The U.N.I.T Fannual 1974
STRIPPED FOR ACTION!
A last chance to contribute to the 1974 UNIT FANNUAL is now available… There is a space for a new comic strip and we are looking for a writer/illustrator who’d jump At The chance to send UNIT into unknown alien territory. If you would like to pitch an idea for a story that would cover at least four pages, please get in touch with us at beermatproductions@before 1st October 2017.
Just a reminder… only those written stories pitched before 1st June 2017 are being included for the printed FANNUAL and it’s audio adaptions. Please email us if you intended to alter any stories as these are currently being edited. For those stories that are currently in progress you have until the end of this month to finalise or these will be rejected. Please take the time to check the guidelines and re-read your entire story before submitting it. If possible, please supply in Microsoft Word only. The Beermat inbox is going to take some time to get through, so your patience is very much welcome during this time.
THE U.N.I.T FANNUAL 1974
Only the televised adventures of U.N.I.T are in “our” canon, so nothing that appears in audio/books/comics is to have any influence on submitted work. However, please note the following BEFORE emailing or creating any work.
The setting is ‘the near future’ in terms of the original airdate of the early-mid 1970s but no specifics, please. Britain has a space programme (Ambassadors of Death) and is still seen as a prime mover in global politics (The Mind of Evil/Day of the Daleks etc).
The Doctor, after the events of The Three Doctors, has been given back use of the TARDIS, if not total control, so events are parallel with Season 10 – how do U.N.I.T cope in the Doctor’s absences? Sometimes Jo is with him, so she is also absent (Carnival of Monsters, Frontier in Space, etc.), on other occasions she is present (such as when the Doctor is testing TARDIS or wants a solo exploration – re: Metebelis 3 in The Green Death).
It is worth noting that U.N.I.T did not only deal with alien threats. In the Doctor’s absence the threats can be from any quarter which is ‘odd’ or ‘unexplained’. The Silurians/Sea Devils and Inferno showed ‘alien’ threats can be from Earth too. They can be environmental (The Green Death) or technological (Inferno), as well as ‘paranormal’ (The Daemons). Inspiration (but no character references please) can also be drawn from the BBC’s Doomwatch and Quatermass series, or other similar formats like Kolchak, The X Files, A Town Called Eureka and Warehouse 13.
Innovative looks at 1970s technology/environmental issues/paranormal/military issues would be preferred over straight sequels to televised adventures. Create new characters and threats that U.N.I.T has the remit to deal with! Remember that U.N.I.T, being United Nations, is also an international taskforce even though the UK seems to be a hot spot…
Aim for stories between 4,000 to 12,000 words in length. Any stories submitted may either be used in print and/or narrated on audio and edited to suit. The editor’s decision is final. We are also taking submissions for U.N.I.T facts and comic strips.
When writing please make a list of characters used and their fate At The end of the story (Alive/Dead/Kidnapped/On Holiday etc.) in order for us to maintain continuity with any other submissions.
Please only refer to UNIT personnel from the Doctor Who TV stories post The Invasion and preferably post the transmitted television stories post 1970
You are writing from the viewpoint of early 1973, and can use the U.N.I.T continuity up to and including Season 10 up to Planet of the Daleks, so you have no knowledge of any stories beyond that point. While we do not mind writers having a knowledge of U.N.I.T stories/chronology beyond this point, please do not make wholesale references or hang whole plot devices on them. In fact, we would prefer you use your knowledge to skirt any continuity busting issues! This also applies to later related series like Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures and K9.
The one exception we have made is including Harry Sullivan, the U.N.I.T medical officer. He is newly seconded to U.N.I.T at this point and yet to know of the absent Doctor’s unique physiology – something he will not discover until ‘Robot‘. We preferred a familiar face there, and are sure you do too.
We would encourage story pitches before committing, so we have a balance and not 12/13 stories of alien invasion only. We would prefer the scope of: Aliens/UFOs / Space Programme / Supernatural/Paranormal / Strange creatures / Unusual Phenomena / Ecological / Technological / Psychic/Spiritual
CHARACTERS / SITUATIONS THAT ARE ABSOLUTELY NOT MAKING AN APPEARANCE:
The Doctor (any incarnation – sorry!) Mentions of him are only allowed when referring to him as the occasional scientific advisor but under no circumstance is there an appearance.
The Daleks/The Cybermen/Yeti (There are so many potential monsters for the team to face off screen… Create a new one!)
Anne Travers (or any related family from The Web of Fear)
Private Gwynfor Evans (from the The Web of Fear)
The Great Intelligence (from the Web of Fear / The Abomiable Snowmen)
Harold Chorley (from the Web of Fear)
The Vault (as referred to in Gary Russell’s The Scales of Injustice novel and any characters affiliated with this)
Torchwood or any future U.N.I.T (or any member past and present of it)
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.
Sarah Jane Smith– As we’re setting our stories around 1973/74 slightly before she joined U.N.I.T. We’re presuming that The Doctor’s exile on Earth has been lifted and 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 please just avoid mentioning the year or any historic events that happened in those decades!
I know, it’s unlikely the Brig would bump into these but just be on the safe side… No but thanks anyway!
The Brigadier or “The Brig” 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. He is only to be named as such. No full name is to be given other than this. U.N.I.T. Call sign: Greyhound One or Greyhound Leader
Captain Mike Yates was the Brigadier’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 Three
Jo Grant (partial use of only please)
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 Four
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 master but sometimes it just doesn’t quite work out as expected… However, left to his own devices he can achieve small miracles. As you’d expect, we do not see him at his best when purposely bamboozled by the Third Doctor over how to defeat The heat barrier in The Daemons. Call sign: Greyhound Five
Corporal Carol Bell
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 inner command. Call sign: Jupiter
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: Starlight
The original choice for U.N.I.T scientific adviser. Older and wiser, she might be available every now and then… (please use sparingly) Call sign: Acorn
These are associated with U.N.I.T from The Invasion through to The Three Doctors can be used but we’d prefer you to create new ones.
U.N.I.T HQ / Mobile or otherwise Call sign: Trap One
Soldiers in the field Call sign: Trap Two
U.N.I.T Helicopter Call sign: Windmill 347 or Eagle
The Police Call sign: Bluebottle
Other characters associated with U.N.I.T from The Invasion through to The Three Doctors can be used.
Please use “Double Quotations” when signifying a character is speaking and not single quotes. Single quotes tend to be used in Novels but in the classic World Annuals they are double.
Please note that artwork is not to be signed and dated. All credit will be given in the index. This is in keeping with the general rule of the format of the World Distributors Annuals, even though there have been exceptions to this.
REVIEWS OF TV STORIES FEATURING UNIT
(ALL TV STORIES UP TO THE THREE DOCTORS ARE ALLOWED FOR REVIEW PURPOSES ONLY)
We are accepting TV reviews of the following Doctor Who stories and any fun fact style articles related to them for possible inclusion:-
The Web of Fear
Spearhead from Space
The Ambassadors of Death
Terror of the Autons
The Mind of Evil
The Claws Of Axos
Day of the Daleks
The Sea Devils
The Time Monster
The Three Doctors
The Making of Doctor Who, 1972 Piccolo Edition. Please note the Brigadier makes reference to the Doctor being found on 3 Jan 1970 (actually the airdate of episode 1 of Spearhead from Space). As stated above, the U.N.I.T stories take place in a period approximately five years beyond the transmission dates in a fictional and somewhat more technologically advanced parallel to our own reality but please, no specifics. You can have dates but hedge around the year (as seen in Day of the Daleks!).
The UNIT Dating Controversy – Day of the Daleks DVD
The Doctor Who UNIT Special (1991) – but again, concentrate on the 1973 Season and before. No references to Mawdryn Undead, Remembrance Of The Daleks, etc.
The Doctor Who Annuals, 1971, 1973 and 1974