Series 11 Cinema Screening and Dinner for Sydneysiders

The first episode of Series 11, The Woman Who Fell to Earth, is premiering in Australia on Monday 8 October – and to celebrate, the DWCA’s Sydney local group is going to the movies!

The feature-length first episode sees Jodie Whittaker take control of the TARDIS as the Thirteenth Doctor, along with a new line-up of friends, including Bradley Walsh as Graham, Tosin Cole as Ryan and Mandip Gill as Yasmin. Cinema-goers have the chance to go behind the scenes of the eleventh series, with additional footage including exclusive interviews with Jodie, showrunner Chris Chibnall and the first episode’s director Jamie Childs.

Representatives of the DWCA Sydney local group will be attending screenings at the following locations (all screenings commence at 6pm):

After the screenings, attendees of each screening are invited to join us for dinner at a local eatery, giving us all a chance to unwind and discuss the new episode – and of course the new Doctor!

We’d love you to join us for what will be a true milestone in Doctor Who history. All are welcome to attend – we hope to see you there!

DWCA Book Club December – The Day She Saved the Doctor

With the debut of the first female Doctor now mere days away, the DWCA Book Club is taking a look back at four significant women from the Doctor’s many lives, showcased in the short story anthology ‘The Day She Saved the Doctor’.

The Doctor’s companion: A person who explores time and space with the Doctor, fights enemies with the Doctor, and often has to save the Doctor’s life.

If it wasn’t for the companions, the Doctor probably wouldn’t have made it out of so many scrapes. To celebrate the formidable women who have travelled in the TARDIS, dive into four new adventures with the Doctor, starring Rose, Sarah Jane, Clara and Bill.

Written by Jenny Colgan, Jacqueline Rayner, Dorothy Koomson and Susan Calman, these stories are the perfect way to celebrate the Doctor’s fantastic female heroines, for fans of all ages.

Available from all good bookshops, The Day She Saved the Doctor will be discussed at the DWCA Book Club meeting on Friday 7 December. You can also comment on our Facebook page if you can’t make the event.

SEND US YOUR REVIEWS AND WIN A PRIZE!

Do you consider yourself something of an armchair critic? Send us a written review of the current Book Club text, and your words just may end up published in our club fanzine, Data Extract. What’s more, you will go into the running to win a $5 voucher to spend at the DWCA Shop!

Reviews should be sent to Dom Kelly at fsq@doctorwhoaustralia.org.

#RaiseYourHoods for Doctor Who!

Drawing inspiration from the Thirteenth Doctor’s outfit and reveal video, BBC Studios have launched a new campaign encouraging Doctor Who fans to get behind Jodie Whittaker as the role model we’ve all been waiting for!

#RaiseYourHoods recognises the Thirteenth Doctor’s hood as a symbol of strength, empowerment and solidarity. It doesn’t matter who you are, how you identify or where you come from – raising your hood makes you a supporter and creates an all-inclusive moment to celebrate everyone.

To support the campaign, simply take a selfie of you raising your hood for awesome people that you know and love. Then post your pic on the social media site of your choice, saying who you are raising your hood for and why they are awesome.

Finally, nominate a friend to take the challenge and add #RaiseYourHoods and #ItsAboutTime to support the cause. To link it back to Doctor Who, also include #ABCTV, #DoctorWho and tag @abctv.

Data Extract #240 released

Issue #240 of Data Extract, the official magazine of the Doctor Who Club of Australia, is on its way to members!

Along with all our regular features, the new issue features an interview with Jamie McCrimmon actor Frazer Hines, a look at the New Adventures novels, the latest instalment in the Eleventh Doctor and Eleanor serial, and the conclusion to Captain Jack’s meeting with the Third Doctor!

The new issue is available exclusively to DWCA members, so click here to sign up today. Select back issues of the magazine can also be purchased from the DWCA Shop.

Win a double pass to The Woman Who Fell to Earth

The first episode of Series 11, The Woman Who Fell to Earth, is coming to Australian cinemas on Monday 8 October – and thanks to our friends at BBC Studios and Sharmill Films, we have 10 double passes to give away!

For your chance to win a double pass to see the Thirteenth Doctor’s debut episode in cinemas, simply complete the form on our competition page.

Please note that the episode will be screening at a limited number of cinemas on 8 October, so please check the list of participating cinemas and their screening times before you enter.

Competition entries close on Friday 28 September at 6pm AEST. Good luck!

New trailer released, ABC start time confirmed

The BBC has released its most extensive trailer for Series 11 of Doctor Who yet, showcasing the Thirteenth Doctor in action in an array of sci-fi settings – with her new companions by her side.

The trailer comes just a couple of weeks after a specially shot “release date” trailer surfaced, which shows our hero standing in the middle of large dome while glass shatters around her – including the particularly high ceiling…

The ABC has meanwhile confirmed that the new series will air on its main channel from 5:55pm, starting on Monday 8 October, with Whovians at 7:30pm on ABC Comedy. Each episode will also be on iview immediately after it finishes airing in the UK.

Do you want to be part of Series 2 of Whovians?

Australia’s own Doctor Who panel show, Whovians, is back on 8 October, airing immediately after the first episode of Series 11. And you’re invited to be a part of the studio audience!

Free tickets are now available to the first three episodes of Whovians, filming at the ABC’s Sydney studio from 11am each Monday from 8 October. This is your chance to join Rove McManus and his team of superfans as they dissect, delve into and delight in the world of Doctor Who – you’ll even get a chance to watch the latest episode straight from the UK before the show begins!

Tickets are limited, so register now by clicking here.

But wait, there’s more! The Whovians team will also be appearing at Sydney’s Kings Comics on 24 September at 5pm, and they want to hear your thoughts on the new series! The team is keen to meet as many fans as possible, so don’t be shy – come along to Kings Comics at 403 George St, Sydney and have your say!

7 ways Chris Chibnall is reinventing Doctor Who

We’re now only one month away from the first episode of Doctor Who’s eleventh series, and it’s becoming ever clearer that showrunner Chris Chibnall has some big plans for his first series at the helm. With a new Doctor, new companions and a new vision, how does Chibnall plan on making this 55-year-old programme shiny and new again? Here are a few examples.

A New Logo

One of the the earliest indications of Chibnall’s vision for the series started with the release of a new logo back in February. A significant departure from the Moffat era’s big, blocky, blue logo, Chibnall’s opts for a warmer colour scheme and slimmer lettering – perhaps in an attempt to make the series come across as more friendly and inviting for new viewers. This new style has been extended to other aspects of the series publicity, with promotional images featuring bright, bold colours. Significantly, the new logo has been applied to all Doctor Who merchandise released since its reveal – whether classic series or new – thus uniting the entire history of the show under one banner and affirming that it is all part of the one universe.

A New Look

The logo is far from being the only visual change to the series – a brand new camera and lens combination is being introduced for Series 11, providing it with a whole new visual style. Since the return of the programme in 2005, Doctor Who’s look has become increasingly cinematic, with a least one of the series’ directors, Ben Wheatley, already having a list of film credits to their name. Even though the look of the show is already very cinematic, the new setup promises to take things even further, with post-production house Films at 59, who are supplying BBC Studios with the cameras and lenses, describing the new look as a “monumental leap”.

A New Night

The move to Sunday evenings in the UK (and Mondays in Australia) may seem like a bit of a strange move, given Doctor Who’s traditional “Saturday teatime” slot, but could well pay off for the BBC as a way of capturing a new audience. Don’t forget that the ABC broadcast Series 1-3 on Saturday nights then moved to Sundays from Series 4 – and got an instant increase in ratings, attracting viewers who were having quiet nights at home in the lead-up to school or work the next day. Let’s see if the BBC can replicate this success!

New Friends

For the first time since the early 1980s, the Doctor will have not one, not two, but three companions! It’s an approach that should provide a new kind of dynamic amongst the regular cast and give the show more of a family feel, with the TARDIS team of Ryan, Yaz and Graham likely to complement each other while also relating to the Doctor – and to each other – in their own particular way. Significantly, the new team are often referred to as the Doctor’s “friends” rather than “companions” in BBC marketing material – a much warmer descriptor which more or less puts them on equal footing with the Doctor.

A New Episode Length

One of the key descriptors of Doctor Who’s revived series would be “pacy”, with whole stories often told in the space of 45 minutes or less – with room for the occasional two-parter or special episode. By contrast, Series 11 will begin with a 60-minute opener followed by nine 50-minute episodes – and while an extension of 5 minutes per episode may not seem like much, it can actually be a long time in a television environment, where the editing process can be ruthless and key scenes are often cut due to time restrictions. The extension should thus allow for more plot, more character development and more room to breathe in each standalone episode. This may also mean that there will be fewer (if any) “filler” stories to stretch the series out to 12 or 13 episodes – by instead focusing on telling ten carefully crafted stories, we could end up with an entire series where every episode is just as significant as the next.

New Music

One of the biggest transitions of the new series will be a change of composer, with Murray Gold having stepped down from his position after an impressive 12 years and 125 episodes. Gold’s orchestral scores have been a mainstay of Doctor Who since its return in 2005, so it’s fair to say he has big shoes to fill. The composer selected for the task? Segun Akinola, a member of the BAFTA Breakthrough Brit program in 2017 and a rising star among British composers. Akinola has mainly composed for documentaries in recent years but has also covered short films and even the video game Godsweeper, so he clearly has the versatility to adapt his skills to different genres. We’re particularly keen to hear his unique take on the iconic Doctor Who theme!

New Voices

There will be even more big changes behind the scenes of the programme, with five new writers and four new directors contributing to Series 11. That’s right – apart from Chibnall himself, all nine are brand new to televised Doctor Who, though former Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman did write a Seventh Doctor short story for the programme’s 50th anniversary and director Jamie Childs was responsible for Jodie Whittaker’s reveal as the new Doctor. More importantly, all have very impressive CVs and are united by a love of Doctor Who, with Chibnall saying “they are awesome people as well as brilliant at their job… And they’ve all worked above and beyond the call of duty in an effort to bring audiences something special”.


Image credit: Gage Skidmore under CC BY-SA 2.0

It’s clear that Doctor Who truly has undergone something of a regeneration over the past year or so, with Chibnall and co. working hard behind the scenes to bring viewers old and new a programme that is fresh, exciting and relevant to 2018. So as the countdown continues towards the very first episode, we as fans are getting ready to fall in love with Doctor Who all over again. After all, it’s only because Doctor Who has continuously evolved and reinvented itself over so many decades that it has managed to survive for so long.

Series 11 in cinemas, Whovians returning

Less than 24 hours after the reveal that Doctor Who’s eleventh series will begin on 7 October – or 8 October for those of us in the land Down Under – Sharmill Films has confirmed there will be cinema screenings of the episode all over Australia.

According to the official cinema poster, the first episode of the series – titled The Woman Who Fell to Earth – will be in cinemas on 8 October, the day of its Australian television broadcast. Participating cinemas are listed on the Sharmill Films website, with tickets on sale now – simply check the list for your nearest cinema, go to that cinema’s website and search for “Doctor Who” to see what time the episode will be screening near you.

The DWCA will also be organising gatherings to attend screenings in the vicinity of our various local groups – including the chance to chat about the episode over dinner afterwards – so please check our event calendar in the lead-up to the screening day to see what’s happening near you.

In other news, Whovians host Rove McManus has announced that the beloved Doctor Who panel show will be back with a new series, to be broadcast on ABC Comedy on Monday nights beginning 8 October. McManus specifies that Doctor Who itself will be shown on ABC’s main channel, with Whovians to follow on ABC Comedy.

There is no word yet on how the new series will affect the ABC’s traditional Monday night line-up of news and current affairs programming, but as soon as we have a screening time we will let you know.

Series 11 to launch on 7 October with ‘The Woman Who Fell to Earth’

After months of fevered speculation, the BBC has finally confirmed the date that Doctor Who’s eleventh series will land in the UK – Sunday 7 October.

Announcing the news, the BBC noted that this year marks a brand new era with a new showrunner, a new Doctor, new friends and a whole host of new monsters – so it’s only fitting that the new Time Lord will land in a new time zone on BBC One.

“New Doctor, new home!” Chibnall said. “Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor is about to burst into Sunday nights – and make the end of the weekend so much more exciting. Get everybody’s homework done, sort out your Monday clothes, then grab some special Sunday night popcorn, and settle down with all of the family for Sunday night adventures across space and time. (Also, move the sofa away from the wall so parents can hide behind it during the scary bits). The Thirteenth Doctor is falling from the sky and it’s going to be a blast.”

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, added, “With Chris Chibnall at the helm and Jodie Whittaker’s arrival as the new Doctor we are heralding a brand new era for the show and so it feels only right to give it a new home on Sunday nights at the heart of BBC One’s Autumn schedule.”

The first episode of the new series, titled The Woman Who Fell to Earth, has been written by Chibnall himself and will presumably pick up where we last saw the Doctor, falling from the TARDIS at the end of Twice Upon a Time. Subsequent episodes will be written by a host of new writing talent for the show, including Malorie Blackman, Vinay Patel, Pete McTighe, Joy Wilkinson and Ed Hime.

At the time of writing, the ABC has indicated that the series will begin on 8 October (Australian time) on ABC and iview. Will this mean a primetime Monday night timeslot going forward? We’ll report further details as soon as we know!