Auton: Shock And Awe: Dark Dispatches From The Doctor Who Wilderness Years Robert Hammond

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Auton: Shock And Awe: Dark Dispatches From The Doctor Who Wilderness Years  by  Robert  Hammond

Auton: Shock And Awe: Dark Dispatches From The Doctor Who Wilderness Years by Robert Hammond
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Q. How many Doctor Who fans does it take to change a lightbulb? A. None. They just sit around in the dark waiting for it to come back on again. In 1989 Doctor Who ended its long run on BBC television. Of course fandom didn’t really know this, or wasMoreQ. How many Doctor Who fans does it take to change a lightbulb? A. None. They just sit around in the dark waiting for it to come back on again. In 1989 Doctor Who ended its long run on BBC television. Of course fandom didn’t really know this, or was in denial, and instead embarked upon fifteen years of optimism.

Barely a month went by without magazines, newspapers and websites enthusiastically theorising that a new Doctor Who series was just around the corner. Not that they needed to bother with the real thing - fandom was filling the void itself.

Be it audio plays, video dramas, documentaries, fanzines, novels or bloody t-shirts – Doctor Who fandom had never been before and was never again as productive as it was during those wilderness years. It seems odd then that it was in 1989 that Robert Hammond and Daniel Vickery started their own fanzine: Auton. An A5 glossy litho-printed ‘zine mixing humour, fan fiction and silliness in unequal measures. As the years went by Auton reflected the impatience of fandom.

Early on it was nice, quiet, gently amusing. By the end it was raging, swearing, drunken and fuming. Everyone was older, fatter, greyer and downright bloody irritable. This book aims to not only compile the best of those 19 issues of Auton (plus newly written material), but to demonstrate them as a product of the time by chronologically touring those wilderness years when Doctor Who was a dirty word at the BBC - a rancid old trollop, covered in sores that they continued to pimp for as long as they could before trading her in for a sleeker, tighter and pricier model.



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