The Elisabeth Sladen Information Network
is an international fan club devoted to the beautiful and talented actress who played
the most popular Doctor Who
Companion of all time. We've been in existence since March of 1990 and since then have published twenty-two issues of our newsletter, as well as held an annual party at Visions. The high point of the ESIN's existence was at Visions in 1993, when we had a private pizza party for members only with Elisabeth Sladen. I plan on having a similar party at each US convention that Our Heroine attends.
The ESIN has ceased publishing a newsletter, but you may join our maillist by visiting our online maillist site or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org Elisabeth Sladen news will be published on this Website and distributed via the maillist.
Meanwhile, sets of
The South Croydon LIStener, one of the best-received and longest-running newsletters devoted to a specific Doctor Who actor, are available as described below.
Our fanzine, Roving Reporter,
contains exciting adventure stories, probing character pieces, funny filks, and sumptuous
artwork. Two of the four issues published so far have won MediaWest's Fan-Q award
for favorite Doctor Who
fanzine of the year.
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South Croydon LIStener
Newsletter sets are available as follows (see below for descriptions of the contents of the issues):
All orders should be mailed to: Kevin W. Parker, 3-E Ridge Rd., Greenbelt,
MD 20770-1900. Please make checks payable to Kevin W. Parker.
- US $30.00
- Canada C$45.00 or US$32.00
- UK L25.00 or US$40.00
- Overseas $40.00
Issue contents: Virtual all issues have news, letters, a Classified section, and the Life With Mrs. Dalek and Dog Days comic strips. From #6 on, each regular issue focuses on a particular story, with artwork and/or photos,
background information, a quote from Lis, and comments from members. All issues are twelve pages unless otherwise indicated.
- #1 - (four pages) Pre-Who biography, career summary
- #2 - (eight pages) Pertwee era biography and commentary, index of interviews and profiles, "Sarah Jane--How Good a Journalist?" by Tom Beck.
- #3 - Baker/Marter era biography and commentary, photo gallery
- #4 - Baker-only era biography and commentary, Jon Pertwee mini-interview, the critics on Lis, "Why She Left" by Tom Beck
- #5 - Breathtaking cover photo, post-Who biography and commentary, Tom Baker mini-interview
- #6 - "Time Warrior," Michael Wisher poem, early articles on Lis, member survey results
- #7 - K9 and Company,
John Levene exclusive interview, Elisabeth Sladen interview (part one)
- #8 - "Robot," David Jackson (Gan on Blake's Seven) exclusive interview, Elisabeth Sladen interview (part two), "The Imbecile in Question:
Introducing Harry Sullivan," by Atlanta Sheridan
- #9 - "Planet of Evil," updated and expanded career summary, Elisabeth Sladen panel
- #10 - Signing session special issue. Loads of photographs! Also the iconoclast section:
"Sarah Jane Smith: A Concept That Failed," by Liz Shaw, "Life With Mr. ESIN," by
Tina Rhea ("Mrs. ESIN")
- #11 - "Invasion of the Dinosaurs," comments by Sophie Aldred, Graham Williams, and
Michael Briant, "The Literary Sarah Jane," by Tom Beck (reviewing the Target novelizations)
- #12 - "Ark in Space," commentary on the annuals and other publications with Sarah
Jane, Elisabeth Sladen and Ian Marter interview reprint
- #13 - "Pyramids of Mars," more on the annuals, "Pyramids"-era interview reprint
- #14 - "The Five Doctors," John Nathan-Turner exclusive interview, "The Collected Thoughts
of an Englishman," by D. Paul Griggs
- #15-16 - Special Visions '93 issue! Twenty-four pages with tons of photographs, a
transcript of the press conference, highlights of the panel sessions, and a complete
recounting of the entire weekend
- #17 - "Death to the Daleks," exclusive interviews with Elisabeth Sladen, husband Brian
Miller, and daughter Sadie Miller. Special insert for the Sadie Miller International
- #18 - "The Sontaran Experiment," Brian Miller interview concluded, Lis and Ian Marter interview reprint, membership survey results
- #19 - "The Brain of Morbius," Christopher Barry exclusive interview, a letter from Lis, Ron Katz of DWFCA on traveling with Lis
- #20 - "The Monster of Peladon," Jeremy Bulloch (Hal the Archer from "Time Warrior;" also Boba Fett in the Star Wars movies) exclusive interview, Jon Pertwee in memoriam, Cloister Bell interview reprint
- #21 - "Genesis of the Daleks," exclusive interview with voice of K9 John Leeson, Cloister Bell interview reprint part two.
- #22 - (twenty pages!) non-Who roles, especially Gulliver in Lilliput; exclusive interviews with Terrance Dicks and Terry Walsh; "The Radical Notion of Sarah Jane Smith," by Kate Orman; British con reports; newspaper clippings.
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are available from the ESIN address: Kevin W. Parker, 3-E Ridge Rd., Greenbelt, MD,
20770-1900. Issues are $10 each plus $3 postage and handling for the first issue
ordered and $1 for each additional issue or copy ordered at the same time.
- 135 pp. Cover and spot illustrations by Martin F. Proctor. Published 1990.
- "Crossroads," by Susan M. Garrett. Sarah Jane contemplates leaving the TARDIS.
Illustrated by Marty Siegrist.
- "The Templar Investigation," by Michael Ratcliffe. Sarah Jane gets caught up
in a murderous plot. Illustrated by Judi Boguslawski.
- "A Woman Ahead of Her Time," by Joelle Augustine. Sarah returns home to find
that much has changed since she's been gone. Illustrated by Nan Nelson.
- "Croydon Correspondence," by Mark Owen. An encounter with terrorists, told entirely
in the form of letters. Illustrated by Anne Davenport.
- "The Valley, the Plains, and the Far Mountains," by Roxie Ray and Kevin W. Parker.
The Doctor and Sarah must help a primitive people who are being enslaved. Illustrated
by Cynthia J. Guido.
- "Take a Walk on the Silly Side," by Tom Beck. Sarah visits the Ministry of Silly
- "With a Little Help From My Friends," by Kevin W. Parker. The pilot for
K9 and Company.
Sarah Jane investigates a mysterious series of computer breakdowns in the south of
England. Meanwhile, K9 has broken down, and she has had to entrust him to an eccentric
American computer engineer currently consulting at a local think tank. But can he
- 135 pp. Cover by Martin F. Proctor. Cartoons by Christopher Cook. Published 1991.
Winner of the Fan-Q award for the favorite Doctor Who
fanzine of 1991.
- Feature story:
"Labyrinth," an illustrated novelette in comic-book form by Martin F. Proctor. Strange
happenings in the Underground lead Sarah Jane straight to a Yeti. But that's only the
first sign that something is terribly wrong.
- "The Funny Lady at 57," written and illustrated by Yvonne S. Hintz. That strange
woman down the street is collecting police boxes again.
- "Silver Jubilee," by Autumn Lee. There are other eccentric Time Lords in the
universe, and they're good at finding trouble, too. Illustrated by Sue Law.
- "The Lion, the Wardrobe, and Sarah Jane," by Susan M. Garrett. There are some
tasks for which our favorite journalist is uniquely qualified, or at least Aslan
thinks so. Illustrated by Marty Siegrist.
- "Return Engagement," by Roxie Ray and Jennifer Smallwood. And there are other
time travelers around, as Sarah Jane finds when she visits Project Quantum Leap.
Illustrated by Judi Boguslawski.
- "From the Journal of Sarah Jane," by Kevin W. Parker. A diary's-eye view of "Time
Warrior." Illustrated by Martin F. Proctor.
- "Ghost Town," by Hiram Doup and Kevin W. Parker. Sarah Jane is trapped in a life-and-death
game in a strange town from the old West. Illustrated by Ken Horan.
- "R-r-rival Reporter," by Jeff Morris. According to Jeff, when the Doctor "blew
it" getting Sarah Jane home, he really
"blew it," as she ends up in Max Headroom's world. Illustrated by Martin F. Proctor.
- "In Space, No One Can Hear You Interview," by Tom Beck. Sarah regrets having
taken a fluffy happy-news assignment on a TV program called Entertainment Britain
and wishes for some excitement. When the Brigadier goes missing and Doris Lethbridge-Stewart
asks for her help, she gets more than she bargained for. Illustrated by Martin F.
- 130 pp. Illustrated with front and back covers by Martin F. Proctor. Published
1993. Winner of the Fan-Q award for the favorite Doctor Who
fanzine of 1993.
This issue features a single novel, "The Mystery of Mandragora," the second story
in The New K9 and Company
series. Sarah Jane returns to San Martino in modern times on a routine assignment,
only to encounter assassins, nuclear terrorists, and crazed mystics. Then things
start to get really nasty.
- 135 pp. Front and back covers by Martin F. Proctor. Spot illustrations by Martin
F. Proctor, Stefanie Kate Hawks, Alan Ivins, and Chris Collins. Published 1995.
- "The Adventure of the Visiting Doctor," by Joelle Augustine. The Doctor and Sarah
Jane help Holmes and Watson foil an elusive mass murderer. Illustrated by Stefanie
- "Dark Rain," by Sheila Schneider. Sarah discusses vampires with a cab driver,
only to learn a bit more than she bargained for. Illustrated by Judi Boguslawski.
- "Alien Wine," by Atlanta Lea Sheridan and Jill Stone. Sarah drinks some unusual
wine, with embarrassing results. Illustrated by Ken Horan.
- "Fringe Benefits," another Max Headroom
story by Jeff Morris. There are mysterious deaths in the Fringes, and Edison Carter
has gone missing. Illustrated by Martin F. Proctor.
- "With Fans Like These," by Tom Beck. World-famous journalist Sarah Jane Smith
finds that having a fan club isn't all it's cracked up to be. Illustrated by Martin
- "Flight to Nowhere," by Kevin W. Parker. Sarah stows away aboard the flight
of an experimental aircraft, only to encounter a mysterious and manipulative alien
menace. The third story in The New K9 and Company
series. Illustrated by Martin F. Proctor.
- "Judgment of the Yarthkins," by Rosemary Sullivan. The Fourth Doctor and Sarah
Jane, with some help from Isaac Newton, try to resolve a deadly conflict between
stranded aliens and villagers in 17th-century England. Illustrated by Cynthia J.
- The New
K9 and Company first series Annual,
with a complete novelization of the episode "'Miss Smith, We're Needed!'" along with
other stories, interviews, and background information.
- The next anthology issue,
which should have stories by Tom Beck, Jeff Morris, Kevin Parker, and others.
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What is this New K9 and Company
Once upon a time a budding Sarah Jane/Elisabeth Sladen fan (namely me) found out about K9 and Company.
"Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane in a leading role!" he thought. "This sounds great!"
He looked forward to seeing the episode, but when he finally did he was disappointed.
He fell to brooding about its deficiencies and resolved to remedy them in his own
mind, if nowhere else. "Forget about witches, the Cotswolds, and--especially--Brendan,"
he thought. "Let's have science-fiction adventures in a high-tech setting, and let's
give Sarah Jane a companion that she can truly relate to, and who is interesting
in his own right."
This much is true. Now imagine if you will that this fan, by some incredible stroke
of good fortune, is hired by an Anglo-American production company (not unlike the
one currently trying to bring back Doctor Who
) to help them revive K9 and Company.
What results are two seasons worth of stories in Doctor Who
format (two to six twenty-five minute episodes per story), one season filmed in Britain
and the other in America, with an American co-star alongside Elisabeth Sladen as
Sarah Jane. Thus we have The New K9 and Company,
whose stories are being novelized in issues of Roving Reporter,
and will be documented extensively in RR#5.
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