Twice Upon a Time at the cinemas and a Whovians Christmas special on Boxing Day

BBC Worldwide Australia and New Zealand and Sharmill Films have confirmed that this year’s Christmas Special – Twice Upon a Time – is to receive a cinema release on Boxing Day!

That’s right, the epic finale to the Peter Capaldi era of Doctor Who is coming to Australian cinemas, featuring the return of Pearl Mackie and special guests Mark Gatiss and David Bradley. The event will also introduce the Thirteenth Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker.

The cinema event will also feature two exclusive bonus pieces, taking audiences behind the scenes of the filming of this holiday special and celebrating the tenures of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and Steven Moffat as showrunner and lead writer.

It has also been confirmed that the episode will be immediately available on ABC iview after the UK broadcast, and will be on ABC TV at 7:30pm on 26 December. Straight afterwards, fans can join Rove and his guests for a special regeneration episode of Whovians, at 8:30pm on ABC COMEDY (previously ABC2).

For a list of cinemas that will be airing the Christmas special, head over to Sharmill Films website here.

For a trailer to whet your appetite for the Christmas special, click below!

 

Three’s a crowd in Series Eleven

The BBC have confirmed that for Series Eleven, the Doctor will have three companions!

 From Left to Right, Mandip Gill, Bradley Walsh, Jodie Whittaker and Tosin Cole

Mandip will play Yasmin, Tosin will play Ryan and Bradley will play Graham.

Gill and Cole have both been in the UK series Hollyoaks, and Bradley is most best known for being the host of the UK quiz show, The Chase.

The BBC have also confirmed that series eleven will contain ten episodes, which will be fifty minutes long and the first episode being an hour in length.

Chris Chibnall said: “The new Doctor is going to need new friends. We’re thrilled to welcome Mandip, Tosin and Bradley to the Doctor Who family. They’re three of Britain’s brightest talents and we can’t wait to see them dive into brand new adventures with Jodie’s Doctor.

Jodie Whittaker said: “I am so excited to share this huge adventure with Mandip, Tosin and Bradley. It’s a dream team!”

Bradley Walsh added: “I remember watching William Hartnell as the first Doctor. Black and white made it very scary for a youngster like myself. I was petrified but even though I’d watch most of it from behind the sofa through my fingers, I became a fan. I then queued up for ages to get into the Carlton picture house in Watford to watch the great Peter Cushing appear as the Doctor in a full length feature film made in glorious colour. Am I thrilled to be part of this whole ground breaking new dawn for the Doctor?? Oh yes!”

Mandip Gill said: “I am over the moon to be joining the Doctor Who family. This is an iconic show with an amazing fanbase and I look forward to everything that brings. Certain roles seem unattainable and this is one of those, so much so I didn’t believe it to be true for the first few weeks. To be working alongside the likes of Jodie, Bradley and my old friend Tosin is thrilling. This show is worlds away from the work I’ve done previously and that’s the part that excites me the most.”

Tosin Cole said: “I’m grateful and excited to be a part of this journey with the team. I’m looking forward to jumping in this Doctor Who universe.”

Shada to be re-animated

The team behind the recent animation of The Power of the Daleks has been commissioned to animate Shada, the legendary “lost” Fourth Doctor story.

Shada has a long and complicated history in Doctor Who circles. Initially planned to end the seventeenth season of the programme, the scripts were completed by then-script editor Douglas Adams, now best known for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Unfortunately, due to a strike at the BBC in November 1979, the final studio recording sessions were cancelled, and the story was never completed.

BBC Worldwide released the story on VHS in 1992, with Tom Baker providing linking material to camera for the missing scenes. A full-length web version, using basic Flash animation and a new cast lead by Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor, was produced to celebrate Doctor Who’s 40th anniversary in 2003.

A novelisation was published in 2012, while 2013 saw not only a remastered edition of the VHS release on DVD but also an unofficial fan version, using animation to fill in the missing scenes. Whilst a number of the original cast re-voiced their parts, the role of the Fourth Doctor was recast.

Now, thirty-eight years after it was originally filmed, BBC Worldwide is releasing a new official version of Shada. This will combine the original, remastered footage with new colour animation. The animation will feature newly recorded dialogue by the original cast, including Tom Baker as the Doctor and Lalla Ward as Romana.

Australian release dates are yet to be announced.

To whet your appetite for the new version, check out a teaser trailer below:

RIP Trevor Martin

The DWCA is sad to report on the passing of Trevor Martin.

Martin first appeared in Doctor Who, playing a Time Lord in the Second Doctor story The War Games. However, he is probably best known as playing the Doctor in a stage play: Doctor Who and the Daleks in the Seven Keys to Doomsday.

The play, written by Terrance Dicks, was set after the regeneration of the Third Doctor, with Martin playing an alternative version of the Fourth Doctor. Tom Baker made his TV debut whilst the play was running.

In 2008, Big Finish adapted the play for audio, and Martin returned to the role.

Martin was 87.

Data Extract 236 Released

Issue 236 is hot off the presses and on its way to DWCA Members!

This bumper packed edition of the Doctor Who Club of Australia’s magazine contains an interview with Joshua Campbell, who works at Planet 55 Studios and was involved with the animations of The Reign of Terror, The Tenth Planet and The Moonbase. There’s also a tribute to Rosemary Howe, who was instrumental in getting the club up and running. We also continue our reviews of episodes from Series 10 and much, much more.

We also want to make special mention of Katie Yu’s amazing artwork for the story Origami, written by Darran Jordan. We accidently omitted crediting her for the illustrations provided for this story. We’re sorry Katie!

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

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David Bradley to continue playing the First Doctor for Big Finish

Big Finish Productions have confirmed that they are set to release a new volume of audio adventures featuring David Bradley returning to play the First Doctor.

Joining Bradley will be his co-stars from An Adventure in Space and Time, reprising their roles as the iconic first TARDIS team: Jamie Glover (Elizabeth, Waterloo Road, Holby City) plays Ian Chesterton, Jemma Powell (Alice in Wonderland, Angel, Foyle’s War) plays Barbara Wright, and Claudia Grant (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) plays Susan – the Doctor’s granddaughter and the original ‘Unearthly Child’.

Powell currently plays Barbara in Big Finish’s Early Adventures range.

Executive Producer Nicholas Briggs is quoted as saying:

“What’s fascinating about the cast and their performances is that they’re not impersonating William Hartnell and his TARDIS crew. They’re playing those parts as written in the scripts. No one can replace the brilliance of those original performances. What we’re presenting here is a kind of reinvention of that era, completely in the spirit of the original. They are new but entirely faithful interpretations of these characters.”

Volume 1 of these adventures will be available from the DWCA in early 2018 and will feature:

1.1 The Destination Wars by Matt Fitton
1.2 The Great White Hurricane by Guy Adams

Later in the year, Volume 2 will consist of:

2.1 The Invention of Death by John Dorney
2.2 The Barbarians and the Samurai by Andrew Smith

Also in these adventures, the First Doctor will encounter his greatest foe, with the first incarnation of the Master to be played by James Dreyfus.

 

RIP Deborah Watling

It is with sorrow, that we have to report the passing of Deborah Watling.

Watling first joined Doctor Who in 1967, playing the second Doctor’s companion Victoria Waterfield. She, along with Frazer Hines (Jamie) would battle along with the Doctor, Cybermen, Daleks, Ice Warriors and of course, the Yeti.

She was born on the 2nd of January 1948.

It is well known that the team of Troughton, Watling, and Hines got on extremely well with Watling often the butt of the boys jokes. Many of her stories have been wiped since transmission, and the return of two to the archive a few years ago, The Enemy of the World and most of The Web of Fear brought her considerable delight.

She left Doctor Who in April 1968, at the end of Fury from the Deep.

She briefly returned to the character of Victoria in 1993, for the Children In Need skit, Dimensions in Time before recreating Victoria in a number of audio plays for Big Finish.

Deborah Watling was diagnosed with lung cancer six weeks ago. She was 69.

 

Sir Derek Jacobi to return to playing the War Master

Overnight, Big Finish have announced the return of Sir Derek Jacobi to play the role of the War Master.

“I didn’t expect to come back to it all these years later,” says Sir Derek, “but I was thrilled to be remembered. The plots in all these episodes have been very good indeed, very interesting, very dramatic, and beautifully written. The whole process has been a delight!”

The four episodes are as follows:

1. Beneath the Viscoid by Nicholas Briggs

On the ocean planet Gardezza, deep beneath the Viscoid, a mysterious capsule is recovered from the Time War, and an equally mysterious stranger found within. The Doctor’s reputation precedes him, even here… but can he be trusted?

2. The Good Master by Janine H Jones

The Time War rages around Arcking – a planet serving as a sanctuary for the sick and injured. But Arcking is protected by a mysterious, powerful force: a force the Master will stop at nothing to harness… even if time itself is against him.

3. The Sky Man by James Goss

When his new companion decides to save a planet, the Master indulges this most futile of requests. Materialising on a primitive, agrarian world, both the strangers quickly find their place in it… until fallout from the War invades their happy paradise.

4. The Heavenly Paradigm by Guy Adams

With his plans approaching fruition, the Master travels to Stamford Bridge in the 1970s: a location he believes might hold the key to his success. But what terrible secret lurks under the stairs of No. 24 Marigold Lane? And what sacrifices will the Master make in the name of ultimate victory?

The DWCA will have these available for sale in early 2018.

Data Extract 235 released

Issue 235 of DWCA’s Data Extract Magazine is hot off the presses and on its way to our members!

This issue features an interview with Big Finish actor Richard Unwin, YouTube sensation Oscar Crisp and all the other features of DE that you know and love!

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

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Tenth Doctor and Rose for Big Finish

Big Finish Productions have confirmed that for Series 2 of its Tenth Doctor audio adventures, Billie Piper will return to play Rose!

The three episodes are:

Attack of the Zaross by John Dorney – With Camille Coduri guest starring as Jackie Tyler. The episode features an Alien invasion of Earth, isn’t quite what it appears to be…

Sword of the Chevalier by Guy Adams.  The Doctor and Rose arrive in Slough in 1791 and encounter Chevalier D’Eon, an enigmatic ex-spy who has lived his life as a woman. Together they must fend off alien slavers, who have come to Earth to abduct valuable humans.

Cold Vengeance by Matt Fitton. TARDIS arrives on Coldstar, a vast frozen food asteroid in deep space. But there is something sinister defrosting in the network of storage units… the Doctor’s old enemies the Ice Warriors!

All three full-cast adventures will be available for purchase from the DWCA Shop from February 2018, but if you’ve not listened to David Tennant reprising his role, why not check out some of his previous audio adventures here.