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
Thought we’d share some promo info with you guys regarding the forthcoming Star One Compendium.
Star One was a short-lived Canadian fan magazine dedicated to Blake’s 7 publishing four issues between 2011-2012, with an unreleased fifth issue planned for 2013. Compiled and edited by Bob Furnell, this special omnibus edition brings together many of the articles from the original issues – updated and revised – brand new material, specially written for this release; plus material intended for the unpublished fifth issue.
The Star One Compendium features:
- Interviews with: Chris Boucher (Blake’s 7 script writer & editor); David Richardson (Big Finish) and authors Scott Harrison, Cavan Scott and Mark Wright
- Original Fiction by fan-writers Winnie Lacesso and Katherine Lopez
- A brand new original Blake’s 7 short-story by J.E. Remy (Temporal Logbook) specially written for the compendium
- Results to the Star One Series Survey – first time these results have been made public
- Original Artwork by Richard Farrell (Andersonic, Plaything of Sutekh)
- Articles, reviews, opinion pieces and much more!
Page Count: 254, 6×9 Paperback
Published (Final Quarter) 2017
As of this posting, approximately 75% of the book is complete (layout wise) and currently stands at 254 pages. I’m sure there’ll be a few modifications and changes before the final version is completed.
Artwork Copyright 2017 Richard Farrell
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
Five windows into Hell, five doorways into Damnation.
From Pencil Tip Publishing comes Grave Warnings, an anthology featuring five upcoming authors of the strange and weird. Journey into the eerie emptiness of the Australian outback, where a researcher gets too close to the insects he’s cataloguing. Travel back to the blood drenched streets of Paris during the Great Terror, where ghosts haunt the survivors. A haunted house lays claim to fresh victims, while a strange new housemate worms his way into his landlord’s life. While a deceased estate in Victorian England brings nightmares to those linked to it.
Grave Warnings features stories from: Sarah Parry, Hamish Crawford, Jodie van de Wetering, Craig Charlesworth and Hannah Parry.
Edited by Bob Furnell, Robert Mammone & Jez Strickley
Cover designed by Jack Drewell
Coming Winter 2016
Pencil Tip Publishing is pleased to announce The Temporal Logbook II, a Doctor Who themed short-story collection and the follow-up companion to 2015s highly successful short story collection The Temporal Logbook.
Doctor Who has one of the most flexible formats in television drama. With the basic premise of an alien who travels throughout space and time in a box that is bigger inside than out, and which is disguised as a 1960s police public call box, it can’t get much simpler than that. One week the show can be a gothic horror, the next a comedic satire, or a base-under-siege thriller – the possibilities are endless.
As with the original short-story collection, this new volume will feature twelve original stories by new and up-in-coming writers. All twelve television incarnations of the Doctor will be featured with a story dedicated to that particular incarnation.
The Temporal Logbook II will be published by Canadian publisher Pencil Tip Publishing, with proceeds from the publication being donated to the charity of our choice (N.B. recipient charity to be determined soon).
Publication has been set for 2017.