Geoff Tilley had taken on the role of Sonic editor as well as club president. Produced without a computer for the first time in many years, ‘professional-looking’ is not a phrase that would be associated with his first effort of issue 76 (though it did have my first contribution to Sonic in it, a piece on Adric to tie in with the murder mystery meeting). It therefore prompted myself and treasurer Matthew Proctor to volunteer to be production editors, while Marco Cappiello put up his hand to be writing editor. Geoffro had largely finished issue 77 by the time we worked things out, and so starting with issue 78 Marco took over with myself as production editor (Matthew produced issues 79 and 81).
An important change that this heralded was a move back away from including "telefantasy" aspects into the magazine. Geoffro had been quite keen on including various non-Who material as well, perhaps conscious that it was approaching four years since the BBC had ceased production of the show. After some debate, "telefantasy" was given the boot.
Personally, even now, I find it hard to believe you will keep or gain subscribers based on a half-and-half effort. Go with what makes you unique, and concentrate on making it the best there is. In early 2001 the South Australian Doctor Who Fan Club jumped on the "telefantasy" bandwagon to the gross detriment of Who content (including cutting their Chameleon Factor fanzine), and I am afraid they will sink based on that decision.
You can follow my experiences as Sonic editor in another article I wrote for Sonic Screwdriver #100.
The really busy years, including when I help run the convention Timestorm, are coming shortly!
Meanwhile, you can read some comment on the piece so far.
Here’s the list of the Doctor Who articles available here
→ A Bit of Adric in All of Us
→ Ace Timeline
→ Cursed References
→ Doctor Who Collectible Card Game FAQ
→ Doctor Who Collectible Card Game Tips
→ Doctor Who in America
→ History of the Daleks
→ History of Doctor Who
→ History of the fanzine Sonic Screwdriver
→ How I Killed a Fanzine (or, What’s an EFG?)
→ Survival the (Con)vention
→ The Doctor and I (First Memories)
→ The Doctor and I (1985 — Move to the USA)
→ The Doctor and I (Organised Fandom? Huh?)
→ The Doctor and I (Doctorin’ Ithaca)
→ The Doctor and I (Back to Melbourne)
→ The Doctor and I (Whovention)
→ The Doctor and I (David, Meet the DWCV)
→ The Doctor and I (Enlightenment)
→ The Doctor and I (The Blankety Blank Era)
→ The Doctor and I (Q Who)
→ The Doctor and I (DWCV Committee, Meet David)
→ The Doctor and I (Whovention II (Control))
→ The Doctor and I (Sonic Screwdriver, Meet David (and Marco and Matthew))
→ The Relative Confusion of The Curse of Fenric
→ What Makes a Warrior?
→ What’s in a Name?
→ Or just head back to the Doctor Who Index
This page last updated by David J Richardson on Wed, 8 Jan 2003.