Place of Origin:
Nottingham, Notts, U.K.
Simon Black (#1-5);
Tat Wood (#6-9)
Print / Audio Cassette
#5 (only audio issue): C90
Printed Fanzine In
Accompanying Tape Produced: 1987
Issues Produced: 1
(plus 9 printed issues)
Spectrox was a standard printed fanzine,
edited by Simon Black, which launched at WhoCon 21 in October 1984. Two and a half
years later, in June 1987, it notched up its fifth issue, which was one
that made an interesting sidestep into the world of audiozines. Issue 5
of Spectrox was a printed fanzine as per normal, but it had a
tapezine containing exclusive content to accompany it. Purchase of this
audio cassette was optional.
The billing in the Celestial Toyroom advertisement for Spectrox 5 claimed that this experiment was the
"first and probably only time" that such a dual-format approach would be
employed on the fanzine. With the benefit of hindsight, this appears to
have been somewhat prophetic, as Spectrox ceased in its original
form with this issue.
Audio content for this ninety-minute bonus
included an interview with actor Richard Franklin (Captain Yates in the
Pertwee era), and a memorial tribute to the second Doctor Who,
Patrick Troughton, who had recently passed away. Also vying for the
attention of the listener were interludes of "typically warped
Spectrox humour", the all-new Matrix Data Bank and a Local Group
Just under a year later, Spectrox
returned with a new editor, Tat Wood, who helmed the magazine for four
printed issues in total, the fanzine closing its doors for good in 1996.