In 1989 a 90 minute audio tapezine called Doctor Who 2000 was born. The tapezine featured interviews with fans, audio recordings of Doctor Who episode trailers and reviews of upcoming episodes. It was assembled, with the help of many contributors, by Neil Hogan, on an old double cassette recorder, with the help of a hand held full size voice recorder, in Sydney, Australia.
The tapes featured the occasional exclusive interview with famous Doctor Who stars like Colin Baker or Katy Manning.
The main popularity of the tapezine, though, was due to the fact that each one included two missing audio episodes of Doctor Who. Fans could relive the recordings of Marco Polo or cringe in terror to Fury from the Deep, long before either had been released in any other format.
Neil's goal with the series was to get people interested in tracking down the final missing audio recordings. At the time, 2 episodes of the Crusade and the entire Galaxy Four did not exist in audio format and Neil's hope was that if he could get enough people interested in the missing recordings, these episodes would turn up.
Thanks to the interest of a large number of fans world wide, both the missing Crusade and Galaxy Four turned up near the end of the Doctor Who 2000 series. A couple of the episodes were released on the final tapezines.
The series had served its purpose and with new technology called 'wavs'
the audio tapes had outlived their usefulness and were put to rest in 1996.
Neil then moved on to slightly bigger things, the release of his new videozine
- The Y Files. But that's another story!
For the 200th issue of Data Extract a full page ad was taken out featuring all the issues of Doctor Who 2000 so far. This is the only known complete record of all the Doctor Who 2000 covers to date.
Doctor Who 2000 was also fairly advanced for its time in that video advertising was used during mini cons and conventions in Sydney. Many of the ads were camp or tragic and deliberately bad enough to cause a laugh. As far as is known, no other tapezine had been advertised in this way at the time.
It was also advertised in programme guides, brochures and flyers, on notice boards in local libraries and even at international Doctor Who conventions like Visions '93.,
Approximately 20 to 30 of each issue became available. Of those, about 10 to 15 were sales and the rest were free contributor copies
Doctor Who 2000 was also available at Doctor Who meetings, at collector's fairs and at other science fiction events.
Issue 31 was made and released but, with such an excellent issue 20/30 to live up to it wasn't promoted as much and was quietly forgotten. It's possible only a few copies were made of this mysterious issue and even Neil can't remember if it really existed! (Until he recently discovered a cover for it!)
A spin off series called SF 21 was released featuring press released interviews with Neil voicing the part of the reporter amongst other things, but with no real direction besides adding everything SF it soon fizzled and died. (And the interviews were really embarrassing!) Issue 3 was never finished.
Overview written by Neil Hogan