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Zine
Title: The Faces of Time
Publisher: Permanent Press/Dawnseeker Press
Editor(s): Mary D. Bloemker
Date(s): 1981-1984
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Medium: print zine
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Fandom: Doctor Who
Language: English
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The Faces of Time is a gen Doctor Who anthology.

It has one Special Edition, The Pawn of Leptos.

"Connie packs a lot of story into this, with no wasted words. As is typical of Connie's style, every sentence, every line of dialogue, advances the plot or deepens the characterizations." [1]

Issue 1

front cover of issue #1, Connie Faddis
back cover of issue #1, Connie Faddis

The Faces of Time 1 was published in May 1981 and is 88 pages long. Art by Connie Faddis (front and back cover, interior), Stephanie Hawks, Deb Walsh, Lenore Dunlop, and Mary Bloemker.

"(There are no typos in this issue -- there are only temporal anamolies!!)" [2]
From the editorial:
I realize that some among you may think is presumptious [sic] of us upstart Yanks to publish a DOCTOR WHO fanzine. After all, the most devoted of us American DW fans have been exposed to maybe half the aired Tom Baker series and a smattering of Jon Pertwee episodes—if we're lucky—all judiciously edited for our viewing pleasure. (Let's hear a rousing chorus of Bronx cheers for judicious editing!!) We don't quite have the cultural advantage of this TV show that is probably older than half the population of the North American continent (unless you want to count Captain Kangaroo and/or Walt Disney in its various incarnations, but compared to DOCTOR WHO, neither the Captain or Disney count for much. Sorry about that, Cap, Walt...). Please to consider that our heart is in the right place, fellas. And I would hope that the following pages are ample proof of that claim. It's our own special way of paying homage to a innocuous little TV show that has tweaked our imaginations and tickled our funny bone; material evidence that imaginations thus tweaked and funny bones thus tickled do not shut down after thirty or sixty minutes (as most major TV networks would prefer to believe). We proffer many thanks to Terrance Dicks, a gracious and terribly charming man who sincerely surprised us by turning out to be a bigger fan than any three of us combined. Terrance, you make us proud to be DOCTOR WHO fans—thank you. Thanks also to our wonderful contributors. On the surface, it may sound a bit redundant to say that without them, there would be no zine, but when I say that, I mean that they, every one, contributed much more than just something to fill up the space between covers. Connie, Stephanie, Peter, Sue,# Deb, Lenore, Ruth— am I being unnecessarily pedantic when I say that each of you contributed a little part of yourselves as well? And, speaking of indispensable moral support, thanks must also go to ORAC, Jr., without whose self-correcting feature and interchangeable elements I would have never even considered putting together an effort on this scale. Much less survived the effort. And to the most important contributors to this zine, my special thanks. Pat, Liz, Mary, Terri, who can collate and staple with wild abandon on occasional refills of Tab (I wish I had a car that was as inexpensive to maintain); to Nellie, who already knows how indispensible [sic] she was (one of these days, I shall show my gratitude by treating her to a tankful of high octane); and to Deb, whom we have to thank for not getting stuck with mucho Aesthetic White Spaces. Maybe I should mention the kitchen table while I'm at it. No joke, either — when its day finally comes, we'll probably have that table bronzed in appreciation of services rendered...
A scarf origin story from "Terrance Dicks' Tales of the Unexpected: The Scarf":
TD: Once it was decided what the Doctor's costume would basically look like, the BBC chose this woman, who made her living by knitting, to make a scarf for the Doctor. That was all she was told to do, just make a scarf. Nobody gave her any instruction on precisely how to make it. Nobody thought to do that. So the BBC just sent her a lot of yarn in different colors, enough to make a decent-sized scarf, plus about twice as much more than she would need, in case there was a problem, you see. But no one told her it was extra, so what happened was that she just knit and knit and knit. Eventually we received at the BBC this package with our Doctor Who scarf. We opened it, and Tom put it on, and the thing fell around his ankles. And Tom is quite tall! We thought this was so marvelous that we decided to go with it.
  • Interview With Terrance Dicks by Peter A. David (2)
  • The Runaway by Ruth Berman (20)
  • Terrance Dicks' Tales of the Unexpected: The Blooper (22)
  • Hail and Farewell by Mary D. Bloemker (23)
  • Terrance Dicks' Tales of the Unexpected: The Scarf (29) (a scarf origin story)
  • The Cathedral Affair by Sue Brundige (30)
  • Terrance Dicks' Tales of the Unexpected: Modesty (50)
  • Doctor Who and The Four Doctors by Peter A. David (52)
  • Terrance Dicks' Tales of the Unexpected: The Pen Name (88)
  • a pullout poster: A Life in the Life of a Time Lord by Mary B. Bloemker

Issue 2

The Faces of Time 2 was published in 1982 and is 42 pages long.

  • In A Glass Lightly by Jean Airey (8 pages)
  • Oh, Sarah (3 pages)
  • Companions Of The Past — Jamie McCrimmon by Mary Bloemker (2 pages)
  • The Reason by Linda Lanzi (2 pages)
  • Close Encounters... Some Other Time by Linda Terrell (6 pages) (DW/Avengers)
  • Harry by Christy Reynolds (2 pages)
  • Reverie by Lenore Dunlop (3 pages)
  • Doctor Who Major Arcana Tarot Design Portfolio (8 pages)
  • Conflict by Rob St. John (8 pages)
  • a pull-out poster: The Faces of Time II by Deb Walsh
  • Jamie McCrimmon by Mary Fall (article)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

FOT2 stares at you with one of Mary Bloemker's beautiful covers of Baker as the Doctor. His Cheshire cat grin and mischievous eyes should melt any fan's heart. This rendition of Baker's face is an excellent demonstration of the contradiction in his features. There's a story in thish ("Close Encounters . . . Some Other Time," by Linda Terrell) that describes his face in a few well-chosen words: "There wasn't one part of it which could stand alone as even passably good-looking," yet the author concludes that the effect, as a whole, in quite attractive. Exactly. (Although, judging from a recent RS episode in which he appeared, Baker is not taking care of himself too well.) "In a Glass, Lightly," by Jean Airey, takes a rather old idea (the real Tom Baker is transported to the real Gallifrey) and doesn't do anything new with it. It largely consists of Baker trying to convince his Gallifreyan captor, Castellan Andred, that he isn't the real Doctor. He is unsuccessful and agrees reluctantly to help rescue a pregnant Leela from the Carvans. There are some good incidental bits here, like Baker's good wishes to Peter Davison as he takes on the role of the Doctor. Then there are Baker's amusing reactions and expectations when confronted with the real crazy universe he's been playacting on a TV series. ("Are you sure you're not a fan? That's the kind of thing they come up with.") But it's too sketchy overall. One of the most interesting pieces here is an all-too-short article, "Jamie McCrimmon," by Mary Fall, about the Doctor's longest-running companion, who appeared during Patrick Trough ton's run. American viewers have never seen the character, and Fall's handily written summary is a good demonstration of British TV's outrageously unpredictable treatment of its regular characters. Deborah Walsh's illo of Troughton and his various companions is a tour de force. "The Reason," by Linda Lanzi, is a lovely little poem told by Baker as the Doctor, explaining why he hops all over the galaxy. "Close Encounters . . . Some Other Time," by Linda Terrell, is a pleasant DW/Avengers crossover. Mrs. Peel, whom Terrell characterizes remarkably well in just a few short pages, almost has a collision with the TARDIS on the highway. The biggest problem here is that a switch in point of view, from the Doctor to Mrs. Peel, mid-way through the story serves only to distract. The editor should have caught this flub. Another of Bloemker's stunning Baker/Doctor illos graces the story. "Harry," by Christy Reynolds, is an amusing story-poem in whteh the miversally underestimated companion defends himself by explaining, "I'm not really an idiot, you know.""Reverie," by Lenore Dunlop, is a rather nondescript piece in which Sarah is apparently abandoned by the Doctor, thinks gushy, terrified thoughts, and winds up not being abandoned after AU. Bloemker's fllos, especially her Sarah, complement the vignette. An impressive pull-out poster, by Deborah Walsh, a melange of the Doctor and various companions is the second most striking art offering thish (although I am getting tired of the stipple style). The most striking is a portfolio, by Bloemker, of Baker, Pertwee, Roman, Sarah, Leela, the Master, Adric, Troughton, Jamie MeCrimmon, and Zoe as various Tarot figures in the Major Arcana. Quite a lovely compilation. "Conflict," by Rob St. John, is a fascinating story about two Gallifreyan students who steal away on a TARDIS and learn the value of non-interference with another culture the hard way. I like entertaining stories like this with an ethical message. The ending is the most interesting, as I believe it's the origin of the Doctor. The cat-like aliens that the two encounter are a nice, alien creation. I think that, for the price, FOT2 should have been a bit longer, but it does have a lot of DW fandom 's finest art. Not a bad buy. [3]

Issue 3

cover of issue 3, C.R. Faddis

The Faces of Time 3 was published in 1983 and contains 90 pages. The subtitle on the cover is: "A New Body at Last."

Writers and artists include: Jackie P. Ruth Berman, Connie Faddis, Patricia H., Mary Bloemker, Laurie Haldeman, Mary F., Deb Walsh, Jan Lindner, and Jane Ellicott. The art includes two pull-out pages.

  • Faces of Time, poem by Patrice Heyes, art by Mary Bloemker (1)
  • Episode Synopsis and Art Portfolio (printed on thicker paper)
    • The Keeper Of Traken by Laurie Haldeman (7)
    • Logopolis by Robert St. John (17)
    • Castrovalva by Mary A. Fall (28)
    • Earthshock by Mary A. Fall (33)
  • Orphans Of The Vortex Art Portfolio by Deb Walsh
    • Adric (38A)
    • Nyssa (38B)
    • Tegan (38C)
    • The Doctor (38D)
  • View From The Bridge by Jackie Paciello--What did the Watcher tell the Doctor when they met in "Logopolis"? (39)
  • The Omen, poem by Ruth Berman (43)
  • Aftermath by Jean Airey (44)--After the break-in at the Pharos Project, somebody had to write up the report...
  • I am the Master, filk by Erika Rauscher (46)
  • Nexus At Pharos by Connie Faddis--The Master's viewpoint on the end of "Logopolis". (47)
  • Instant Replay by Jan Lindner--Romana gives the Fourth Doctor a new lease on life. (53)
  • Triumvirate by Robert St. John--The Master has a run-in with the Megara. (57)
  • Aftershock by Kathryn Yount--The Doctor must watch Adric die. (67)
  • Life Begins, poem by by Kathryn Yount (68)
  • In Memoriam by Janet Ellicott--The Doctor tells Nyssa about the experiences that caused him to flee Gallifrey. (69)
  • Reflections, poem by by Kathryn Yount (79)
  • Adric, poem by Deb Walsh (81)
  • Stranger at the Door by Deb Walsh--In his final regeneration, the Doctor has a bittersweet encounter with an older Jamie McCrimmon. (82)
  • art by Mary D. Bloemker, Cheryl Duval, C.R. Faddis (front cover), Stephanie Hawks, Carol McPherson, Erika Raushcer, Robert S. John (art and EARTHSHOCK! poster), Deb Walsh (art and TRANSITIONS poster, plus back cover)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

As emblazoned on the cover, the theme of this issue is "A New Body at Last," or at least the end of a few old bodies. The primary focus is on the events of the DOCTOR WHO episodes "The Keeper of Traken," "Logopolis," "Castrolava," and "Earthshock," in which Dr. Who's archenemy. The Master, steals a new body, Dr. Who trades in the Tom Baker model for the Peter Davison model, and Adric, a sidekick from E-space, gets obliterated. Bloemaker very considerately includes synopses of the episodes for anyone who came in late; they are somewhat tedious but necessary if one isn't a devotee of the program.

The fiction is nearly all vignettes or poems that concentrate on the most thrilling aspects of the four episodes, i.e., Dr. Who s regenerative death and Adric's sacrificial death. This throws the zine rather out of balance--surely there was more to write about than just the horror bits. But the authors, most of them well-known for their skill, write with sufficient power and clarity that the events stay properly sorrowful and don't become silly from repetition. Jackie Pacieilo's "View From the Bridge" and Ruth Berman's "Omen" both show Dr. Who #4 having a premonition of Dr. Who #5; Connie Faddis's "Nexus at Pharos" gives the Master's point of view of the Doctor's changeover (and incidentally a good reason why he didn't keep trying to finish the good Gallifreyan off); Jan Lindner's "Instant Replay" is a break from the morbidity as Romana (who is between universes) manages to peel off a Baker-Who clone to live with her, presumably to the envy of all the female readers. Also on the less dismal side are Jean Airey's "Aftermath," local officialdom's view of what happened at the Pharos tower, and Rob St. John's "Triumvirate," how the Master picks up a couple of assistants to help him with later evil plots. Kathryn Yount's "Aftershock" elaborates on the tag of "Earthshock," wherein Adric dies, and Janet Ellicott's "In Memoriam" follows up with Dr. Who grieving for the boy. This one is quite good not only in explaining events, but explaining some of the Doctor's history and composite personality. Finally, Deborah Walsh's "Stranger at the Door" is a sort of epilogue to the series, in which the Doctor returns to old haunts in his last, final, sesquipostantepenultimate regeneration.

The extreme brevity of each piece doesn't allow much depth or complication to develop, else this could have been an excellent zine. Quite nice illos by Walsh, Bloemaker, Faddis, Cheryl Duval, Stephanie Hawks, Erika Rauscher and Rob St. John.

[rated on a scale of 1-5]: Content -- 3, Graphics -- 4 $'s Worth -- 3 [4]

Issue 4

front cover of issue #4, Cheryl Duval
back cover of issue #4, Cheryl Duval
flyer for issue #4

The Faces of Time 4 was published in 1984 and contains 68 pages.

From the editorial -- the editor explains this issue's demise, and rebirth:
A few of you are aware of that fact that, until a month or more ago, this zine had been cancelled, and the contributions I'd collected to that date returned. Well may you wonder what changed my mind after having gone to those extremes. Look at the front and back covers; those are the reasons I'd changed my mind. I'd managed to forget that I'd asked Cheryl Duval to interpret a whimsical idea of mine for the covers of issue #4; fortunately, she hadn't forgotten. The front cover arrived not a week after I'd returned the last contribution from what I thought was the now-defunct FACES OF TIME. The zine was uncancelled less than five minutes later.
From the editorial -- the editor asks for more detailed feedback, and signs off of "Faces of Time":
In conclusion, I would like to make a heartfelt plea to you, the reader. While many of you have told us how much you liked the past issues of FACES OF TIME, not many of you have gone into specifics. For my part, I anxiously await crictical comments from readers so that I can learn from whatever mistakes they feel I've made, and from there, make the next issue of the zine that much better. And my authors and artists in each issue are also anxious to know what you thought of their work. Now, while there won't be another FACES OF TIME, there are plans for several other DW zines in the future; in specific, THE 500 YEAR DIARY, which is very definitely far advanced in the planning stages at the moment. Write and let us know what you think of this issue; and of past mssues as well. I assure you, we listen to everything you have to say! Thank you, everyone. You've made my years of editing FACES OF TIME one of the happiest of my life. Take care ... adieu.
  • The Faces of Time by Patrice L. Heyes (1)
  • Fair Play by Susan M. Garrett--Zoe plays the Celestial Toymaker's games for high stakes -- the lives of the Doctor, Jamie, and herself. (3)
  • Ode to Jellybabies by Kathi Lynn Higley (17)
  • Leela's Move by Linda Terrell--A bored Leela enlists Rodan and K9 to build a TARDIS to explore away from Gallifrey, and accidentally drops in on the Third Doctor. (19)
  • The Big Sleep by Lorraine Bartlett--Harry Sullivan's medical skills are put to the test when the Doctor mysteriously collapses. (27)
  • Doctor Who Major Arcana Tarot Designs Portfolio by Mary Bloemker (35)
    • The Chariot
    • Strength - Romana and Tharil
    • The Hermit - William Hartnell
    • The Tower
    • The Moon
    • The Sun - Peter Davison
  • Entracte by Vicki F. Newton--Nyssa is stricken by the Doctor's apparent death in "Arc of Infinity". (43)
  • Sarah Jane's Lament by M.D. Bloemker (49)
  • The Company I Keep by Patrice L. Heyes--Tegan has a welcome reunion with the Doctor and Nyssa. (51)
  • Fugitive by Patricia A Kimball (57)
  • The Bad Companions by Ruth Berman--The Master strikes a bargain with Rassilon for Borusa's release from immortality, but is he getting more than he bargains for? (59)
  • front and back covers by Cheryl Duval, other art by Lenore Dunlop, Mary D. Bloemker, Mary Ludwig, Deb Walsh, and Karen Taylor

References

  1. comment by kslangley at What was your first fandom?, August 28, 2016
  2. a fantastic typo in itself!
  3. from Universal Translator #27
  4. review by Paula Smith in Warped Space #49