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13 January 2018 @ 04:23 pm
1985: DWB reports on the ongoing cancellation crisis with its customary restraint  

Front Cover of DWB 26 from September 1985.  The Headline is `In the 1960s the average length of a DOCTOR WHO season was forty-two episodes.  In 1986 it was.. f-f-f-f-fourteen'.  There follows a Cancellation Update by Jeremy Bentham which starts THE BELL OF DOOM, SOUNDING FOR DOCTOR WHO SINCE LATE FEBRUARY, TOLLED A LITTLE LOUDER RECENTLY AS CONFIRMATION OF SEASON TWENTY_THREE'S LENGTH WAS FINALLY REVEALED and contains, underlined the phrases LIES, DAMN LIES AND STATISTICS and Rubbish. It's general gist is that the BBC has been pedalling false information in order to prevent an uproar from fans.  It is continued on Page 6.  At the bottom of the front page is the statement STOP PRESS - Death of `Who (Page 12).  There is also a picture of Peter Davison, Nicola Bryan and Jon Pertwee plus what looks like a Colin Baker puppet captioned PanoptiCon 6 Special.

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daniel_saunders: Leekleydaniel_saunders on January 13th, 2018 08:44 pm (UTC)
I've been wondering lately whether Chris Chibnall was a DWB reader. While Davis and Moffat were keen to trumpet their 'long term DWM reader' status in the Magazine on becoming show runner, I think Chibnall has been silent on this and certainly he was a vocal critic of the programme in the late eighties, so would have been prime DWB reader material.
parrot_knight: parrotparrot_knight on January 13th, 2018 10:58 pm (UTC)
I'm sure he must have been at some stage. I might even have an issue somewhere with a letter from him!
parrot_knight: parrotparrot_knight on January 14th, 2018 01:36 am (UTC)
Chibnall was a DWM reader too - he was a competition winner once.
louisedennis: Doctor Wholouisedennis on January 14th, 2018 05:54 pm (UTC)
I'd be surprised if there were many active fans not reading DWM...
louisedennis: Doctor Wholouisedennis on January 14th, 2018 05:50 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... my sense of 1980s fandom is that everyone read DWM and then people variously read other stuff of which, certainly during the cancellation crisis, DWB was the main player in terms of news and comment.