The Editor will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day running of the TDWP BRIEF ENCOUNTERS range.
ABOUT THE DOCTOR WHO PROJECT AND BRIEF ENCOUNTERS
THE DOCTOR WHO PROJECT (TDWP) is the longest continually running fan run and created fiction series based on the long-running BBC science-fiction television series Doctor Who.
TDWP centers on the continuing adventures of an alternate Doctor and his companions.
Stories are published as part of an overall season that concentrates on delivering a collection of short stories that sees the Doctor facing new and original situations in time and space.
We have been publishing original Doctor Who fiction since 1999. We are a group of fan artists, writers and editors who work together to bring an original collection of Doctor Who fiction for other fans reading enjoyment.
We have published over 100 original stories, in two strands (TDWP & Brief Encounters). We have won several awards for our fiction including two MediaWest FANQ Awards for “Best Doctor Who Fiction”.
BRIEF ENCOUNTERS is TDWPs on-going series of original short stories – typically in the 5000 word range – featuring television Doctors 1-7 and their associated companions.
Duties will include:
- Works closely with the TDWP Range Editor.
- Review and assess story proposals from prospective writers.
- Evaluate suitability of manuscripts for publication and recommend or make changes in content, style and organization.
- Read and edit copy to be published to detect and correct errors in spelling, grammar and syntax, and shorten or lengthen copy as space or time requires.
- Confer with authors, staff writers, and others regarding revisions to copy.
- Works with writers to help fine tune their stories.
- Plan and implement layout and/or format of stories to be handed off to Range Editor for publication on TDWP site.
- Plan and co-ordinate activities of staff and assure production deadlines are met.
- Write or prepare introductions, marketing and promotional materials for publication (e.g. blog, website, news services, and promotional items).
- Plan and maintain production schedule(s) for publication of Brief Encounter stories.
- Recruit, supervise and oversees Brief Encounter staff (BE Assistant Editor).
- Solicits new writers.
- Participate in Editorial Board chats.
- May be called upon to represent TDWP at conventions, events, panels, online, blogs, etc.
- Other duties as assigned.
The successful candidate should have the following skills and qualifications:
- Excellent editing skills.
- Possess a good command of the English language; speaks and writes English fluently.
- Should have had some prior experience with editing, preferably in editing fiction.
- Familiar with Doctor Who classic (1963-89) series, its history, characters, continuity, etc.
- The candidate should be imaginative, enthusiastic, open to new ideas, resourceful.
- Must be able to meet and adhere to deadlines.
- Be able to work well with others – team player.
- Be able to take direction from others.
If you have the skills and qualifications for the above position, please reply with your full name and email contact, outlining your past editing/writing experience and why you feel you would be an ideal candidate for the post.
Applicants are also asked to include a sample(s) of their writing in Word or PDF format.
Application Deadline: November 12, 2016
To apply for this position, email TDWP Editorial Board at email@example.com.
CALLING ALL ARTISTS!
TDWP NEEDS YOU!
Do you love to draw? Do you love to be creative? Do you love to design cool looking posters and book covers?
We are also looking for artists looking for artists who would be interested in doing artwork for us on a regular or semi-regular basis. Artwork can be in the form of hand-drawn, computer graphic generated, painted, sketched, CGI, Photoshopped etc.
We will be needing covers for our series of stories and various promotional materials like posters, flyers, etc. Materials like our mastheads for TDWP or BRIEF ENCOUNTERS and the font styles we use will be supplied by us for use by the artist.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Since the last Season 41 update there have been several changes to the lineup. Due to unforeseen circumstances, two of our previously announced writers have had to drop out due to illness. Both The Cost of Cure (James T. Jeans) and The Curfew (Shane Isheev) are no longer part of Season 41. The Curfew has been rescheduled to Season 42, while we’re hoping to find a writer to complete The Cost of Cure.
We were quite saddened by the loss of two great stories, but over the years, all of us in TDWP have come to accept that a loss of stories is part of planning a season of new stories. As a result, we’ve had to rejig the season and accommodate the loss of two stories. While The Cost of Cure had been scheduled to open the season proper after the 2016 Christmas Special, in its place will now be The Golden City by Miles Reid-Lobatto, who readers will recall for such stories as Cybercult, The Vault and The White Death.
The revised Season 41 lineup will be:
STORY ONE: 2016 CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Craig Charlesworth
THE GOLDEN CITY by Miles Reid-Lobatto
PALIMPSEST by Hamish Crawford
THE WEB OF INSANITY by Ian Manning
DOLCE MUSICA DELLA MORTE by Matthew James
RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES by Richard Hoover
THE END OF DAYS by Martin Broome
MOONDUST by Nick Krohn
Season 41 will be overseen by Bob Furnell, Jeremy Remy and Ben Pocock.
It’s been a few months since we released our last Brief Encounters story but fans of the range will be pleased to learn we have a brand new adventure in the wings. The latest BE is titled “A Winter’s Tale” and is written by David Wallington.
The story features the Third Doctor and companion Jo Grant.
The TARDIS is pulled off course by a strong magnetic field. Exploring the icy landscape, the Third Doctor and Jo Grant meet a strangely familiar character and discover the truth behind one of Earth’s most enduring legends.
Fans of BE will also be pleased to learn that we have several other new BE adventures lined up for future release including stories from Michael Baxter (The Secret of Bone Island & A Word To The Wise), Phil Estob (The Pipes of Pan) and Daniel Tessier & James Quick (Shadow At The Heart).
Here’s a little something I found while searching through some files the other day – it’s a great piece by Jez Strickley, written in 2007, about fan fiction and its on-going popularity. Originally appearing on the Doctor Who Online website, both Jez and DWO were kind enough to let us reprint it here for your enjoyment.
THE FAN FICTION PHENOMENOM
Jez Strickley takes a look at the fan fiction phenomenon and how it is kept alive in all of its shapes and sizes, from the broad spectrum of fans.
Given the enormous scope of the Doctor Who format it should come as no surprise that there is a vast wealth of Who-based stories alive and well beyond the confines of the small screen. These tales come in all manner of shapes and sizes and are pitched at a broad spectrum of fans. The novellas of Telos Publishing, the comic strips of Doctor Who Magazine, and its junior counterpart Doctor Who Adventures, the Big Finish audio productions and the manifold efforts of BBC Books each demonstrate the rich story making potential of Doctor Who – a programme with an array of incredible adventures still waiting to be told.
But what of the realms of imagining and writing which lie beyond the limits of officialdom? In these precious, creative waters lies a territory which deserves a good deal more attention than it generally receives: fan fiction – the world of writing which apprenticed the talents of Marc Platt (Ghost Light) and Paul Cornell (Father’s Day, Human Nature and The Family of Blood) and continues to throw up gems of every description.
The business of writing fan fiction is hardly a new development, it being the stock trade of many a science fiction fan with pen and paper – and time – in hand. In so far as Doctor Who fandom is concerned, however, this creative enterprise can become something of a grand affair, verging, in some cases, on the virtually impregnable world of professional writing. The Doctor Who Appreciation Society first entered the world of fan fiction with Cosmic Masque in 1977, whilst the Toronto-based Doctor Who Information Network stepped into the fray in 1991 with Myth Makers, later joined by its more substantial sister publication Myth Makers Presents in 1996.
Beyond these fan fiction publications most common or garden fanzines also contain an offering or two in amongst their pages. Gary Merchant’s efforts for the Celestial Toyroom (see www.dwasonline.co.uk) include Solitary Man (CT 347) and more recently his episodic tale Déjà Vu (CT 348 – ). Alongside these monthly servings the quarterly Canadian Doctor Who Fan Magazine Whotopia (see www.whotopia.ca) indulges in both plain text adventures, such as Tea at Midnight by Evan F. Casey, and those of the comic strip variety, as evidenced by Kyle Borcz’s and Jon Huff’s Blossom Core.
The advent of the Internet, and its Wunderwelt the World Wide Web, has given the readers and writers of fan fiction a globally accessible storehouse. One of the largest collections of online fan fiction is A Teaspoon and an Open Mind: A Doctor Who Fan Fiction Archive (see www.whofic.com), which contains over ten thousand stories generated by the creative faculties of more than fifteen hundred writers. Another online venture, given a distinctly original taste by dint of being audio-based, is Sebastian J. Brook’s aptly named Timestream Productions, available on the Doctor Who Online website (see www.drwho-online.co.uk). This exciting ongoing project evidences that fan fiction is a versatile animal, more than capable of branching out from its paper-based home and into other, more diverse media.
Standing shoulder to shoulder with all these worthy efforts is one fan fiction endeavour that deserves a particular attention. It is not the longest running enterprise, nor is it the most extensive in terms of material, but it is undoubtedly one of the most professional fan fiction undertakings currently available. The phenomenon in question is the Vancouver-based The Doctor Who Project (see www.thedoctorwhoproject.com), a multi-award winning collection of fan written adventures, which undoubtedly leaves many of its competitors standing.
The Doctor Who Project, or TDWP for short, was forged in the creative crucible of the Telefantasy Appreciation Society of Canada. On a distant day in 1998 some of its members became inspired by a Pandora’s Box-esque question, the sort which starts with those two seemingly harmless little words “What if…?” and belongs to that particularly dangerous breed of query known as the hypothetical question. In short, the question was: What if the Doctor Who television series had not been cancelled in 1989? These few brief words delivered up nothing short of a Hydra-like series of enquiries, the answering of which unlocked a gamut of fictional possibilities, which became the mainspring of the TDWP. Since that time this question has gone on to fuel eight seasons of fresh, innovative stories which take up where season twenty-six of the classic series left off. In so doing, TDWP has carved out an alternate time line for the maverick Time Lord, and one well worth following.
Aside from these words of praise, what makes TDWP such a phenomenal body of work? First, it possesses a highly motivated and experienced coordinator in Bob Furnell, the writer-turned-editor who has been actively involved in all things Who for over twenty-five years. Second, it has a team of writers and editors that can deliver the goods, including such leading lights of fandom as Arnold T. Blumberg, author and editor of various books and publications, and a writer for Telos Publishing. Third, it is a professionally packaged affair with a glossy, user-friendly website which houses a growing library of sharply edited stories, adorned with superbly drawn covers by artists such as Jack Drewell and John Gordon.
Fourth, it serves up first-rate writing in a range of styles. Consider, for example, the fast paced dialogue of Lesleigh Force’s The Atef Crown, alongside the rich historical substance of Duncan Johnson’s The Conspirators and the vivid imagery of any John Gordon story (Season 33’s Dawn of Time is a prime example). Each of these tales evidences such a high quality of writing that it is astonishing that more of TDWP’s contributors are not paid-up professional writers.
Fifth, and perhaps most importantly, TDWP is fed by a rich vein of creativity. Over the past eight years over fifty stories have been written, involving three different Doctors, an array of companions and a cartload of menaces both old and new. Still further, planets and peoples have come and gone, moral crises faced, time lines threatened and even the odd story arc laid to rest. And with villains like the cephalopod Oozle and story titles like David P. May’s Séance In A Type 40 TARDIS originality is the watchword for TDWP.
Sixth, TDWP understands the importance of continuity. In fact, respect for what Doctor Who is as a programme runs deep within the ever-expanding archive of this series of fan fiction. Its manifold works are tightly fastened to the history and heritage of the television programme and palpably draw their sustenance from its mythology. Moreover, the most recent example of this regard for the past has involved the inscrutable act of regeneration, bringing about TDWP’s second original incarnation of the Doctor.
In short, there are at least six reasons to support the claim that TDWP is a fan fiction phenomenon: a strong coordinator, a talented and motivated team of writers and editors, excellent production values, high quality writing, truckloads of creativity and a high regard for continuity. Just a glance at the TDWP website and its free-to-download adventures will demonstrate that these essentials are all present and correct, so why not drop in and see what it’s all about for yourself. July 2007 saw the release of TDWP’s latest season, Season 34, which presents ten brand new additions to the fan fiction world and ten more reasons to give TDWP a go. And don’t forget, all this industry is done simply for pleasure of it, which is quite possibly the most important ingredient of all. Enjoy.
This article originally appeared on Doctor Who Online (www.drwho-online.co.uk) – April 2007
Reprinted by permission of DW Online and Jez Strickley
© 2007 Jez Strickley/Doctor Who Online