From October 1994: the launch issue of DREAMWATCH, successor to the long-running, much read and highly-controversial (reading its' anti-JNT vitriol now just seems venomous... although the excellent book THE LIFE AND SCANDALOUS TIMES OF JOHN NATHAN-TURNER does at least put it into context) fanzine DWB (originally DOCTOR WHO BULLETIN).
Despite its shortcomings, I really liked DWB and found its news coverage and reviews (except when they had a JNT hate-on) to be second-to-none in the pre-internet age. And their broad no-longer-just-WHO remit meant it was the essential companion to TV ZONE.
DWB's relaunch as DREAMWATCH sounded promising but - really - the early issues were a disapointment. The layouts were poor (DWB always made a virtue of cramming in as much content as possible) and the articles and reviews suddenly seemed superficial.
Things did get better... it started to look more professional with every issue and, within the year, secured newsagent distribution for the first time. It was now a proper magazine.
Like every other magazine and newspaper in the land (including everything Visual Imagination could churn out), Dreamwatch became obsessed with THE X-FILES and ensured every issue was filled with something related to the show. BABYLON FIVE also loomed large throughout the mid-nineties.
Titan Magazines bought the title in 2001, presumably because it created synergy with its other licensed titles. It survived until issue 150 in 2007, at which point Titan pulled-the-plug.
The prominent mention of SHAKEDOWN on the above cover was a handy bit of cross-promotion for one of Dreamwatch's other business ventures that year: a new, full-length video drama spun-off from DOCTOR WHO (made possible because of the BBC's bizarre joint-ownership of the monsters, companions and sundry elements) featuring the return of - spoiler alert - The Sontarans. The drama, filmed (rather too obviously) on HMS Belfast, pulled together several familiar faces from British telefantasy for what appeared to be (judging from the rather-too-candid Making Of... video) a somewhat fraught shoot. It later became (more) WHO cannon when writer Terrence Dicks novelized it for the Virgin Books range.
The film was premiered at... wait for it... DREAMWATCH, the magazine's spin-off convention. I don't think they ever did another film.. or another convention.
The awful logo was soon dispatched too...