How to Make a Fan Film: An Interview with UNSW DocSoc

In 2016, the UNSW Doctor Who Society (DocSoc) put together their own original Doctor Who fan film. Titled ‘The TARDIS of UNSW’, the film was screened at the DWCA’s March day event in Burwood, Sydney, alongside a Q&A panel featuring members of the production team. But if you didn’t get to attend the day, you can now read a transcript of the interview right here. Make sure you watch the film first, to avoid spoilers! DWCA: Welcome! Would you like to start off by introducing yourselves to the audience? Thomas Walder: I’m Thomas. I was the director, and I also … Continue reading

DWCA Book Club June – The Eye of the Tyger

The DWCA Book Club is taking a trip back in time… to 2003. Russell T Davies’ revived series had only recently been announced, though of course the first episode would not air until March 2005. And so the “current” Doctor remained the Eighth, whose adventures at this point had been mainly confined to books – books such as The Eye of the Tyger from Telos Publishing. Inhabiting a colony spaceship in the 32nd century are members of a religious cult that left Earth to find a world of their own. Their leader, Seraph, has downloaded his mind into the ship’s … Continue reading

Aussie sci-fi comedy Night Terrace coming to BBC Radio

Award-winning sci-fi audio series Night Terrace, produced by Melbourne’s own Splendid Chaps Productions, is making its broadcast debut on BBC Radio 4 Extra – and Australian listeners will be able to tune in as well! Created as a follow-up to the critically acclaimed Splendid Chaps Doctor Who podcast, Night Terrace is a half-hour narrative comedy series starring Jackie Woodburne (Susan Kennedy from Neighbours) as Anastasia Black – a government scientist who used to save the world but now wants a quiet retirement. So she’s understandably miffed when her house unexpectedly starts travelling through space and time. Over two series and … Continue reading

Data Extract magazine wants you!

Ever wanted to contribute to Australia’s premiere Doctor Who fanzine, Data Extract, but didn’t have anything to write about? No problem – we just want you to write about yourself! Regular feature Adric’s Gold Star is our way of showcasing the incredible club members who form the Doctor Who Club of Australia. So if you’re in the club, why not introduce yourself to the rest of the gang! If you’re interested, please write to publications@doctorwhoaustralia.org for more details. Continue reading

Data Extract #242 out now!

Issue #242 of Data Extract, the official magazine of the Doctor Who Club of Australia, is now in the mail for all DWCA members! She took on the Ice Warriors, ran the T-Mat system and gave Fewsham a roasting all without breaking a sweat! We find out just how Louise Pajo brought Gia Kelly to life in the Doctor Who classic Seeds of Death in our exclusive interview. Also, find out just how Mark Worgan went about recreating the 1972 Doctor Who annual that never was (with a little help from Katy Manning, Richard Franklin and John Levene). Plus the … Continue reading

6 strategies for surviving the Doctor Who gap year

Two months after the broadcast of Resolution – the only full-length new episode of Doctor Who we can expect to see in 2019 – some fans may be starting to feel the itch that comes with the knowledge that the next series is at least another nine months away. The good news is, a year with no Doctor Who on telly doesn’t have to mean a year with no Doctor Who at all. Just follow these tips and the year will pass in no time at all. Get into the classics If you started with the revived series in 2005, … Continue reading

Virtually in the TARDIS

BOUNDARIES are being pushed as the Doctor discovers the new world of virtual reality. Fans will be able to step inside a VR version of the TARDIS in a new immersive adventure called Doctor Who: The Runaway, according to BBC VR Hub head Zillah Watson. “Our team at the BBC VR Hub has been creating new experiences with the goal of helping to usher virtual reality into the mainstream, and Doctor Who is exactly the sort of series that can help more people to try this new technology,” Zillah said. “The show has been pushing boundaries for over 55 years, … Continue reading

Mission to the Unknown remake underway

One of the 97 missing episodes of Classic Doctor Who, 1965’s Mission to the Unknown, is being brought back to life. But unlike recent recreations which have paired a lost story’s surviving audio with brand new animation, this is an entirely new remake – one that’s being helmed primarily by students. Mission to the Unknown is unique in Doctor Who history as the only story not to feature the Doctor or, indeed, any of the regular cast. Rather, it follows Space Security Agent Marc Cory as he attempts to warn Earth of the Daleks’ latest plot – a plot that … Continue reading

Farewell to Pat Gorman

One of the unsung heroes of Doctor Who, Pat Gorman, has died the way he lived – quietly this past October, as confirmed by UK Equity this past week. Gorman appeared in so many episodes of Who over the years that legend has it script editor Terrance Dicks joked it was in the BBC Charter that they couldn’t make an episode of the series without Gorman in it. His name wasn’t always in the credits but his face was often in the crowd – he had 73 minor roles in the show during the ’60s. In fact, he often popped … Continue reading

Gareth David-Lloyd talks gaming

GARETH David-Lloyd’s Ianto Jones was a flirt and a tease – in his own way. But nothing compares to the Torchwood actor himself. The first time I interviewed him was just before the screening of series three of Torchwood. I had been sent just the first two episodes so was blissfully unaware that Ianto would buy the farm in the third and he played on that – big time, not in a mean way (it was one of the best and most fun interviews I’ve done in a three-decade career). But he no-one could ever accuse him of breaking confidentiality … Continue reading