Doctor Who Adventures was launched on the back of the amazing success of the revived series the previous year, and over on LowCulture, Paul Lang recalls how he first got wind of the Magazine when he saw some top-secret early dummy pages just lying around on the printer at work….
I’d loved Doctor Who since I was about six, so there was absolutely no way I was going to pass up the chance to work on the new magazine, and I basically begged for the art editor’s job. My interview was a chat in the canteen with Moray Laing, who was to be the mag’s first editor, and I think I pretty much had it in the bag when I confessed to having owned a TARDIS tent as a child.
Our bosses expected the magazine to appear fortnightly while each series of the show was on air, but that it would probably drop to monthly when it wasn’t. In reality, the magazine became a bit of a phenomenon, and we were soon struggling to keep up with the incredible demand for copies…
Read the full story: 10 amazing things about 10 amazing years of Doctor Who Adventures – lowculture
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.