Dr Who Festival After Party!

Episode 47 – The Doctor Who Festival came and went in a rush that left a Moffat sized hole in our hearts! Rob and Mark are again joined by Rob Lloyd as we pick our way through the variegated highlights of this wonderful event which allowed the fans to press the flesh with Capaldi, Moffat and Gatiss as they gazed at us Down Under!

Rob Lloyd talks about the excitement of hosting multiple interviews with Gatiss and the guys behind the special effects, while down in the stalls, Mark gives the ground’s eye view of proceedings in the hustle and bustle caused by thousands of Osgood cos-players!

To find out whether Mark found his tongue after meeting Capaldi, and Rob Lloyd’s adventures in Cincinnati, tune into this, our latest and greatest podcast, (almost) live from the Doctor Who Festival!

And in the interest of balance, we quiz Rob Lloyd about his thoughts on series 9 so far before we sent fire to them!

More info on Rob Lloyd’s show in Brisbane can be found at http://bit.do/bxPYY

Bicycle Race

Episode 46 – Jon Preddle, author of the continuity guide Timelink and the BROADWCAST website, is our special guest this episode. Jon discusses setting up BROADWCAST, his online guide for Doctor Who worldwide transmissions and foreign airdates. We chat about how his research helped set up BROADWCAST, and some of the fan myths he has debunked.

Jon Preddle can be found on Twitter @JonPreddle

BROADWCAST can be found at http://broadwcast.org/ and on Twitter @DrWhoBroaDWcast

The Second Coming

Episode 45 – On the 49th Anniversary(ish) of 2nd Doctor’s début, Mark, Rob and special guests Richard Nolan and David Kitchen feast on the rich morsels of what remains of the Troughton era. We cover the companions, best stories, the writings of David Whitaker and Troughton’s contribution to the show’s rich legacy.

All this plus our usual penetrating analysis of Series 9 so far!

Five Topics Rapid(ish)!

Episode 44 – Better late than never, Rob and Mark return to talk about the first two episodes of Series 9, Phil Morris’s début convention appearance and did the Sixth Doctor’s swansong meet our expectations?

All this plus Rob’s prediction for the finale for Series 9!

Doctor Who: THE TEMPORAL LOGBOOK available for ordering NOW!

As some of you may be aware, Rob’s been co-editing a fan collection of Doctor Who short stories, through Pencil Tip Publishing via The Doctor Who Project.  After a lot of work, that collection featuring great writers from across the globe is now available for purchase.

As a bit of background, there were over 100 submissions which editors Rob, Jez Strickley and Bob Furnell (publisher of TDWP and Pencil Tip) worked through to select what they thought were the best stories from the elite Doctor Who fan writers.  As the blurb states, the stories cover all of time and space as all twelve (even the Capaldi Doctor!) are featured in these always entertaining stories.

All three are intensely proud of the book, and a lot of blood sweat and tears have gone into bringing it to fruition.  It’s Rob’s first editing effort and was a steep learning curve for everyone involved.

Anyway, if you’re interested in Doctor Who, or Doctor Who fiction, this collection has something for everyone.  All the details are below:

To order your copy/copies of the Temporal Logbook click on the link below.


Below is the press release.

AVAILABLE FROM JULY 15th from Pencil Tip Publishing


A Charity Short Story Collection

Twelve Doctors.

 Twelve windows onto the universe. And the Doctor’s life is the history of the universe.

 The TEMPORAL LOGBOOK is the telling of that history.

 From the myths of Ancient Greece to the depths of unknown space, from the life of Lewis Carroll to the horrors of the Black Death, The TEMPORAL LOGBOOK recounts some of the Doctor’s most enthralling journeys during his first eleven incarnations, as told by a selection of Doctor Who fandom’s best writers.

 The TEMPORAL LOGBOOK features stories from Michael Baxter, J.E. Remy, Benjamin Pocock, Craig Charlesworth, Hannah Parry, Ian Larkin, Sarah Parry, Nick Mellish, Hamish Crawford, Paul Silvester, Michael Itig and Meg MacDonald.

Edited by Robert Mammone, Jez Strickley & Bob Furnell

Cover designed by John Gordon

All proceeds from this publication will be donated in support of the Positive Living Society of British Columbia which is dedicated to empowering persons living with HIV/AIDS through mutual support and collective action.

THE TEMPORAL LOGBOOK will retail at $16.95 CAD + postage

The Temporal Logbook will be available for purchase from Lulu.com

To order your copy/copies of the Temporal Logbook click on the link below.


Return of the J.R

Episode 43 – J.R Southall makes a dramatic return appearance hanging from the bottom of a Police Box carried by helicopter to help us close out our ‘terrible two’s celebrations. Once again, we venture into the minefield that is known as Death in Heaven and hopefully emerge unscathed.

We then look at the topic of Doctor Who biopics – which period of the show would we like to see dramatized? and what Target Book’s novelists would we like to see adapt Nu Who stories into prose.  Rob and J.R also discuss their publishing work and their approaches to it and we then venture back into the minefield, this time stark naked to dare ask the question that has stumped philosophers for the last 2000 years – who is the better writer – Steven Moffatt or Aaron Sorkin?

Twitter: @JR_Southall

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jrsouthall

Watching Books: http://watchingbooks.weebly.com/

Rob Lloyd Strikes Back!

‎Episode 42 – As part of our terrible two celebrations we have wheeled out some guests to help us celebrate this awesome milestone!

Actor, comedian and Time Lord Rob Lloyd returns to discuss his role in The Doctor Who Symphony Spectacular, his upcoming involvement in the Doctor Who Festival in Sydney and his new Star Wars based comedy show ‘The Heart Awakens’.

We also chat about the state of the Australian comedy scene and then get back to Doctor Who, discussing our favourite comfort stories as well as our hopes/dreams/nightmares for series 9!

‘The Heart Awakens’ information and tickets can be found at https://goo.gl/WhPc4o

More information on Rob and his projects can be found http://www.roblloyd.com.au/


Twitter: @futurerobby

The International Court of Doctor Who Crimes!

Episode 41 –  The two angriest men in Doctor Who podcasting are back and this time we put the show itself on trial. The crime? Greatest production mistakes ever! What crimes is the show guilty of which one will hang the highest?

All this plus Colin-gate and an overdue mailbag bursting at the seams!

The Omni-Rumourist

Chasing Shadows Book Cver

Episode 40 – The Omni rumour is now the subject of a book! Rob and Mark speak with Dave Hoskin, journalist and author of the forthcoming tome ‘Chasing Shadows’ from Obverse Books.  The book will look at the impact of the omnirumour on Doctor Who fandom in the internet age, as well as examining some of  the rumours themselves.

All this and make sure you listen to the end where we unveil a brief archival blast from the past featuring everyone’s favourite goldfish love, Professor Zaroff!

At 2:45 in the morning, on June the 2nd, 2006, pirates stormed an oil rig off the coast of Nigeria. Eight workers were taken hostage. Four days later, all of them walked free… but one returned a changed man.

Seven years later that man re-emerged onto the world stage.

And he’d brought treasure with him.

Much of our television history is lost forever. A victim of fashion and economics, British television allowed some of the finest programs in the world to be destroyed. Images of people walking on the moon and fledgling stars being born. Laughs and thrills and a new kind of pop music wafting in from the streets. Gradually, systematically, the videotapes that contained this precious heritage were erased. But in 1967 the BBC began wiping a program that would ultimately attract an especial brand of fascination.

A science fiction series called Doctor Who.

This is the story of a man named Philip Morris and his hunt for missing treasure. A story about his return to Africa to face his demons and the years he spent searching for lost television. It’s a story of the world as it used to be and what it’s become. A story of successes and failures, of politics, rivalry and money. It’s about the priceless things that Philip Morris found on his search and the impact his discoveries had upon a subculture.

This is a story about chasing shadows… and what happens when you catch them.

Obverse Books can be found at http://obversebooks.co.uk/

The Fanzine Menace!


TSV 57 Cover


Episode 39 – Before podcasts, before cosplay, before the discovery of time travel, there was…NOTHING!

Well, not entirely.  In ye olden days, when fans went to meetings riding on the backs of pterodactyls there was…the (PAPER) FANZINE!  Within those hallowed and now yellowed pages, fans would gather together in a papery, non-digital environment to express their ideas, love (and hate – some things will never change!) about the show.

One of the very best of these was none other than TSV, the august fanzine from across the ditch in New Zealand.

Mark and Rob chat with TSV editor Paul Scoones.  In between bouts of inhaling duplicator fumes, we reminisce about producing fanzines before and after desktop publishing era.   We examine how some contributors ascended to the realm of the professional novelist and put the internet in the dock for once again killing something that is fine and previous – damn its eyes!

Plus we also touch on Doctor Who comics and Paul’s definitive history of them in his book and his involvement in the recovery of The Lion and his work on the DVD Production notes.

  • Paul Scoones’s website:
    Features a blog and additional pages with details about the Comic Strip Companion and the DVD production information text.
  • TSV / New Zealand Doctor Who Fan Club:
    Includes Archive section featuring material from many past issues of TSV, and the fan novelisations. The discussion forum is still active.
  • Retrospace Sci-Fi Collectables:
    Auckland-based shop (with shipping worldwide) owned and managed by Paul and his wife Rochelle.