#FollowFriday: Dez Skinn

Yes, it is still Friday. Just about. In the UK at any rate. So #FollowFriday, our weekly chance to point you in the direction of Doctor Who folk on Twitter, is still applicable.

And as it’s Doctor Who Magazine Week at the DWC, it would be a little too obvious to tell you to follow @DWMTweets – and anyway, if you’re a Doctor Who fan with a Twitter account, you already follow DWM don’t you? Instead, we’re dedicating this week’s #FF to Dez Skinn.

Dez is the very first editor of DWM, in charge of the weekly tome until issue #22 in 1980. He acquired the BBC license for the magazine, but importantly kept it free from the corporation’s input – that means it still gets all the latest news, but can report of the show’s failings as well as its successes. He’s also contributed to the fanzine of DWM, Vworp Vworp, edited by Gareth Kavanagh (a friend of the DWC’s. We’re expecting #3 later this year…).

But his influence extends far beyond Doctor Who: in fact, he’s one of the most important movers-and-shakers in British comics. Prior to founding DWM, Skinn worked at Marvel UK and also created Starburst, the sci-fi monthly magazine that’s still going to this day.

He only joined Twitter in November 2015, so there’s not a great wealth of tweets as yet, but still more than enough to keep Doctor Who fans entertained.

Anyone who loves cult TV, film, and comics should also give Dez a follow.

And it’s lovely to see how proud he is of his creations…

Follow Dez @DezSkinn1.