In 1989, after twenty six years of continuous production, Doctor Who was cancelled. Like many other fans, I was devastated. My favorite show was gone, there would be no more.
This didn’t turn out to be the case.
Almost instantly the spin offs began. We had original, low budget films featuring supporting characters from the series. Sarah Jane Smith, The Brigadier, even Victoria Watterfield made appearances in these little gems, all portrayed by the original cast. Then we got little movies featuring monsters from the series, like The Auton Trilogy. Then series like PROBE and The Stranger that actually starred previous Doctors in different roles, still slightly connected to the Who Universe.
Virgin books began publishing novels featuring both the most recent Doctor and previous ones.
Marvel Comics continued to publish Doctor Who Monthly.
In 1996, Fox took a stab at it and produced an original Doctor Who TV movie starring Paul McGann.
It was all okay, but it wasn’t enough. It wasn’t right.
It was 1999 and somebody had a great idea. They decided to produce original Doctor Who audio dramas. Each story who be told in four half hour episodes on 2 CD’s. They’d release a new story every month. They’d even hire the original casts. They produced dramas featuring Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy & Paul McGann, along with their respective companions.
And they were good. Very good. In fact, they were often better than the televised stories of those particular Doctors.
Guess what. They’re still doing it. Big Finish just recently released their 80th monthly drama. That doesn’t count the various spin off audio dramas featuring Sarah Jane, UNIT, The Daleks and even Romana & Leela on Gallifrey.
You can even subscribe to them and have the new story sent to you every month.
So if the new Doctor Who series isn’t enough for you, if you’re jonesing for a little more Doctor in your life, try looking around at http://www.doctorwho.co.uk/drwho/index.shtml
You won’t regret it.