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

The Daleks Are Coming

BBC Books will publish novelisations of two classic Doctor Who stories never released in book form before. The Fifth Doctor’s Resurrection Of The Daleks and the Sixth Doctor’s Revelation of the Daleks are both set for release later in the year. Both adventures will be novelised by original scriptwriter Eric Saward, one of the show’s longest-serving script editors. These stories are the only two classic-era Doctor Who adventures not in book form already and their publication more than three decades after their first transmission will fill a long-held gap in fans’ collections. Saward, who has written for both radio and … Continue reading

R.I.P. Clive Swift, 1936-2019

DUAL Doctor Who guest star Clive Swift has died at the age of 82 after a short illness. Swift was best known as the long-suffering Richard Bucket in the British comedy series Keeping Up Appearances. However, for fans of Doctor Who he will be remembered for his appearance in 1985 with Sixth Doctor Colin Baker in Revelation of the Daleks, where he played Jobel, the chief embalmer of Tranquil Repose of Necros. But Swift may be even better remembered for his second Who appearance, where he played Bayldon Copper – a clueless Earth historian and employee aboard the Titanic opposite … Continue reading

DWCA Book Club April – Scratchman

The Fourth Doctor himself, Tom Baker, has written his first ever Doctor Who novel – and the DWCA Book Club has selected it to discuss at our next meeting! The Doctor, Harry Sullivan and Sarah Jane Smith arrive at a remote Scottish island, when their holiday is cut short by the appearance of strange creatures – hideous scarecrows, who are preying on the local population. The islanders are living in fear, and the Doctor vows to save them all. But it doesn’t go to plan – the time travellers have fallen into a trap, and Scratchman is coming for them… … Continue reading

Win a double pass to time-travelling comedy The Ides of March

Elwood Social Club Productions proudly presents The Ides of March, an original play involving time travel, treachery and togas – and the DWCA has four double passes to give away to our members! When William Shakespeare travels back in time to ancient Rome to research his newest play, he unwittingly finds himself a prime suspect in the murder of Julius Caesar. He and his faithful sidekick Cardenio are forced to use all their tact and cunning to evade the villainous senator Brutus, the leader of the conspirators who’s desperate to throw the ‘dirty foreigner’ to the lions, and the trenchcoat-clad … Continue reading

Writer Robert Smith? joins Royal Flush day event

The DWCA is delighted to announce that writer and editor Robert Smith? (the question mark is silent) will be attending our next day event, to be held on 10 February in Burwood, Sydney. An academic with a somewhat unhealthy interest in zombies as well as geek culture in general, Robert is perhaps best known these days as the editor of the Outside In series of non-fiction books. Covering Doctor Who, Star Trek and now Buffy, each book features reviews of every single episode of a given programme – with a new reviewer employed for each story. Furthermore, the reviews themselves … Continue reading