Thursday, 26 February 2015


UPDATE: PLEASE NOTE: We are now accepting brand new submissions until the 31st March 2015 for the 1974 U.N.I.T FANNUAL!!

We would like at least a page detailing your idea and how the story will progress. Please don't send us just a few lines of random ideas...

Once your story pitch has been approved, you will have a maximum time limit of 2 months to produce your story. Please aim for around 4000 words but we are totally flexible with anything more than this figure, as long as you aren't writing a novel! Failure to produce the story within this time limit could lead to it's removal from the FANNUAL, so please be prepared to allocate enough time to complete your work before you offer to help out.

We are open to any sensible ideas for special features too... As ever, please keep your ideas/stories/illustrations under wraps for the final publication as publishing them elsewhere before release could lead to their removal. Due to the response rate, we apologise for any delays in reply but we will be in contact as soon as possible. Please be aware that this may not happen for several days due to personal workloads. Thank you so much for your support and we hope to be working with you soon!!


Saturday, 15 March 2014

U.N.I.T Writers' Guidlelines

The 1974 U.N.I.T FANNUAL is not to include The Doctor. Mentions of him are allowed but not an appearance.

No Sarah Jane Smith - We're trying to set our stories around 1973/74 slightly before before she joined U.N.I.T. We're presuming that the Doctor's exile on Earth has been lifted. During the years U.N.I.T was most active on TV, it was never stated what years the show was set in (The Tenth Doctor reflected on this in The Sontaran Stratagem saying he wasn't sure whether it was the 70's or the 80's that he worked for UNIT) so maybe to avoid mentioning the year or any historic events that happened in those decades. 

No mentions or fore-knowledge of future U.N.I.T or mentions of Torchwood. So in other words no time-portals where 70's U.N.I.T are talking to future U.N.I.T members. We'd like to keep it authentic to the time and style of the following characters.

Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart (later Sir Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart)
Founder of U.N.I.T and the original commander of U.N.I.T's British contingent. During the Doctor's exile on Earth, he hired the Doctor as his Scientific Advisor. As Doctor Who show-runner Steven Moffat noted, "Out of all the people the Doctor has met, in all of space and time, Nicholas Courtney’s Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart was the only one who was ever his boss."
Call sign Greyhound One/Leader

Captain Mike Yates
Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart's assistant for several adventures during the Third Doctor's tenure with U.N.I.T.
Call sign Greyhound Two

Sergeant John Benton
He was the senior NCO of the British contingent of U.N.I.T (United Nations Intelligence Taskforce, later retitled: UNified Intelligence Taskforce for the new series), an international organisation that defends the Earth from alien threats.
Call sign Greyhound Four

Corporal Carol Bell
One of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart's administrative support staff. She appeared in the Third Doctor serials The Mind of Evil (1971) and The Claws of Axos (1971). In her early 30s, she is the emotional compass for our stories, the compassionate humanistic viewpoint, as one of the highest ranking woman in U.N.I.T's inner command under Lethbridge-Stewart.
Call sign Greyhound Two Beta 

Sergeant Tom Osgood
Served in Devil's End as UNIT's Technical Adviser, during the Master's interference there, as seen in the Third Doctor story The Dæmons (1971). He fought against Azal and Bok. He had the unenviable task of trying to build a device designed by the Doctor to be used against Azal. In his 40s he is something of a technical and electronics whizz - think Star Trek's Scotty but up on 70s technology. Left to his own devices (no pun intended) he can achieve small miracles. We do not see him at his best when bamboozled by the Third Doctor over how to defeat the heat barrier in The Daemons.
Call sign Greyhound Six Seven

Dr. Harry Sullivan
Surgeon-Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, was a medical officer in UNIT at the time of the Doctor's third regeneration and became his companion for several adventures.
Call sign Greyhound Four Four

Jo Grant
A civilian employee of U.N.I.T who was assigned as assistant to the Scientific Advisor, the Third Doctor. The character appears from the serial Terror of the Autons in 1971 until The Green Death in 1973. She maintained communication with her former U.N.I.T colleagues, as discussed in Invasion of the Dinosaurs,
Call sign Greyhound One Eight

Other characters associated with U.N.I.T from The Invasion through to The Three Doctors can be used.

The mobile HQ will be Trap One and the Brig's Land Rover Trap Two

Elizabeth Shaw
The original choice for U.N.I.T's scientific adviser. Older and wiser, she might be available every now and then…

We would like to rule out major invasions of Daleks and Cybermen. Only the Doctor could deal with full-on invasions of those enemies although the usage or elements of their technology is welcome.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

The Peter Cushing Dr. Who FANNUAL

Time Travel. It’s supposed to be impossible isn’t it? Well, actually, going forwards in time isn’t really a problem at all is it? Just imagine if you could bend the rules... Well, I have managed to do just that! Moving freely forwards and backwards through time and space with my own invention is most exciting I can tell you!
1963 was the year it all began. I finally worked out how to make the machine work and despite the fact that I am a grandfather and quite an old man now, I am still very sprightly because my adventures have given me a new lease of life! Which is just as well, as you will soon discover! Sadly, I can’t turn back my own body clock and travel around the cosmos as a young man but I have shared all of the fun with my close friends and family and now I will share it with you...
So, let me take a rest from adventuring for a moment to regale some of the tales and the mysteries and challenges we’ve all faced across the galaxy from visiting our own and other strange worlds, with all of the many unusual and terrifying creatures we have encountered and the new lessons the universe has taught us in the process.
In this book you will find out about myself, my family and friends and the inner workings of my wonderful time machine with a friendly technical diagram highlighting all of the main features.
In my travels I have become caught in events surrounding the civil war of the 1600s, been to a distant alien world in a prelude to a mystery involving a couple I encountered on Barnes Common and visited the planet Silicus, where I discovered men made of metal! Scary stuff indeed!
I’ve become a hostage of alien stowaways in my time machine and on the planet Samsara, my granddaughter and I were caught up in a conflict between two sides of the Brethren of Infinity, as they waited for their Great Deity to save them from its imminent apocalypse...
My friends have even been accidentally miniaturised with one of my other inventions! Oh, the fun they had sorting that out! I’ve upset a couple of alien traders, encountered familiar looking robots and landed in one of the most terrible places in human history - No Man’s Land during the First World War... I’ve explored the far side of the galaxy and managed to salvage the cultural heritage of an alien race and I visited the strange Museum of Space Science in the year 3000...
Also, on a very beautiful planet, my granddaughter encountered an alien prince and the two became romantically involved, which was very sweet. I’ve defeated evil terrifying robots who enslaved the people of the Earth in the year 2150AD and met intergalactic traders on the War Moon of planet Skirm and my granddaughter befriended a strange creature on yet another alien planet, unaware that it was actually plotting to kill her at the first opportunity!
I’ve upset The Knights of Chronos, who are the self-styled guardians of time, and they put me on trial for creating a temporal paradox by returning a Policeman I had met to 1966 before he actually left with me on my travels! Most confusing!
Anyway, you can find out about it all for yourself in detail in this marvellous book. I had hoped to write more about my adventures but I am so very busy exploring as I just don’t want to miss out on all of the wonders and secrets the universe has to offer before, one day, I have to retire...
I know this sounds like the wittering of a mad old man but I can promise you that these events did actually happen! Enjoy this volume compiled by my friends and travel with me into this fantasy world that I have made a reality!

(Spoiler Warning!!!)

FANNUAL is an unofficial fan produced 172 page A4 fanzine, featuring Peter Cushing as Dr. Who. FANNUAL is filled with stories, features and comic strips! There is only a very limited quantity available of this edition, so order early to guarantee you receive a copy...

It All Begins Tomorrow
Writer: Mark Hevingham
Illustrator: Paul Cooke
Dr. Who and his young granddaughter Susan are on the verge of finishing Tardis in late 1963, when a shocking news event breaks...

Strip Adaptation: Dr. Who and The Daleks
Illustrator: Shaqui Le Vesconte

Feature: Secrets of Dalek Control
Writer/Illustrator:  Shaqui Le Vesconte

Intermission 1: Tardis
Writer: Deb Richardson
Illustrator: Logo Polish
Ian Chesterton is baffled by Dr. Who and Susan's explanation of why Tardis looks like a police box...

Susan and the King
Writer: Beth Jones
Illustrator: Arfon Jones
Dr. Who and Susan travel back in time and become caught in events surrounding the civil war of the 1600s...

Feature: Who is Dr. Who?
Illustrator: Adam Bullock

The Pursuers
Writer: Shaqui Le Vesconte
Illustrator: Owen Claxton
Dr. Who's nightmare of a recent trip in Tardis to a distant alien world is the prelude to a mystery involving a couple he encounters on Barnes Common...

Feature: Secrets of Tardis
Illustrator: Jim Wilkins

The Underground Menace
Writer/Illustrator: Terry Cooper
On the planet Silicus, Dr. Who and his fellow travellers encounter the Cybermen...

Intermission 2: Soft Centres
Writer: Deb Richardson
Illustrator: Jim Wilkins
Dr. Who and Susan are hostages of two aliens who stowed away in Tardis...

Intermission 3: Doors
Writer: Deb Richardson
Illustrator: Jim Wilkins
Ian encounters sliding doors with attitude...

Feature: Who is Susan?
Illustrator: Adam Bullock

The Brethren of Infinity
Writer: Shaqui Le Vesconte
Illustrator: Barry Delve
On the planet Samsara, Dr. Who and Susan are caught up in a conflict between the two sides of the Brethren of Infinity, as they wait for their Great Deity to save them from its imminent apocalypse...

Feature: Who is Barbara?
Illustrator: Adam Bullock

Strip Adaptation: Curse of the Daleks
Illustrator: Paul Cooke

The Short and the Tall of It
Writer: J.R. Southall
Illustrator: Graham Hellen
After falling on Dr. Who's Polarity Field Manipulation Device, Ian and Barbara fight for survival in the inventor's own living room...

Intermission 4: The Grand Market of Daxor
Writer: Ian Wheeler
Illustrator: Jim Wilkins
Dr. Who and Susan unwittingly upset a couple of alien traders...

Day of the Automatons
Writer: Robyn Agnew
Illustrator: Tony Clark
Returning to Earth from a trip in Tardis, Dr. Who, Barbara and Susan find Ian and others close to them acting very strangely...

Intermission 5: Washer
Writer: Tim Gambrell
Illustrator: David MacGowan
Fixing a leaking sink ought to be simple task for Ian, but he did not bargain on Dr. Who's help...

Feature: Anatomy of a Dalek
Writer/Illustrator: Tony Clark

Strip: The Planet in Peril
Writer/Illustrator: Mark Toner

Silent Night
Writer: Mark Hevingham
Illustrator: Mark Toner
Dr. Who, Ian, Barbara and Susan land in one of the most terrible places in human history - No Man's Land during the First World War...

The Gift of Mathias
Writer: Katherine Lopez
Illustrator: David MacGowan
On the far side of the galaxy, Dr. Who and Susan discover a harmonious civilisation with a terrible secret...

The Cosmic Ice
Writer: Grant Foxon
Illustrator: Mark Hevingham
Tardis materialises in the Oort Cloud that encircles the solar system and becomes trapped...

Intermission 6: Terra Interstellar Entertainment
Writer: Scott Burditt
Illustrator: Adric Cabbage
A desperate struggle by Dr. Who to salvage the cultural heritage of an alien race...

Intermission 7: Worth Fighting For
Writer: Deb Richardson
Illustrator: Adam Bullock
At Dr. Who's urging, Ian tries to persuade the Thals to fight back against the Daleks...

The Cabinet of Illusion
Writer: Scott Burditt
Illustrators: Marc D Lewis / Paul Cooke
Someone has stolen Tardis from Dr. Who's back garden! Trying to cheer a sullen Dr. Who, Susan suggests a trip to a local travelling circus...

Intermission 8: Handing Over
Writer: Katherine Lopez
Illustrator: Shaqui Le Vesconte
Barbara and Louise share time together, as one passes her responsibilities to the other...

Strip Adaptation: Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150AD
Illustrator: Matias Festa

The Dalek Museum
Writer: Charles Daniels
Illustrator: Deborah Taylor
Dr. Who and Susan journey to the Museum of Space Science in the year 3000...

Feature: Exciting Adventure Maze
Writer/Illustrator: Christian Tarpey

Happy Ever After
Writer: Katherine Lopez
Illustrator: Barry Delve
On a beautiful planet, Susan encounters an alien prince and the two become romantically involved...

Intermission 9: Food
Writer: Deb Richardson
Illustrator: Carolyn Edwards
Dr. Who learns the terrible evil behind the Dalek treatment of human slaves in the year 2150AD...

Intermission 10: Time and Relatives
Writer/Illustrator: David MacGowan
Dr. Who ponders on the nature of time, and his family...

The War Moon
Writer: Shaqui Le Vesconte
Illustrator: Mike Daws
The Chauvin are arms dealers to the galaxy, and their clients become interested in using Tardis as a weapon. But other forces are at work on the War Moon of planet Skirm...

The Friend
Writer: Katherine Lopez
Illustrator: Shaqui Le Vesconte
Susan befriends a strange creature on a alien planet, unaware that it is plotting to kill her at the first opportunity...

Feature: Tardis Manual
Writer/Illustrator:  Shaqui Le Vesconte

The Trial of Dr. Who
Writer: Shaqui Le Vesconte
Illustrator: Dave Golding
The Knights of Chronos are self-styled guardians of time, and put Dr. Who on trial for creating a temporal paradox by returning Tom Campbell to 1966 before he left in Tardis...

Intermission 11: Fair’s Fair
Writer: Robyn Agnew
Illustrator: David Parker
As a treat for her 13th birthday, Dr. Who and Louise take Susan to the funfair on planet Parlyaree but Tardis breaks down with them trapped inside...

The Girl at the End of Time
Writer: Katherine Lopez
Illustrator: Dave Golding
As the universe dies in the distant unimaginable future, Dr. Who has a terrifying encounter. What is the mystery of the Girl at the End of Time itself?

Feature: A Page For You To Colour
Illustrator: Sue Veneer

Feature: Dr. Who Cut Out Figures
Illustrator: Mike Daws

Peter Cushing played Dr. Who in two 1960s films and to this date has never had his own annual. Now, we give you the chance to fill this gap in your collection with a fan produced unofficial Dr. Who annual. We'd like to thank everyone who has contributed to make the Cushing FANNUAL a reality. 
Happy reading!

Sunday, 19 January 2014


We'd love to hear from you, if you have a copy of FANNUAL. Here are the reviews we have so far...

FANNUAL review by Mark Hevingham
Doctor Who has spawned many spin offs and thousands of merchandise items over its five decades, and few are so fondly looked upon as the “Dr Who Annual” (later The Doctor Who Annual). These yearly hard back tomes were issued in the autumn of 1965, missing only 1971, and ran for two decades. Whilst some are highly sort after and can command great sums in mint condition – or otherwise – it’s a wonder that the publishers didn’t gain the rights to the two Peter Cushing Dalek movies released in 1965 and 1966.

Well, now the wait is over; sort of. Two enterprising fans have gathered together an eclectic group of authors and illustrators to produce the 172 page “Dr Who Fannual”. This lavish book, published via is available in several formats, from a softcover black and white version for less than five pounds, to a lavish bells and whistles hard back limited edition.
The brief for the writers was simple. Ignore the TV series continuity and work only with the characters and situations from the two big screen entries. This means that “Dr Who” is an elderly Earth scientist who has recently built “Tardis” in his back yard with the help of his young granddaughter, Susan.   In the stories the pair are accompanied by several other characters ranging from Barbara and her new boyfriend Ian Chesterton, Louise and Tom Campbell and London police constable from 1966.

The annual opens with one of my own tales – regarding the beginning of Dr Who’s travels – and so I won’t bore you with the details. The stories proper begin with and a splendid bunch of tales they are too. Mention must go to the supporting features that accompany the stories – the usual colour a page or facts about characters that were a staple of 1960s and 70s World Distributor annuals. However, for the Fannual, Shaqui has created features on Tardis and major characters and events.
This annual will appeal to many different collectors – the general Doctor Who fanbase that is drawn to older Who will enjoy it as a piece of loving created merchandise whilst those who collect the annuals themselves will surely give it pride of place on the official shelf.
The Dr Who Fannual is hopefully the first of a regular run of books and this author for one is already thinking up new adventures for the kindly old man in his blue cravat.

Musing Via The Neuro-Mitter
A review by writer and contributor Arfon Jones appears on his own blog here

Thursday, 24 October 2013