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.
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
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