Tom Spilsbury

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Tom Spilsbury
Born (1976-02-12) 12 February 1976 (age 41)
Swindon, England
Nationality British
Area(s) Writer, Editor
Notable works
Doctor Who Magazine
TV Zone

Tom Spilsbury (born 1976 in Swindon, England) is a British writer, magazine editor and journalist. A former pupil of Bristol Cathedral School, he is currently the editor of Doctor Who Magazine (DWM).

Doctor Who Magazine[edit]

Spilsbury first joined Doctor Who Magazine in March 2003,[1] on Issue 330 as deputy editor to Clayton Hickman. He eventually took over from Hickman as editor in August 2007, with Issue 387. He redesigned and revamped the magazine with Issue 390, persuading Kylie Minogue to pose with a Dalek for the cover of the new look magazine in December 2007.[2] Spilsbury successfully negotiated with The Sun newspaper to run the photograph over a full-page on the day of the magazine's publication.[3]

Spilsbury later became the first person to clock up 100 consecutive issues on DWM's staff with Issue 429 in December 2010, and later became the longest-serving editor of the title, overtaking Hickman in May 2013, and editing his 100th edition with Issue 486 in April 2015. He also oversaw the 500th issue of the magazine, and recreated the cover of the very first issue, explaining that he wanted 'something which somehow paid tribute to the past, as well as celebrating the present.' [4] Reflecting on his long tenure on the magazine, Spilsbury said that "I just enjoy being a magazine editor. So I'd happily be a magazine editor for a different magazine! I don't suppose I'll be editing Doctor Who Magazine for the rest of my life" and noted that "you must never get complacent about it. Never ever think that these are the only people buying it." [5]

As well as editing the magazine, Spilsbury has interviewed subjects such as Freema Agyeman (Issues 392 and 393), Nicholas Courtney (Issue 402), Graeme Harper (Issues 380 and 392), and Steven Moffat (Issues 417/418, 447, 468/469 and 484), amongst others. He also writes the regular Public Image column, which reports on the series' ratings, as well as serving as co-editor of the magazine's comic strip with Scott Gray.

Spilsbury has admitted to being greatly influenced by Radio Times, paying tribute to covers of the listings magazine on several occasions.[6]

In 2015 Spilsbury appeared on BBC Worldwide's Doctor Who: The Fan Show, where he was complimentary about the episode The Witch's Familiar,[7] and confirmed that the story he first remembered watching was Destiny of the Daleks [8] A further episode in 2016 saw Spilsbury and his team appear as themselves in a spoof documentary, showing the production of Issue 500 of DWM.[9]

Other magazines[edit]

Prior to his work on Doctor Who Magazine, Spilsbury was editor of TV Zone magazine between 2001 and 2003.[10] He has written for and contributed to many publications including, TV Zone itself,[11] the British magazines Starburst, Shivers, Film Review, Ultimate DVD, and Cult Times.[12] He also interviewed Graeme Harper for Inside Soap magazine about the tram crash seen in the November 2010 episodes of Coronation Street [13]

Doctor Who DVD appearances[edit]

Spilsbury is a regular contributor to BBC Worldwide/2 entertain Ltd's Doctor Who DVD range, appearing as a talking head on documentaries for the Region 2 DVD releases of The Androids of Tara and The Armageddon Factor in 2007, The Rescue, The Deadly Assassin, The War Games and Enlightenment in 2009, Doctor Who (Doctor Who: The Movie) in 2010, and Inferno in 2013 – on which he appeared talking about the 'Other Eighth Doctor', David Burton, who allegedly made a new series of Doctor Who in the early 1990s, despite there being no photographic evidence of the production ever having been made. Spilsbury wryly noted that Burton's main claim to fame seemed to be that he possessed a car with the words 'the new Doctor Who' written on the side – but pointed out that anyone could have put that on the side of their car! [14]

Television and Radio appearances[edit]

Spilsbury has often been called on as a Doctor Who expert, appearing on BBC News and BBC Breakfast on several occasions. He was called on to comment on the departure of Matt Smith by BBC News on 1 June 2013, where he was asked about the controversial 'regeneration limit' of only 13 Doctors being allowed. Spilsbury commented that the writers had "just made that up," and so the writers could "make up something else." [15] He later appeared in a discussion on BBC Breakfast over the identity of the new Doctor, revealed on 4 August 2013. When asked by presenter Naga Munchetty who he thought might be in the frame, Spilsbury praised names such as Olivia Colman. He also quipped that the reveal of a new Doctor was "like the Royal baby for sci-fi fans," with all the same speculation as to whether it would be a boy or a girl. When pushed who he thought would be cast, Spilsbury remained on the fence, confirming that he was as in the dark over the new Doctor's identity as everyone else. He stated that he wouldn't be surprised if a woman was cast in the role in the future, but doubted it would happen on this occasion.[16] The same day he was the special guest on the BBC Radio Manchester show hosted by Eamon O'Neill and Jimmy Wagg, where they discussed the arrival of the new Doctor, and Tom suggested that he might be keeping it secret because he himself had taken the job! [17] Later that evening, Peter Capaldi was revealed as the Twelfth Doctor. The next morning, Spilsbury was widely quoted saying that Capaldi "was brilliant already." [18] A year later, when Capaldi made his full début as the Doctor in August 2014, Spilsbury returned to BBC Breakfast to give his full verdict, giving the new Doctor a thumbs up.[19]

On stage, Spilsbury hosted the Doctor Who Night at Ciné Lumiere on 19 January 2013, interviewing Toby Whithouse about his writing career.[20]

Newspaper interviews[edit]

As a commentator on Doctor Who (he was assistant editor of Doctor Who Magazine at the time), Spilsbury was among the first to get to see the relaunch of the show in 2005. He commented on the revival starring Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper to The Guardian, saying "I really enjoyed it. Chris and Billie were great. It was great to see everyone else enjoying it. They laughed at the funny bits and were scared by the scary bits. It bodes very well for the series. I think kids will love it. It's exactly the sort of thing I fell in love with as a child. Christopher Eccleston still feels like a Doctor Who. He'll be looked back on by kids in 20 years' time as their doctor." [21] In September 2015, Spilsbury was again interviewed by The Guardian about the new series of Doctor Who, commenting "I think it's a stronger run than last year. There are more two-part stories than we've had recently, which means the whole pace of the storytelling is a bit different. They've shaken it up, which is quite exciting." [22]

Popular Culture[edit]

In the 50th anniversary Doctor Who story The Day of the Doctor The character of Coal Hill School teacher Tom (played by Tristan Beint) was named after Tom Spilsbury, a tribute by his close friend and writer of the episode Steven Moffat.[23]

Awards[edit]

In May 2012, Spilsbury accepted the Eagle Award for Favourite British Comicbook (Colour) for his editorship of Doctor Who Magazine.[24] Doctor Who's executive producer Steven Moffat tweeted his joy: "Punching the air @TomSpilsbury and team with an Eagle Award for Doctor Who Magazine! AMAZING!" Spilsbury himself tweeted his shock: "OH MY GOD, WE WON!!!" [25]

In May 2016, Spilsbury accepted the certificate from the Guinness Book of Records, on behalf of Doctor Who Magazine, of World Record for the longest-running magazine based on a TV series, which it had been since 2010.[26]

Other Media[edit]

Spilsbury assisted Nicholas Pegg on his book The Complete David Bowie, and was thanked for his contribution in the book.[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.drwho-online.co.uk/features/interviews/tom-spilsbury.aspx
  2. ^ "Kylie v a Dalek". 
  3. ^ The Sun Retrieved December 12, 2007
  4. ^ "Behind the scenes on the Doctor Who Magazine 500 cover shoot with Peter Capaldi". 
  5. ^ "The Doctor Who Podcast Episode 78". 
  6. ^ "Doctor Who Magazine's Christmas tribute to Radio Times – Ho-ho-Who!". 
  7. ^ "The Witch's Familiar Reactions - Doctor Who: The Fan Show". 
  8. ^ "Q&A with Tom Spilsbury - Doctor Who: The Fan Show". 
  9. ^ "The 500th Doctor Who Magazine - Doctor Who: The Fan Show". 
  10. ^ "Interview with the editor of Doctor Who Magazine - Tom Spilsbury!". 
  11. ^ "A galactic guide to invasions". 
  12. ^ "Deep Space Nine: A Time to Stand". 
  13. ^ "Corrie Director I Want to Shock Fans". 
  14. ^ "The Other Eighth Doctor? – Doctor Who". 
  15. ^ "Matt Smith to leave Doctor Who.". 
  16. ^ "Full HD - BBC Breakfast - 12th Doctor with DWM Editor, Tom Spilsbury.". 
  17. ^ "Eamonn and Jimmy chat to Tom Spilsbury". 
  18. ^ "Doctor Who magazine on Peter Capaldi: 'Brilliant already'". 
  19. ^ "Toby Haydoke & Tom Spilsbury talking about Dr Who Deep Breath on BBC News Channel'". 
  20. ^ "Doctor Who Night at Cine Lumière". 
  21. ^ "A Doctor Whose Time Has Come.". 
  22. ^ Bowie, the Doctor will see you now The Guardian Retrieved 12 September 2015
  23. ^ The Fact of Fiction Doctor Who Magazine Page 82 Issue #500 July 2016. UK: Panini. Retrieved 14 June 2016
  24. ^ "The Eagle Awards 2012". 
  25. ^ "Doctor Who Magazine wins Eagle Award". 
  26. ^ "Doctor Who Magazine - 500th edition". Doctor Who News, News in Time and Space Ltd. 
  27. ^ "The Complete David Bowie". 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Clayton Hickman
Doctor Who Magazine Editor
2007–present
Incumbent