The Starbird My interest in Doctor Who began about 1980/81. My grandmother sat my sister and I in front of the television. We watched Sesme Street, The Electric Company and 3-2-1 Contact on the local public station and when they were over, I watched an episode of Doctor Who called “Leisure Hive.” It was a four part story from about 1979 - 80, but I only got to see a couple of parts. The next one I saw was “Meglos” but again, I didn't get to see all of it and then I got to see most of “Full Circle.”
I didn't see another episode of Doctor Who until later that summer and was really very confused when the opening sequence and music were different. The character of the Doctor was the same, but his companions were different. I had caught what I thought was the first episode from 1974. I watched “Robot” in its entirety and was hooked. I later saw the episodes that I had seen earlier that year and I saw “Logopolis” and “Castrovalva” back to back.
The regeneration sequence really sparked new interest in the show and began my quest to find out all I could about this mysterious Doctor Who. Imagine my surprise at find out that the Doctor I saw was the fourth in line, changing to the fifth!
Nearly fourty years later, I still enjoy watching the series and reading the books. My favorite Doctor varies between Tom Baker and Peter Davison, with David Tennant as a close second. I have too many favorite episodes to list!
Doctor Who has been an influence on my writing from the beginning. One of the first stories I began to write was The Challengers – The Cyberman Factor. It featured an early incarnation of Troy Star named Troy McGloskey and featured Sandy Berckley. It also had one of the Doctors (4th or 5th) and two companions (Sarah and Harry or Tegan and Nyssa). I don’t remember if I finished it, but I threw it away when I found out that I could get in trouble for using characters and ideas that weren’t mine without permission. I was about 11 years old.
In The Challengers series I used a space-time travel machine called a TSM (Time-Space Machine) that is bigger inside than out and can change its shape to blend in with its surroundings. It dematerializes from one place and time and rematerializes in another. Ergo, a TARDIS. The TSM had been a tool shed at one time. This was in The Mission. For The Horror of Darkon, the primary transport was the Starbird spaceship.
For those of you not familiar with Doctor Who, it is a British science fiction television series that originally ran from 1963 to 1989. It was continued by way of a book series called The New Doctor Who Adventures. There was also a series called Doctor Who:  The Missing Adventures that extended the existing TV series. There was a TV movie by Fox in 1996 and the old book series were cancelled. Two new series, Doctor Who:  The Eighth Doctor Adventures and Doctor Who:  The Past Doctor Adventures were introduced to further continue the series. The Big Finish Doctor Who Audio Adventures were introduced in 1999. The series was brought back to television in 2005 and continues today as do the audio plays and a new series of books simply called Doctor Who
For more information about this fascinating series, visit the main Doctor Who home page at Or for a really in depth look behind-the-scenes , go to A Brief History of Time (Travel) at There’s also a Doctor Who Wiki, which offers a broad spectrum of links to all aspects of the series.
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