About a month and a half ago, the sysadmin for the MUN Physics department (on whose system my web pages are housed) asked that I move my site off university computers because the traffic I was enjoying was more than MUNet could handle. At that time, I began looking into alternative means of bringing you the Doctor Who News Page (and, indeed, the rest of the Brief History site) -- hence the "big changes" I've alluded to in the past month or so.
However, as I was doing so, I slowly began to realise that my free time is now more scarce than ever, a situation not likely to change in the coming months as I write my honours thesis in the winter, and move on to grad school next September. Plus, I'll have to admit that after three and a half years, the News Page was no longer quite as much fun to maintain as it once was, and I found myself increasingly wanting to tackle new and different projects.
So, this week, I decided that it was time that my tenure as editor and maintainer of the News Page come to an end. I think it's better that I stop now and go out on a high note, than keep doing it and put in less than 100% of the effort the site demands; to do otherwise would ultimately be a disservice to you, the readers, who are the sole reason the News Page exists in the first place. This was not a decision reached lightly. I've loved doing the News Page -- it put me in touch with some great people, and I was thrilled to perform a valuable service to Doctor Who fans worldwide. But, as they say, all good things must end, and for me that time has come.
But -- but! -- this isn't the end of the News Page. Mark Phippen, whom many of you might know as the man behind Logopolis.com, has volunteered to take over the site. I'm confident Mark will be more than able to fill my shoes, and I wish him the best of luck. With the change of editor comes a change of URL, and the News Page can now be found at www.logopolis.com/whonews
which Mark will be updating within a day or so. And, of course, there's also Shaun Lyon's excellent news site at Outpost Gallifrey. It would be absolutely impossible for me to thank everyone who's contributed to the News Page since its inception in May 1996. Literally hundreds of you have provided scoops, and at least a couple of dozen of you have done so on a regular basis. It would be pointless for me to try and list you all -- I'd be bound to forget people anyhow! -- but to anyone who's ever sent me a scoop, pointed out an error, or just written to say hi, thank you. Without you, the News Page could never be as successful as it has been.
And, lastly, in case you think you've heard the last of me -- no such luck! Although I'll no longer be handling the News Page, the rest of the Brief History site isn't going anywhere. I'll still be writing the Profile Pages and running the Novels Rankings, so be sure to drop by often! And thanks again.