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Digital Subscriptions > Doctor Who Magazine > 496 (Feb 16) > Downtime


Sarah Jane Smith and the Brigadier meet Victoria



Downtime is a fascinating artefact from a time in which Doctor Who was, to all intents and purposes, an ex-television series. With seemingly no new episodes in sight, a group of enterprising fans decided to employ a professional cast and crew for an adventure featuring supporting characters from Doctor Who. The result was originally released on VHS in September 1995, and offers a glimpse of what might have been a template for the screen future of Doctor Who.

Putting things into historical context, when Downtime was released, drafts of the 1996 TV Movie script were still being wrestled over in America. Eight months later, that first attempt at reviving Doctor Who was on air. Isolated from the foreknowledge of what was to come, Downtime was a big deal in 1995. Now, it’s been re-released on DVD 20 years after its début, and in light of how history played out, it’s more than a worthwhile watch.

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Contents include: John Hurt interview; the War Doctor on audio; Steven Moffat answers readers' questions; Feature – The story of Doctor Who videogames; Comic Strip – Theatre of the Mind written and illustrated by Roger Langridge; A tribute to Anthony Read; The Fact of Fiction – The King's Demons; Time Team – The Beast Below; Missing in Action – The Myth Makers; Relative Dimensions; Wotcha; Reviews and Previews; Crossword