Errata (1964-1979)

The following errors have come to light following the book’s publication in 2012.

Page 10:
CONTENTS
Rogue Planet
change to: The Rogue Planet

The Road to Conflict
change to: Road to Conflict

Page 16:
ORIGINS
Monday 8 November 1964
change to: 9 November

Kine Weekly
change to: Kinematograph Weekly

Page 56:
IN REVERSE
Notes
Motton is uncertain about the identity of his successor on the weekly strip. ‘There was a prolific script writer around at that time named Tom Tully. I never actually met him, so I have no specific knowledge of what he was doing and when.’ (Roger Noel Cook, who began writing the strip some months later, recalls that he inherited the role from someone called Tom, which supports Motton’s recollection.)
[Note: It was Thomas Woodman, not Tully, who worked on the strip. Tully was writing for Valiant in 1965 and worked on strips for Battle and 2000AD until the late 1980s. David Motton appears to have got Woodman and Tully mixed up in his recollection. Roger Noel Cook has subsequently confirmed that the ‘Tom’ whose surname he initially couldn’t recall was Woodman. There is no evidence that Tully worked on the Doctor Who strip.]

Page 79:
THE TRODOS TYRANNY
Notes
Roger Noel Cook recalls that he took over writing the Doctor Who strip from ‘… a freelance scriptwriter called Tom – I can’t for the life of me remember his last name. Tom was a good and old friend of Arthur Thorn’s, in his late ’60s.’ ‘Tom’ was almost certainly Tom Tully, a prolific comic strip writer. David Motton, who wrote some of the stories, recalled that Tully had worked on the strip.
change to: ‘Tom’ was Thomas Woodman, who had been a writer for D.C. Thomson and later wrote the Adam Adamant Annual 1968 (1967). Woodman and Cook shared the same literary agent, Gwen Woolley.

filled in for Tom
change to: filled in for Woodman

When Tom retired
change to: When Woodman retired

Page 119:
THE MONSTERS FROM THE PAST!
Notes
The series title as it appeared on the strip was Doctor Who and the Daleks for the first three episodes, and thereafter Doctor Who
change to: two episodes
[Note: The third part of the strip in #809, the last in the 1967 run of cover strips, dispensed with the ‘and the Daleks’ part of the series title a week before the transition back to black and white. This corresponded with Arthur Thorn’s intention, as documented on page 119, to discontinue the Doctor Who and the Daleks title from the issue dated 17 June 1967, which was #809.]

Page 136:
FLOWER POWER
Footnote:
Flowers were handed to police, politicians and spectators at anti-Vietnam War protests, most famously on 21 October 1967 in Arlington, Virginia USA, when flowers were placed into the barrels of military police rifles. As this incident took place weeks after the synopsis was written it cannot have inspired the story.
change to: The notion of ‘flower power’ was topical at the time as in June 1967 at the Monterey International Pop Festival in California festival goers festooned police with flowers. Scott McKenzie’s song, ‘San Francisco (Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair)’, was top of the UK pop charts during August 1967, shortly before the synopsis for ‘Flower Power’ was written.

Page 159:
THE TIME MUSEUM
Comments
The reference was overtaken by real-life events: in July 1969, between the creation and the publication of this story, the first manned Moon landing took place.
change to: The reference was soon overtaken by real-life events: December 1968 saw the launch of Apollo 8, the first manned space mission to orbit the Moon.

Page 162:
THE INVASION OF THE QUARKS
Notes
took place on on Friday 3 June 1968
change to: 7 June

Page 163:
Notes
The Quarks first appeared in the second episode of ‘The Dominators’, broadcast on Saturday 17 August. This was followed just one week later by their first comic strip appearance
change to: opening episode of ‘The Dominators’, broadcast on Saturday 10 August. This was followed just two weeks

Page 297:
BACK TO THE SUN
Oops
Although the Doctor meets up with Perritt in the evening it is still light outside. That same evening they travel up the mountain, inspect rocks, and are nearly killed – all of which takes place in broad daylight.
change to: The events of the second episode occur in the evening, but take place in broad daylight. This seems unusual but might not be an error if the story takes place in the height of summertime, though this is never stated in the story.

Page 300:
FOGBOUND
Notes
Two variants of the cover were printed and circulated, with the main difference being that the photograph is reversed on one of the two (the correctly-oriented photograph has the Master on the left and Jo on the right side of the cover). It is probable that the issue was first printed with the reversed photograph, and later reprinted in order to amend this error.
[Note: Only one version of the cover was published. A scanned copy of the 1973 Doctor Who Holiday Special with a modified cover, featuring a flipped image of the same photograph, was incorrectly assumed to be a variant printing. It was later discovered (and verified by the person responsible for modifying the cover for the scanned copy) that this variant printing never existed. The incorrect cover image also appears in the Cover Gallery.]

COVER GALLERY
change to:
HS73

Page 301:
SECRET OF THE TOWER
Artist: Alex Badia
change to: Jorge Badia Romero

Comments
Alex Badia’s
likenesses of the Doctor
change to: Jorge Badia Romero’s

Page 335:
PETRIFIED
p50-54
change to: p50-54 duo

Page 424:
THE SNOW DEVILS
Comments
the thinly-modified ‘The Ice Apes’ story
change to: ‘Ice Cap Terror’

Page 455:
THE VAMPIRE PLANTS
Comments
aggressive mobile planet
change to: plant

Page 562:
THE HUMAN BOMBS
Notes
Turner’s illustrations in ‘Rogue Planet’.
change to: ‘The Rogue Planet’

Page 583:
APPENDIX A: REPRINTS – THE DALEKS
PLAGUE OF DEATH [TV Century 21 #33-39]
(1,2) Doctor Who Weekly #39 (10 July 1980) p23 & 26 b/w
(3-7) Doctor Who Weekly #40 (17 July 1980) p19-21 b/w
change to:
(1-4) Doctor Who Weekly #39 (10 July 1980) p23-26 b/w
(5-7) Doctor Who Weekly #40 (17 July 1980) p19-21 b/w

Page 584:
APPENDIX A: REPRINTS – THE DALEKS
ROGUE PLANET [TV Century 21 #59-62]
change to: THE ROGUE PLANET

Page 585:
THE ROAD TO CONFLICT [TV Century 21 #96-104]
change to: ROAD TO CONFLICT

Page 586:
The first half was comprised of ‘Rogue Planet’
change to: ‘The Rogue Planet’

Page 588:
Two stories were printed, ‘Rogue Planet’
change to: ‘The Rogue Planet’

Page 589:
The final episode of ‘The Road to Conflict’
change to: ‘Road to Conflict’

the publication of ‘The Road to Conflict’
change to: ‘Road to Conflict’

Page 596:
APPENDIX C: HUMOUR – THE DOCTOR AND FOUR D JONES
The BBC’s solicitor, Mr L P R Roach
change to: Roche

Page 597:
Roach responded on
change to: Roche

Page 604:
BIBLIOGRAPHY: BOOKS AND ARTICLES
– ‘Doctor Who Artist – Frank Langford Talks’, TARDIS #5; March 1976.
change to: #3; February 1976.

 

This Errata page will be updated as and when further additions are discovered. If you have noticed something that isn’t covered here or in the book, I would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact me: scoonespaul (at) gmail.com

With thanks to: David Brunt, Paul Castle, Roger Noel Cook, William Duffy, Matthew Kilburn, Al Miles, Lee Moone, Ian Snell, Steve Holland and Shaqui Le Vesconte.

 

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