Series 10 UK Release date and confirmation of an old foe

With the sad departure news of Peter Capaldi leaving the role of the Doctor, it may have over shaddowed the good news that we have a UK release date for series 10. No official word from the ABC as to when it will air in Australia, but we are hoping it won’t be too far behind!

Series 10 is due to start in the UK on the 15th of April

In addition, the BBC has released a YouTube video with Mark Gatiss confirming the return of an old foe for this season. Click on the YouTube video to know more!

 

Capaldi to leave Doctor Who in 2017

Overnight, Peter Capaldi has announced that he is leaving Doctor Who at the end of the 2017 Christmas special.

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Appearing on Jo Whiley’s show on Radio 2, Capaldi said:

“From our brilliant crew and creative team working for the best broadcaster on the planet, to the viewers and fans whose endless creativity, generosity and inclusiveness points to a brighter future ahead. I can’t thank everyone enough. It’s been cosmic.”

Steven Moffat has also released a statement saying:
For years before I ever imagined being involved in Doctor Who, or had ever met the man, I wanted to work with Peter Capaldi. I could not have imagined that one day we’d be standing on the TARDIS together. Like Peter, I’m facing up to leaving the best job I’ll ever have, but knowing I do so in the company of the best, and kindest and cleverest of men, makes the saddest of endings a little sweeter. But hey, it’s a long way from over. Peters’ amazing, fiery, turbulent Doctor is still fighting the good fight, and his greatest adventures are yet to come. Monsters of the universe, be on your guard – Capaldi’s not done with you yet!

Peter’s final season of 12 episodes and the Christmas special begins on Easter Saturday (April 15th).

There’s no announcement yet on when the next Doctor will be announced, or which actor will be taking on the role as the thirteenth Doctor.

Series 10 trailer released

Following the UK broadcast of the 2016 Doctor Who Christmas Special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio, fans were treated to a Series 10 teaser trailer, now also available online.

The trailer serves as an introduction to the Doctor’s upcoming companion, Bill, who serves chips for a living and knows the Doctor as a university lecturer. We also get a glimpse at some of the adventures the Doctor and Bill will be undertaking together – including a run-in with the Daleks – and at their fellow adventurer in time and space, Matt Lucas’ Nardole.

The trailer is likely to be shown after tonight’s broadcast of the Christmas Special on ABC, but can also be viewed below.

 

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

 

A Christmas double treat

On the 21st of November, the ABC have confirmed that the Christmas Special will be aired on the ABC and also ABC ME at 7:30pm on Boxing Day. This is keeping with last years release as well.

As per last years release, the episode will also be available on ABC iview on Boxing day morning, immediately after the UK broadcast.

In addition the recently animated: The Power of the Daleks, will also be available to watch on iview. It hasn’t been confirmed at this point if it will be the black and white version or the colour version.

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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.