Gary Russell and Meri Amber join Look Who’s Talking

The DWCA has announced two more guests for our special end-of-year event Look Who’s Talking – Part One, to be held on Sunday 6 December at Burwood Library, Sydney.

Joining classic series costume designer Alexandra Tynan will be Doctor Who writer, director, script editor and producer Gary Russell, along with self-described “geek pop singer-songwriter” Meri Amber.

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Gary Russell’s contributions to the Whoniverse span over 30 years and dozens of productions, with his latest effort coming in the form of the Twelfth Doctor novel ‘Big Bang Generation’. Appropriately set in Sydney in December 2015, the book marks a major milestone in Doctor Who history – the first meeting of a new series Doctor with Wilderness Years companion Bernice “Benny” Summerfield!

The event will also feature geek pop singer Meri Amber, who will be performing a selection of original songs from her Doctor Who-themed album ‘Pop Goes the TARDIS’. Meri has previously performed at Oz Comic-Con and Armageddon, as well as doing pre-show foyer entertainment for the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular, and we look forward to sharing her music with a whole new audience!

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.

DWCA Presents Look Who’s Talking – An Event in Two Parts

The Doctor Who Club of Australia is celebrating the end of 2015 with a brand new event – so special we had to split it over two days!

Look Who’s Talking: Part One will take place on Sunday 6 December from 10am at Burwood Library, located within walking distance of Burwood Station. The day will feature all the usual DWCA fun, including games, discussions and competitions. Most importantly, though, we will be launching The Underwater Menace on DVD – available to purchase from the Club Shop on the day – with none other than Troughton-era costume designer Alexandra Tynan!

Alexandra (known as Sandra Reid during her time on Doctor Who) worked on eight stories during the ‘60s, from The Tenth Planet up to The Tomb of the Cybermen. We look forward to hearing how she developed the unique looks of the Second Doctor, the Fish People, and of course the Cybermen!

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Part One will end at 5pm on Sunday, but Look Who’s Talking will only be half over. Part Two will commence on the evening of Friday 11 December – this time at The City of Sydney RSL, located a short walk from Town Hall Station. This event will be a more laid-back affair – like a bigger version of our regular ‘Tavern’ nights – but will also feature a special guest: non-fiction writer Robert Smith?.

Robert has recently released two new Doctor Who-based books: ‘The Doctors Are In’ and ‘Outside In 2’. The Doctors Are In, co-authored with Graeme Burk, is a guide to the Doctor himself – who he is, how he came to be, how he has changed, and why we love him. Outside In 2, meanwhile, is a collection of 125 perspectives on 125 New Who stories from 125 different writers. We’re sure Robert will have plenty of anecdotes to tell us about these latest efforts!

Tickets to one or both parts of the event can be purchased through the DWCA Shop.

The DWCA Online Shop is open for business!

The DWCA is very pleased to unveil our brand new online store – your one-stop shop for everything Doctor Who!

The DWCA Shop carries a variety of officially licensed Doctor Who merchandise, including DVD and Blu-ray, audio dramas, books, toys, collectables and more. Select merchandise is also available for various Doctor Who spin-off programs, along with other cult sci-fi programs such as Blake’s 7, Stargate and Sapphire & Steel.

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Like the club itself, the DWCA Shop is run by fans, for fans; as a result, we aim to offer the fairest price possible on all items.

The shop regularly pops up at both club and third-party events, as well as through the mail order form distributed with our print magazine, Data Extract. Now, it can also be accessed at any time via our website.

The online shop allows you to sort by product type, read descriptions, view images, and confirm that items are in stock. A wide selection of merchandise is currently listed, with more items being added all the time. There are also a variety of payment options available, including PayPal, direct debit and cheque.

The DWCA Shop is now open on this very website – hover over the ‘Shop’ button on the navigation bar towards the top of the page to browse categories, or go here for a full list.

The Return of the Pop Up Shop

Just in time for the Doctor Who Festival, the official Doctor Who Pop Up shop has unexpectedly materialised at Sydney’s Broadway Shopping Centre!

pop upFor the next two months, the shop will be home to a host of Doctor Who merchandise, including the Twelfth Doctor Sonic Screwdriver universal remote, various Pop! Vinyl figures, apparel, stationery, homewares and more. You can even get your photo taken inside the TARDIS photo booth!

The pop up shop will also host a ‘Sherlock Corner’, stocking a range of Sherlock goods and featuring a Sherlock dress-up box for fans to disguise themselves as their favourite TV sleuth. Merchandise from other BBC brands will also be available.

And the best news of all? DWCA members get 5% off all merchandise on presentation of their club membership card!

The Doctor Who Pop Up Shop is located on the ground floor of Broadway Shopping Centre (1 Bay St, Sydney), where it will remain until January 2016. Opening hours are as follows:      

Monday: 10am-7pm
Tuesday: 10am-7pm
Wednesday: 10am-7pm
Thursday: 10am-9pm
Friday: 10am-7pm
Saturday: 9am-6pm
Sunday: 10am-6pm
Public Holidays: 10am-6pm


Special General Meeting results

The DWCA is pleased to announce the results of its recent Special General Meeting, held on Sunday 11 October at Club Burwood.

The meeting saw four amendments to the club constitution voted in by the attending members, which are as follows:

  • Modify procedures for the right of appeal of disciplined members (Section 12)
  • Modify responsibilities of committee members (Section 13.1)
  • Modify procedures for the appointment of committee members (Section 15.2)
  • Modify procedures for the removal of committee members (Section 19)

The amendments can be found in the updated version of the constitution, located at http://dwca.org.au/about/.

The War Doctor is coming to Big Finish!

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!

the_war_doctor_otm_cover_largeBig 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.

Doctor Who Festival welcomes Billie Piper, Sylvester McCoy and Dan Starkey

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.

NOTICE OF SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE DWCA

DATE: Sunday 11 October 2015

TIME: 4pm

VENUE: 2nd Floor Club Burwood, 97 Burwood Road, Burwood NSW

AGENDA: The purpose of this meeting will be to consider and vote on four proposed amendments to the club constitution:

  • Item 1 – Modify procedures for the right of appeal of disciplined members (Section 12)
  • Item 2 – Modify responsibilities of committee members (Section 13.1)
  • Item 3 – Modify procedures for the appointment of committee members (Section 15.2)
  • Item 4 – Modify procedures for the removal of committee members (Section 19)

The proposed amendments can be found here.

To be eligible to vote, you must be both:

  • A fully paid-up DWCA member for at least the previous 12 months (1 year), and
  • 16 years of age or over.

If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to vote, please send a letter to this address by 8 October:

The Returning Officer DWCA
95 Hamrun Circuit
Rooty Hill
NSW   2766

The letter must include the following:

  • Your name
  • Your DWCA member number
  • A list of the proposed constitutional amendments (Item 1, Item 2, Item 3 and Item 4) and a clear statement indicating whether you are FOR or AGAINST each individual item.

A vote in respect of only one membership number per envelope is allowed.

Nuzzing in ze world can stop The Underwater Menace!

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.

The Underwater Menace 1There 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.

Trailer and synopsis released for The Magician’s Apprentice

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.”

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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.