A homage to the men and women of U.N.I.T
THE U.N.I.T FANNUAL 1974
The story so far…
Characters / Situations that are ABSOLUTELY NOT making 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)
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.
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)
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
To accompany the release of the FANNUAL, a FREE tape cassette featuring at least 2 stories will be given away to a limited number of lucky readers (only in the UK). This is very much a home made effort with little budget at hand… A stack of recycled and new cassette tapes with custom made labels applied and a tape deck from 1995 (Sorry, don’t have one from 1973) that has been unused for at least a decade has been put back into service for perhaps its final job, to provide you with these bonus UNIT stories!
The sound quality of these tapes is surprisingly good too! At the moment it is being decided whether to provide cases and inlay cards either with the tapes or online to print your own. As everything is literally being recorded in real time only a small number can be produced daily, so it will take some time to organise this very retro treat…
UPDATE: 23rd December 2017
31st MARCH 2018 FINISH LINE
All of the new stories have now been accepted and illustrations and comic strip adaptions are being worked on for them. All being well, the release of the FANNUAL should happen on 31st March 2018. If anything is outstanding by the end of January 2018, its inclusion is not guaranteed in order to meet this deadline. It has been a long haul to get this far but with all of the help and support it is finally taking shape.
Here is a rough draft of the U.N.I.T FANNUAL 1974 taken on holiday in September for measurement and proofing that was unfortunately covered in sun cream and had to be dried out. The cover is not actually the final artwork, so expect a surprise!
In the meantime… Get ready for a special audio adventure written for the FANNUAL that has just been completed this morning ready for Christmas Day…
UPDATE: 8th August 2017
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 planned 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.
“Over and Out”
This is a fan produced project and is created with love and respect for the BBC’s classic series Doctor Who. No copyright infringement is intended. All story submissions have been supplied for free. This is a not for profit collection of stories written by fans for fans.