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Auton: Shock and Awe - The Best Of 1989-1998

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By:Robert Hammond & Matthew West
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Released:  September 2010
Publisher:  Hirst Publishing
Format: paperback
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Description:  Compilation of controversial adults-only Doctor Who fanzine Auton, which ran from 1989-1998.

Cover blurb:
Q. How many Doctor Who fans does it take to change a lightbulb?
A. None. They just sit around in the dark waiting for it to come back on again.

In 1989 Doctor Who ended its long run on BBC television. Of course fandom didn’t really know this, or was in denial, and instead embarked upon fifteen years of optimism.

Barely a month went by without DWM enthusiastically theorising that a new Doctor Who series was just around the corner. Not that they needed to bother with the real thing — fandom was filling the void itself. Be it audio plays, video dramas, documentaries, fanzines, novels or bloody t-shirts — Doctor Who fandom had never been before and was never again as productive as it was during those wilderness years.

It was in 1989 that Robert Hammond and Daniel Vickery started their own fanzine: Auton. An A5 glossy litho-printed ‘zine mixing humour, fan fiction and silliness in unequal measures. As the years went by Auton reflected the impatience of fandom. Early on it was nice, quiet, gently amusing. By the end it was raging, swearing, drunken and fuming. Everyone was older, fatter, greyer and downright bloody irritable.

Take a heap of childishness and swearing, add them to the Blue Peter Annual, give it a Doctor Who theme and you have £19.99 worth of fun. The Auton book contains nearly 85% new material and 15% of old tat from the first 19 issues of this irreverent and adult Doctor Who fanzine, as well as traces of (slightly fuzzy) nuts.

Auton — taking pot-shots at all eras of Doctor Who from 1963 right up to the finale of Matt Smith’s first season, all in glorious full colour and illustrated throughout (sometimes with actual naked female tits).


The authors are donating 100% of their proceeds from this book to be divided equally between three charities — The Multiple Sclerosis Society, The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths, and the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice.

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