The South Croydon LIStener

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Title: The South Croydon LIStener
Publisher: The Elisabeth Sladen Information Network (ESIN)
Editor(s): Kevin Parker
Date(s): March 1990-Summer 2000
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Fandom: Doctor Who
External Links: newsletter info online
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The South Croydon LIStener is a long-running newsletter published by members of The Elisabeth Sladen Information Network (a Doctor Who fan club).

It began as a quarterly newsletter.

The Elisabeth Sladen Information Network is an international fan club devoted to the actress who played Sarah Jane Smith, a Doctor Who Companion. Originally founded in March of 1990, the club published twenty-two issues of the newsletter, as well as held an annual party at Visions, a Doctor Who convention in the UK. One of the high point of the ESIN's existence was at Visions in 1993, when they hosted a private pizza party for members-only with Elisabeth Sladen.

There was a multi-year gap between issues #21 and #22. The ESIN ceased publishing the newsletter after #22 when it migrated to a mailing list. More info: here.


Issue contents: 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. Issues are up to 24 pages in length and include lots of personal and behind-the-scenes photos, comments from Lis about various Doctor Who stories and about Lis from various actors; descriptions of personal meetings; convention reports; analysis of Sarah Jane Smith's character, her role in Doctor Who, etc.; much SJS-related artwork, often of superior quality; fan comments; reviews; interviews; and more.

Issue 1

The South Croydon LIStener 1 published in March 1990 and contains 4 pages.

  • Pre-Who biography, career summary

Issue 2

The South Croydon LIStener 2 contains 12 pages.

  • Pertwee era biography and commentary,
  • index of interviews and profiles
  • "Sarah Jane--How Good a Journalist?" by Tom Beck.

Issue 3

The South Croydon LIStener 3 contains 12 pages.

  • Baker/Marter era biography and commentary
  • photo gallery

Issue 4

The South Croydon LIStener 4 contains 12 pages.

  • Baker-only era biography and commentary
  • Jon Pertwee mini-interview
  • the critics on Lis
  • "Why She Left" by Tom Beck

Issue 5

The South Croydon LIStener 5 contains 12 pages.

  • cover photo
  • post-Who biography and commentary
  • Tom Baker mini-interview

Issue 6

The South Croydon LIStener 6 was published in Summer 1991 and contains 12 pages.

  • Jumberclocky by Michael Wisher (pastiche of 'Jabberwocky')
  • The Time Warrior feature
  • Membership survey results
  • Illustrated by Martin Proctor
  • 3-page photo insert, Monochrome on pastel yellow paper
cover of issue #6


Issue 7

The South Croydon LIStener 7 was published in Winter 1992 and contains 12 pages.

cover of issue #7
  • Sarah Jane Smith: The Electronic Journalist
  • E.S.I.N. Photo Offer #2
  • K9 and Company feature
  • John Levene interview
  • DWM Elisabeth Sladen interview, part 1
  • Illustrated by Martin Proctor and Cynthia Guido
  • 3-page photo insert, B&W


Issue 8

The South Croydon LIStener 8 was published in Spring 1992 and contains 12 pages.

cover of issue #8
  • Interview with David Jackson
  • 'Robot' feature
  • The Imbecile in Question: Introducing Harry Sullivan or What's Wrong with Unsinkable?
  • Elisabeth Sladen interview, part 2 (form DWM, 28 March 1990)
  • Illustrated by Martin Proctor, Cynthia Guido and Stefanie Kate Hawks


Issue 9

The South Croydon LIStener 9 was published in Summer 1992 and contains 12 pages.

cover of issue #9
  • Curriculum vita II
  • Planet of Evil feature
  • Elisabeth Sladen (and Jon Pertwee) Whovian Festival Tour transcript (19 July 1983)
  • Illustrated by Martin Proctor and Cynthia Guido


Issue 10

The South Croydon LIStener 10 was published in Autumn 1992 and contains 12 twelve pages.

cover of issue #10
  • Signing session special issue
  • many photographs
  • the iconoclast section: "Sarah Jane Smith: A Concept That Failed," by Liz Shaw
  • Meeting Lis Sladen at last!
  • 1992 Membership Survey
  • K9 at the Museum of the Moving Image
  • Life with Mr. E.S.I.N by Tina Rhea ("Mrs. ESIN")
  • E.S.I.N. Photo Offer #3
  • Illustrated by Martin Proctor and Cynthia Guido, with photographs by Jean Riddler


Issue 11

The South Croydon LIStener 11 was published in Winter of 1993 and contains 12 pages.

cover of issue #11
  • 'Sarah Jane' heads for the stars
  • Invasion of the Dinosaurs feature
  • "The Literary Sarah Jane," by Tom Beck (reviewing the Target novelizations)
  • comments by Sophie Aldred, Graham Williams, and Michael Briant,
  • Illustrated by Martin Proctor and Cynthia Guido


Issue 12

The South Croydon LIStener 12 was published in spring 1993 and contains 12 pages.

cover of issue #12
  • The Paradise of Death announcement
  • Sarah Jane in Literature II: Other Professional Publications
  • Feature: The Ark in Space
  • Elisabeth Sladen & Ian Marter: Dr. Who's Companions Come to Hollywood
  • DWM Concise Reference
  • Illustrated by Martin Proctor and Cynthia Guido


Issue 13

The South Croydon LIStener 13 was published in Summer 1993 and contains 12 pages.

cover of issue #13
  • The Annuals: Leggy Blondes and Demure Brunettes
  • Pyramids of Mars feature
  • Fabled Sarah Jane
  • Illustrated by Martin Proctor, Cynthia Guido and Elaine Bull


Issue 14

The South Croydon LIStener 14 was published in Belated Fall 1993 and contains 12 pages.

cover of issue #14
  • 30th anniversary of Doctor Who
  • The Five Doctors feature
  • John Nathan-Turner interview
  • Illustrated by Martin Proctor, Cynthia Guido and Elaine Bull


Issue 15/16

The South Croydon LIStener 15/16 is a Special Visions '93 issue. It was published in Spring/Summer 1994 and contains 24 pages.

cover of issue #15/16
  • Visions '93 report
  • Manopticon convention report
  • Elisabeth Sladen press conference
  • Illustrated by Martin Proctor with many photographs from Roy Dike, Rosanna Filippello, Eric Gjovaag, David Hayes, Steve Herr, Vicki Selhost and Andy Walker


Issue 17

The South Croydon LIStener 17 was published in Winter 1995 and contains 12 pages.

cover of issue #17
  • Visions '94 report
  • 'An Evening With Elizabeth Sladen' convention report from the Isle of Man
  • Sadie Miller International Fan Club News
  • Lis remembers... Death to the Daleks
  • The Stranger Chronicles review
  • Elisabeth Sladen and Brian Miller interviews
  • Special insert for the Sadie Miller International Fan Club
  • Illustrated by Martin Proctor and Cynthia Guido


Issue 18

The South Croydon LIStener 18 was published in Summer 1995 and contains 12 pages.

cover of issue #18
  • The Sontaran Experiment feature
  • Brian Miller interview
  • Elisabeth Sladen/Ian Marter interview from "Who 1" 1980 convention, reprinted from 'Gallifrey Chronicles' #4
  • Jeremy Bulloch Interview
  • Illustrated by Martin Proctor and Cynthia Guido


Issue 19

The South Croydon LIStener 19 was published in Autumn 1995 and contains 12 pages.

cover of issue #19
  • The "Sladen US Tour," 1996-97
  • The Brain of Morbius feature
  • Christopher Barry interview
  • Interviewwho: Elisabeth Sladen, reprinted from Whovian Times Autumn 1983
  • Illustrated by Martin Proctor and Cynthia Guido


Issue 20

The South Croydon LIStener 20 was published in Summer 1996 and contains 12 pages.

cover of issue #20
  • Jon Pertwee, 1919-1996
  • Jon Pertwee Obituary by Elisabeth Sladen, first printed in the Radio Times 1 June 1996
  • Jeremy Bulloch Interview
  • The Monster of Peladon feature
  • 'Downtime' review
  • Elizabeth Sladen interview part 1, first printed in Cloister Bell #6-7
  • Illustrated by Martin Proctor


Issue 21

The South Croydon LIStener 21 was published in Autumn 1997 and contains 12 pages.

cover of issue #21
  • John Leeson (Voice of K-9) Interview
  • Genesis of the Daleks feature
  • Elisabeth Sladen interview part 2, first printed in Cloister Bell #8
  • The Rivals of Sarah Jane
  • Illustrated by Martin Proctor and Cynthia Guido


Issue 22

The South Croydon LIStener 22 was published in Summer 2000 and contains 12 pages.

cover of issue #22
  • Lis to be Guest of Honor at United Fan Convention
  • Beyond Sarah Jane: Roles Outside of Doctor Who
  • Terry Walsh Interview
  • Terrance Dicks Interview
  • Convention Reports:
  • Event One (Weston-super-Mare)
  • Cardiff convention 18 Oct 1997
  • The Radical Notion of Sarah Jane Smith by Kate Orman
  • Press Clippings
  • Illustrated by Martin Proctor and Alan Ivins