LOOK WHO’S TALKING 2017: One weekend, two exciting DWCA events!

The DWCA is excited to announce the return of Look Who’s Talking, a two-part event giving Doctor Who fans the chance to meet celebrity guests in a fun, friendly and informal setting.

DWCA Book Club Presents: Jon and Kate Plus Blake

The weekend will kick off on the evening of Friday 6 October with a very special edition of the DWCA Book Club, as we will be joined by husband-and-wife writing team Jonathan Blum and Kate Orman.

 

Jon and Kate have been authoring fiction for the Whoniverse since the Wilderness Years, having written together and separately for the Virgin New Adventures, the Eighth Doctor Adventures, the Bernice Summerfield books, the Big Finish monthly audio adventures and more. More recently they expanded their horizons into cult sci-fi show Blake’s 7, devised by Dalek creator Terry Nation and long considered Doctor Who’s unofficial cousin.

Event attendees will have the chance to hear Jon and Kate talk in-depth about their work on the Blake’s 7 novel Mediasphere – the current set text for the club – as well as some of their other projects. Limited copies of Mediasphere and other Orman/Blum titles will be available for purchase from the DWCA Shop on the night.

Book Club tickets are completely free; however, online booking is essential as space is strictly limited. Attendees are also asked to purchase food or drink from the venue on the night.

When: Friday 6 October, 6:30pm-10pm
Where: Albion Place Hotel, 531 George St, Sydney
Tickets: http://dwca.org.au/ee-events/dwca-book-club-presents-jon-and-kate-plus-blake/

The Whovian World of Adam Richard

The fun will continue on Sunday 8 October, with a DWCA day event featuring comedian and actor Adam Richard.

Adam will be best known to Doctor Who fans as a regular panellist on ABC2’s Whovians, broadcast during Series 10, but this is far from his first foray into the realm of science-fiction. Adam previously co-created and starred in the six-part ABC comedy series Outland, which documented the adventures of a group of gay sci-fi fans, back in 2012. He also popped up in an episode of sci-fi/comedy audio series Night Terrace, created by his partner in crime on Outland, John Richards. We look forward to hearing from Adam about his work and life as one of Australia’s most beloved sci-fi geeks!

Admission for this event includes a small fee to cover the cost of the venue, although children under 13 are free with a paying adult. Each ticket includes a token for a complimentary autograph from Adam, as well as automatic entry into the club’s door prize competition. Book online to secure your ticket now and receive a second door prize entry absolutely free!

When: Sunday 8 October, 10am-5pm
Where: Club Burwood (2nd floor), 97 Burwood Rd, Burwood
Tickets: http://dwca.org.au/ee-events/the-whovian-world-of-adam-richard-dwca-sydney-day-event/

DWCA Publishing Presents: Data Extract Issues 1 to 100

The DWCA is excited to announce that the first 100 issues of the club fanzine, Data Extract, have been collected together in one special archival volume for the first time.

In 1980 a publishing legend was born with the release of the first newsletter for the Doctor Who Club of Australia. Editor Dallas Jones named it Data Extract and under his stewardship the publication grew from a two page newsletter into a fully fledged fanzine, with articles, interviews, art and more besides.

Now for the first time since their original releases, the first 100 issues of this Doctor Who fanzine have been reprinted and collected in one hardcover volume. Relive the heady days of the past from Tom Baker’s departure to the end of the classic era and into the Wilderness Years. It’s all here, presented exactly as it was.

This collection features interviews with Jon Pertwee, Sylvester McCoy, John Freeman and Jeremy Bentham. Experience Doctor Who history through the eyes of Australian fandom with the first 100 issues of Data Extract, Down Under’s premiere fanzine and the flagship publication of the DWCA.

The Doctor Who Fanzine Collection: Data Extract Issues 1 to 100 is available through Lulu. For your copy, click here.

2017 DWCA office bearer nominations

The DWCA would like to thank those members who have nominated themselves for a position in the club committee, to be officially elected at our upcoming AGM on Sunday 13th of August.

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

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

Each position received only one nomination, so the people listed above will be declared elected, unopposed.

For more information on the AGM, please visit our event page here

New Digital Comic

This week Supanova starts in Sydney and along with guest John (Benton) Levene, the DWCA will be there to fulfill all your merchandise needs! To celebrate the occasion the club has produced a special exclusive digital comic – Wrath of the Cyber-Spider! The Cybermen have a plan to rid themselves of the Doctor forever, a plan that threatens every one of his past incarnations across the web of time. Can the Doctor and Bill stop them in time? The publication also features interviews with Nicola Bryant, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy, talking all things Cybermen and regeneration. All that and a pin-up gallery too!

If you want to get a copy of this exclusive publication it’s easy – Just be a member! Either sign up, or if you’ve let your membership lapse, then renew it with the club before midnight on Sunday 18 June (the last day of Supanova).

Head here to renew/sign up now!

 

 

DWCA at Sydney Supanova 2017

If you’re heading to Sydney Supanova this coming weekend (June 16-18) be sure to come over to the DWCA Stand!

We are booth number 533, which is near the autograph tables. (See below for a visual picture to help you plan!)

Why would you swing by you ask? Apart from meeting our lovely volunteers helping at the desk, you’ll be able to pick up a bargain! From a smorgasbord of Sonic Screwdrivers, to a range of comics staring Doctors past and present, we have you covered. We will also have the latest audio dramas from Big Finish and Series 10 Part 1 on DVD and Blu-Ray!

Not to mention, we will also have Classic Who DVD titles staring Supanova guest John Levene as Sergeant Benton.

If this wasn’t enough, we’ll also have select merchandise from Torchwood, Sherlock and other cult programmes.

So be sure to come on by, say hi and pick up some great products!

NOTICE OF 2017 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE DWCA

DATE: Sunday 13 August 2017

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 commit to duties including but not limited to:

  • Attendance at monthly committee meetings in the Sydney metro area;
  • Attendance and assistance at bimonthly day events in the Sydney metro area, plus Trivia Night and other special events;
  • Attendance and assistance at third-party events, including set-up of the Club Shop;
  • Regular contribution to email discussions;
  • Assistance with quarterly mailout of Data Extract magazine.

To nominate for an Office Bearer position, download a 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 13 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)

Data Extract 234 released

The first issue of Data Extract magazine for 2017 is hot off the presses and it’s on its way to members.

The issue features all the latest news, stories on how the first three actors who played the Doctor were influenced by World War 2 and some amazing artwork!

If you’re after a subscription to the magazine and all the benefits that come with being a DWCA member, why not join the club! For more information on this, please visit:
http://dwca.org.au/membership/

DWCA Publishing Presents: Zerinza Volume One

The DWCA is excited to present our first publication of 2017: the launch of our new yearbook, Zerinza.

Zerinza Volume One celebrates 40 years of the DWCA and features interviews with and articles by every past President from across the club’s entire history. It also celebrates text Who, 2016 having been a year with less content on TV and more on book shelves. This includes an exclusive interview with Doctor Who actor and Second Doctor son Michael Troughton, who discusses writing his father’s biography. David J Howe talks about co-writing Jon Pertwee’s final memoir, Colin West remembers illustrating Tom Baker’s poetry and Peter Davison describes writing the script for the Five(ish) Doctor’s Reboot. There is also a rare interview transcript of Nicholas Courtney and Katy Manning from the first Whovention, comics, art, articles and fiction!

All DWCA members will have received an email including links to both PDF and ePub versions of the book – if you didn’t receive this email, please contact us. And if you’re a non-member and you want to see what all the fuss is about, or you enjoyed the book and want a hard copy to put on your shelf, you can purchase a bound edition in either paperback or hardcover format from the DWCA Publishing online shop here: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/DoctorWhoClubOfAustralia

One piece of sad news we have to relate is that the club’s epublication The Nethersphere has ended with its seventh issue. DWCA Publishing will be collecting all seven issues into a hardcover bound volume that will available from the DWCA Publishing online shop later in the year. But for fans of the publication you will be glad to know that co-editors Dallas Jones and Roger Reynolds are already hard at work on their own all-new, independent fanzine – Trap Street. Look for its first release later this year as well. Although not part of the club’s in-house publications, it promises to appeal to any reader who enjoyed their work on The Nethersphere.

 

Due out shortly is the next issue of club magazine Data Extract, so members should look for it in their letterboxes soon. But in the meantime we hope you will enjoy the Zerinza special. A big thank you to club founder Antony Howe, for giving permission to revive the Zerinza name. Thanks also to all those who contributed to its pages. We hope you will enjoy our efforts and look forward to bringing you more exciting content from DWCA Publishing on into 2017.

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.

Data Extract 233 released

The last Data Extract of 2016, #233 is on it’s way to members.

This issue is jam packed with all the latest news, discussions on Doctor Who spin offs, displays at the Powerhouse Museum, a little perspective, and much much more.

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If you’re after a subscription to the magazine and all the benefits that come with being a DWCA member, why not join the club! For more information on this, please visit:
http://dwca.org.au/membership/