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Ah, sweet memories! Memories of 6 year old me standing on the path at the end of my front garden looking at the above issue of TV Century 21, just before getting into my father's Nobel 200* car for a family trip to the Town Centre shops. (I'd purchased the comic earlier that morning from Chamber's news-agent around the corner from us.) I recall gazing at the cover photo while sitting on the back seat of the car, and perhaps I even wondered why Dr. Who looked different to how he appeared on the telly. (If so, it was explained inside.) Given the cover date, I assume it was the school holidays, which must be why I was free for shopping excursions and not confined to the halls of junior academic learning.
This issue was a real treat for fans of The Daleks and contained ads for all sorts of merchandise based on the scions of Skaro. It also included a recipe for Chocolate Daleks, which was subsequently tucked in between the pages of one of my mother's cook/bake books for a number of years, in that house and the next. (Yeah, remember when mothers could actually cook and bake, instead of just feeding their sprogs from McDonalds? Mums just don't do that anymore, do they?) I remember much about this comic, though not everything. However, I do recall the terrific Fireball XL5 and Stingray pages (not shown here), as well as the Daleks back cover strip, with startling clarity, so they obviously made a big impression on me. (Interestingly, aside from the masthead, the Daleks didn't appear in their own strip that week.)
What I didn't realise until recently was that, although TV21 was normally a 20 page comic, occasionally it increased to 28 pages with no additional charge to the regular price (7d). That probably wouldn't happen with any comic today, so City Magazines deserves a belated pat on the back for treating their readers so royally. Okay, there was no extra comic strip content and perhaps the makers of the new Dr. Who movie met the cost of the increased page count as it was publicising their film, but the publishers could probably have added a penny or two on the price and had an editor's note inside to explain why - but they didn't, so good on them.
Anyway, to those who are around the same age as myself, I'm sure you'll have your own memories of this ish if you bought it back in the day, so I won't bore you with any more of mine. I'll leave you with a look at the pages pertaining to Peter Cushing's first cinematic outing as Dr. Who when the Doc was just an ordinary human, before all the Time Lord from Gallifrey nonsense was introduced. Life seemed so much simpler back then, eh? Wish I had a TARDIS to revisit that era, but in the meantime I'll make do with the next best thing - my very own copy of TV Century 21 #28, from which these pages are scanned. Enjoy! And remember, click on any image to enlarge, then click again for optimum size.