Friday, 12 January 2007

The Dreamwatch is over


January 12, 2007  •  Posted By Kenny Davidson
Subscribers of the UK magazine Dreamwatch are currently receiving a letter from its publishers Titan informing them that they have ceased publication of the title.

The publication began life in the early 1980s as an amateur fanzine under the title Doctor Who Bulletin. In this form, it took a generally critical tone towards the then current era of the show, and at times its producer, John Nathan-Turner, personally. However, it became popular with some fans due to its frequent reporting of breaking news, offering an alternative to the officially sanctioned Doctor Who Magazine.

When in 1989 Doctor Who was rested, the fanzine expanded to cover other genre films and TV series, and the title was changed to DreamWatch Bulletin so that the popular abbreviation DWB would remain intact. In 1994, it was turned into a professional news stand magazine: the title was shortened to simply Dreamwatch and the numbering of the magazine was restarted from issue 1. The final issue will be number 150, or 280 if you count from the original DWB, and is due to be published on 25th January.

UPDATE: Brian J Robb, Editor of Dreamwatch, has announced in our forum that the title will be relaunched as a new website, functioning as both magazine and archive. It will be available from the address www.DWSciFi.com from 25th January.