Thursday October 18thDad amazes me by bringing home the second edition of Doctor Who Weekly. I had no idea such a comic was available or even possible. Featuring a seminal comic strip called The Iron Legion, a free set of transfers and a synopsis of the very first Doctor Who story, An Unearthly Child, I can safely say this comic changed my life. Until this day, I thought the first ever Doctor Who story was called Doctor Who and the Daleks and the first Doctor, William Hartnell, had only ever filmed four stories (thanks to there only being four Hartnell books available in the range of novelisations published by Target - well, actually there were five but I didn’t know about the other one). Doctor Who Weekly changed all that - not just for me, but for thousands of other kids as well, who suddenly had easy access to an ever-growing library of information about the show. Though I had loved Doctor Who all the way through my childhood and my interest in the show itself was actually waning at the time, this day was the true beginning of my fandom - the day when I started to know way too much about Doctor Who.
Tuesday October 16thThe first ever episode of Not the Nine O’Clock News, starring the initial core team of Rowan Atkinson, Pamela Stephenson, Mel Smith and Chris Langham. I definitely didn’t see it at the time and wouldn’t have been allowed to stay up late enough in any case. I’d have to wait a good twelve months or so before I even heard of the show. It’s a strange episode this, hasn’t quite found its feet yet. The sketch that points the way forward is this one, which skewers its target mercilessly and still has the power to shock. Also sadly still relevant. At the time of writing, you can see the full episode here, but don’t expect it to stay there for long.