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!

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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.

Michelle Gomez to leave the role of Missy

Overnight, the Radio Times has confirmed that Michelle Gomez will leave the role of Missy at the end of this series.

With Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat leaving at the end of this season, Gomez decided if they are leaving, she would leave as well.

The Radio Times has quoted Gomez as saying:

“[I’ll miss] the fact that it was probably one of the best jobs I’ve ever had,” she told us. “The fact that I’m a woman of a certain age who’s this ass-kicking action figure.

“I won’t miss the corset because that was agony, and I’m a woman that likes a big lunch. And that’s not fun to wear after you’ve had two helpings and dessert.

“So I won’t miss that. But I’ll miss the amazing, wonderful, incredible Peter Capaldi, who I think is one of the best Doctors we’ve ever had. I’ll miss somebody like Steven Moffat writing me the best lines I’ve ever had in my career.

“I won’t miss the rain in Wales, but I will miss Wales. And the incredible crew that work so hard. It’s not work for them, it’s a passion, and that’s wonderful to be surrounded by. It’s very inspiring and energising.”

 

Big Finish to release Torchwood Series 5: Aliens Among Us

Overnight, Big Finish have confirmed that they will be releasing series 5 of Torchwood. The series is under the banner ‘Aliens Among Us’.

Following the events of Miracle Day, the Torchwood team is reunited with Captain Jack, Gwen and Rhys joined by new characters. In the series, the original Torchwood three have restarted Torchwood in Cardiff. However, it’s a very different Cardiff. Something terrible’s happened to the city. With every day getting darker, will Torchwood need to adopt a whole new approach?

This new series of Torchwood will be released in three boxsets, the first being out in the later part of this year.

The episode titles for Series 5.1 are :-

EPISODE 1: Changes Everything
EPISODE 2: Aliens & Sex & Chips & Gravy
EPISODE 3: Orr by Juno Dawson (who recently wrote Torchwood’s The Dollhouse)
EPISODE 4: Superiority Complex by AK Benedict (writer of Torchwood’s The Victorian Age and Outbreak)

If you can’t wait to hear the new series and you haven’t yet picked up the current range of Torchwood audios, you can purchase them from the DWCA Shop here.