 3 is on Saturday 3rd September and tickets are £35 for adults, £15 for under 16's or £85 for a family of four.  Tickets can be booked here, or you can just pay on the day!  For more information on The Whoovers, click here to visit their website.

(P.S. For those wondering - the Whooverville team are working on showing a broadcast of the Doctor Who episode scheduled for that day!)

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Fancy (reviewing) Jack & Gwen?

For Issue 7 of Fish Fingers and Custard we are going to dedicate a bit of it to the new series of Torchwood and we need reviewers to look at the series as an whole.  If you would like to contribute, please send a blank e-mail with TORCHWOOD in the subject header and I'll get back to you asap with further details.  Don't worry if you've never written a review before, we're always on the lookout for new contributors!  We're looking for anyone who is able to put down their thoughts and feelings on the series, good, bad or (in Rex's chat-up lines' case) the downright ugly.

Don't worry, your e-mail won't be tracked and I won't have scary men following you around.  I'm not allowed to do that anymore.

Cheers!

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Issue 6 - DOWNLOAD NOW!!!

Still here and still moidering folk, we've somehow cobbled together another installment of a Doctor Who fanzine that was once lovingly described as a 'Lidl DWM'.  Yes, it's Issue 6 of Fish Fingers and Custard and it can be downloaded now!

In this Issue:
  • Series 6 (Part 1) Reviewed
  • Are You Watching? A breakdown of viewing figures  
  • Who's In A (Brass) Band - Doctor Who music, done differently
  • Lis Sladen: A Heart of Gold
  • London Film and Comic Con
  • Pubcon and interviews with Stephen Gallagher, Tom Spilsbury and Dez Skinn

And much more!

You can download the Issue here

If you're feeling generous and would like to support the fanzine (and not see us go into fincianal ruin!) you can slip us a couple of quid and buy a paper copy of this Issue.  The paper copies look so much better than the free download - you can actually pick it up and for £2 (inc. P+P), we believe it offers great value too!

Cheers


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Friday, 22 July 2011

Paradise Towers - Reviewed

Paradise Towers has just been recently released on DVD and with our review of the story appearing in a previous issue of Fish Fingers and Custard, we've decided to unearth it and present it in it's original form.

It’s too easy to dismiss the majority of the late-80’s stories as ‘the point where Doctor Who went wrong’. I’ve read and listened to some very unfair comments about the latter stories that don’t take into account the restrictions of which the production team had to work with. I honestly believe that Paradise Towers was one of these stories that would have been a great, if it wasn’t for the budget (or lack of) afforded to Doctor Who by a BBC, who where then determined to let the show die a slow and painful death. But that doesn’t mean mistakes weren’t made by the production team…


Ever since I first watched Paradise Towers, I was intrigued by the storyline: A luxurious tower block that had plunged into anarchy, amongst the folk that lived there. Many people aren’t aware that the plot was based on the novel ‘High Rise’ by renowned author JG Ballard. The story chronicles the rising disorder among the residents of the Tower Block, who classically, are divided up amongst Working Class, Middle-Class and Upper Class groups. What’s more poetic, is that the higher up the tower block you go, the ‘better class’ of people there are. Although by the end of the book, everyone is pretty much equal in their savagery. What makes High Rise all-the-more engrossing, is that it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that it could happen today.

Paradise Towers on the other hand, replaces the 3 social groups with Kangs (groups of teenage girls) Ressies (residents) and the Caretakers, who ‘look after’ the building. One-by-one every one of these groups are being picked off and it’s up to The Doctor to try and find out what is happening and to unite the factions to save Paradise Towers from imploding

First of all, let’s go through the negatives. The music, like all of the McCoy era, is utterly awful. It sounds like the music used in arcade games. At one point, I was expecting Pac Man to come bouncing round the corner, give a cheeky grin and flash his arse at The Caretakers, before speeding off to continue feeding his pill habit. This was 1987 for goodness sake, what on earth was going through the minds of Keff McCulloch (composer) and JNT? The music played during the Kang’s ‘how you do’ greetings with The Doctor was utterly cringeworthy too. The music was just too light for this type of story, it’s just totally off-putting (and it really doesn’t help when it’s shit too!)

I felt that some of the lines, early on in the story, weren’t delivered as well as they could have been. It all seemed forced and fake. Maybe it was a production problem, rather than bad acting? I’m not sure. But before I watched Paradise Towers again, I read the novelisation and as you’ll find with most books – the real thing NEVER lives up to your imagination. The same could be said of the Chief Caretaker (played by Richard Briers), as I never felt that he neither looked nor sounded authoritative enough. It also didn’t help that he reminded me of Blakey from ‘On The Buses’ - not just in looks but his mannerisms too. He was about as threatening as a Twilight fan, drunk on alcopops, asking you for a fight because you called Robert Pattinson a ‘bad actor’ (or words to that effect!). And I’m not even going to go into that ridiculous sliver costume/make-up that Briers had to wear in Part 4!

It’s a shame, because these are things that could so easily have been ironed out. I suspect that JNT told Briers and the other actors to ‘ham it up’ but I think that disrespected the script and a great novel in High Rise. There’s no doubt in my mind, that if it was made today, it would be intensely gripping. There’s only so far the ‘they had no budget’ excuse can be stretched, but when you’re making ridiculous, pointless and expensive costumes for Tilda and Tabby, as well as the Chief, when normal clothes would have sufficed - it’s hard to defend the production team.

Going back to High Rise and you can see why the writer, Stephen Wyatt, based this story on it. We’ve got all types of people falling out over trivial matters to start off with and then it slowly gets worse and worse and worse. Before you know it, you’re reading about how the residents are killing each other because they had the cheek to invade ‘their floor’ and towards the end of the book, things get a lot more violent and a lot more graphic.

Of course, this episode was never going to be as violent as events depicted in High Rise (can you imagine how many heart attacks Mary Whitehouse and the rest of Middle England would have had?) but the story would have been so much better if just a hint of threat loomed in the air. Did we really think those two old ladies would have eaten Mel? Did we really think the Chief Caretaker was anything less than camp? Did we really think that the cleaners looked convincing? The whole reason of why the Great Architect was locked in the Towers in the first place, is a little bit dubious and a lot more information would have been extremely useful.

The main positive for me, was the redemption of Pex, an almost-comic book character that hid on board a ship taking the residents to Paradise Towers in the first place. Speaking of which, the story (again) would have benefitted from more information about this ‘war’ that Pex was running from. You can see him slowly developing throughout the story and you could sort-of see his sacrifice coming. I think it’s important that moral stories like this are placed in Doctor Who – Pex ran from his ‘duty’ all the time, but when it finally came to it, when he HAD to do it - he did his duty, no matter how scared he was.

I really enjoyed the scenes with The Kangs, who were depicted as a ‘tribe’ within these dirty, murderous towers, excellently. I liked that they had their own take on the language (“Icehot” – “Cool”) and the fact that they couldn’t give a flyer about authority.

Stories like this are perfect for Doctor Who – it’s dark, damp, a little violent and with a mystery behind it. All we got was crap costumes, poor acting and music that was rejected for Galaxian in 1979. Paradise Towers is a story that could – and should have been done better.

Much like the majority of the McCoy era, it was another missed opportunity.


The R2 DVD of Paradise Towers is available to buy now, from all good retailers. And some bad ones too.

(Review taken from Issue 2 of Fish Fingers and Custard)

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Issue 6 - OUT NOW!!!

There may be no episodes of Doctor Who on the telly, but be safe in the knowledge that we are still plugging away, to bring you the best in nonsense from the depths of Doctor Who Fandom. Or Mel Bush's knicker drawer, if you prefer.

In this Issue:
  • Series 6 (Part 1) Reviewed
  • Are You Watching? A breakdown of viewing figures
  • Who's In A (Brass) Band - Doctor Who music, done differently
  • Lis Sladen: A Heart of Gold
  • London Film and Comic Con
  • Pubcon and interviews with Stephen Gallagher, Tom Spilsbury and Dez Skinn
And much more (we have to put that)

You can purchase a copy of this fine publication by slipping us one of the following payments via PayPal.

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Monday, 27 June 2011

Fish Custard Takes London

The likes of Sylvester McCoy, Karen Gillan, Alex Kingston, Mark Sheppard, Sophie Aldred, Mary Tamm, Richard Franklin, Sarah Sutton, Louise Jameson and Derek Jacobi will be at the forthcoming London Film and Comic Con...and so will we!  We'll be there on the Saturday after the 'Audience With Karen Gillan' handing out free copies of the fanzine as well as chatting/hanging around/generally making people feel uncomfortable, so come and say hello!

LFCC has been running for a number of years now and has become the premier signing event in London and always boasts a quite impressive guest list, this year is something else though.  Apart from Doctor Who guests, they have the likes of Christopher Lloyd (Back To The Future), Christopher Lambert (Highlander) and Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan) and many others, who will be signing during the weekend.

LFCC at Earls Court 2 runs from Friday 8th July-Sunday 10th, for further details and guest updates, check out their website here.  For further updates of where we might be during the event, follow us on Twitter @fishcustardzine

Cheers!

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Fish Fingers and Custard - 1 Year On

Like anyone celebrating their 1st Birthday, we’ll be stumbling around, talking incomprehensibly and soiling our nappies. That’s where the comparison ends though, as the above will be a result of some Friday Night drinking, rather than excitable youthful vigour.

12 months ago, I published the first Issue of this fanzine and after watching England sneak past Slovenia in the World Cup, I went out for some beers and returned to see a number of comments waiting for me. Thankfully, they weren’t as negative as I expected, so I whacked on some Gloria Gaynor on YouTube to celebrate. Not really…


I’ll admit I never expected it to have lasted for a year, I wanted to, don’t get me wrong, but I thought it would be difficult to try and attract people to write for the fanzine. However, right from conception, people have been willing to help out and have sent me some quite superb articles. They’re the real talents behind the fanzine, I just put this thing together and chuck ideas in which have influenced me.

I never pretended to be a professional, in my opinion fanzines should never look professional, or else why call it a fanzine? It should be about doing something for the love of it, even though you don’t have the skills or equipment. I don’t – I have a donated computer and software that I’ve begged, borrowed and stole (not really Officer). I just do this because I love writing, Doctor Who and fanzines, as well as the culture that surrounds them. I’ve always wanted to provide well-written articles and showcase people’s work and so far I’ve been pleased with how it’s turned out. I’ve learnt a lot and once I manage to gain more confidence (and more practice!) the fanzine will be even better.

I would like to thank everyone who has contributed/bought/downloaded/commented on the fanzine, it really does mean a lot to this sad bastard, so cheers! I’ve ‘met’ (in other words, friended on the Interweb) a lot of great people and hope to friend a lot more. We live in an age where its piss easy to get what you want off the internet and Doctor Who Fandom is as massive as it’s ever been. I still get shy when I think about all those people around the world who read the fanzine. I do hope most of you ‘get’ the style of it as I do try to make it as personal as possible!

Anyway, enough of this rubbish, I would just like to ask you to please check out all our Issues, if you haven’t already and you’re always welcome to contribute, so just send me an e-mail.

Cheers and here’s hoping for many more years (and beers)!

Danny

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Monday, 6 June 2011

Upcoming Deadlines

We're busy putting plans in place for the next few Issues of Fish Fingers and Custard, so if you would like to contribute, the deadline for Issue 6 is the 8th July, although if you can get your contribution to me at the earliest possible time, then it stands more of a chance of appearing in the Issue!

For Issue 6 we're looking for the usual things - opinion pieces, reviews, reports, art, spoofs etc BUT with Series 6 now at Half-Time, we want reviews of the series as an whole.  Please make your reviews no more than 700 words and no less than 1! You can send them to fishcustardfanzine@googlemail.com

Cheers!

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Issue 5 - Download Now!

Issue 5 of Fish Fingers and Custard is now available for download.

Now 5 Issues (and 11 months) in, Fish Fingers and Custard continues like a tube train.  But it's slow and is actually entertaining, with people willing to tell you their stories instead of staring at you, like they want to kick your head in. 

In this latest Issue we have the following stuff:

  • Our Sarah Jane - Tributes from fans of Elisabeth Sladen
  • The Brig: A Great Chap
  • Why I Watch Who
  • Poetry
  • A Look At The Scarifyers, plus an interview with creator Simon Barnard
  • Actor, gigolo and columnist Harry Sedgewick offers some more of his wisdom
  • Review of the opening 2 episodes of Series 6!

You can download the PDF here

If you would like to order one of our fine paper copies (please do!) you can do so here.  If you're a 'Fontist' and are SO offended that I use Comic Sans on a little bit of this publication/or want more information about the fanzine, please e-mail me at fishcustardfanzine@googlemail.com

If you would like to help out the fanzine, please re-tweet and share our posts as much as possible. We would like to share the fanzine with as many Doctor Who fans as we can, to encourage them to check out the resurgence in Doctor Who fanzines and fan writing in general.

Cheers!

Friday, 6 May 2011

Issue 5 - OUT NOW!

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS ISSUE IS NOW SOLD OUT

The Happy Shopper DWM returns.  It might be a brand-new series of Doctor Who, but here at Fish Custard Towers, we continue to push the same old 'entertaining' fluff and occasional serious bits.  In Issue 5, we have these following hors d'oeuvre (I had to Google it to get the correct spelling):
  • Our Sarah Jane - Tributes from fans of Elisabeth Sladen
  • The Brig: A Great Chap
  • Why I Watch Who
  • Poetry
  • A Look At The Scarifyers, plus an interview with creator Simon Barnard
  • Actor, gigolo and columnist Harry Sedgewick offers some more of his wisdom
  • Review of the opening 2 episodes of Series 6!
Plus, much more for you to munch on.

We don't charge a lot for our tat, so it's a lot cheaper than DWM. And better. And we don't spoil it for you.

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UK: £2
Rest of The World: £3
Twilight Fans: £21

As always, please make your payment via PalPal a 'gift' and send it to fishcustardfanzine@googlemail.com

*UPDATE* If you DON'T have a PayPal account, you can now order a fanzine with your credit/debit card. Just select the option which refers to you and follow the steps.  You don't need to sign up, you just need your card!  Payment is 100% secure. Please note that the extra costs are to cover PayPal fees.

Cheers!



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Wednesday, 20 April 2011

A Tear, Sarah Jane? Elisabeth Sladen 1947-2011

Like many others, I couldn’t quite believe the news. Lis Sladen can’t be gone, surely? It took the BBC news report for it to sink in and even then, I still couldn’t believe it. Lis was a person who always looked so well for her age and I would never have guessed in a million years that she was ill. But she was, but she kept it private, which I think speaks volumes about the lady.

The reaction has been that of shock around the world, as many people, in many countries, grew up with Sarah Jane Smith. Lis didn’t just brighten the day for kids of the 1970’s, she also did it for the kids of today with The Sarah Jane Adventures too. Reading these messages from children on the Newsround website just shows how well this middle-aged lady is thought of. She was definitely someone special.

For many, Sarah Jane was ‘their’ companion. My first foray into ‘classic’ Doctor Who was Tom Baker’s first series and watching her and The Doctor wind up Harry, seeing them working with each other to defeat a foe - you could tell exactly why this girl was used as the bridging gap between Pertwee-Baker. Her acting qualities could hold things together and I will defy anyone not to have a lump in their throat when watching the last few minutes of 'Planet of The Spiders'. Just beautiful.

Anyone who met Lis has said she was gracious with her time and was a big promoter of the show and Sarah Jane in particular. We owe these people a hell of a lot for keeping the positivity going, when the series was off air and, in some quarters, a laughing stock. Doctor Who fans do take news of their show to heart and it’s been really nice to see all the outpouring of grief, but Lis was private about her news for a reason - that of her family. All our condolences and thoughts should be with her husband and daughter at this time.

I’m really struggling to write something that makes sense here, as it was such a shock to us all. It’s even more of a shame that it was just weeks after her good friend, Nick Courtney too. I’ll leave this link to Tom Baker’s tribute, as nobody could put it any better. Rest in peace and thanks for everything, Lis.


There will be a full tribute to both Lis and Nick in Issue 5 of Fish Fingers and Custard. If you would like to send in your memories of Lis/Sarah please e-mail them to fishcustardfanzine@googlemail.com before the 29th April

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

An Appeal


The make-up (no, not that kind of make up) of an Issue is mostly down to you dear reader.  So if you want to see your stuff in the fanzine during this upcoming series (or think you can improve on our output) - SEND IT IN!  I can't really stress enough that we take ANY kind of literal piece about Doctor Who.  So this is your chance to appear in a fanzine that top Doctor Who actor, Harry Sedgewick, says is 'not as shit as Mayfair', whatever that means.  Some of the things we're after are essays, opinion pieces, poems and art - so if you feel you fit the bill, don't just post them on a forum - send them in!

Just drop me a e-mail at fishcustardfanzine@googlemail.co.uk ANYTIME!

Cheers

Friday, 11 March 2011

Facebook Update

The fanzine now has a new Facebook Page to keep all you Facebookers up to date on the latest news and nonsense from the fanzine!  You can find it at www.facebook.com/fishcustardfanzine please join and invite your friends to spread the word about the fanzine!

Cheers