The DWCA Book Club’s first assignment is The Legends of Ashildr

On Friday 29 April, the DWCA held its first ever book club meeting – a gathering which gave the club’s bibliophiles a chance to get together and share their favourite Doctor Who stories and authors. The evening ended with attendees selecting the first book that they would like to read and discuss as a group – The Legends of Ashildr.

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The Legends of Ashildr, as the name suggests, is a series of stories featuring Ashildr/Me, Series 9’s reluctant immortal. The book contains four short stories chronicling her adventures set between The Girl Who Died and The Woman Who Lived:

  • The Arabian Knightmare by James Goss
  • The Fortunate Isles by David Llewellyn
  • The Triple Knife by Jenny T. Colgan
  • The Ghosts of Branscombe Wood by Justin Richards

So what happens now? Well, members of the book club plan to meet again in June in order to discuss and critique the book (the exact date and venue is yet to be finalised, but it will be somewhere in Sydney). But that doesn’t mean others can’t play along at home – in fact, the DWCA encourages all its book-loving members to get their hands on a copy and read along with us.

The DWCA will also be accepting reviews of the book, the best of which will be published in the club magazine, Data Extract. If you’d like to share your review with us, please send it to fsq@doctorwhoaustralia.org.

Your new companion is… Pearl Mackie

It’s been a long wait, but following the departure of Jenna Coleman, the Doctor’s newest companion has been announced. And it’s none other than actor and singer Pearl Mackie.

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The news was revealed during the half-time interval of the FA Cup Semi-Final on 23 April at 6:15pm GMT (24 April 3:15am AEST). Speculation went into overdrive in the 24 hours or so leading up to the announcement, with Mackie hotly tipped to take on the role.

But just who is Pearl Mackie? Hailing from South London, she trained as an actor at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating in 2010. She is currently performing in the National Theatre’s West End production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, which was visited by Peter Capaldi shortly before the announcement was made.

In a first for a new companion, we’ve been given a glimpse of what her character will be like in a specially shot trailer for Series 10, which introduces the character as “Bill”. Facing off against the Daleks, she comes across as smart, funny, full of attitude and more than capable of asking the right questions.

Of course there’ll be plenty more to learn about Bill when she arrives on our screens proper in 2017.

A LEGO TARDIS and a Doctor Who showbag at the Royal Easter Show

The 2016 Sydney Royal Easter Show has officially begun – and Doctor Who fans have a couple of good reasons to attend this year!

The famous full-size LEGO TARDIS, which originally came to Sydney for the Doctor Who Festival in November 2015, will land just outside of Showbag Hall on Riverina Avenue. Fans will be able to share their photos of the TARDIS on social media using the #legotardis hashtag.

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Photo credit: Alex Gabbott.

Meanwhile, inside the hall, fans will be able to pick up the first Doctor Who showbag in several decades. Licensed by Bensons Trading and featuring a TARDIS design back pack, tin case, beanie hat, notebook, lanyard and tote bag, the showbag is valued at $64.70 but will be available for just $26.

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“Bensons are very excited to release the brand new Doctor Who showbag at this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show,” said Rebel Ruby, Product Development, Bensons Trading Co. “We have worked closely with BBC Worldwide ANZ to come up with a fantastic pack that will have Doctor Who fans flocking to the show.”

The Sydney Royal Easter Show kicks off today, 17 March, and will run until 30 March at Sydney Olympic Park. For more information, visit http://www.eastershow.com.au/

Pick up Data Extract Issue #230 at Penrith Collectormania

On Sunday 20 March, the DWCA Shop will be attending the Penrith Collectormania toy fair. Said to be the largest in NSW, if not Australia, the toy fair contains collectables covering a range of different fandoms, hobbies, sports and more!

As well as having the latest DVDs, audio dramas and collectables available on the day, the Shop will also be launching the latest issue of our member-exclusive magazine, Data Extract. The mag is jam-packed with content you won’t find anywhere else, including a recount of the Doctor Who Festival by co-host Rob Lloyd and interviews with ’60s costume designer Alexandra Tynan and geek pop artist Meri Amber (this issue’s cover girl).

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If you’re planning on attending Collectormania and would like to pick up your copy of Data Extract before it is mailed out to everyone else, email shop@doctorwhoaustralia.org with your name and member number. We’ll put aside a copy of the magazine for you for collection on the day, and Meri Amber herself will be there to sign issues!

Please only contact us if you know you’re going to attend, otherwise postage of your issue could be delayed.

The Fair will be held at the Penrith Panthers Pavilion on Mulgoa Road, just down from the Penrith Panthers Club and right next to Aqua Golf. For more information, visit our event page.

Ben Aaronovitch is coming to Sydney and Brisbane

Author Ben Aaronovitch, the writer of Doctor Who TV stories Remembrance of the Daleks and Battlefield, is coming to Sydney and Brisbane for two magical nights of conversation.

Get down and dirty with PC Grant in Rivers of London, go behind the scenes of Doctor Who, and hear from one of the most diverse and exciting SF writers of today as he talks about writing across mediums and adapting work, and the art of storytelling.

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Joining him onstage in Sydney is one of Australia’s most promising emerging voices, Maria Lewis, to discuss urban fantasy, the nitty gritty of contemporary SF, and all it is to be a fan. And in Brisbane, British and World Fantasy Award winner Angela Slatter will be leading proceedings.

From adaptation to comic art, famous properties to original work, don’t miss these fantastic nights of discussion and exploration presented exclusively by Contact2016. Both nights will feature Q&A sessions followed by book signings, with books available for sale.

DWCA members have the opportunity to win a free ticket to the Brisbane event by entering our competition. They will also benefit from discounted entry to both the Brisbane and Sydney events.

When: 6.00pm-8.00pm, Wednesday 23 March | 6.00pm-8.00pm, Thursday 24 March
Where: Hachette Australia, 207 Kent Street, Sydney | Auditorium 2, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane
Price: DWCA members $15 | Non-members $20
To book: http://contact2016.com/latest_events/in-conversation-with-ben-aaronovitch

 

Do you have the latest issue of The Nethersphere?

The latest issue of the DWCA’s e-zine, The Nethersphere, has been released.

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The issue covers all the latest news surrounding Doctor Who, upcoming merchandise releases, reviews, event recounts, and even a cryptic crossword!

The Nethersphere is delivered to the inboxes of DWCA members every three months, offset every 6 weeks by our print magazine, Data Extract. If you would like to sign up to receive these two publications as well as a host of other benefits, you can do so right now.

If you are already a member and you have not received the issue (make sure you check your Junk folder!), please let us know by emailing nethersphere@doctorwhoaustralia.org

Happy New Year from the DWCA

The DWCA wishes all its members a Happy New Year. We’ve got plenty planned for the year already, and we hope you’re just as excited as we are to fill 2016 with loads of Doctor Who goodness!

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All Sydney-based DWCA events for the year are up on our events page already, including our regular day events and our mid-year trivia night. January will see a few extra events in the Sydney DWCA calendar, with a special New Year dinner on Saturday 9 January, our attendance at the Popcon pop culture convention on Sunday 10 January and our annual Summer Picnic on Saturday 23 January.

New events from our other local groups are being added all the time, as well as all the latest news, merchandise listings, DWCA-exclusive competitions and more. Make sure you check back regularly to keep up to date!

Come do your Christmas shopping at Look Who’s Talking

Look Who’s Talking – Part One is on tomorrow, and it will be the last event to feature the DWCA Shop for 2015. So if you want to do some Christmas shopping for all your Whovian friends, now’s the time!

The final release of the classic DVD range – the infinitely quotable The Underwater Menace – will be available for purchase on the day, just a few days after its Australian release. You can even get it signed by the designer of the Fish People (as well as some obscure monsters called the Cybermen) herself, Alexandra Tynan.

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Our second guest, Gary Russell, has his name to a wide range of novels and audio dramas as both a writer and director. There’ll be plenty of releases available for him to sign on the day, but all in limited numbers, so make sure you get in quick!

Meri Amber will also have copies of her Doctor Who-themed album ‘Pop Goes the TARDIS’ on sale.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! The shop will feature some much-anticipated new releases from Big Finish, including UNIT: Extinction, serving as the audio debut for Kate Stewart and Osgood; Torchwood: The Conspiracy, featuring the immortal Captain Jack Harkness; and Doom Coalition 1, which sees the Eighth Doctor gain both a new companion and a new enemy!

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Finally, fill up your Christmas stocking with toys and collectables for fans young and old. Whether your preference is for action figures, sonic screwdrivers or slippers, we’ve got the goods. You can even pick up a Weeping Angel to put on your Christmas tree!

All these items and more will be available at Look Who’s Talking – Part One on Sunday 6 December at Burwood Library, Sydney. Picking them up at the event is the best way to guarantee you’ll have them in time for Christmas, so make sure you swing by!