Classic Who set to Twitch

SEVEN weeks, seven doctors and a whole lot of Daleks -social video service Twitch is set to launch a Special Viewing Event for Doctor Who fans.

Twitch announced they are joining forces with BBC Studios for the first-ever digital broadcast event featuring the Classic Doctor Who series.

So that’s more than 500 episodes from the 26 series airing worldwide during the seven-week period. Starting 29 May (or in Australia’s case 4am 30 May) tune in each week Monday to Friday at 11 am PDT to catch episodes on Twitch.tv/TwitchPresents.

BBC Studios Director of Digital Sales and Business Development, Nick Coulter was excited about the partnership.

“We are constantly looking at ways to reach new audiences and make it easier for fans to engage with our most popular shows,” he said.

“Doctor Who, in particular, has a great tradition of pioneering new technologies, from early VHS all the way through to the new digital services of today. Twitch is another great example of this, as a brilliant service with over 15 million active daily users, we are thrilled to be able to offer them the chance to indulge in the Classic Doctor Who series and celebrate its amazing 54 year legacy of excitement and innovation.”

As part of the event, leading UK digital content creators The Yogscast are producing a series of shows that will introduce each Doctor. With a cast of Doctor Who screenwriters, experts, fans, and even a former companion, the Yogscast’s Turps and resident Doctor Who expert and High Roller’s player Matt Toffollo will discuss why modern audiences should watch Doctor Who. Each 20-minute episode will provide a brief summary of the stories, including the actors, monsters, famous phrases or production gaffes to look out for. With first-hand knowledge from former companion Katy Manning and writers Bob Baker and Paul Cornell, the shows will give insight into the series alongside the humour and irreverence viewers expect from the Yogscast.

“Doctor Who and its clever take on sci-fi exemplifies the type of adjacent content to gaming that has resonated with the Twitch community,” Jane Weedon, Twitch Director of Business Development said.

“By presenting this iconic BBC show in a new interactive format, it is a fun new way to bridge several generations of Doctor Who fans, while building a new generation of them.”

For more information on the Doctor Who episodes that will air on Twitch, visit the Twitch blog.

And if you want to own the Classic Who episodes and watch them any time you like (with extras and without ads) don’t forget to head to the DVD section of the DWCA Shop where you can purchase the eps – http://dwca.org.au/products-page/dvds/

Gomez and Roberts make a Masterful debut at Big Finish

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if River Song met the Master? Well wonder no longer, because thanks to the magic of audio drama, River will soon be locking horns with not one, not two, but four incarnations of the Doctor’s oldest foe!

The Diary of River Song, Big Finish Productions’ spin-off series starring Alex Kingston, has seen River Song encounter the Eighth, Seventh, Sixth and Fifth Doctors – with the Fourth to follow later this year. Now our heroine is set to face her toughest challenge yet, meeting four Masters over the course of four hour-long adventures.

Yes, TV Movie Master Eric Roberts will be returning to the role for the first time in 22 years, while Michelle Gomez’s Missy will become the first Twelfth Doctor era character to join the Big Finish family. They will be accompanied by Geoffrey Beevers’ decayed Master and Derek Jacobi’s War Master, the latter having recently starred in both his own series for Big Finish as well as the much-anticipated Gallifrey: Time War.

“This is something we’ve been so incredibly excited about for so long,” said Nicholas Briggs, executive producer at Big Finish. “It’s been thrilling enough for us to work with Alex for all the River releases, but to put her against the Doctor’s former best friend turned arch enemy is not a little mind-blowing. Fantastic that we’re getting an opportunity to work with Michelle again, after her first appearance (at Big Finish) with Sylvester McCoy back in 2007! But somehow strangely incredible that Eric Roberts is back from the 1996 TV movie. It’s frankly ‘clash of the icons’ in a really mind-blowing box set.”

The fifth series of The Diary of River Song will be available from the DWCA Shop in early 2019. The fourth series, featuring Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor, will be out in late 2018. The third series, with Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor and Frances Barber as Madame Kovarian, is available now.

Alan Cumming to appear in Series Eleven

Radio Times has reported that Alan Cumming will appear in Series 11 of Doctor Who.

Cumming is to play King James I.  The actor confirmed this on Will Young and Chris Sweeney’s podcast Homo Sapiens.

Cumming is an actor, singer, writer, producer and director.

He has been in countless television, movie and theatre productions, including Goldeneye, X2, Spy Kids, Tin Man and many more.

Cumming has been quoted as saying:

“I’m James I. So I’m kind of like, you know, a kind of dandy, foppy, coward who kind of comes alright in the end. And they said he might come back.”

Asked if he was playing a villain, Cumming replied in the affirmative, adding that he was “like, a nice baddie.

Murray Gold to leave Doctor Who

After many months of rumours, Murray Gold confirmed at the Gallifrey One convention over the weekend that he won’t be returning for Series 11 of Doctor Who.

Gold has composed music for every episode of the show since it returned in 2005. The strength and quality of his music was showcased in the popular Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular, which visited Australia in 2012, 2014 and 2015.

There is no announcement of who Gold’s replacement will be as yet. However, Broadchurch composer Ólafur Arnalds has ruled himself out.

In addition to this, it has also been confirmed that Moffat era writers Jamie Mathieson and Sarah Dollard won’t be returning to write for Series 11.

We’ll update this page once we know who the official replacement for Gold is.

New Doctor Who Logo revealed

The BBC have released a short, 16-second YouTube clip announcing the new Doctor Who logo, featuring the TARDIS blazing a trail through the logo.

Check out the video and a new promotional image from the BBC below!

Acclaimed British musician, producer and sound artist Matthew Herbert was commissioned by BBC Worldwide to compose the sound for the new Doctor Who animated logo.

Matthew is known for blurring the conventions associated with traditional genres while striving to be innovative and experimental, often turning ordinary or so-called ‘found sound’ into electronic music. He has worked with iconic artists including Quincy Jones, Serge Gainsbourg, Ennio Morricone and musical acts as diverse as Bjork and Dizzee Rascal. In 2013, he set up NX records with Goldsmiths University to support the release of music from alumni and students. Matthew is Creative Director of the New Radiophonic Workshop.

All official Doctor Who merchandise featuring the new logo will be available at selected retailers from 20 February 2018.

 

Titan Comics Releases for the Seventh and Thirteenth Doctors

Titan Comics have confirmed two new releases that will be sure to excite both new and classic series fans!

First off, the Thirteenth Doctor will get her comic debut later this year. The series, due to coincide with the Doctor’s first full television series will be written by Jody Houser. Jody’s works include working on Orphan Black, Star Wars: Rogue One, Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows, Faith, Supergirl and Mother Panic.
The artwork will be provided by Rachael Stott (The Twelth Doctor, Motherlands) who will be joined by colourist Enrica Angolini (Warhammer 40,000)

Secondly, the Seventh Doctor and Ace will return to graphic novel form with the comic book series due out towards the middle of the year.

The brand new three-part comic series will be will be written by Classic Who scribe Ben Aaronovitch (Remembrance of the Daleks, Battlefield) and McCoy era script editor Andrew Cartmel.

In this new release,  an unknown alien intelligence is in orbit around the Earth. Astronauts are under attack. There is a terrifying, mysterious landing in the Australian interior. The future of the world itself is at stake. Counter Measures have been activated. This is OPERATION VOLCANO!

The artwork for this series will be provided by Christopher Jones (The Third Doctor) and colourist Marco Lesko (The Ninth Doctor)

The Seventh Doctor will also materialise with a back-up strip written by Twelfth Doctor scribe Richard Dinnick, with art by Jessica Martin (none other than Mags from the Seventh Doctor story – The Greatest Show in the Galaxy!)

Whilst we don’t have Australian release dates as yet, these will be available from the DWCA shop as soon as possible.

In the mean time, why not whet your appetite for these releases with the current issues we have available from the DWCA shop, here!

DWCA Merchandise available at UNSW’s O-Week

Starting from the 19th of February is O-Week at the University of New South Wales. For all those people attending UNSW, there will be DWCA merchandise available for sale. This will be from the DocSoc stall in the quad on the Kensington campus.

DocSoc – UNSW’s Doctor Who Society, is a meeting place for all fans of Doctor Who at UNSW!

Merchandise will include sonic screwdrivers, diaries, graphic novels and Pop! Vinyls! In addition a life sized Dalek will be on display near the stall for people to take photos with! There will be lots of other activities going on around the campus at the same time, including free food, jumping castles and much, much more.

Be quick, as O-Week finishes on the 23rd of February!

 

 

Twice Upon a Time – New Christmas Special Trailer

Overnight, the BBC have dropped a new trailer for this year’s Christmas Special. Check it out below!

The Christmas special will be on ABC iview just after it finishes airing in the UK. This means it should be on iview around 5:30am Australian Eastern Daylight Time  on Boxing Day.

It will also be at some selected cinemas! Event Cinemas George St currently has a special offer for its 12:30pm session, offering $15 tickets (down from $20) for groups of 20 people or more. If you’re interested in being part of a group for this session, please email president@doctorwhoaustralia.org

Of course, it will be on the ABC! It will be on at 7:30pm on Boxing Day night. Straight after, change over to ABC Comedy (previously ABC 2) to watch the special regeneration episode of Whovians!

Teaser clip for Twice Upon a Time

As part of Children in Need in the UK, a special clip from this year’s Christmas special, Twice Upon a Time, has aired.

Check it out below.

As previously reported, this year’s Christmas special will be on the big screen at selected cinemas, ABC’s iview as soon as it has finished airing in the UK, and on the ABC itself at 7:30pm on Boxing Day night. Once it’s finished, switch over to ABC Comedy (previously ABC2) to watch the Christmas special of Whovians!

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!