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Doctor Who 2000
A short history of this 90 minute audio tapezine / cassette magazine

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!

Many of the covers were either drawn by Neil Hogan or Lee Freeman in the UK. The final 2 tape set featured a colour cover of 2 paintings of the 7 Doctors by Lee Freeman and Neil Hogan respectively. Lee's was definitely the best of the two!

Doctor Who 2000 was predominantly advertised in Data Extract. In fact, the goal was to release an issue at the same time as the release of an issue of Data Extract.

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.,

The tapezine was essentially free. The amount charged for the zine just covered the cost of the cassette, printing of the cover and postage. Fans could send their own tapes in, with an envelope and some stamps and get it for free.

Neil does not have a complete collection of the original recordings as tapes tend to wear out, crunch up or melt after a few years. It's believed that Dallas Jones has the only known complete collection of copies anywhere in the world.

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 available for distribution in the UK through the makers of similar UK tapezines such as called RayPhase Shift and The Master Tape. In return RayPhase Shift and The Master Tape were available for distribution in Australia. Unfortunately this wasn't as successful as hoped but it increased the number of contributions to both tapezines. Exchanges were made with other tapezines including Sonic Waves.

Doctor Who 2000 was also available at Doctor Who meetings, at collector's fairs and at other science fiction events.

There was a brief discussion about the possibility of releasing a joint tapezine called Master Ray 2000 but nothing came of it. A video production organised by Lee Freeman was to feature video contributions by various fans including editors of tapezines but due to various problems Neil Hogan unfortunately could not complete his side of the deal. Neil regrets this to this day.

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.

Doctor Who 2000 was an idea in Neil's mind when he advertised for audio pals in Doctor Who Magazine in 1988. As a result of having access to fans in other countries who also had taperecorders, and could record interesting things about Doctor Who from their parts of the world, contributions increased from these countries. Being a free tapezine, Doctor Who 2000 was sent to fans in Canada, USA, Great Britain, Ireland, Holland, Germany and New Zealand.

Interviews made for Doctor Who 2000 during Visions '93 are available online here:
Visions '93 Doctor Who Convention

In 2004 there were tentative plans to track down copies of the series and release edited versions as podcasts, to fill in the gap left by the lack of a TV series. But then it was announced that Doctor Who was back so Doctor Who 2000 has now been buried, forever to languish at the bottom of fan's cupboards gathering dust!

Overview written by Neil Hogan

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