Bottled nostalgia

My parents came up the other week and brought with them a load of old tat from my childhood that was unnecessarily taking up room in their house.

It included this fine piece of 100% pure nostalgia, biro scribbles and all:

And there’s more:

I don’t even remember owning a book called The Adventures of K9 and Other Mechanical Creatures by Terrance Dicks. I’m impressed that Radio Times felt the need to produce a Doctor Who 20th Anniversary Special. But most of all I’m awed by the absolute cack that passed for content in old Doctor Who annuals: exciting find-the-centre-of-the-maze puzzles; quizzes about the solar system; inane prose stories with dodgy illustrations done by someone who’d once had Jon Pertwee’s face described to him; comics by someone who had missed the aforementioned description. It’s all here.

Unless you had exactly the same childhood as me this will all mean nothing to you (oh Vienna) but for me this is pure gold.

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