One man’s journey to read every single Target Doctor Who novel
For many, the words Doctor Who and Target novelization go together like jelly and baby, or hiatus and charity record. In a time where recording TV was often impossible, these novelizations offered fans a chance to relieve the very best the show had to offer, and Timelash. No more would a story be here today and gone tomorrow: now they were permanent features on your bookshelf.
Sometimes these novelizations were slavishly accurate to what had been transmitted; sometimes they were anything but. In this age of streaming, DVDs, BluRays and repeats, are they still essential reading today?
Join writer, fan and crazed man Nick Mellish as he reads them all, and writes the works ‘Terrance’ and ‘Dicks’ more than any many rightly should.
Will he fall in love with the show all over again, or will a little reading prove to be a dangerous thing…?
Target Trawl takes you from Skaro to San Francisco with all manner of trips in-between, and even a few side steps along the way.
Based on the highly popular column by Nick Mellish from Whotopia Magazine.
Author: Nick Mellish
An unofficial and unauthorized guide by Andrew Screen to Nigel Kneale’s television series Beasts
In 1976 Nigel Kneale, creator of Quatermass, wrote six plays for ATV under the title and theme of Beasts. Each play, according to series publicity at the time, was linked by the “mystifying influence of animals, usually malevolent and menacing, in eerie circumstances.”
Since it was first broadcast Beasts has grown in reputation for presenting some of the most memorable and terrifying tales seen on British television…
- During Barty’s Party – rampaging rats attack and terrorize an isolated couple in a cottage.
- Special Offer – terror stalks a supermarket as one strange incident follows another. Is an unseen animal on the loose or is it a poltergeist?
- Buddyboy – can a dolphin become a ghost? Terrifying events in a vacant dolphinarium seem to indicate such a spirit has returned to haunt a prospective buyer.
- The Dummy – terror grips a film studio when an actor playing a movie monsters suffers a mental breakdown and is completely taken over by the creature he portrays.
- Baby – what are the strange mummified animal remains found within the walls of a renovated cottage and what power do they exert on an expectant mother?
- What Big Eyes – was Little Red Riding Hood’s grandmother eaten by a wolf or did she turn into a wolf? An eccentric scientist carries out experiments on his self to try and change into a wolf.
Also featured is Murrain, an episode of the earlier anthology series Against The Crowd, also written by Kneale, which can be seen as a backdoor pilot for Beasts.
Each episode is covered in detail with an in depth review that includes biographies and filmographies for the cast and crew, a critical appraisal of the episode and details about the production itself. The career of Nigel Kneale is documented in another section which also examines the recurring motifs and themes found in his body of work and how these are encapsulated within Beasts.
The book also presents a two part history of television anthology horror covering English and American TV series. Part one covers up to the broadcast of Beasts with the second part documenting the period post-Beasts up to the present day. This study looks at how the evolution of television production and storytelling and how this has shaped the genre of TV horror anthologies from humble beginnings, as single camera live transmissions, to the modern diverse and slickly produced programming of current times.
This critical appraisal of the series will examine where Beasts sits within the history of anthology horror TV series and within the body of Nigel Kneale’s work, how it is a key text of folk horror and how it has influenced modern horror creative’s.
Author: Andrew Screen
It’s been a long time coming but, we’re really excited to reveal the final line-up for the forthcoming Temporal Logbook II: Further Journeys. This edition will feature 13 stories covering Doctors 1 through 12 including the War Doctor; as well as two bonus stories, (one of which is a sequel to a story featured in the first Temporal Logbook).
This all new collection includes:
First Doctor – Ghosts of the Future by Hamish Crawford
Second Doctor – The Clockwork Dreamer Sings Songs To The Stars – Nic Ford
Third Doctor – The Spectre of Gelsandor – Russell McGee
Fourth Doctor – Nightfall on Titan – Richard Peevers
Fifth Doctor – Flowers In The Rain – Tony Jones
Sixth Doctor – Symbiogenesis – Rob Nisbet
Seventh Doctor – Five for Rebecca Chancer – Nick Mellish
Eighth Doctor – O’er The Hills and Far Away – Benjamin Pocock
Ninth Doctor – The Lights of Kenzazi – Kate Coleman
Tenth Doctor – The Elephant Man Never Forgets – Kevin Mason
Eleventh Doctor – The Canterbury Tale – Frank Danes
Twelfth Doctor – The Pride and Prejudice of a Time Lord – David Smith & Violet Addison
War Doctor – The Muspilli Convention – J.E. Remy
Fifth Doctor – Ghost Train – Fiona MacDonald **Bonus Story**
Eighth Doctor – Confused and Changed – Nick Mellish **Bonus Story**
The Temporal Logbook II is being edited by: Robert Mammone, Bob Furnell, J.E. Remy & Richard Peevers
Publication is expected to be in early 2018.
In order to serve you better, we’ve decided to revamp and redesign the existing Pencil Tip Publishing website. We’re currently in the midst of having the new site designed and hope to reveal the new site in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you’ll be able to continue to use the existing site. However, we should also point out that this site may be down for a day or two, when it comes to installing and launching the new site.
Pencil Tip Publishing is pleased to announce that our charitable recipient for the Temporal Logbook II will be MDABC (Mood Disorders Association of British Columbia).
The MDABC is a nonprofit organization that provides treatment, support, education, and hope of recovery for people living with a mood disorder. We serve to build awareness and understanding in communities throughout the province, reaching out to as many people as possible.
The Goals of the MDABC are:
- Reduce the stigma of mood disorders
- Cultivate an inclusive community that promotes well being
- Provide rapid access to mental health services
- Encourage the development of effective self-help models
- Encourage research into mood disorders and self-help models
The MDABC Philosophy
The MDABC celebrates their partnerships with individuals, their families, professionals, and agencies. We believe in, value, and respect:
- The potential of each individual
- Understanding, empathy, and listening as the cornerstones of self-help
- Sharing and caring as the basis for healing
- Honesty, trust, and confidentiality
- Inclusiveness, community, and hope
- Participative decision-making in treatment options
- The choices of individuals taking responsibility for their actions
- The contributions of individuals and their families and friends
- The skills of professionals and their role in recovery and support
- Learning and self-awareness as part of the education process
- Research as part of best treatment and recovery
Pencil Tip is excited to be partnered with the MDABC. 100% of the net proceeds from the sales of The Temporal Logbook II will be donated to the MDABC.
To learn more about the MDABC please visit their website at www.mdabc.net.
Mark your calendars!
OPEN SUBMISSION DAY
Saturday May 6 2017 from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm Pacific Standard Time
We will be accepting completed stories for inclusion in The Temporal Logbook II for one day and one day only –Saturday May 6 2017 from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm Pacific Standard Time.
As with the original short-story collection, the second volume will feature twelve original stories by new and up-in-coming writers. All twelve incarnations of the Doctor will be featured with a story dedicated to that particular incarnation.
For the open submission day we are looking for stories featuring Doctors 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 & 10.
Stories should be between 5000-8000 words.
To contribute a story to The Temporal Logbook II all you have to do is:
- Submit 1 completed story. (Multiple submissions are not allowed.)
- Provide your full name and email, and
- Include a brief bio telling us a bit about yourself (if you haven’t worked with us previously), and indicate if you’ve been published before or not.
The full Submission Guidelines can be found here.
We here at Pencil Tip love to read and publish books. With that in mind, we have a whole hosts of new books lined up for publication over the next two years, including…
THE BOOK OF BEASTS
A critical look at the making of Nigel Kneale’s seminal 1970s horror anthology series
STAR ONE COMPENDIUM
Various Authors/Edited by Bob Furnell
Star One was a short-lived fan magazine dedicated to the BBC television series, Blake’s 7. This special publication will feature many of the articles from the original issues – updated and revised – including brand new material, and material intended for publication but ultimately unused.
One man’s journey to read, and critically assess, every Target Doctor Who novel published.
Various Authors/Edited by Bob Furnell
Tellyvision (2001-03, 2010) was a popular fan magazine dedicated to classic British, American and Canadian television. This special publication will feature many of the articles from the original issues – updated and revised – including brand new material, and material intended for publication but ultimately unused.
TEMPORAL LOGBOOK II
Various Authors/Edited by Robert Mammone, Bob Furnell & J.E. Remy
Follow-up short-story collection to 2015s The Temporal Logbook
* Titles are provisional and may change by publication