Welcome to the Oxford Doctor Who Society website!

We are a University Society formed in 1989, shortly before the original run of Doctor Who ended, to meet regularly and appreciate the best (and worst) of the fondly-remembered show, usually watching video tapes gathered around small televisions. Until recently, in much the same spirit, we would meet regularly to appreciate the best (and worst) of the now enormously successful show, usually watching DVDs gathered around larger televisions, with varying degrees of mild-mannered heckling, followed by a communal trip to the pub. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting impact on student activities, we are unable to hold face-to-face meetings this term. Inspired by the recent Doctor Who Lockdown tweetalongs of episodes, however, we will be watching the episodes together virtually via streaming services. There’s lots to look forward to on our Michaelmas 2020 termcard, which can be found here.

We won’t be showing the episodes ourselves. This means we’ll sync up on Netflix or BBC iPlayer for the New Series episodes, pressing play at the same time (or jumping to a timestamp so nobody is left behind!). If you can’t access either then don’t worry! Using your SSO (or for Brookes students, your uni login), you should be able to access Box of Broadcasts, which contains recordings of the episodes (and the Classic episodes we shall be watching). We will be pressing play at the same time, as fans have done in the tweetalongs, and discuss the episodes after they finish.

We will meeting up every Thursday at 8pm on a Discord server, which you can register an interest in joining here! You can also subscribe to our newsletter, where you’ll receive updates on our events this term. We ask you to fill in this form so that we can ensure the server isn’t filled with Daleks or any other bad actors! All your information is treated strictly according to privacy concerns.

We’ll also be appearing at the Oxford Open Freshers’ Fair – check out the website here!

If you would like to be added to our mailing list or become a member of the society, please contact us through our Facebook page or Twitter, or send us an email at whosoc@nexus.ox.ac.uk.

The society is managed by the Committee, which is chosen by the body of the society in elections each Hilary Term. Any member of the society is invited (and encouraged) to stand in these elections. Members may be interested in the brief history of our society and our Constitution.

The Society Library, maintained by the Keeper of the Scrolls, currently inhabits a shoebox which sometimes made an appearance at meetings. Due to the ongoing pandemic, we are currently unable to loan books to any members at this time.

In the past, we organised and participated in many events outside of Oxford, such as trips to filming location and the Varsity Quiz, the results of which can be found here.

We also publish a magazine at irregular intervals called The Tides of Time, which contains a variety of articles related to the society or Doctor Who in general. The archives of the magazine can be found on this external website. Submissions for future issues can be sent to outidesoftime@gmail.com.

This site underwent a major revision in Easter 2012 - the previous version up to Hilary Term 2012 can be found archived here.

A number of banners have been created for the website over time: a full gallery of these, with annotations, is available here.

We also have a backup website which can be found here.

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Doctor Who and any associated images are © BBC 1963-2020. This page and the Oxford Doctor Who Society are not affiliated with the BBC in any way. We are a non-commercial society for the appreciation of the world's longest running sci-fi show. To contact the society, email whosoc@nexus.ox.ac.uk