Tuesday 12 April 2016


From 1992 (or thereabouts): a fan created guide to the Tenctonese language, as published by Britain's ALIEN NATION APPRECIATION SOCIETY.

File under: labour of love.

This took the basis of the spoken and written language introduced in the feature film but refined and expanded for the Fox weekly series incarnation, and tried to make sense of it. 

To the show's credit, it really did sound like it was an authentic language... but I'm still not sure I would be inclined to try and make sense of it.

This was a black & white A5 publication with colour cover. The society was run by Pete Chambers who was, latterly, rewarded for his attempts to keep the show alive (after the fledgling FBC shifted their early schedules - which only amounted to a few hours per week - from expensive one-hour dramas to cheaper to make sitcoms) with a guest spot (as an alien, of course) in one of the five TV movies which reunited the cast (and production team) a good half-decade after the show was canned. 

I was a member of the group for years but - stupidly - didn't hang onto any of the regular A5 newsletters. 


  1. what a shame.

    I do remember having a very intense period of interest in this show when itv screened it late at night.

    It even led to reading some of the spin-off novels.

  2. This would be from THE TENCTON PLANET newsletter ?

    I must admit I've never subscribed to a single fanzine so these scans are much appreciated.

    1. Yes! That would be the one. It was so long ago now that the memory starts to cheat. Which is part of the reason STRLOGGED exists...

  3. and to make sense in retrospect and hindsight all of this cool stuff.


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