Some time ago Pencil Tip had announced a special charity short-story collection devoted to one of Doctor Who’s most popular characters, Sarah Jane Smith.
Our original plan was a collection of short-stories centering on Sarah and taking place any time after leaving the Doctor in “The Hand of Fear”. The collection currently consists of five stories by writers: Rob Nisbet (The Yohwah Prophecy), Dan Tessier (Exposure), Russell McGee (The Haunting of Chilingham Manor), Tony Jones (In Memoriam) and Kevin Mason (The Fires of Beltane). In addition to the five stories, we can reveal that we are currently in discussion with artist who may contribute an original comic strip.
In addition to the original stories, we’d like to include a series of essays concentrating on Sarah Jane. The essay can focus on any subject including covering any aspect of her life, her travels with the Doctor, her writing career, the enduring popularity of the character and/or of the actress who played her (Lis Sladen) – basically anything you’d like to write about. Other possible topics of discussion might be an analysis of her travels, or the cases she’s covered (Who and SJA). Sarah Jane Smith Fashion Icon? Was Sarah really feminist? A character analysis. An indepth overview of K-9 and Company, or the Sarah Jane Adventures. Maybe you’d like to discuss/review/analyze the Sarah Jane Smith audio’s from Big Finish. The topics up for discussion are totally wide open.
Essay’s should be no more than 2500 words (but please don’t feel confined to this limit if you feel you need more to cover your topic at hand).
If you’re interested in contributing an essay, please get in touch with me to discuss your idea.
The deadline to submit completed essays is: May 5, 2019.
I should also mention that we are also looking for original artwork to include in the special. If you draw, and would like to submit something, we’d also like to hear from you.
If you have any questions, feel free to email us.