Place of Origin:
Pontefract, West Yorkshire, U.K.
John and David Marsh
Issues Produced: 5
UNIT Tapezine was from the North of England and
rightly proud of the fact. Brothers John and David Marsh of Pontefract,
West Yorkshire, were at the helm for the duration and from Issue 2, they
were joined by friends, Paul and Rob, who contributed fiction
and reviews. Paul and Rob recall that, "we weren't blessed with a Big
Finish recording suite - in our situation, it was two lads, a creaky old
tape recorder with single mike and a trusty BBC sound effects LP. Ha!
But, we did have quite a bit of enthusiasm - it was fun at the time to
be entering the heady world of Doctor Who fandom".
UNIT Tapezine was notable for its forthright views
and no-nonsense approach. Not one of the better tapezines in terms of
audio fidelity - UNIT was often somewhat wanting in this area -
but the content and editorial style always made for an entertaining and
The fifth issue was not intended to be the end for
UNIT Tapezine, although John and David had planned to step down
after finishing work on it. "We took over duplication and distribution
for Issue 5," say Paul and Rob, "and then we were to assume the
editorial post from Issue 6. We even recorded a 'regeneration scene' for
the handover of editorship! However, we had got so much into writing the
fiction, our 15 year old fanboy mindsets decided the world of tapezines
wasn't enough - we wanted to write proper Doctor Who for television. So
with dreams of television work, convention invites, you name it, UNIT
edition 6 hastily went into the 'pending' tray (it's probably still
there) and the brand vanished overnight."