A Short History of Shada

Want to win tickets to see Shada in cinemas? Enter our competition here. A classic Doctor Who story is coming to the big screen, and boy is it a special one. Shada is unlike any other Doctor Who story ever made, because they never properly finished making it. Originally slated as the final story of Season 17 and scripted by the soon-to-be-famous Douglas Adams, the production was ultimately abandoned due to industrial action. Now, 38 years after its conception, the BBC is completing the six-part epic by complementing the original studio and location scenes with animated sequences featuring voices from … Continue reading

Teaser clip for Twice Upon a Time

As part of Children in Need in the UK, a special clip from this year’s Christmas special, Twice Upon a Time, has aired. Check it out below. As previously reported, this year’s Christmas special will be on the big screen at selected cinemas, ABC’s iview as soon as it has finished airing in the UK, and on the ABC itself at 7:30pm on Boxing Day night. Once it’s finished, switch over to ABC Comedy (previously ABC2) to watch the Christmas special of Whovians!

DWCA Shada competition

Thanks to our friends at BBC Worldwide, we have six double passes to give away to our members! For your chance to win a double pass to see this long-awaited story in cinemas, simply click here, fill in your details  and answer the question. If you are not yet a member, you can become one right now. Please note that Shada will be screening at a limited number of cinemas from 24 November, so please check the list of participating cinemas and their screening times before you enter. Competition entries close on Sunday 19 November at 11:59pm AEST. Our competition terms … Continue reading

Twice Upon a Time at the cinemas and a Whovians Christmas special on Boxing Day

BBC Worldwide Australia and New Zealand and Sharmill Films have confirmed that this year’s Christmas Special – Twice Upon a Time – is to receive a cinema release on Boxing Day! That’s right, the epic finale to the Peter Capaldi era of Doctor Who is coming to Australian cinemas, featuring the return of Pearl Mackie and special guests Mark Gatiss and David Bradley. The event will also introduce the Thirteenth Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker. The cinema event will also feature two exclusive bonus pieces, taking audiences behind the scenes of the filming of this holiday special and celebrating the tenures of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor … Continue reading

DWCA Publishing Presents: Wrath of the Cyber-Spider

This month will see the 54th anniversary of our favourite show along with the 37th anniversary of club publication Data Extract. The DWCA is ready to celebrate with a digital comic made exclusively for club members – Wrath of the Cyber-Spider. It’s from the same team who brought you Liberation from the Daleks and features all twelve incarnations of the Doctor plus the War Doctor too! Plus bonus features include interviews with Nicola Bryant, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy as well as a pin-up gallery covering the extensive history of DWCA Publishing. Club members should be receiving an email in their inbox today with a link to … Continue reading

RIP Paddy Russell

The DWCA is sad to report on the passing of Paddy Russell. Paddy was the first female director to work on the show and worked with the first, third and fourth Doctors. Paddy was first involved with Doctor Who directing the William Hartnell story, The Massacre of St Bartholmew’s Eve. It was eight years later she directed the six part Jon Pertwee story, Invasion of the Dinosaurs. She was involved twice more with the series directing Tom Baker stories Pyramids of Mars and Horror of Fang Rock. Paddy was 89.

RIP Dudley Simpson

It is with sorrow that we report on the passing of Dudley Simpson. Dudley worked on over 290 episodes of Doctor Who, writing the score to over sixty stories. His music provided the soundtrack to the majority of adventures of the first four Doctors. He also wrote title music for Blake’s 7 and The Tomorrow People. Dudley was born in Australia on the 4th of October, 1922. He studied orchestration and composition at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. His entry into Television was meeting a BBC executive at a party. From there, it was his work on drama Moonstrike that … Continue reading

Opinion – A Female Doctor: It’s Time!

Back in 2014, Dale Watts submitted an article to Data Extract magazine in which he weighed in on the debate surrounding a female Doctor. With Jodie Whittaker’s tenure in the TARDIS growing ever nearer, we thought it would be interesting to revisit Dale’s article. We now reproduce it here for the first time since its debut in DE#226, abridged for the online format. *** A female Doctor: a great idea or not? It certainly seemed to be the topic on everyone’s lips at the recent Lords of Time convention. With the Master having been regenerated into a woman in the … Continue reading

First director of series eleven announced

Jamie Childs has been confirmed as a director working on the first production block of series eleven. Childs was responsible for directing the 13th Doctor reveal of Jodie Whittaker. At this time, it hasn’t been confirmed which episodes will be shot during this production block. Childs has been involved in shooting commercials which won a number of awards. He has also been involved in directing Stan Lee’s Lucky Man. He has also previously worked as a second unit director for series one of Poldark.