New companion Bill Potts is openly gay, and it “shouldn’t be a big deal”

The BBC has announced that the new companion to the Twelfth Doctor, Bill Potts, will be an openly gay woman.

The news will apparently be revealed in Bill’s second line of dialogue in the opening episode, The Pilot, to be shown on ABC on 16 April and in selected cinemas.

Speaking about the revelation, Mackie said her character’s sexuality “shouldn’t be a big deal”.

“[Being gay] is not the main thing that defines her character – it’s something that’s part of her and something that she’s very happy and very comfortable with,” she said.

Mackie did note, however, that representation of different races and sexualities is important, especially on a mainstream show such as Doctor Who.

“I remember watching TV as a young mixed race girl not seeing many people who looked like me, so I think being able to visually recognise yourself on screen is important.

“It’s important to say people are gay, people are black – there are also aliens in the world as well so watch out for them.”

Of course the Doctor has had LGBT friends before – both Captain Jack and River Song had relationships with both men and women, and though Madame Vastra and Jenny were not technically companions, their status as a married lesbian couple was seen as a big milestone for the show. Bill will however be the first companion to both identify as gay and travel in the TARDIS on screen, joining off-screen companions such as Izzy Sinclair from the comics and Oliver Harper from the Big Finish audio dramas.

Rove McManus presents Whovians

The ABC has announced a brand new panel show to accompany Doctor Who on Sunday nights – and Australian fans are invited to join in the fun!

To be broadcast following each episode of Series 10, Whovians will see Doctor Who enthusiast Rove McManus and his team of superfans dissect the world of our favourite Time Lord. As well as unpacking the most recent episode, the team will also go back in time to analyse, critique and unravel the mysteries of the series.

Rove will be joined by other self-confessed Doctor Who superfans Tegan Higginbotham, Adam Richard and Steven ‘Bajo’ O’Donnell, as well as a roster of celebrity guests.

“I’ve been a fan of Doctor Who for as long as I can remember, so you can imagine how pleased I am to be hosting a show about it,” said McManus. “Whether it be the classic era that dates back over fifty years, or the modern series that has created its own decade-long legacy, it’ll be nice to have the opportunity to talk about my favourite TV show with like-minded individuals and be paid to completely geek out. You might say I’m so excited that I too feel like I have two hearts beating in my chest – and yes, it’s references like that which prove I’m the right guy for the job.”

Whovians will be filmed in front of a live studio audience in Sydney and broadcast as live on Sundays at 8.30pm on ABC2, starting on Sunday 16 April. To be part of the studio audience, email drwho.audience@abc.net.au

Tooz Company: A DWCA Tavern Special Event

The DWCA is delighted to announce a special guest for our Inner Sydney Tavern night on Friday 3 March – British actor Richard Unwin.

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Richard is a huge Doctor Who fan and has been lucky enough to lend his voice to four audio dramas with Big Finish Productions – Doctor Who: Three’s Company (as Vidler), Bernice Summerfield: The Kingdom of the Blind (as the Monoids), and Gallifrey: Appropriation and Fractures (as Tooz). He’s coming to Australia with the play ‘The Chemsex Monologues’, which is playing in Adelaide and Sydney during March.

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Richard will be taking part in a Q&A session covering his work in the Whoniverse and will also be joining in the group discussion for the evening, including our analysis of the current DWCA Book Club text ‘Engines of War’ – an original novel featuring the War Doctor.

So come along with your friends and enjoy a pleasant evening with good food, great beverages and excellent company!

Date: Friday 3 March

Time: 6:30-10pm

Venue: Level 2, City of Sydney RSL, 565 George Street, Sydney (just a short distance from Town Hall Train Station).

Cost: Entry is free, however tickets must be claimed from the DWCA website prior to the event. This event is open to both DWCA members and non-members.   Click here to claim tickets

Please note: Whilst entry is free, it is requested that food or drink be purchased from the Bistro during the event.

Series 10 trailer released

Following the UK broadcast of the 2016 Doctor Who Christmas Special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio, fans were treated to a Series 10 teaser trailer, now also available online.

The trailer serves as an introduction to the Doctor’s upcoming companion, Bill, who serves chips for a living and knows the Doctor as a university lecturer. We also get a glimpse at some of the adventures the Doctor and Bill will be undertaking together – including a run-in with the Daleks – and at their fellow adventurer in time and space, Matt Lucas’ Nardole.

The trailer is likely to be shown after tonight’s broadcast of the Christmas Special on ABC, but can also be viewed below.

 

Doctor Who display at Ryde Library

Whovians based in Sydney’s Northern Suburbs are encouraged to check out the new Doctor Who display at Ryde Library!

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The display features a mix of merchandise, including action figures of different sizes, posters, sonic screwdrivers, magazines, postcards, and a full-length Fourth Doctor scarf. This is in addition to samples from the library’s large array of Doctor Who titles – including novels, reference books, comics and more – all of which are available for loan from inside the library.

The exhibit can be found just outside the entrance to Ryde Library, located within Top Ryde City Shopping Centre at 1 Pope St, Ryde. It will be on display for the month of November – check out our teaser pic below!

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DWCA Book Club #4 – Shada

Following our special book club event Time and Again, celebrating the work of special guest Robert Smith?, the DWCA Book Club will be visiting that legendary Doctor Who story that was until recently not available in written form – Douglas Adams’ Shada.

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Novelised by Gareth Roberts in 2012, Shada has been written based on the original scripts from Douglas Adams. However, Roberts has also added in new additional material to help ‘fix’ various plot holes and unanswered questions.

The original story focuses on the planet Shada, where the Time Lords have constructed a high security prison to keep some of the universe’s most dangerous criminals.

The club will be reading the book over the next two months, with the final discussion set to take place at our Newtown Tavern night on Friday 4 November. Optional, spoiler-free discussion will take place on Friday 7 October, to cater for those who may not have finished reading the book.

The club is also accepting written reviews of this book and our previous entry, Robert Smith?’s Time Unincorporated Volume 2, the best of which will be published in Data Extract magazine. If you’d like to share your review with us, please send it to fsq@doctorwhoaustralia.org.

Meet your DWCA Office Bearers for 2016-17

The DWCA is pleased to announce the election results from its recent Annual General Meeting, held on Sunday 14 August at Club Burwood, Sydney.

Current President Lauren Davis and Secretary Roger Reynolds were the only ones to run for their respective positions; they were thus elected unopposed.

Two nominations had been received for the position of Treasurer, but one nominee withdrew their nomination prior to the election. The sole remaining nominee, Brad Harrison, was thus elected unopposed.

Finally, current Vice President Tony Cooke announced his resignation from the position of VP and from the committee, after several decades of service. As no nominations for this role were received prior to the election, former Treasurer Jon Andersen was nominated for the position and elected unopposed.

Congratulations to Jon on his new role and to Brad for joining the committee. Good luck to you both!

The meeting also saw the DWCA committee propose an amendment to Section 15.1 of the club constitution, titled ‘Election of Office Bearers’, and the reflection of this amendment in Schedule 1 to the club constitution. This amendment was reworded by the attending members on the day, in order to eliminate ambiguity, and voted in unanimously. Once the amendment has been accepted by the Office of Fair Trading, the DWCA website will be updated accordingly.

2016 DWCA office bearer nominations

The DWCA would like to thank those members who have nominated themselves for a position on the club committee, to be officially elected at our upcoming AGM on Sunday 14 August.

The Returning Officer has received the following nominations for Office Bearer positions:

  • President – Lauren Davis
  • Secretary – Roger Reynolds
  • Treasurer – Jon Andersen, Brad Harrison

As the positions of President and Secretary received only 1 nomination each, each candidate will be running unopposed.

As per Section 15.1 (8) of the DWCA Constitution, “Due to the highly sensitive nature of the position of Club Treasurer, this role is nominated as per other Office bearers but is elected solely by the committee”. Thus, there will not be a ballot for the position of Treasurer, the successful candidate being announced at the AGM.

No nominations were received for the position of Vice President and thus the position is declared unfilled. As per Section 15.1 (4) of the DWCA Constitution, “further nominations  are to be received at the annual general meeting”.

As previously announced, postal voting is still open for the proposed amendment to Section 15.1 of the club constitution, titled ‘Election of Office Bearers’, and the reflection of this amendment in Schedule 1 to the club constitution.

Current wording for the body of the constitution:

15.1 Election of Office Bearers
(1) Candidates standing for election as an Office Bearer must be current Club members, that membership being held for a minimum continuous period of 5 years prior to the election.

Proposed wording for the body of the constitution:

15.1 Election of Office Bearers
(1) Candidates standing for election as an Office Bearer must be current Club members, that membership being held for a minimum period of 5 years and at least 1 year immediately prior to the election.

Current wording for Schedule 1 (body):

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(a) A nominee for an Office Bearer position must have been a member of the Club for a minimum continuous period of five (5) years, and be endorsed by two (2) members of the Club, in accordance with Clause 15.1 of The Constitution.

Proposed wording for Schedule 1 (body):

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(a) A nominee for an Office Bearer position must have been a member of the Club for a minimum period of 5 years and at least 1 year immediately prior to the election, and be endorsed by two (2) members of the Club, in accordance with Clause 15.1 of The Constitution.

Current wording for Schedule 1, Attachment 1 (nomination form):

I <the undersigned> of <address>, being a member of The Doctor Who Club Of Australia for the last five (5) years, accept the nomination of the two (2) signatories below for the position of <President/Vice President/Treasurer/Secretary>.

Proposed wording for Schedule 1, Attachment 1 (nomination form):

I <the undersigned> of <address>, having been a member of The Doctor Who Club of Australia for the length of time stipulated in Clause 15.1 of the Constitution, accept the nomination of the two (2) signatories below for the position of <President/Vice President/Treasurer/Secretary>.

To be eligible to vote for the proposed constitutional amendment, you must be both:

  • A fully paid-up DWCA member for at least the previous 12 months (1 year), and
  • 16 years of age or over.

If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to vote, please send a letter to the following address by 11 August:

The Returning Officer DWCA
95 Hamrun Circuit
Rooty Hill
NSW   2766

The letter must include the following:

  • Your name
  • Your DWCA member number
  • A clear statement indicating whether you are FOR or AGAINST the proposed amendment and its reflection in Schedule 1.

A vote in respect of only one membership number per envelope is allowed.

NOTICE OF 2016 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE DWCA

DATE: Sunday 14 August 2016

TIME: 4pm

VENUE:  2nd Floor Club Burwood, 97 Burwood Road, Burwood NSW

AGENDA: President’s Report; Treasurer’s Report; Constitutional Amendments; and Election of Office Bearers.

Election of Office Bearers

Any candidate standing for election as an Office Bearer (President, Vice President, Secretary or Treasurer) must be a current DWCA member who has held membership for a minimum continuous period of five years. Additionally, they should be able to attend regular committee meetings held in Sydney and demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the club.

To nominate for an Office Bearer position, download a Nomination Form and fill in the following information:

  • the name of the nominee;
  • the address of the nominee;
  • the Club member number of the nominee;
  • a statement that the member wishes to nominate for a specific Office Bearer position (a person can only nominate for one position in any election);
  • the signature of the nominee;
  • the date of the nomination; and
  • the signature and the Club member numbers of two members endorsing the nomination.

The form must be submitted to the following address by 14 July:

The Returning Officer DWCA
95 Hamrun Circuit
Rooty Hill
NSW   2766

Eligible nominees will be notified by the Returning Officer once nominations are closed and invited to submit a statement to be provided to members in support of their nomination.

Rules and procedures for the election of Office Bearers can be found in the document Schedule 1 to the Doctor Who Club Australia Constitution, which is attached to the DWCA constitution.

Proposed Constitutional Amendment

Attendees will consider and vote on a proposed amendment to Section 15.1 of the club constitution, titled ‘Election of Office Bearers’, and the reflection of this amendment in Schedule 1 to the club constitution.

Current wording for the body of the constitution:

15.1 Election of Office Bearers
(1) Candidates standing for election as an Office Bearer must be current Club members, that membership being held for a minimum continuous period of 5 years prior to the election.

Proposed wording for the body of the constitution:

15.1 Election of Office Bearers
(1) Candidates standing for election as an Office Bearer must be current Club members, that membership being held for a minimum period of 5 years and at least 1 year immediately prior to the election.

Current wording for Schedule 1 (body):

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(a) A nominee for an Office Bearer position must have been a member of the Club for a minimum continuous period of five (5) years, and be endorsed by two (2) members of the Club, in accordance with Clause 15.1 of The Constitution.

Proposed wording for Schedule 1 (body):

5 Lodging A Nomination

(a) A nominee for an Office Bearer position must have been a member of the Club for a minimum period of 5 years and at least 1 year immediately prior to the election, and be endorsed by two (2) members of the Club, in accordance with Clause 15.1 of The Constitution.

Current wording for Schedule 1, Attachment 1 (nomination form):

I <the undersigned> of <address>, being a member of The Doctor Who Club Of Australia for the last five (5) years, accept the nomination of the two (2) signatories below for the position of <President/Vice President/Treasurer/Secretary>.

Proposed wording for Schedule 1, Attachment 1 (nomination form):

I <the undersigned> of <address>, having been a member of The Doctor Who Club of Australia for the length of time stipulated in Clause 15.1 of the Constitution, accept the nomination of the two (2) signatories below for the position of <President/Vice President/Treasurer/Secretary>.

To be eligible to vote for the proposed constitutional amendment, you must be both:

  • A fully paid-up DWCA member for at least the previous 12 months (1 year), and
  • 16 years of age or over.

If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to vote, please send a letter to the Returning Officer by 11 August. The letter must include the following:

  • Your name
  • Your DWCA member number
  • A clear statement indicating whether you are FOR or AGAINST the proposed amendment and its reflection in Schedule 1.

A vote in respect of only one membership number per envelope is allowed.

Dig up Data Extract #231 – our special archaeology-themed issue!

The latest issue of the DWCA’s member-exclusive magazine, Data Extract, has been released. And it’s a rather special issue, answering everything you wanted to know about archaeology in Doctor Who.

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Want to know how people reacted to the return of the Doctor’s wife in The Husbands of River Song? Check out A Little Perspective to hear the thoughts of three different fans. What about how River is faring in her new spin-off series from Big Finish Productions? Flick to the audio reviews section of Forum Square.

Or perhaps you’re a fan of River’s predecessor, Bernice Summerfield. In our interview with writer Gary Russell, we hear all about how Gary was given the task of bringing Benny and the Twelfth Doctor together in his new book ‘Big Bang Generation’, set right here in Australia!

And if that’s not enough for you, our feature article covers pretty much the entire history of archaeology in Doctor Who – from The Tomb of the Cybermen, to The Stones of Blood, to Battlefield and beyond. It’s your comprehensive guide to the who, what, where and when of the Doctor and co.’s most memorable digs – and it’s written by a real archaeologist!

If you’re a DWCA member, your issue should be arriving some time this week. If you’re not a member, why not join now? You’ll get a free subscription to Data Extract as part of your membership, as well as a whole host of other benefits.