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.

A LEGO TARDIS and a Doctor Who showbag at the Royal Easter Show

The 2016 Sydney Royal Easter Show has officially begun – and Doctor Who fans have a couple of good reasons to attend this year!

The famous full-size LEGO TARDIS, which originally came to Sydney for the Doctor Who Festival in November 2015, will land just outside of Showbag Hall on Riverina Avenue. Fans will be able to share their photos of the TARDIS on social media using the #legotardis hashtag.

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Photo credit: Alex Gabbott.

Meanwhile, inside the hall, fans will be able to pick up the first Doctor Who showbag in several decades. Licensed by Bensons Trading and featuring a TARDIS design back pack, tin case, beanie hat, notebook, lanyard and tote bag, the showbag is valued at $64.70 but will be available for just $26.

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“Bensons are very excited to release the brand new Doctor Who showbag at this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show,” said Rebel Ruby, Product Development, Bensons Trading Co. “We have worked closely with BBC Worldwide ANZ to come up with a fantastic pack that will have Doctor Who fans flocking to the show.”

The Sydney Royal Easter Show kicks off today, 17 March, and will run until 30 March at Sydney Olympic Park. For more information, visit http://www.eastershow.com.au/

Ben Aaronovitch is coming to Sydney and Brisbane

Author Ben Aaronovitch, the writer of Doctor Who TV stories Remembrance of the Daleks and Battlefield, is coming to Sydney and Brisbane for two magical nights of conversation.

Get down and dirty with PC Grant in Rivers of London, go behind the scenes of Doctor Who, and hear from one of the most diverse and exciting SF writers of today as he talks about writing across mediums and adapting work, and the art of storytelling.

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Joining him onstage in Sydney is one of Australia’s most promising emerging voices, Maria Lewis, to discuss urban fantasy, the nitty gritty of contemporary SF, and all it is to be a fan. And in Brisbane, British and World Fantasy Award winner Angela Slatter will be leading proceedings.

From adaptation to comic art, famous properties to original work, don’t miss these fantastic nights of discussion and exploration presented exclusively by Contact2016. Both nights will feature Q&A sessions followed by book signings, with books available for sale.

DWCA members have the opportunity to win a free ticket to the Brisbane event by entering our competition. They will also benefit from discounted entry to both the Brisbane and Sydney events.

When: 6.00pm-8.00pm, Wednesday 23 March | 6.00pm-8.00pm, Thursday 24 March
Where: Hachette Australia, 207 Kent Street, Sydney | Auditorium 2, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane
Price: DWCA members $15 | Non-members $20
To book: http://contact2016.com/latest_events/in-conversation-with-ben-aaronovitch

 

Sales and a special DWCA discount at the BBC Shop

The DWCA is pleased to announce that our friends at BBC Worldwide are having some big sales on many Doctor Who products – with a special discount code just for club members!

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Head over to www.bbcshop.com.au for discounts of up to 50% on a variety of Doctor Who collectables, as well as more sales throughout the coming weeks. Official club members should also have received an email from us containing an exclusive promo code, which will give you 5% off any product ordered at the online shop.

If you’re a club member and you haven’t received the discount code, please contact us with your name and club member number so we can pass it on. If you’re not a member of the club, you can join today at http://dwca.org.au/membership/.

The code is valid until the end of February, so don’t miss out on your chance to try it out!

Chris Chibnall will be Doctor Who’s next showrunner

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Australian Doctor Who fans have awoken to some very unexpected news – Steven Moffat will be stepping down as showrunner at the end of Series 10, to be replaced by Chris Chibnall.

Confirming the news today, Moffat announced that his “timey-wimey is up”.

“ It took a lot of gin and tonic to talk [Chris] into this, but I am beyond delighted that one of the true stars of British television drama will be taking the Time Lord even further into the future,” he said. “At the start of Season 11, Chris Chibnall will become the new showrunner of Doctor Who. And I will be thrown in a skip.”

Chibnall is no stranger to the Whoniverse, having been a fan of the show since he was four years old. He has previously penned Doctor Who stories 42, The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship and The Power of Three, as well as eight episodes of spin-off series Torchwood.

Outside of Doctor Who, his writing credits include episodes of Life on Mars, the short-lived series Camelot and the telemovie United. He is best known as the creator of murder mystery Broadchurch, starring various Doctor Who alumni including David Tennant, Olivia Colman and Eve Myles. The third series of the program will begin filming in May.

“It’s a privilege and a joy to be the next curator of this funny, scary and emotional family drama,” Chibnall said of his appointment.

“I’m relishing the thought of working with the exceptional team at BBC Wales to create new characters, creatures and worlds for the Doctor to explore.”

2016 – GAP YEAR

As was the case during the handover from Russell T Davies to Steven Moffat, Doctor Who will take something of a gap year during this eventful time. 2016 will see the airing of a Christmas special, with the tenth series of the programme to follow in the UK Spring of 2017. Series 11, Chibnall’s first as showrunner, will launch in 2018.

“I have decided to schedule Steven’s big finale series in Spring 2017 to bring the nation together for what will be a huge event on the channel,” said BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore. “2016 is spoilt with national moments including the Euros [football championship] and Olympics and I want to hold something big back for 2017 – I promise it will be worth the wait!”

2016, will, however, see the premiere of new spin-off series Class, helmed by YA writer Patrick Ness and set at Coal Hill School. The series will be broadcast in the UK on BBC3, though an Australian broadcaster is yet to be announced.

Chibnall has paid tribute to Moffat, saying, “Steven’s achieved the impossible by continually expanding Doctor Who’s creative ambition, while growing its global popularity. He’s been a dazzling and daring showrunner, and hearing his plans and stories for 2017, it’s clear he’ll be going out with a bang.”

Happy New Year from the DWCA

The DWCA wishes all its members a Happy New Year. We’ve got plenty planned for the year already, and we hope you’re just as excited as we are to fill 2016 with loads of Doctor Who goodness!

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All Sydney-based DWCA events for the year are up on our events page already, including our regular day events and our mid-year trivia night. January will see a few extra events in the Sydney DWCA calendar, with a special New Year dinner on Saturday 9 January, our attendance at the Popcon pop culture convention on Sunday 10 January and our annual Summer Picnic on Saturday 23 January.

New events from our other local groups are being added all the time, as well as all the latest news, merchandise listings, DWCA-exclusive competitions and more. Make sure you check back regularly to keep up to date!

Cosplay, trivia and monster-making at Look Who’s Talking

The Doctor Who Festival may be over, but it certainly won’t be the last event of the year for Australian Whovians.

The DWCA is pleased to announce a range of activities to take place as part of Look Who’s Talking – Part One, set to take place on Sunday 6 December at Burwood Library, Sydney. On top of featuring several special guests – ‘60s costume designer Alexandra Tynan, writer Gary Russell and singer Meri Amber – the event will be packed with loads of activities to keep you entertained!

Your knowledge of Doctor Who will be put to the test as part of Mastermind, our end-of-year trivia competition. Do you have what it takes to follow in the Doctor’s footsteps and beat your opponents using only your wits? Better start studying now, just to make sure!

For the more creative types, why not practise your skills in our Make-A-Monster competition? Join a team and see if you can create a classic design, in a short amount of time, using a limited set of supplies. Alexandra Tynan will know how you feel!

Finally, what Doctor Who event would be complete without cosplay? Whether you’ve cobbled together an outfit from Vinnies or spend several months sewing it by hand, come show off your unique style in the Wardrobe Room Awards. Remember, you should always dress for the occasion!

Look Who’s Talking will continue in Part Two on the evening of Friday 11 December, which will feature non-fiction writer Robert Smith? and is completely free to attend. Tickets to both parts of the event can be acquired through the DWCA Shop.