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Subj: Re: What Does the Future Hold for Doctor Who Magazine....
Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 at 07:52:16 pm GMT (Viewed 43 times)
Reply Subj: Re: What Does the Future Hold for Doctor Who Magazine....
Posted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 at 05:30:42 am GMT (Viewed 46 times)

    A few reasons, in no order.

    The cover price is too expensive.

Yes, back in the day, before Panini took over the publication and the series restarted, the magazine was a 'Staples & paper' format and no frills. Panini moved it to its current premium format to service the arrival of the series in 2005 and that was fine as the series was a smash hit and the circulation exploded.
But inevitably reformatting it as a Premium publication leaves it very vulnerable when the necessary volume of readers eventually drift away. And here we are...

    It's redundant. How many times do you want to read about the Tom Baker years, or the life of John Nathan Turner or the making of Tomb of the Cybermen or the Cartmel master plan? How many times can you poll readers to see who their favorite Doctor is?

That's too small a thinking I feel. The magazine has historically shown itself capable of exploiting a vast landscape of information and behind-the-scenes material for Doctor Who, and not just from the television series either, but this depth and quality of material was dependent on the people who worked for the magazine going out there and doing this research, and writing and doing it out of love of the programme. I haven't bought DWM regularly since 2006, purely because I felt I didn't need to know all about the making of the new series to enjoy it, but I do occasionally still buy the Specials and have been following the current 12th Doctor releases with the always amazing Andrew Pixley writing the bulk of the material. Writers like Pixley, David Howe, and Richard Molesworth are still working, but not in DWM itself.... and these are just the sort of quality writers and experts on the series the magazine badly needs today. I read the DWM specials and enjoy them thoroughly, but it leaves me shaking my head as I am wondering why it is that this quality of work is not in the pages of DWM itself - writing like Andrew Pixley's used to be the standard DWM set its benchmark at. Today however the magazine is a collection of fluff-pieces and froth. Somewhere over the years it dumbed down... way down. And it simply is not worth the money being asked.

    The comics aren't as good as they once were.

True. The comicstrip has had its moments over the years, but they have tended to be highly sporadic and generally it exists as something a reader skips over to get to something really interesting on the other side of it.

    There are probably more, but it's 1:30 A.M. here and I'm more tired than I thought.

    Also, I would argue that it was easier for the magazine to survive in the days when there was no TV show. Fans were desperate for Who and the magazine provided a small taste of it each month. Additionally, from 1990 to 2005 a lot more people were buying magazines each month.

All too true sadly. But I am convinced that if the content was of a quality and the people who worked on it were more open, energetic, fresh, and enthusiastic, the Magazine most definitely still has something to offer the fandom. It needs enthusiasm, constant enthusiasm, but it also needs quality contributors. These people ARE still out there, Richard Molesworth has produced his own Doctor Who Magazine called 'Nothing at the end of the Lane', and it is the sort of thing DWM used to be. Solid, absorbing, Informative, fascinating, and above all excellent value for money. But it may be that a part of the problem is that people like Molesworth, Howe, and Pixley, are of a whole other generation of fan who were engaged in the fan scene and self-publication at an early age and hungry to go out there and research everything they could fine concerning the series and its history. Before the internet and multi-media this is what they had to do if they wanted to find out.

And those kind of people, driven, skilled and trained in research, enormously enthusiastic, these type of just do not exist today in the internet age.

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