Notice of 2019 Annual General Meeting of the DWCA

DATE: Sunday 25 August 2019
TIME: 4pm
VENUE: 2nd Floor Club Burwood, 97 Burwood Road, Burwood NSW
AGENDA: President’s Report; Treasurer’s Report; and 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 period of five years, including at least one year immediately prior to the election. 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 the form below 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 26 July:

The Returning Officer DWCA
PO Box 870
Epping
NSW 1710

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.

Nomination Form
Election of Office Bearers – Rules & Procedures (attached to the DWCA constitution as a special resolution)

Visit the DWCA at Sydney Supanova 2019

The DWCA is pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at Supanova Comic Con & Gaming, being held at Sydney Showground from 21-23 June.

The DWCA booth will feature a range of merchandise from across the Whoniverse, with DVDs and original audio dramas starring all your favourite characters – including limited edition Blu-ray boxsets featuring select full seasons of the classic era. This is in addition to a huge range of graphic novels, sonic screwdrivers, action figures, Pop! Vinyls, mugs and other collectables.

If you’re more interested in the activities of the club itself, you can sign up or renew your membership at the booth, as well as peruse back issues of the club magazine, Data Extract – and as a Supanova special, all membership purchases will include a bonus talking plush clip-on absolutely free (while stocks last). We’re also on the lookout for fresh faces to join the DWCA committee – including a new merchandise manager – so if you think you’ve got what it takes to help run the club, let us know!

The DWCA booth will be located with other general exhibitors in The Dome, with trade beginning on Friday 21 June at 1pm. Check us out at Booth #1202, circled on the map below.

DWCA Book Club August – Operation Volcano

2019 marks 30 years since the end of the classic series of Doctor Who, and the DWCA Book Club is recognising this significant anniversary by reading the first Seventh Doctor graphic novel from Titan Comics – Operation Volcano.

Written by Seventh Doctor veterans Andrew Cartmel and Ben Aaronovitch, the story sees the Doctor and his companion Ace reunited with Rachel, Allison and Group Captain Gilmore of the Counter-Measures team, last seen on screen in 1988’s Remembrance of the Daleks.

The Doctor, Ace and the Counter-Measures team are holed up on the remote plains of the Australian desert. But what is the true agenda of the traitor in Gilmore’s ranks? What sacrifices will Ace have to make for the sake of the future? And what connects the events of 1967 with an unidentified spacecraft orbiting the Earth in 2029…?

Operation Volcano is available now from DWCA Shop, along with a range of other graphic novels from Titan, and will be discussed at the DWCA Book Club meeting on Friday 2 August. 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 fsq@doctorwhoaustralia.org.

Wanted – DWCA Merchandise Manager

Are you passionate about Doctor Who merchandise? Do you enjoy interacting with fellow Doctor Who fans? Do you enjoy working in a team?

The Doctor Who Club of Australia is currently seeking applications for the non-office-bearing position of Merchandise Manager on the DWCA committee, which will be vacated in the coming months.

As with all roles on the committee, this is a non-remunerated position with a not-for-profit fan club, though membership of the club is free for the duration the position is held.

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Correspondence with suppliers and customers
  • Housing and transport of merchandise and related equipment
  • Customer service at club and third-party events
  • Packing and posting of merchandise to mail order/online customers
  • Upkeep of inventory and online shop
  • Float maintenance for shop cashbox
  • Promoting new merchandise via magazine columns, mail order forms and slideshow presentations
  • Contribution to monthly committee meetings and email discussions

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to shadow the incumbent Merchandise Manager for a fixed period, before assuming full duties.

Applications are open to anyone who has demonstrated experience with, and commitment to, a fan club or similar organisation. Applicants should be based in the Sydney area, with access to a garage or other storage space and their own vehicle. A background in retail/customer service will be highly regarded but is not essential.

For more information and to apply, send an email to enquiries@doctorwhoaustralia.org letting us know your relevant skills and experience, your availability and your location. Applications will be assessed on a ‘first in, best dressed’ basis, so don’t be shy to get in touch – we’d love to hear from you!

DWCA Book Club June – The Eye of the Tyger

The DWCA Book Club is taking a trip back in time… to 2003. Russell T Davies’ revived series had only recently been announced, though of course the first episode would not air until March 2005. And so the “current” Doctor remained the Eighth, whose adventures at this point had been mainly confined to books – books such as The Eye of the Tyger from Telos Publishing.

Inhabiting a colony spaceship in the 32nd century are members of a religious cult that left Earth to find a world of their own. Their leader, Seraph, has downloaded his mind into the ship’s computers, but now he has gone silent, enticed and serenaded by a siren song coming from inside a black hole. Trapped in orbit around the void, Seraph’s followers are confused by his silence, and when the Doctor arrives with his friend Fyne seeking a cure to a raging Tyger-fever which has infected his companion, he finds a world on the brink of chaos.

The Eye of the Tyger has been out of print for several years but is currently stocked in very limited quantities at the DWCA Shop, with the deluxe edition of the text now at the special price of $30 (other deluxe Telos novellas also available at the standard price of $60). Signed by author Paul McAuley, illustrator Jim Burns and foreward writer Neil Gaiman (!), it’s a true collector’s item.

The Eye of the Tyger will be discussed at the DWCA Book Club meeting on Friday 7 June. 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 fsq@doctorwhoaustralia.org.

Data Extract magazine wants you!

Ever wanted to contribute to Australia’s premiere Doctor Who fanzine, Data Extract, but didn’t have anything to write about? No problem – we just want you to write about yourself!

Regular feature Adric’s Gold Star is our way of showcasing the incredible club members who form the Doctor Who Club of Australia. So if you’re in the club, why not introduce yourself to the rest of the gang!

If you’re interested, please write to publications@doctorwhoaustralia.org for more details.

Data Extract #242 out now!

Issue #242 of Data Extract, the official magazine of the Doctor Who Club of Australia, is now in the mail for all DWCA members!

She took on the Ice Warriors, ran the T-Mat system and gave Fewsham a roasting all without breaking a sweat! We find out just how Louise Pajo brought Gia Kelly to life in the Doctor Who classic Seeds of Death in our exclusive interview. Also, find out just how Mark Worgan went about recreating the 1972 Doctor Who annual that never was (with a little help from Katy Manning, Richard Franklin and John Levene). Plus the Eleventh Doctor and Eleanor face the House of Blood and a time travelling Shakespeare investigates the murder of Caesar, not to mention reviews and discussion on Jodie Whittaker’s debut season.

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.

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 vary wildly in style, so you truly never know what lies beyond the next page!

More recently, Robert has served as co-writer on the soon-to-be-released Bookwyrm series. The first volume in the series acts as a guide to all 61 New Adventures novels, which continued the Seventh Doctor’s journey after the untimely end of the television series. The book offers trivia, thematic discussions, plot holes, continuity notes, reviews and much more in a cheerful and entertaining style, making it accessible to newcomers that never read the NAs and equally informative to those who can tell you fifteen unknown facts about Paul Cornell.

We look forward to meeting Robert and hearing all about his latest work. There will also be limited copies of some of his books available for purchase and autographing on the day.

It’s sure to be an exciting event, so make sure you secure your spot by pre-purchasing your entry today.

Data Extract #241 is out now

Issue #241 of Data Extract, the official magazine of the Doctor Who Club of Australia, is now in the mail for all DWCA members!

Along with all our regular features, the new issue features an interview with none other than Mandip Gill (aka Yasmin “Yaz” Khan), as well as with Big Finish writer Emma Reeves. There’s also fiction for the Thirteenth Doctor and co, and a Christmas special comic featuring the Eleventh Doctor, original companion Eleanor and a surprise guest…!

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.

Let’s get creative – DWCA Publishing seeking submissions

It’s an exciting and tumultuous time to be a Doctor Who fan, with a new season launching and Jodie Whittaker’s journey just beginning. If you feel inspired by everything going on, why not get creative and send a submission to DWCA Publishing?

We are always on the lookout for fan art, comics, articles, stories and reviews to be included in our flagship magazine, Data Extract (DE), as well as our yearbook, Zerinza. And there are rewards aplenty for those whose work is selected!

Contributors who write an article or story, or provide art pages for an issue of DE, will be provided with a physical contributor copy (please note this does not include letters or reviews). Should the contributor be a club member, this means an additional issue will be added to their membership end date. All contributing members will also go into the running to win a special prize each issue, with the winner to be selected by the editorial team.

Contributors to Zerinza will meanwhile be provided with an electronic contributor copy, as this is primarily an electronic publication.

So if you have something you want to share, please send it through to us at publications@doctorwhoaustralia.org. Come on Whovians – let’s get creative and have some fun!