Doctor Who Monsters in the spotlight for new Never Cruel or Cowardly podcast

Doctor Who: “Never cruel or cowardly. Never give up, never give in.”
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Last month, comics writer and author Cavan Scott described podcasts as the “… fanzines of the 21st Century”. The team behind a mainly Doctor Who-influenced podcast, Never Cruel or Cowardly, are running with that idea in style. The work of talented creators Leon Hewitt and Matt Badham, their latest audiozine, monsters and monstrosity in Doctor Who.

“We’re two mates putting together an audio fanzine for the 21st Century – or 2016, at least,” Matt – a regular contributor to the features pages of Judge Dredd Megazine – explains. “As such, don’t be too surprised if things are a little rough around the edges!”

At present Matt says he feels like they’re  producing an audiozine for about five people but its listener numbers over on Soundcloud are on the rise with NCC following the best traditions of  fanzines of yesteryear, some of which became highly polished publications.

This week’s episode spotlights several other ‘audiozines’, including Pex LivesOi! SpacemanDoctor Who: The Writers RoomLazy Doctor Who and Flight Through Entirety, which are all well worth checking out.

“We’re hoping to evolve and get better as time goes on,” says Matt, who welcomes feedback by or via Twitter,

• Listen to Never Cruel or Cowardly Monsters right here or at on Soundlcloud here. Feedback via Twitter or at nevercruelorcowardly42 (at) gmail (dot) com

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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