What The Fans Think: Last Chance to Participate

We’re in the final stretch now with the large majority of stories chosen by reviewers for both our What The Fans Think: Blake’s 7 and Torchwood projects, there are a few episodes from both series still up for grabs.

They are:

Blake’s 7

  1. Orac
  2. Hostage
  3. The Keeper
  4. Dawn of the Gods
  5. Children of Auron
  6. Power

Torchwood

  1. Escape to L.A.
  2. The Middlemen

All that’s involved is spending roughly an hour of your time watching an episode of your fave series and then writing 1000-1750 words of your honest review/thoughts/assessment of the episode. That easy.

Plus, if you’re up for it, we’d love to feature any specially penned essays on any aspect of Blake’s 7 and/or Torchwood. These can be short articles/opinion pieces/etc to spread throughout the publication. Topics could be on things like: “Why didn’t Blake and Avon get along?” or “Was the Federation really that corrupt?” or “What made Servalan such a determined adversary?” or “Are Captain Jack and the Face of Boe the same entity?”, etc. – whatever you’d like to write about. (These ‘bonus’ pieces can be up to 3500 words.)

Contact us at penciltippublishing @ shaw . ca if you’d like to contribute.

Full details on the project, and how to contribute, can be found here.

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Chromakey Issue 1 Out Now

We’re really excited to announce that the debut issue of Chromakey has now been released and is available to purchase.

CHROMAKEY
ISSUE ONE/WINTER 2019

LOST IN SPACE: EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN
Dan Tessier takes a look at the similarities and differences between the 1960s’ original and the new Netflix series.

THE CONTEMPORARY FUTURE OF ALTERED CARBON
Richard Peevers dives into the world of the popular Netflix series.

THE STARLOST
Bob Furnell goes back to the 1970s and delves in to the making of this Canadian-made sci-fi series.

GARY CONWAY INTERVIEWED
Actor Gary Conway sits down with Steve Eramo to talk about his career and life in this exclusive interview.

REVISITING A VERY BRITISH COUP
Matthew Kresal gets to grips with this highly popular and well-remembered British political thriller.

TUBE TERRORS: GARGOYLES
Remember those made-for-tv horror movies from the 70s and 80s? Arnold T. Blumberg takes a look at the 1972 production Gargoyles.

UFO: KILL STRAKER
Our panel review the episode “Kill Straker” from the Gerry & Sylvia Anderson series, UFO.

FORGOTTEN CLASSICS: COUNTERSTRIKE
In the first of his ongoing series looking at forgotten sci-fi and fantasy series, Andrew Screen examines the BBC’s final black and white filmed series, Counterstrike.

SAPPHIRE & STEEL: LIKE A PIECE OF DARKNESS
Peter Gouldson offers his appreciation of the second adventure which many consider one of the series’ best.

FAILED 1970s GENRE TV PILOTS
Bob Furnell provides the lowdown on the numerous failed American TV series pilots made in the 1970s.

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WTFT: Last Push For Reviews

Hi all.  A quick update…

We’ve received first drafts of most of our reviews for both the Blake’s 7 and Torchwood volumes, but we’re still missing reviews for the following episodes:

WHAT THE FANS THINK: BLAKE’S 7

  • 1.3 Cygnus Alpha
  • 1.13: Orac
  • 2.2 Shadow
  • 2.3: Weapon
  • 2.8: Hostage
  • 2.12: The Keeper
  • 3.3: Volcano
  • 3.4: Dawn of the Gods
  • 3.7: Children of Auron
  • 3.10: Ultraworld
  • 4.2: Power

WHAT THE FANS THINK: TORCHWOOD

  • 2.2: Sleeper
  • 4.2: Rendition
  • 4.3: Dead of Night
  • 4.4: Escape to L.A.
  • 4.5: The Categories of Life
  • 4.6: The Middle Men

If you’d like to review one, or more, of the above episodes, please contact us at Pencil Tip Publishing (penciltippublishing @ shaw . ca).

Cheers.

Revised 30 December 2018 2:50 pm PT

WTFT: BLAKE’S 7 UPDATE

A quick update on our Blake’s 7 project… We’ve so far received several completed contributor reviews which we’re in the process of editing. We’re lining up a cover artist as I post this too. The project continues to progress at a nice pace.

We’ve still got a 12 episodes left open for review including:

  • Seek-Locate-Destroy
  • Orac
  • Weapon
  • Pressure Point
  • Hostage
  • The Keeper
  • Powerplay
  • Volcano
  • Dawn of the Gods
  • Children of Auron
  • Ultraworld
  • Power

All that’s involved is spending roughly an hour of your time watching an episode of your fave series and then writing 1000-1750 words of your honest review/thoughts/assessment of the episode. That easy.

Plus, if you’re up for it, we’d love to feature any specially penned essays on any aspect of Blake’s 7. These can be short articles/opinion pieces/etc to spread throughout the publication. Topics could be on things like: “Why didn’t Blake and Avon get along?” or “Was the Federation really that corrupt?” or “What made Servalan such a determined adversary?” etc. – whatever you’d like to write about. (These ‘bonus’ pieces can be up to 3500 words.)

Contact us at penciltippublishing @ shaw . ca if you’d like to contribute.

Reviews Still Needed

We’re sending out another call for reviewers for both our Blake’s 7 and Torchwood editions of our What The Fans Think books.  We still have several episodes from each series available to review, so if you haven’t already signed up to contribute to either project, and would still like to, you’ve still got a chance.

The following episodes from each series are still up for grabs as of today, November 30th (11:50 am PT):

BLAKE’S 7

  • Time Squad
  • Seek-Locate-Destroy
  • Orac
  • Weapon
  • Horizon
  • Pressure Point
  • Trial
  • Hostage
  • The Keeper
  • Powerplay
  • Volcano
  • Dawn of the Gods
  • Children of Auron
  • Ultraworld
  • Power
  • Traitor
  • Warlord

TORCHWOOD

  • Everything Changes
  • Ghost Machine
  • Sleeper
  • Children of Earth: Day Two
  • Rendition
  • Dead of Night
  • Escape to LA
  • The Categories of Life
  • The Middle Men
  • Immortal Sins
  • End of the Road
  • The Gathering
  • The Blood Line

If you’d like to review one of the above episodes, just send us a quick email to: penciltippublishing @ shaw . ca with the subject What The Fans Think Reviews.

WTFT: Torchwood Project Update

A quick update on our What The Fans Think: Torchwood project – roughly 63% of the 41 episodes have been chosen for reviews so far, but there’s still a few left to pick from including:

  • Everything Changes
  • Ghost Machine
  • Sleeper
  • Something Borrowed
  • Children of Earth: Day Two
  • Miracle Day: The New World
  • Miracle Day: Rendition
  • Miracle Day: Dead of Night
  • Miracle Day: Escape to LA
  • Miracle Day: The Categories of Life
  • Miracle Day: The Middle Men
  • Miracle Day: Immortal Sins
  • Miracle Day: End of the Road
  • Miracle Day: The Gathering
  • Miracle Day: The Blood Line

As you can see, all ten episodes from series four are still available for review.  We wonder why?  C’mon folks, these episodes can’t be as bad as we’ve been lead to believe?  This is a perfect opportunity to convince readers otherwise.

And, don’t forget – we’re still looking for specially penned essays on any aspect of Torchwood. These can be articles of interest to readers such as: “Who really was Captain Jack?” or “How did the portal end up in Cardiff?” or “The Evolution of Torchwood,” etc. (These articles should be no more than 3000 words in length.)

Full details on the project, and how to contribute, can be found here.

WTFT: Blake’s 7 Project Update

A quick update on our What The Fans Think: Blake’s 7 project – roughly 40% of the 52 episodes have been chosen for reviews so far, but there’s still lots to pick from including:

  • Space Fall
  • Time Squad
  • The Web
  • Seek-Locate-Destroy
  • Project Avalon
  • Bounty
  • Orac
  • Redemption
  • Weapon
  • Horizon
  • Pressure Point
  • Trial
  • Killer
  • Hostage
  • The Keeper
  • Powerplay
  • Volcano
  • Dawn of the Gods
  • Children of Auron
  • Ultraworld
  • Moloch
  • Death-Watch
  • Rescue
  • Power
  • Traitor
  • Stardrive
  • Headhunter
  • Games
  • Warlord

As you can see, there’s some really great episodes still open to you to offer your thoughts on.

And, don’t forget – we’re still looking for specially penned essays on any aspect of Blake’s 7. These can be short articles/opinion pieces/etc to spread throughout the publication. Topics could be on things like: “Why didn’t Blake and Avon get along?” or “Was the Federation really that corrupt?” or “What made Servalan such a determined adversary?” etc.

Full details on the project, and how to contribute, can be found here.

Frank Danes Appearance & Signing: October 29th

Image of Frank Danes on Doctor WhoTemporal Logbook II: Further Journeys author Frank Danes (“The Canterbury Tale”) will be speaking about Doctor Who and signing copies of his new book Six Decades In Time and Space on Monday October 29th at St. Peter’s Church, Broad Street Ely UK.

Six Decades of Adventure in Space and Time: A social, cultural and screen history of Doctor Who

Doctor Who is the longest running science fiction series in the world. In its six decade run, the show has tracked and embodied the social, political and cultural changes in the United Kingdom and the world, tackling  fascism, environmental disaster, religious fanaticism, changing attitudes towards gender  and, of course, alien invasions. In the person of The Doctor herself – and himself – the programme has given us a hero as immortal in appeal as Sherlock Holmes and Robin Hood.

Ely resident Frank Danes, esteemed teacher, bookseller and renowned Whovian, has written the only one-volume history and reference book of the series you will ever need. Six Decades of Adventure in Space and Time brings the story right up to date – it’s  a witty and engaging gallop through the history of The Doctor written by a man whose enthusiasm shines through on every page, and undoubtedly will do so again as he tells us all about it!

Chromakey magazine will also be interviewing Frank about his book in a forthcoming issue.

Additional details on Frank’s appearance can be found here.