Eternity (Doctor Who zine)

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Zine
Title: Eternity
Publisher: Lee Zachariah & Andrew Deans
Editor(s):
Date(s): mid-1990s
Series?:
Medium: print
Size:
Genre:
Fandom: Doctor Who & occasional Star Trek: TOS and Red Dwarf
Language: English
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Eternity is primarily a Doctor Who gen zine with some Red Dwarf and Star Trek content. It contains both fiction and articles. There are ten issues. It was previously titled, "TARDIS."

Issue 1

Issue 2

Issue 3

Eternity 3 was published in 1995.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

This zine has a casual layout, with scribbles everywhere. Lots of Red Dwarf to go with the Who stuff. Some running fiction and a few brief articles. They need some more people writing stuff, but they’ve only just started. Like Black Light, they’re overusing the computer for printing photos. Issue 2 was considerably better. Rating: * 1/2 (out of 5) [1]

Issue 4

Eternity 4 was published in 1995.

  • art by Tristan Nieto
  • other unknown content

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 4

A great step up from issue three – regular Sonic contributer Andrew Deans is now Production Editor, and the overall look is much more stable. The reviews are actually interesting, and Tristan Nieto has done another sensational computer picture — this time a Cyberdude… Straight into the charts with a bullet. Rating: • • • 1/2 out of five.[2]

Issue 5

Eternity 5 was published in 1995.

  • a Harry Harrison-style story by Tristan Nieto
  • a parody of an interview " with William Hartnell
  • other unknown content

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 5

Waaaah! No art by Tristan Nieto! Nonetheless, this zine keeps improving. The writing has really picked up, and there’s virtually no padding any more. Tristan’s Harry Harrison-style story continues hilariously. And I like the silliness in this zine – you’ve just GOT to read the "interview" with William Hartnell [Ed: Hmmph!]. (Note: the price has gone up to the still extremely reasonable price of $7 per six issues). Rating: • • • 1/2 out of five.[3]

Issue 6

Eternity 6 was published in 1995.

Reactions and Reviews: 6

This is actually a Star Trek special, but nonetheless is one of the best reads I’ve had for quite a time. The writers took a thoroughly tongue-in-cheek look at all the series – indeed, several admitted to hating Trek, so their pieces can be extra fun to read. Best bits are "The Top Fifty Signs You’re a Trekkie", the "Pick the Odd One Out" comic, and the continual editorial comments. There’s an extremely competent and readable news section on Who and other science fiction, and a couple of New Adventure reviews (in a column called "Sodium" – get it?). Recommended for anyone who loves OR hates Star Trek! [4]

Issue 7

Eternity 7 was published in 1996.

It has a full-colour picture of a defiant Sixth Doctor on the cover. This issue includes material about X-Files, Red Dwarf, Star Trek and articles on society, commercialism and optimism in various SF shows, the Janet Fielding "interview" and the disclaimer.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 7

Wow. That cover is something to behold. It’s a full-colour picture of a defiant Sixth Doctor. Tinted a really, really puky shade of yellow. Inside, Eternity continues to be one of the most readable zines around, even with all that foreign stuff – you know, X-Files, Red Dwarf, Star Trek, that kind of thing. Best bits are the articles on society, commercialism and optimism in various SF shows, the Janet Fielding "interview" and the disclaimer. Rating: • • • • (out of 5) [5]

Issue 8

Eternity 8 was published in 1996.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 8

Cool cover, even if they do have a dodgy photocopier. This is definitely the funnest (hey, it’s my column in my zine; I’ll make up words if I want to!) Doctor Who zine in the country at the moment. The news is varied, the reviews far from boring, there’s a cool debate-cum-story, and you can now subscribe for the bargain price of seven slices of bread (well, that’s what it says!). Rating: • • • • out of five [6]

Issue 9

Eternity 9 was published in 1996. It is the "Sex and Violence Issue."

Reacions and Reviews: 9

The Sex and Violence Special. Well, Sonic has gone and nicked their production editor in our never-ending quest to stop them breaking the world record for number of editors of a single fanzine at a time. This issue is their typical packed piece of work — lots of articles with serious points stated in very non-serious ways. Love it! Unfortunately the seven slices of bread subscription offer has expired — you have to send fish carcasses now. This is one of the silliest and most enjoyable zines around. Four and a half bad tastes out of five.[7]

Issue 10

Eternity 10 was published in 1997 and includes fiction. It is the last issue.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 10

Onto our next candidate, and, yet again, it’s the pick of the bunch. Eternity, edited by Lee "King of the Potato People" Zachariah, has reached issue ten and unfortunately is going to stay there for quite a while, possibly forever (Lee’s got old enough to get homework, ooh). This issue has all the strengths of the run: silly humour, thought-provoking articles, really silly humour, insulting Star Trek, even sillier humour and a cool computer pic by Tristan Nieto. It even has something they certainly previously didn’t do: good fiction! Get it, get it, get it, get it, get it (that’s five get its out of five).[8]

References

  1. from Sonic Screwdriver #90
  2. August 1995, Mag Bag, Archived version by David J. Richardson
  3. October 1995, Mag Bag, Archived version by David J. Richardson
  4. a review in The Sonic Screwdriver #93
  5. January 1996, Mag Bag, Archived version by David J. Richardson
  6. from David J. Richardson at First Published: Sonic Screwdriver #95
  7. a review in The Sonic Screwdriver #96
  8. from David J. Richardson at First Published: Sonic Screwdriver #100