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.

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Reviews should be sent to fsq@doctorwhoaustralia.org.

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.

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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.

DWCA Book Club April – Scratchman

The Fourth Doctor himself, Tom Baker, has written his first ever Doctor Who novel – and the DWCA Book Club has selected it to discuss at our next meeting!

The Doctor, Harry Sullivan and Sarah Jane Smith arrive at a remote Scottish island, when their holiday is cut short by the appearance of strange creatures – hideous scarecrows, who are preying on the local population. The islanders are living in fear, and the Doctor vows to save them all. But it doesn’t go to plan – the time travellers have fallen into a trap, and Scratchman is coming for them…

Originating as Doctor Who Meets Scratchman, the story was originally scripted and planned as a movie back in the ’70s by Tom Baker and fellow actor Ian Marter, who played Harry Sullivan.  Now, after many failed attempts to bring the story to screen over the years, Scratchman is finally coming to life…

Scratchman will be released in Australia in early February and discussed at the DWCA Book Club meeting on Friday 5 April. You can also leave a comment on our Facebook page if you can’t make the event.

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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 Dom Kelly at fsq@doctorwhoaustralia.org.

DWCA Book Club February – The Good Doctor

Series 11 may be drawing to a close, but the DWCA Book Club is not quite ready to say goodbye to the Doctor, Graham, Ryan and Yaz. That’s why our next book is the first in a new trilogy of novels released by BBC Books: The Good Doctor, by Juno Dawson.

On the planet of Lobos, the Doctor halts a violent war between the native Loba and human colonists. Job done, the TARDIS crew departs – only for Ryan to discover he’s left his phone behind. Again.

Available from all good bookshops, The Good Doctor will be discussed at the DWCA Book Club meeting on Friday 1 February. You can also comment on our Facebook page if you can’t make the event.

And for more information about book’s author, award-winning YA novelist Juno Dawson, read our article here.

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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 Dom Kelly at fsq@doctorwhoaustralia.org.

DWCA Book Club December – The Day She Saved the Doctor

With the debut of the first female Doctor now mere days away, the DWCA Book Club is taking a look back at four significant women from the Doctor’s many lives, showcased in the short story anthology ‘The Day She Saved the Doctor’.

The Doctor’s companion: A person who explores time and space with the Doctor, fights enemies with the Doctor, and often has to save the Doctor’s life.

If it wasn’t for the companions, the Doctor probably wouldn’t have made it out of so many scrapes. To celebrate the formidable women who have travelled in the TARDIS, dive into four new adventures with the Doctor, starring Rose, Sarah Jane, Clara and Bill.

Written by Jenny Colgan, Jacqueline Rayner, Dorothy Koomson and Susan Calman, these stories are the perfect way to celebrate the Doctor’s fantastic female heroines, for fans of all ages.

Available from all good bookshops, The Day She Saved the Doctor will be discussed at the DWCA Book Club meeting on Friday 7 December. You can also comment on our Facebook page if you can’t make the event.

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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 Dom Kelly at fsq@doctorwhoaustralia.org.

DWCA Book Club October – Frayed

Before we welcome the Thirteenth Doctor to our screens, the DWCA Book Club is going back to the beginning with one of the first chronological appearances of the First Doctor and his granddaughter Susan, in the 2003 novella ‘Frayed’ from Telos Publishing.

“I like to stare into the sun, eyes wide. It burns incredible colours into my head, great shifting continents of them that blot out all else. And I try to keep looking until I imagine all the pretty blue has boiled away from my eyes and they are left a bright, bloody red and quite sightless.”

On a blasted world, the Doctor and Susan find themselves in the middle of a war they cannot understand. With Susan missing and the Doctor captured, who will save the people from the enemies from both outside and within?

Frayed 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 Tara Samms (a pseudonym for regular Who writer Stephen Cole), illustrator Chris Moore and editor Stephen Laws, it’s a true collector’s item!

Frayed will be discussed at the DWCA Book Club meeting on Friday 5 October. You can also comment on our Facebook page if you can’t make the event.

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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 Dom Kelly at fsq@doctorwhoaustralia.org.

DWCA Book Club August – The Missy Chronicles

In celebration of Michelle Gomez’s upcoming return to the Whoniverse in The Diary of River Song – Series 5, announced by Big Finish earlier this month, the DWCA Book Club will be reading six short stories following the adventures of the Doctor’s favourite frenemy: The Missy Chronicles.

When she’s not busy amassing armies of Cybermen, or manipulating the Doctor and his companions, Missy has plenty of time to kill (literally). In this all new collection of stories about the renegade Time Lord we all love to hate, you’ll discover just some of the mad and malevolent activities Missy gets up to while she isn’t distracted by the Doctor.

The Missy Chronicles is available now will be discussed at the DWCA Book Club meeting on Friday 3 August. You can also comment on our Facebook page if you can’t make the event.

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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 Dom Kelly at fsq@doctorwhoaustralia.org.

DWCA Book Club June – The Day of the Doctor

BBC Books is bringing back the classic Target-style Doctor Who novelisations for a select number of New Who stories, and the DWCA Book Club is celebrating by reading the most ambitious of them all: The Day of the Doctor.

Novelised by Steven Moffat himself, the book enables readers to relive the magic of the 50th anniversary special in a style that has been beloved by Doctor Who fans for generations. It is one of four New Series stories to receive the Target treatment, the others being Rose by Russell T Davies, The Christmas Invasion by Jenny T Colgan and Twice Upon a Time by Paul Cornell.

The Day of the Doctor will be released in Australia in eBook form on 5 April and as a paperbook on 16 April, and will be discussed at the DWCA Book Club meeting on Friday 1 June. You can also comment on our Facebook page if you can’t make the event.

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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 Dom Kelly at fsq@doctorwhoaustralia.org.

DWCA Book Club April – Torchwood: World Without End

The DWCA Book Club is venturing into Doctor Who spin-off territory with its next title – the first in a new range of graphic novels for a series that, like its lead character, has a tendency to come back from the dead.

Written by John Barrowman himself alongside his sister Carole, Torchwood: World Without End sees Captain Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper attempt to rebuild Torchwood Cardiff from the ground up. But after suffering an attack by extra-dimensional shock troopers, and with a deadly rift bleeding through into their own reality, time itself could be destroyed if the new Torchwood team aren’t able to stop it!

If you’d like to share your thoughts on the book, you are invited to come along to our Book Club meeting on Friday 6 April, where discussion will be recorded for the official DWCA Book Club podcast. You can also comment on our Facebook page if you can’t make the event.

Torchwood: World Without End is available from the DWCA Shop here, along with Volume 2 in the series, Station Zero. Torchwood fans can also pick up full-cast audio adventures from Big Finish Productions, featuring stories set before, during and after the TV series!

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Do you consider yourself something of an amateur critic? Send us a written review of the current Book Club title, 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 Dom Kelly at fsq@doctorwhoaustralia.org.

DWCA Book Club February – Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks

With Twice Upon a Time having re-introduced us to the Doctor’s original incarnation, the DWCA Book Club is celebrating First Doctor Fever with our next text: Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks.

Also known as Doctor Who and the Daleks, this novel by David Whitaker was the first Doctor Who novelisation and, indeed, the first Doctor Who novel of any kind. It is based on the Daleks’ debut television appearance, with additional material based on An Unearthly Child – the first ever episode of the programme.

The book has been republished several times since its first edition in 1965, most famously in 1973 by Target Books – with strong sales resulting in Target releasing novelisations for the vast majority of classic series stories. More recently, BBC Books launched a Target-style paperback edition in 2011 and a retro hardback edition in 2016.

If you’d like to share your thoughts on the book, you are invited to come along to our Book Club meeting on Friday 2 February, where discussion will be recorded for the official DWCA Book Club podcast. 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 amateur 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 Dom Kelly at fsq@doctorwhoaustralia.org.