The Return of Doctor Mysterio to get a cinema release

BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand (ANZ) and Sharmill Films will present a Boxing Day screening of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio, which sees the Doctor teaming up with a comic-book superhero in New York.

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The cinema event will include the full 60-minute special plus two exclusive bonus features, A New Kind of Superhero, giving a special inside look at Doctor Who’s concept of a modern superhero, and a special Christmas Doctor Who Extra, showing the making of this year’s special, with appearances by stars Peter Capaldi and Matt Lucas, and showrunner and executive producer Steven Moffatt.

Fans throughout Australia will be able to enjoy the event in these select cinemas

 

Classic series writer to return for Series 10

 

Doctor Who Magazine has reported that writer of Survival from the original series run – Rona Munro is to return for series ten.
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Previously hinted by Steven Moffat back in October that a classic series writer would be returning, Munro is the first writer for the new series who has previously worked on the original series run.

Munro’s story, which is episode nine and entitled: The Eaters of Light is currently being filmed in Cardiff.

An interview with Munro states:
Writing Survival was my dream job, but it was a mournful time in the show’s history. This has been a very different experience. There’s more of everything; people, resources, confidence, success… but the same constantly renewing and indefinable wonder that is Doctor Who. When I was very small and watching the First Doctor, I had a special cushion known as ‘Rona’s Doctor Whocushion’. I would hide my face in it when the Daleks or other monsters appeared on screen! The Eaters of Light is my version of other stories that have haunted me for almost as long.

Class Series One start date

Overnight, the Doctor Who spin off series Class, has had a release date announced for the 22nd of October in the UK on BBC3.

class-promoUpdate: 26/09/16 – Class will air in Australia on ABC2. The air date of the two episodes will be Monday the 24th of October. However, on iView, the episodes will be available for viewing straight after their release in the UK!

Two episodes will air on the 22nd, and the first one will feature Peter Capaldi reprising his role as the Doctor. The episode titles for these two episodes are “For Tonight We Might Die” and “The Coach With The Dragon Tattoo.”

There are no trailers at the moment, but we will provide a link when one is available.

Update: 08/10/16 – A Trailer for the first season of class has been released. Please note, the trailer may not be suitable for young children. Parental discretion is advised.

Classic lost Second Doctor story re-animated back to life

Updated 04/11 – Announcement of Colour release.
Updated 31/10 – Added DVD release date.

The BBC have announced they will be releasing a fully re-animated version of Power of the Daleks.

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Power of the Daleks, first broadcast back on the fifth of November, 1966 was the second Doctor’s (Patrick Troughton) first on screen adventure. Unfortunately, the story was not kept after original broadcast and the master negatives were purged back in 1974.

The new animated episodes will be released in black and white animation and are based on audio recordings of the programme using the original cast.

The team behind the animation has previously animated another lost episode from the BBC Comedy – Dad’s Army. This is their first attempt for Doctor Who.

The producer and director is Charles Norton, and character designs are from comic book artists Martin Geraghty and Adrian Salmon.

Norton says:
“The Power of the Daleks animation is the most ambitious Doctor Who archive restoration ever attempted and we’re all very honoured to be a part of such a an exciting project. Intelligent, suspenseful and magnificently staged, Power of the Daleks is one of the great lost classics of 1960s television and a superb example of the black and white era at its finest.”

Doctor Who: The Power Of The Daleks will initially be exclusively released on BBC Store, with episode one available from Saturday 5th November at 5:50pm, and the others released on consecutive days thereafter. Readers can register their interest in the download at the BBC Store.

The story will become available online more widely from the 14th November, and will also be released on DVD in the United Kingdom on the 21st November. The DVD will be released on the 14th of December and the DWCA Shop will have copies for sale.

In the new year, there is also going to be a release in the UK of both the black and white and colour animations of this story released on Blu-Ray. This is due out on the 6th of February in the UK.

A teaser trailer showcasing the animation is available below:

 

 

 

Meet your DWCA Office Bearers for 2016-17

The DWCA is pleased to announce the election results from its recent Annual General Meeting, held on Sunday 14 August at Club Burwood, Sydney.

Current President Lauren Davis and Secretary Roger Reynolds were the only ones to run for their respective positions; they were thus elected unopposed.

Two nominations had been received for the position of Treasurer, but one nominee withdrew their nomination prior to the election. The sole remaining nominee, Brad Harrison, was thus elected unopposed.

Finally, current Vice President Tony Cooke announced his resignation from the position of VP and from the committee, after several decades of service. As no nominations for this role were received prior to the election, former Treasurer Jon Andersen was nominated for the position and elected unopposed.

Congratulations to Jon on his new role and to Brad for joining the committee. Good luck to you both!

The meeting also saw the DWCA committee propose an amendment to Section 15.1 of the club constitution, titled ‘Election of Office Bearers’, and the reflection of this amendment in Schedule 1 to the club constitution. This amendment was reworded by the attending members on the day, in order to eliminate ambiguity, and voted in unanimously. Once the amendment has been accepted by the Office of Fair Trading, the DWCA website will be updated accordingly.

David Suchet to appear in series ten

The BBC has announced that David Suchet will appear in series ten.

Suchet is best known for playing Agatha Christie’s Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot. He has also played Augustus Melmotte in the 2001 British serial The Way We Live Now, a role which won him the Broadcasting Press Guild and Royal Television Society best actor awards.

Suchet will play the role of The Landlord in series ten, currently being recorded in Cardiff. He will appear in an episode written by Mike Bartlett, best known for writing Doctor Foster for BBC One in 2015

Programme Name: Doctor Who S10 - TX: 16/08/2016 - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Doctor Who News Alert Knocking on the Doctor Who door, David Suchet takes up a guest cast role of the Landlord for an episode written by Mike Bartlett for series 10. The Landlord (DAVID SUCHET) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Simon Ridgway

Tom Baker to be in Star Wars Rebels

Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker has been announced over the weekend to be in the Star Wars Animated Series – Star Wars Rebels.

The animated show, which is now entering its third season has Baker playing a character called “Bendu”.

The Bendu is a new character that represents the centre way of the Force. A concept that originally appeared in George Lucas’s earliest drafts, the Bendu, according to Dave Filoni (Executive Producer) is a new type of Force user in the galaxy. “Tom charmed everyone in the room,” according to Filoni. “My wife included.”

While no exact date for Australia has been announced, it will be broadcast on the Disney XD Channel overseas, which is currently aired in Australia on Foxtel.

To hear Baker’s voice in action watch the below trailer, or skip to 2 minutes, 43 seconds in.

Join the DWCA at Sydney Supanova and get three months free!

The Doctor Who Club of Australia is excited to be exhibiting at Sydney Supanova from 17-19 June. And this year, we’ve got a very special offer for new memberships purchased at the event.

Sign up for a minimum one-year membership at our stand (Booth #1662), and you’ll get an extra three months absolutely free. That means one extra issue of our print fanzine, Data Extract; one extra issue of our e-zine, The Nethersphere; and discounted entry to as many club events as you can attend during that time!

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Davros actor Terry Molloy with a copy of Data Extract magazine at Sydney Supanova 2014.

Memberships are available for one year, two years or five years, with special Concession and Family rates available. So if you’ve been thinking of joining the club, now’s the perfect time!

Please Note: this offer does not apply to membership renewals.

The DWCA Book Club’s first assignment is The Legends of Ashildr

On Friday 29 April, the DWCA held its first ever book club meeting – a gathering which gave the club’s bibliophiles a chance to get together and share their favourite Doctor Who stories and authors. The evening ended with attendees selecting the first book that they would like to read and discuss as a group – The Legends of Ashildr.

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The Legends of Ashildr, as the name suggests, is a series of stories featuring Ashildr/Me, Series 9’s reluctant immortal. The book contains four short stories chronicling her adventures set between The Girl Who Died and The Woman Who Lived:

  • The Arabian Knightmare by James Goss
  • The Fortunate Isles by David Llewellyn
  • The Triple Knife by Jenny T. Colgan
  • The Ghosts of Branscombe Wood by Justin Richards

So what happens now? Well, members of the book club plan to meet again in June in order to discuss and critique the book (the exact date and venue is yet to be finalised, but it will be somewhere in Sydney). But that doesn’t mean others can’t play along at home – in fact, the DWCA encourages all its book-loving members to get their hands on a copy and read along with us.

The DWCA will also be accepting reviews of the book, the best of which will be published in the club magazine, Data Extract. If you’d like to share your review with us, please send it to fsq@doctorwhoaustralia.org.

Your new companion is… Pearl Mackie

It’s been a long wait, but following the departure of Jenna Coleman, the Doctor’s newest companion has been announced. And it’s none other than actor and singer Pearl Mackie.

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The news was revealed during the half-time interval of the FA Cup Semi-Final on 23 April at 6:15pm GMT (24 April 3:15am AEST). Speculation went into overdrive in the 24 hours or so leading up to the announcement, with Mackie hotly tipped to take on the role.

But just who is Pearl Mackie? Hailing from South London, she trained as an actor at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating in 2010. She is currently performing in the National Theatre’s West End production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, which was visited by Peter Capaldi shortly before the announcement was made.

In a first for a new companion, we’ve been given a glimpse of what her character will be like in a specially shot trailer for Series 10, which introduces the character as “Bill”. Facing off against the Daleks, she comes across as smart, funny, full of attitude and more than capable of asking the right questions.

Of course there’ll be plenty more to learn about Bill when she arrives on our screens proper in 2017.