Dancing with Dr Who and the Daemons

Headington Quarry Morris Men dancing at Devil’s End in 2011

I’ve just read that the English Folk Dance and Song Society https://www.efdss.org has announced four recipients for 2019 of its highest award, the Gold Badge; including John Graham, who took over accordion duties at Headington Quarry Morris Dancers from William Kimber himself see http://www.headington.org.uk/history/famous_people/kimber.htm

John Graham is also mentioned in the local press as one of the Headington Quarry Morris side that appeared in Dr Who and the Daemons in 1971, then was one of the four originals who returned for the gathering on the Green in 2011.

Aldbourne Village Gallery. The story so far – long may it last!

I started a Flickr Gallery in 2008. It now has just over 4,000 photos in it. Flickr has been acquired by something called Smug Mug, and I’ve decided not to add any more photos since there seems to be a risk that the Gallery might disappear; free accounts being a bit vulnerable to that, it would seem.

So here’s a link – enjoy! https://www.flickr.com/photos/aldbournevillagegallery/albums

Many aspects of village life are represented; particularly Carnival and the Beating of the Bounds. If there are any photos or albums you’d like to chat about, please drop me a line, aldbourne.archive@gmail.com

Jo Hutchings – August 2019

Summer Special Download: Conventions and Other Events – Tides of Time (August 2019)

My first visit to Tides of Time this morning, via Twitter (it’s great what a quick search on Aldbourne can produce!). Interesting articles featuring visits to Aldbourne, including the gathering in June 2019.

Here’s what their website says:

Welcome to the online home of The Tides of Time, a Doctor Who fanzine published by the Oxford (University) Doctor Who Society. We publish online and in print. The current editors are James Ashworth, a graduate of Worcester College; and freelance writer, editor and researcher Matthew Kilburn. The Oxford Doctor Who Society emblem is by Francis Stojsavljevic.

https://oxforddoctorwho-tidesoftime.blog/about-the-tides-of-time/ (August 2019)

The Tides of Time – sometimes known without its definite article – has been published by the society since January 1990. This website was founded in July 2010 as an unofficial catalogue for the fanzine, but it has since grown to become the main point of distribution for current issues and an archive of every issue in PDF from the beginning of the run to the present. Every issue is now available online.

https://oxforddoctorwho-tidesoftime.blog/about-the-tides-of-time/ (August 2019)

The Tides of Time

The end of August is approaching – a hot, hard sun (we love you, Neil Cross) or else the cold rain and autumn-apprehending clouds of the legendary English bank holiday weekend. Time for our long-planned summer supplement! The Tides of Time Special Edition Summer 2019: Conventions and Other Events is here, having grown from a few pages which had to be left out of issue 43 into 64 colour pages looking at some of the events our writers have been to recently or in some cases several years ago.

It can be downloaded free of charge in one of two formats:

High-resolution PDF (12Mb)

Low-resolution PDF (2.6Mb)

Features include

Big Finish Twentieth Anniversary

  • A Celebration of Doctor Who Audios. Matthew Kemp at Big Finish Day, 22 June 2019
  • Legacy of the Time War. Dahria Kuyser comments on themes explored in the Big Finish anniversary weekend livestream, July 2019

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Azal and Bok return to Devil’s End

Last Sunday an intergalactic peril once again threatened the sleepy village of Aldbourne. However, all was not lost and the planet was saved (again!) by the presence of U.N.I.T and the White Witch of Devil’s End, Olive Hawthorne.

More than forty years ago, Dr Who came to Aldbourne and defeated the Master on the village green. The cast and crew visited again with Reeltime Pictures in 1992 to make the documentary ‘Return to Devil’s End’.

During the summer this year, Reeltime Pictures worked with a supporting cast of locals to film the finishing sequences for ‘The White Witch of Devil’s End’ featuring Damaris Hayman; telling the story of Olive Hawthorne’s long life, and her guardianship of the village against supernatural foes.

The result is the long awaited triple DVD set now available on general release.  Olive Hawthorne’s life-story, the documentary from 1992 and a bonus disk of material gathered at conventions held in Aldbourne.

Damaris Hayman, now 88, was kind enough to endure some chilly weather to meet the brave men and women of U.N.I.T, and spoke kindly to her defeated adversary, the Master – all

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represented on this occasion by Johnny Who Entertainments. Then it was back into the warm at the Crown to meet with and thank locals who had assisted with the filming in the summer.