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.

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/.