Place of Origin:
Southampton, Hampshire, U.K.
Issues Produced: 1
Just like Trakenites' Times before
it, The Time Listener lasted but a single issue. The Time Listener
was in fact an audio off-shoot from a standard fanzine, Time Watcher,
which had been devised and edited by David Stead. Stead produced three
issues, culminating in a Jon Pertwee Special. At this point, he handed the
reins over to fellow Hampshire Local Group member, William Baggs, who
confusingly began his editorship with another third issue of Time
William elected to produce his first issue in two
formats - in print and on audio - resulting in readers of the Celestial
Toyroom DWAS newsletter being invited to buy The Time Listener cassette
alongside Issue 3 of Time Watcher.
Released in September 1984, The Time Listener
1 was billed as 'the first truly hi-fi tape' and featured an
interview with Doctor Who producer, John Nathan-Turner, who was
coaxed into revealing a few tidbits concerning the upcoming
twenty-second season. Sections of this interview were also published in
the accompanying edition of Time Watcher.
The Time Listener came to a natural
conclusion after this issue when William Baggs became the driving force
behind the popular series of Doctor Who audio plays produced by
Audio Visuals, a non-profit making fan organisation. The first play,
The Space Wail, was issued in December 1984 and the series continued
to thrive under William's stewardship for four years. William
and Ben Video) which produces professional
standard original video and audio productions featuring Doctor Who
actors and actresses.
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