Thursday, 31 October 2013

Monday, 28 October 2013

Dr. Who and the Walls 'Sky Ray' Space Raiders

A 1967 TV commercial for the Walls 'Sky Ray' ice lolly

This promotion offered a set of 36 picture-cards featuring a 'Troughton-esque'
Doctor working with the 'Sky Ray Space Raiders' to battle the Daleks.

There was also an album to collect the cards in :
the Dr Who's Space Adventure Book.

This 28 page album contained some colouring-in pages, games,
and diagrams in addition to its central feature - a short story: Daleks Invade Zaos.
The 36 cards helped to illustrate the story,
and could also be used to play a simplistic
'Space Raiders Battle' game.

Prime ...

Tom Baker and Lalla Ward in a series of 1980s ads for Prime Computers

Friday, 25 October 2013

The REAL 'Fish Custard' ...


“… Box falls out of the sky, man falls out of the box, man eats Fish Custard ...”

To prepare 'Fish Custard', 11th Doctor style:

Take one packet of Fish Fingers [frozen]
(Likely ingredients: Cod Fillet, Breadcrumb, Vegetable Oil, Wheat Flour, Water, Paprika, Salt, Yeast, Turmeric, Potato Starch, Salt.)

Fry or grill fish fingers until golden.

Take one carton of ready-to-serve Custard
(Likely ingredients: Sugar, Skimmed Milk, Modified Maize Starch, Whey Powder, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Flavourings, Colours: Beta Carotene & Annatto, Stabiliser: Sodium Tripolyhosphate).

Pour custard into bowl and heat in microwave.


to prepare
SCOTTISH Fish Custard
 try this recipe
by a Miss M. Barrowman* (from Glasgow)
as printed in


Click image to enlarge

[* The question has to be asked: Any relation to John - a great, great aunt, perhaps?]

The Other 12th...

Thursday, 24 October 2013

The Five Doctors


When they were young:   

Capaldi in Wonderland

"I know, Peter - I know.
But if Steven Moffat says you have to play the 12th as a cat, you'll just have to accept it.
By the way, how good are you at doing a Cheshire accent?"

Overspend ...

Monday, 21 October 2013

The DWFC badge

'The Doctor' - not 'Doctor Who'?

It is interesting to see just how many Whovians become irate
when someone refers to the Time Lord as:
'Doctor Who'.

Yet having watched the series from the late 60's, I - like a great many others - grew up with the understanding that there was no problem referring to the character as 'Doctor Who' - particularly as, for the first eighteen years of the original series (and then again in the first year of the modern series), as well as being called 'The Doctor', the Time Lord was very widely referred to as "Doctor Who" (or: Dr. Who") by the BBC themselves.

It is how he was identified in the programme's end-credits.
It is also
how he was identified by:

The shows original creators,

Several of its Producers (including the sainted Verity Lambert),

Script writers,

Production-paperwork compilers,

Actors who played Classic-era incarnations of the Time Lord,

The BBC Radio Times listings guide editors and feature writers,

The editors of the classic-era Who Annuals,

The editors of Classic-era who Novelisations,
and so on.

And, contrary to what many would have us believe, for the majority of the 'Classic Era' and beyond, the Time Lord was also commonly referred to as 'Doctor Who' by the general public, by the British press, and more importantly, by many fans:

Some 'Whovian Social History':
Numerous press clippings etc,
which include reference (however brief) to the Time Lord as 'Doctor Who'
can be viewed

"TV Choice" Awards, 2013

At the recent "TV Choice" Awards
- held at London's Dorchester Hotel on Monday, 9th September -
Doctor Who won not only the Best Drama Series award,
but also a special Outstanding Contribution Award in honour of the show’s 50th anniversary.

Simply the Best ...

Robin ...

Outside ...

"Doctor, when I said: 'Think outside the box', this wasn't quite what I had in mind..."

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Peter Capaldi: DWIFC Magazine

An article by Peter Capaldi in issue 2 of the
Doctor Who International Fan Club magazine.
May, 1976

Peter Capaldi: Radio Times, February 1974

Friday, 18 October 2013


Doctor Who and the Lair of the White Worm - a.k.a: The Curse of ... Temporal Paradox

Hugh Grant and Peter Capaldi

The TARDIS Translation Circuit seems to be malfunctioning ...

Going Old-School

The Dark Side

Perhaps ...

All Mine ...

I am what I am ...

Doctor and the Dreamboys

When Peter got the news

"Peter Capaldi?"

The Name of the Twelfth

PETER  ... who ?

- that's who

Don't you think ...

Bad ...

"What I did ..."

Thursday, 17 October 2013


Mirror, Mirror.

The HURT Locker

The 'Promise-Breaker' and 'Professor Yana'

Episode 14

What I did, I did without choice ....

His Darkest Secret

Alles Klar ...

Doctor Gummidge


Save me.

'Three' to 'One'

A Time-Travelling Doctor?

Where could they have possibly gotten the idea to cast John Hurt?

Who Trek

Rewritten ...

“... thing is, Amy, everyone’s memory is a mess.
Life is a mess. Everyone’s got memories of a
holiday they couldn’t have been on, or a party
they never went to, or met someone for the first
time and felt like they’ve known them all their lives.
Time is being rewritten all around us, every day..."
                                                                                                                     - The Doctor
                                                                                                                        (Mini-episode: “Good Night”)

So it got me thinking:

At Trenzalore, the Great Intelligence jumps into the Doctor's time-stream and starts changing things.
Then Clara jumps into the time-stream, and attempts to rectify things.
Then the Doctor jumps in, and apparently the time-stream starts collapsing in on itself.

And after all this, Clara sees a face she hasn't seen before - in any of her myriad incarnations:
The One who broke the Promise. The One who did what he did in the name of Peace and Sanity.

Well, what if, the reason she hadn't seen him before was simply because he had never existed
- until that final moment?



The One who broke the Promise


 "My own personal Time Tunnel ..."
- as the Doctor said at Trenzalore

"We really want to know ..."

A Long Time Ago