Sunday, 27 February 2011

Issue 4 - Download Now!!!

Fish Fingers and Custard Issue 4 is now available to download

In this Issue:
  • Reviews of 'A Christmas Carol'
  • RTD: Genius or Mad Man?
  • An In Depth Look At Dalek Empire
  • The Secret Diary Of A Whovian
  • Hots and Nots - The Doctor Who Fandom Style Guide
  • An Unearthly Child: 2010AD
And Much More

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Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Nicholas Courtney - 1929-2011

I was sad to learn of the passing of Nicholas Courtney last night, a true Doctor Who great who will always be remembered by the fans of the programme. His character of Brigadier Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart was a regular in the series throughout the Jon Pertwee era, from 1970-1974 and made recurring appearances from then on. He was often the stuffy, straight-man to The Doctor and often produced some classic one-liners, with a voice of delivery as smooth as silk. I know it’s a phrase often banded about, but if Nick DID read the phone book - I could sit and listen all day! Nick’s first appearance in Doctor Who, was as Bret Vyon, a character in the William Hartnell serial ‘The Daleks Master Plan’, in 1965.

I was fortunate enough to spend a whole day with him once – assisting him at a signing event in London in 2009. Being a fan, I was a little bit nervous at meeting him, but he was an absolute gentleman, very funny and very spritely for his age! Nothing was too much trouble for him and he greeted everyone warmly and recounted his tales time and time again, without any hint of boredom. I can honestly say he’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met – and with me ‘helping’ him – he needed to be very patient! Just reading people’s comments about him and the words ‘nice man’ and ‘a true gentleman’ pop up quite frequently. And that’s exactly what he was.

In latter years, Nick did numerous work on audio – that superb voice booming through my earphones made me smile and laugh, as I knew that I was in for a great listen, as Nick’s voice had a knack of making you listen to what was happening. He reprised The Brig for a couple of Big Finish Audios, played a cat in the first Bernice Summerfield audio adventure and even a hilarious, camp, fashion-obsessed alien in ‘Soldiers of Love’! More recently, he played the role of ‘Lionheart’ in Cosmic Hobo’s ‘The Scarifyers’ series. The series saw him act alongside Terry Molloy, as the pair investigate supernatural goings-on in Edwardian Britian. At times, I rated Lionheart as the character Nick was more suited too – even more so than the Brig! It’s well worth checking out either on CD or on the radio.

On a purely selfish side, it’s even more of a shame that Nick won’t be around for Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary, as he was keen at playing his much-loved character one last time. His last appearance as The Brigadier was in The Sarah Jane Adventures, where he stole every scene he was in. Typical Nicholas Courtney, really!

I think it’s fair to say that Nick had a great innings and a very eventful life, judging by the many tales he told. I hope he knew how much he is loved by Doctor Who fans and how much of his work brought so much pleasure to people’s lives.

Thanks Nick, we’ll never forget you. Sleep well.

Friday, 11 February 2011

Issue 4 - OUT NOW!!!

From the well-dressed sycophants who brought you Fish Fingers and Custard Issue 1, Fish Fingers and Custard Issue 2, Fish Fingers and Custard Issue 3 AND many other annoying things and stuff, comes FISH FINGERS AND CUSTARD ISSUE 4.

In this latest Issue:
  • Reviews of 'A Christmas Carol'
  • RTD: Genius or Mad Man?
  • An In Depth Look At Dalek Empire
  • The Secret Diary Of A Whovian
  • Hots and Nots - The Doctor Who Fandom Style Guide
  • An Unearthly Child: 2010AD
And Much More

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Wednesday, 9 February 2011

About The Fanzine and How To Contribute

Who are We? 
Fish Fingers and Custard is a Doctor Who Fanzine (a magazine made by fans) that has been in existence since June 2010 and is available both in print and as a PDF download. The fanzine likes to take a somewhat light-hearted view on Doctor Who and it's fandom, but we have been known to strike up some serious political debates, such as the origin of Peter Davison's magic shoes in Castrovalva and why anyone who says 'I hid behind the sofa when Doctor Who came on' is an absolute liar, charlatan and possibly, a cad.

Being a fanzine gives us the opportunity to offer Doctor Who fans a chance to air their views in something more substantial than a tweet or a forum post.  In a world where these things are bloody everywhere, fanzines are able to offer a better insight, in a somewhat calmer manner

Can I Write For You
Of course. Being a magazine made by fans, we have a completely open submissions policy and will accept basically anything, as long as it's A) About Doctor Who and B) It's written constructively and in clear English.  We like to offer as many different view points as possible, from as many different kinds of people as possible.  If you need any hints or tips on what to write, please feel free to browse through our back issues.

What Can I Submit?
Almost anything.  We're very much written-word heavy, so if you'd like to write an essay about any aspect of Doctor Who you wish, please feel free.  We also like to have reviews, poems, spoofs and of course, any art or comics.  Please note that we don't accept fan-fictions, although there may be a point in which we will do a fan-fiction special from time to time.

Where Do I Send My Stuff?
You can send your work, to be published in the fanzine, to fishcustardfanzine@googlemail.com

Can I Send Stuff In To Be Reviewed By The Fanzine?
Of course. If you've written a book, or have a website, podcast/audio drama/fan film, or on the staff of a convention, we'd love to hear from you. As long as its vaguely-related to Doctor Who, we'll give you an honest review and a plug in the fanzine.  Please get in touch with us via the e-mail address above and we'll get back to you asap.

Cheers and I hope to hear from you!

Danny (Editor)