DWCA 2018 Survey now open

The DWCA has announced the release of our 2018 survey, providing members with the opportunity to have their say on how the club can better serve them.

The survey is open to both DWCA members and non-members and takes 15 minutes to complete. Respondents go into the running to win a year’s free DWCA membership, and you’ll also be helping to create a better club for both present and future members.

The survey will be open online until 30 June and can be completed here. We’d love to hear from you.

Data Extract 238 Released

Issue 238 of Australia’s longest running Doctor Who magazine, Data Extract, is making its way to members!

For this first issue of 2018, we have an interview with Adam Richard. We also have another adventure with the Eleventh Doctor and Eleanor and all of the regular columns and features you’ve come to know and love!

If you’re not already a member, stop missing out on this publication and other fine things the DWCA does, and click here to sign up today!

DWCA Mega Family Picnic – Sunday April 8th 2018

For the first time ever, the DWCA is holding an event for all its local groups on the same day – our annual family picnic!

The picnic is usually held by the Sydney branch of the club as a way to bring fans together in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere. Attendees are encouraged to bring a plate to share, while the organisers will provide various games and activities to keep everyone entertained.

This year, all DWCA local groups are invited to take part in the event at a time and location convenient to them. Picnics are currently confirmed for the following:

  • Sydney – Burwood Park near the BBQ facilities, 11am to 3pm
  • Allora – Stuart Henry Park, from 11am
  • Central West NSW – Borenore Karst Conservation Reserve, 11am to 5pm

So save the date now, and be sure to check the DWCA website for more information on the picnic happening closest to you. All picnics will be listed at http://dwca.org.au/events/, along with our other local group activities for 2018.

Don’t miss out on the chance to be part of this historic day!

 

Thanks to Tony Davidson for the picnic image below!

Data Extract News Editor wanted

Data Extract, the official magazine of the Doctor Who Club of Australia, is seeking a volunteer to join our friendly team of columnists as a News Editor! The News Editor is responsible for delivering a news column for four issues of Data Extract a year, covering all the latest updates in the worlds of Doctor Who. They may also, pending discussions, be responsible for writing and uploading timely news updates to the DWCA website, as well as sharing these updates on Facebook.

If you love Doctor Who, and are a keen or aspiring writer, please don’t hesitate to send an expression of interest (including any relevant experience you have) to publications@doctorwhoaustralia.org. All applications will be considered. Further, if you have any Doctor Who-related short stories, article or artwork you’d like to see published, please feel free to contact us at the same email address. We can’t wait to hear from you!

 

Adam Richard joins Look Who’s Talking!

The DWCA is pleased to announce that Whovians panellist Adam Richard will be joining Third Doctor companion actor Katy Manning at the club’s upcoming Look Who’s Talking event, to be held on 13 January at Burwood Library, Sydney.

Adam has become a good friend to the DWCA over the past couple of months, attending events in both Sydney and Newcastle in the latter part of 2017. We look forward to chatting with him about the Whovians Christmas special, and how hard it was keeping the Twelfth Doctor’s final story under wraps!
Adam will be joining Katy in photograph and autograph sessions on the day, with all attendees receiving complimentary autograph tokens for both guests. Additional autograph tokens can be purchased for $5 each, while photograph tokens will be available for $10 each (or $15 for a photo with both Katy and Adam.)

Data Extract 237 released

It’s that time again! Issue 237 of Data Extract magazine is working its way to DWCA members, and it’s jam packed with all the latest news and regular features you’ve known to come and love.

In our final issue of 2017, we interview married Doctor Who authors Jon Blum and Kate Orman, who discuss their careers, love and Kate’s tendency to torture the Seventh Doctor.

We also discuss Clara Oswald and her impact on Doctor Who in our regular column ‘Say Something Nice’.

If you’re not already a member, stop missing out on this publication and other fine things the DWCA does, and click here to sign up today!

 

Look Who’s Talking: A Wild Time with Katy Manning

The DWCA is delighted to be hosting Katy Manning, best known to Doctor Who fans as Third Doctor companion Jo Grant, for a special one-day event in Sydney.

Katy will be regaling us with tales of a multifaceted performance career that has spanned both decades and continents. She has been playing Jo Grant (later Jo Jones) for over 45 years, originally alongside Jon Pertwee’s Third Doctor and these days on audio for Big Finish Productions. Katy is also well known for her audio work playing the enigmatic and charismatic Iris Wildthyme, an old associate of the Doctor’s who travels around time and space in a double-decker bus that is smaller on the inside…

Tickets for this event include a token for a complimentary autograph from Katy, as well as automatic entry into the club’s lucky door prize draw. Attendees will also have the chance to test their Doctor Who knowledge in the club’s Mastermind competition.

ADMISSION

Adult: $35
Concession: $25
Children under 13: FREE
Family: $60

DWCA members receive $5 discount on the above prices. DWCA Family members receive $10 off their entry. All attendees will receive one free ticket into our door prize – pre-purchase your entry online and receive an extra door prize ticket absolutely free!

DWCA Publishing Presents: Wrath of the Cyber-Spider

This month will see the 54th anniversary of our favourite show along with the 37th anniversary of club publication Data Extract. The DWCA is ready to celebrate with a digital comic made exclusively for club members – Wrath of the Cyber-Spider.

It’s from the same team who brought you Liberation from the Daleks and features all twelve incarnations of the Doctor plus the War Doctor too! Plus bonus features include interviews with Nicola Bryant, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy as well as a pin-up gallery covering the extensive history of DWCA Publishing.

Club members should be receiving an email in their inbox today with a link to download the publication. And if you’re not a club member – make sure you join so you too can make the most of exclusive material like this.

Data Extract back issues now available through the DWCA Shop

The DWCA is pleased to announce that select editions of our club fanzine, Data Extract, are now available through our Online Shop.

      

Published continuously since 1980, Data Extract (DE) has grown from a two-page newsletter into a fully fledged fanzine, with articles, interviews, art and more besides. Earlier this year, the first 100 issues of the publication were collected together in one hardcover volume from the first time – from the heady days of the past from Tom Baker’s departure to the end of the classic era and into the Wilderness Years.

Now, single issues of DE from 2014 to 2016 are also available for purchase, giving both newer members and curious bystanders the chance to relive some of the recent history of the Whoniverse – from the aftermath of the 50th anniversary to the casting of Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts. Featuring celebrity interviews, event recounts, reviews and fan fiction – including the first stories in an ongoing series featuring original companion Eleanor Chaplette – each issue is chock full of high-quality content written by fans, for fans.

      

Limited issues of Data Extract #223 to #231 are available here while stocks last. The latest issue, #236, was released in late September and is currently available exclusively to members. To sign up as a member, visit http://dwca.org.au/membership/

2017 DWCA office bearers revealed

The DWCA is pleased to announce the election results from its recent Annual General Meeting, held on Sunday 13 August at Club Burwood, Sydney.

Only one person had nominated for each position, so the following were all elected unopposed:

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

Each of these people also held the same position the previous year.

The DWCA would also like to announce a change to the non-office bearing position of Local Groups Manager, which has until now been held by Tai Wong. Tai recently indicated that he would be resigning from the committee, ending several years of service which have seen him previously act as the editor of Goods Gallery of Gallifrey for Data Extract magazine, as well as a general assistant to the team. We wish him well on his next endeavour.

Tai’s position on the team will be filled by Shania Everson, as appointed by the members of the committee. Like Tai before her, she will be the club’s contact for all things to do with local groups, offering advice on everything from event ideas to how to set up your own group from scratch. She can be contacted at local@doctorwhoaustralia.org.