It is a fan fiction collection of short stories "from across the universe of Doctor Who", inspired by the famous BBC science-fiction programme and released to celebrate its 35th anniversary in November 1998. Dating from a time before expansion of the roster of titles led to the Atlantean Publishing stable name, it is classified here as a Related Publication rather than an Atlantean production 'proper'.
The collection was planned as a ten-story 'decalogue': one each for the then eight Doctors as they "encounter and mend the threads that make up the universal tapestry", plus two left free to feature "special" instances involving multiple Doctors or none, for instance. Deadline pressures meant that the finished volume actually contains just six stories, but with half of them extending to around 10,000 words apiece, these spread across no fewer than 62 A4 pages.
From the ForewordEdit
Printed by "D. Mason Print Ltd, Aberystwyth" — in fact Darrel Mason.
- Foreword by Richard Burman
- Primal States by DJ Tyrer & Richard Burman
- Epochal Revenge by DJ Tyrer
- The Harvester of Souls by David Leverton
- For Want of Spironium... by DS Davidson
- Traekynos by Christopher Joseph
- Emperor's Pawn by DJ Tyrer
The successful release of A Universal Tapestry meant that at separate stages two different sequel collections were planned, opened for submissions, and even advertised within Atlantean titles — but for various reasons neither saw publication: