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  • Publication: The Age
  • Date: 1996-07-04
  • Author: Kym Saddler
  • Page: Green Guide, p. 10
  • Language: English

DOCTOR WHO might have only live of his 13 lives remaining, but if Victoria's 380 official Whovians have their way, he will survive forever.

The new television movie, Doctor Who, Return of the Time Lord, ends a seven-year drought for fans craving fresh material. And the one question on all Whovians' lips is: Will it go to a series?

The president of the Doctor Who Club of Victoria, Richard Nolan, says the fate of a new series lies in the hands of the United States, and possibly pay TV in Australia.

"It's great to see it back in production, but (a series) probably has to be picked up by the Americans," he says.

The last Doctor Who series was made in England in 1989. It was shown in Australia In 1992.

In the meantime, fans have had to settle for monthly meetings, collecting paraphernalia, video screenings, costuming, Doctor Who rallies and the club bi-monthly magazine, Sonic Screwdriver.

At Just 26 years old, Richard has been a fan for 22 years and joined the club when he was eight. "I saw Tom Baker's first episode in '75 and I remember the club being formed,' he says.

The club formed in tumultuous times for Whovians. The ABC announced in 1978 that it would drop the science-fiction show because of falling ratings. Fans took to the streets and picketed the ABC building.

"There was a howl of outrage, Richard recalls. "Everyone organised a campaign to make the ABC see sense, and the club grew out of that. It started with 100 members.' The protests, it seems, had the desired effect: Doctor Who was soon back on the air.

The fans of the longest-running science fiction series are a mixed bunch: accountants, bankers, lawyers, laborers and students. And, like all dedicated fanatics, they live and breathe the show.

They know there have been seven actors fill the role of the 953-year-old Doctor Who. He has a body temperature of 60 degrees, two hearts, and travels through time in his Tardis (which is, of course, Time and Relative Dimensions in Space).

• Club membership is $15 a year and includes six issues of Sonic Screwdriver and a discount card. Contact the club at GPO Box 4782U11, Melbourne 3001, or e-mail

Caption: Dr Who fan club president Richard Nolan: thrilled.

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