Doctor Who, Star Trek, Star Wars, Buffy, Red Dwarf, Stargate, Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, Sanctuary, Lost, Eureka, Warehouse 13, Flash Forward, etc.
We have monthly Assemblies in Central New Jersey, picnics and field trips during the summer, and a Holiday Party in December!
We hope to keep our members (and everyone else) informed about what we're doing, what's going on in fandom, and the movies and TV shows we cover. Come back here frequently for the latest updates on the Prydonians and on fandom.
Glad you asked!
See - back in 1984 we started as a Doctor Who fan club. We were all living between Trenton and New Brunswick, NJ, and had our meetings at someone's home in Princeton. New Jersey Network had just aired the episode "The Deadly Assassin" (like - there's some other kind of non-deadly assassin? But I digress...) in which the Doctor (played by Tom Baker) returned to his home planet of Gallifrey to solve a mystery and prevent a crime. We learn in this episode that the Doctor's people, the Time Lords, belong to various different "chapters" (presumably based on the colleges they attended; sort of a satire of the English "old boy network"). The Doctor is a member of the Prydonian Chapter, described as both the most powerful and the most devious of all the chapters. Since the Doctor ran away from Gallifrey and renounced his position in Time Lord society, one Gallifreyan official refers to him as "a Prydonian renegade." Hmmm, sounds like a good title for a publication...!
Anyway, since we were strictly a Doctor Who fan club at the time, we thought "Prydonians of Prynceton" was a great name for the club. The Prydonians are the elite of the Time Lords, and there was that cute visual pun in spelling "Princeton" with a "y". We named our monthly newsletter The Prydonian Renegade.
In 1986, we began to cover Blakes 7 as well as Doctor Who. In 1987, when Star Trek: The Next Generation came on the air, we gradually began to include all TV and movie science fiction. Plus, we quickly started attracting members from outside the Trenton-New Brunswick area. So maybe we should have changed our name. BUT - we incorporated as "Prydonians of Prynceton" in 1986. And what the heck, we started as a Doctor Who club and we're still a Doctor Who club. We're just not only a Doctor Who club anymore! So - the name sticks. Deal with it.
And now you know.
(BTW: It's pronounced "prye-DOH-nee-un".)
Our pride and joy is our wonderful monthly newsletter The Prydonian Renegade. Each issue is jam-packed with the latest news on TV and movie science fiction (including comprehensive TV schedules), plus Club news, convention listings, and lots of other stuff you don't want to miss. The Renegade is so good, in fact, that many of our members have joined just to receive it every month!
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