For years, Doctor Who fans have wondered exactly what went on during the Time War. The End of Time gave us a glimpse of the lengths the Time Lords were willing to go to in order to survive, while The Day of the Doctor revealed a hidden incarnation of the Doctor and his impossible choice. Now the story of the Time War is coming to Big Finish Productions in the form of four box sets, starring John Hurt as the War Doctor himself!
Big Finish executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery describes himself as “a huge fan of John [Hurt]”, saying the actor “wove a fantastic character together from a great script by Steven Moffat”.
“Now we have the chance to get to know that character more and hear John stretch in the role. We’re all in for a hell of a ride as the War Doctor engages in battle. But who are the greater threat – the Daleks or the Time Lords?”
The first box set in the War Doctor, Only the Monstrous, will be directed by Nicholas Briggs and co-star Jacqueline Pearce as Time Lord and arch manipulator Cardinal Ollistra. Pearce is of course no stranger to playing strong and imposing female characters, having cemented her place in sci-fi stardom as Supreme Commander Servalan in Blake’s 7.
Due to be released in December, Only the Monstrous will be followed in February 2016 by the second volume in the series, Infernal Devices (other release dates are TBA). November 2017 will meanwhile see the release of a prequel box set, Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor — The Time War, which will follow the early stages of the Time War from the Eighth Doctor’s perspective.
The War Doctor: Only the Monstrous will be available soon for pre-order from the DWCA Shop.
The guest line-up for the Doctor Who Festival just got a whole lot bigger! From 21-22 November, the Festival will host Billie Piper (pending filming commitments), Sylvester McCoy and Dan Starkey, in addition to Peter Capaldi, Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.
The festival will see Piper (new series companion Rose Tyler) and McCoy (the Seventh Doctor) appear on stage in a series of fan Q&As hosted by Adam Spencer. McCoy has already indicated his excitement about attending, saying he is “over the moon”.
Starkey (Sontaran Strax) will meanwhile offer fans the chance to learn what it takes to be a monster in a special hands-on drama session. He will be joined by actor Jon Davey, who has played a variety of monsters in over 30 episodes of Doctor Who.
“I made a flying visit to Australia a few years ago, and I’m really looking forward to coming back and spending a little longer this time,” said Starkey. “In his long and illustrious military career, I’m sure that Strax has conquered jet-lag – and I’m certain I will too!”
The festival will also offer a range of activities which are sure to keep attendees busy all day long! Newly announced activities include:
Millennium FX Monster Show: See the work that goes into creating some of the iconic monsters from Doctor Who with a live monster make-up demonstration. A brand new, never-before-seen Series 9 monster will also appear on stage!
Drama School With The Monsters: Learn from Dan Starkey and Jon Davey what it takes to be a monster on the set of Doctor Who in this hands-on drama school session.
Production Village: Get a glimpse of life on set with script editor Gary Russell. Learn about the different roles in television production and what it’s really like to work on set.
The Science of Doctor Who: This interactive session, hosted by comedian Rob Lloyd, investigates the science of time travel, asks if regeneration is possible and explains how the TARDIS can be bigger on the inside.
Iconic Set – Direct from Cardiff, a unique setting from this season’s Doctor Who will be coming to Australia for the first time ever.
This is in addition to the previously announced activities, including photo and autograph opportunities with the guests, a writers’ masterclass hosted by Mark Gatiss, an SFX display, an exhibition of props and costumes, a cosplay showcase and a Doctor Who quiz!
The Doctor Who Festival will be held at the Hordern Pavilion and the Royal Hall of Industries from 21-22 November. Tickets can be purchased via Ticketek.
It’s been a long time coming, but the BBC Shop has finally listed Second Doctor adventure The Underwater Menace in its online store, available for pre-order before its release date of 26 October.
There has been surprisingly little fanfare about the listing, given the serial’s long and troubled journey to get to this point. The recovery of the story’s second episode was announced in December 2011, joining the already existing third episode and seeming to ensure the release of the serial on DVD. But over three years later, following constant shifts in the DVD schedule and conflicting accounts of whether the missing first and fourth episodes would be released as reconstructions or animations, the DVD listing disappeared altogether in February 2015 – only for it to re-appear on 1 September.
A tweet by Doctor Who Magazine confirmed that the listing was legitimate, stating, “DWM has learned the 1967 story The Underwater Menace (of which Episodes 2 & 3 survive) will be released on DVD after all.” However, there is still no word on how the non-existing episodes will be presented – all we have to go on is that DWM will provide “Details soon”.
The DWCA Shop will be making enquiries as to the DVD’s release in Australia.
As we count down the days to the premiere of Series 9, the BBC has released the synopsis for the first episode of the season, The Magician’s Apprentice:
“Where is the Doctor? When the skies of Earth are frozen by a mysterious alien force, Clara needs her friend. But where is the Doctor, and what is he hiding from?
“As past deeds come back to haunt him, old enemies will come face-to-face, and for the Doctor and Clara survival seems impossible.”
The synopsis is accompanied by a trailer for the episode, and it looks like the BBC are pulling out all the stops for this one. With creepy blackened hands surrounding a small boy in a field, appearances from both Missy and the Daleks, and a reference to “the last will and testament to the Doctor”, the series is set to start with a bang!
Written by Steven Moffat and directed by Hettie Macdonald, The Magician’s Apprentice will air in the UK on 19 September. It will reach Australian screens on 20 September at 7:40pm.
Series 9 of Doctor Who hasn’t even started airing yet, but that hasn’t stopped the BBC from revealing the surprising and significant guest star of this year’s Christmas Special – Alex Kingston’s Professor River Song!
“It’s Christmas Day in the future and the TARDIS is parked on a snowy village street, covered in icicles, awaiting its next adventure,” says the blurb on the BBC website. “Time traveller River Song meets her husband’s new incarnation, in the form of Peter Capaldi, for the first time this Christmas.”
The announcement of a new River story is always a bit of a surprise for fans, who can never be sure when the enigmatic archaeologist is going to pop up again – and it appears they’re not the only ones!
“To be honest, I did not know whether River would ever return to the show, but here she is, back with the Doctor for the Christmas special,” said Kingston.
“I met Peter [Capaldi] for the first time at Monday’s read through, we had a laugh, and I am now excited and ready to start filming with him and the Doctor Who team. Christmas in September? Why not!”
The special, which begins filming in Cardiff this week, will be written by Steven Moffat, produced by Nikki Wilson and directed by Douglas Mackinnon. Set to air in the UK on 25 December 2015, it will be followed in January by ‘The Diary of River Song’ – River’s very own audio series from Big Finish Productions.
Despite the ABC releasing new Doctor Who closer and closer to the UK airtime each year, there’s always some trepidation as to whether our luck will eventually run out.
Happily, the latest trailer for the series reveals that it will be back on Australian screens on Sunday 20 September. The UK broadcast date has previously been announced as Saturday 19 September.
While the trailer does not yet indicate whether Series 9 will be simulcast or not, each episode is guaranteed to reach us less than 24 hours after its UK premiere. The DWCA applauds the ABC for its efforts in bringing the series to our screens and can’t wait to experience it along with all our members.
The DWCA is pleased to announce the results of its Annual General Meeting, held on Sunday 26 July at Club Burwood, Sydney.
The meeting saw the DWCA committee propose four amendments to the club constitution, which are as follows:
Add Section 2.4 to define types of club membership.
Re-wording of Section 3 to adjust terminology.
Amendment to Section 9.2 – ‘Member Code of Conduct’.
Amendment to Section 9.4 to clarify conditions of granting non-paying club membership.
These amendments were all voted in by the attending members. As such, they can be found in the updated version of the constitution located at http://dwca.org.au/about/.
The nominees for the 2015-16 DWCA Office Bearers were also announced. As one nomination was received for each position, all were filled with no vote required from the members:
President: Lauren Davis
Vice President: Tony Cooke
Treasurer: Jon Andersen
Secretary: Roger Reynolds
The committee would like to thank all those who have supported the club over the past year, with a special thanks to those who were able to attend the AGM.
We would also like to put the call out to anyone who might be interested in contributing to the running of the club, as we’re always keen to bring fresh blood on board. You don’t have to run as an Office Bearer in the election, and you don’t even have to join the committee. But if you think you’ve got something which you can bring to the table, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you.