Doctor Who Tapezines

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While fans in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s created the occasional audiozine, it was Doctor Who that, by far, inspired the most.

Tapezines were quite a phenomenon in the mid-1980s to 1990s in Doctor Who fandom. A natural progression from printed fanzines, which had been produced in celebration of the series since the mid-1960s, tapezines fell somewhere between the audiobook and the radio broadcast. Many consisted of articles that were spoken rather than appearing in print, while others exploited the audio medium to its full potential, including dramas, comedy sketches, and musical items... tapezines - now something of a dead art, replaced by podcasts just as fanzines have been superceded by websites. [1]

Doctor Who Tapezines

Other Audiozines

See: Audiozine.

Some Dust in the Wind

Unfortunately, like Doctor Who episodes, some tapezines are lost forever in the mists of time. Some saw general release, others were recorded and distributed among small circles of friends, while a few never even got that far. In many cases, these tapezines will never be heard and in some cases, their editors and producers may never be traced. But here, for the sake of posterity, are a few scant details on the tapezines that either didn't quite make it or have simply fallen off the radar. The Tapezine Matrix raises a celebratory glass to... [2]

Some Examples

  • A.L.B.O.E.: or 'A Little Bit of Everything, ' Produced by Paul Chandler, this one-off tapezine covered Doctor Who and other genre television series. Made in 1989.
  • Death Zone and DZFM: Produced and edited by Keith Musselwhite.
  • Ergon: An early attempt by Nick Goodman of Rayphase Shift which was wiped, never to be heard by fandom or its real star - Nick's cat.
  • The Faceless Ones: Produced and edited by Nicholas Williams of Banbury, Oxon.
  • Meglos: Another Keith Musselwhite production.
  • Sonic Force: The 'pilot' version of Alan Hayes and Paul Hewson's Sonic Waves. Similar, but with a duff moniker!