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50 Glorious Years: Episode 32 - 1994

1994 continued the celebration of past Doctor Who that had begun in November of the previous year with the 30th Anniversary. More and more stories continued to be released on home video for fans to enjoy. A heavily extended version of the 30th Anniversary documentary was released under the title More Than 30 Years in the TARDIS. And the book range, which by now had gone monthly in its releases of New Adventures, expanded further by adding in new original fiction for Doctors 1 through 6 in its Missing Adventures range (called such even though none of these adventures were strictly “missing” since they had never been made or written back in the day - now, if they had novelized more of the original Season 23 adventures or Shada at that time…..but I digress). This series too started off bi-monthly but once again would become successful enough to warrant a new release every month. This meant that, remarkably, 5 years after Doctor Who had supposedly ended as a television series, it now had two book ranges of original fiction being published on a monthly basis. To anyone who was paying attention, it showed that Doctor Who wasn’t simply going to be a franchise that faded away and died after it ceased television production.

Attention in 1994 was also placed upon the continued attempts to bring the series back to television. It was a clear that a deal had been struck with Amblim Entertainment and that the rights to make a new television series were now in their hands, and contingent upon getting a US network of some kind involved. CBS became the first network to apparently express interest, but by the end of the year it was clear that they were going to pass on the series. Attention would soon turn to FOX in 1995…...


To be fair to Shada, that story had only been dusted off and the video edit released in 1992. If you wanted a better version of it already by 1994, congrats for your foresight. I think by 1994 the possibilities for breaking the old rules of making Dr. Who were just beginning to unfold.

In fact, the epoch known as ‘the eternal September’ had only begun in 1993 when America Online opened up access to USENET discussion groups formerly only used by academics, and also in 1993 World Wide Web servers had increased from 50 to 500 in six months. Novelty in bringing Dr. Who to the commons was an insignificant part of the new communications revolution.

This was going to virally infest the computer Internet.

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