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Doctor Who thing: read my zine The Cricketer online


Yesterday’s Thing about how the U.K. National Media Museum wants our Doctor Who memorabilia got me thinking that I would submit a copy of my 1989 fanzine, The Cricketer — devoted, of course, to the Fifth Doctor — if I could, which I can’t, because the only copy I have is back in storage in New York. But I figured I’d have a Google and see if I could find the cover, at least, online — lots of fan stuff ends up getting scanned, and maybe I could at least submit the cover and see if there was any interest from the museum.

What I found instead is the entire zine scanned as a PDF and readable online at Life, Doctor Who, and Combom. I kinda wish they’d asked me first — I would have said “Go right ahead” — but it’s nothing I’m upset about. To the contrary, I get to share with you a Thing that is my own Thing, from a predigital past, and now available to anyone anywhere to read.

If you’re a fan of Peter Davison’s Doctor, you might enjoy The Cricketer.

Fandom was a big deal for me in those pre-Internet years. I made some very good friends because of Doctor Who, people I’ve known now for decades, including Bren in AR and my BFF forever bronxbee, both of whom post comments here occasionally. Writing Doctor Who fan fiction was the first intensive writing I did. Thinking about Doctor Who — and Star Trek and Starman (the TV show) and Blake’s 7 and other properties — was the first real critical thinking on media I did. And it was because of my mini-career publishing fanzines that I got my first job in publishing in New York.

Enjoy. Or you can laugh at it. That’s fine too.

(If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.)

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  • michel


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  • Jeff Morris

    It was a great zine, and an honor to contribute to.

    Boy howdy, they sure have a ton of stuff out there, don’t they? I’m not absolutely sure how to feel about this–like you said, it would have been nice to ask first, but it has been quite some time and this seems to be a common thing now. When my wife decided to end her Emergency! fanfic website, there were people who copied every single story on it and passed it around in pdf format.

    I’d be surprised if any of the zines I did ever showed up anywhere–there’s only one that I worry about even today–it was a crossover and the owner of the other “party’ is rather well known for her litigious nature….

  • bronxbee

    my breath still gets taken away by the artwork on that cover!

  • Jess Haskins

    It looks great! Pity I’m not au courant with the Fifth yet…I’m still working my way through Pertwee.

    I’d love to save this on my tablet and read it when I’m ready, though. Is there any way to download it?

    Also, are there any more of your early-career fan works floating around out there? (Anything you’re willing to share, anyway?)

  • Is there any way to download it?

    There doesn’t seem to be. Like I said, I had nothing to do with digitizing this.

    There’s some of my old stuff here:


    as well as part of a new story that I started and haven’t had time to get back to yet. There’s just not enough time…

  • annlarimer

    And that’s my cover art! Good God, the past, she haunts.

  • bronxbee

    some of the best artwork, fan or otherwise, ever. you did such beautiful work. i hope you’re still doing artwork! and incidentally, both maryann’s ‘zines got accepted into that show.

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