Mark Gatiss and SFX team join the Doctor Who Festival

The Doctor Who Festival looks set to be chock-full of entertainment, with new guests and activities announced for the event to be held from 21-22 November in Sydney.

Joining Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat will be new series writer and actor Mark Gatiss, who will host a special writers’ master class over the weekend. Attendees will be given the opportunity to ask questions about how a Doctor Who script is crafted, as well as discover the techniques behind the art of dramatic scriptwriting and how to get work published.

“Watching Doctor Who as a child made me want to become a writer and actor – I used to jot down ideas in my school exercise book,” said Gatiss, who is one of few people to have written for the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors. “Doing it for real for the past ten years and four Doctors is a dream come true. At the Doctor Who Festival, you can come and hear the stories behind my stories!”

GATISS Mark (New)Also in attendance will be the Real SFX team, led by Danny Hargreaves. In a spectacular SFX display, attendees will have the chance to witness explosions and fireballs, elemental and atmospheric effects, mechanical rigs and pyrotechnics. Interactive sections of the demonstration will also offer audiences the chance to participate in the action.

Other activities announced for the weekend include the following:

  • Q&A sessions – watch writers and cast from the series talk about how to make an idea become reality on Doctor Who;
  • A limited number of photo and autograph opportunities with selected talent;
  • Wardrobe Department – an exhibition of costumes and props;
  • Cosplayers’ Showcase – a chance for fans to showcase their Doctor Who-themed outfits, with a special prize awarded to the best dressed;
  • The Fan Challenge – a space for fans young and old to test their Doctor Who knowledge;
  • The Doctor Who Quiz – said to be the ultimate Doctor Who quiz, where fans can show off their in-depth knowledge of the Doctor and his many adventures.

More guests and activities are yet to be announced, so watch this space!

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.

 

Doctor Who is back on 19 September, reveals trailer

As if yesterday’s trailer for LEGO Dimensions wasn’t enough, now BBC Worldwide has released the first proper preview for Series 9 of Doctor Who! Warning: spoilers ahead!

The trailer reveals a number of characters and monsters set to appear in the upcoming series, including the Zygons, the Daleks and Michelle Gomez as Missy:

Make sure you watch all the way through, as the trailer ends with an appearance from Maisie Williams (set to star in a two-part story titled ‘The Girl Who Died’/‘The Woman Who Lived’). In an intriguing exchange with the Doctor, Williams’ character asks, “What took you so long, old man?” This has led fans to speculate that Williams will be playing a significant character from the Doctor’s past – perhaps even his granddaughter, Susan!

The trailer reveals that Doctor Who will return to screens in the UK on Saturday 19 September. With any luck, the ABC will be continuing its simulcast of the series and bringing it to us on the morning of Sunday 20 September.

LEGO Dimensions to feature the Doctor, Clara and Missy

It looks like Series 9 won’t be the only place where you can catch the Twelfth Doctor and co. this year – Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Michelle Gomez are set to voice the Doctor, Clara and Missy in the LEGO Dimensions video game, and will be joined by Nicholas Briggs as the Daleks!

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Due to launch on 27 September, the game will follow multiple characters from various Lego sets in a virtual adventure. The basic LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack will include a Doctor Who level featuring Daleks, Cybermen and more, while the Doctor Who Level pack add-on will include a LEGO minifigure of the Twelfth Doctor, LEGO models of the TARDIS and K-9 (both playable) and an additional mission-based Doctor Who level. The Doctor will regenerate through all his incarnations if he is defeated, with the TARDIS interior changing to match.

A trailer for the game, released at San Diego Comic Con this week, shows the Twelfth Doctor battling Daleks with the help of characters such as Gandalf, Batman, Homer Simpson and more:

LEGO Dimensions will be available on Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, and Wii U.

DWCA AGM 2015 – CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS AND NOMINATIONS

The DWCA wishes to announce an update to its Annual General Meeting agenda, originally posted online on 10 June. As previously mentioned, the meeting will be held on the second floor of Club Burwood on Sunday 26 July at 4pm.

Constitutional Amendments

The DWCA committee has finalised the wording of a series of proposed amendments to its constitution, following a consultation period which concluded on 21 June. The final versions of these amendments can be viewed below:

Proposed constitutional amendments – final

If you are unable to attend the AGM but would like to vote on the constitutional amendments, please send a letter to this address by 24 July:

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.

 Election of Office Bearers

The Returning Officer has received the following nominations for Office Bearer positions:

  • President – Lauren Davis
  • Vice President – Tony Cooke
  • Secretary – Roger Reynolds
  • Treasurer – Jon Andersen

In the absence of any other nominees, the above persons nominated will be taken to be elected as of the date of the AGM. There will be no vote from the members required.

New Who comes to Big Finish!

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In a highly anticipated announcement over the weekend, Big Finish Productions revealed that their line of 2016 audio dramas will include characters and monsters from the revived series of Doctor Who. This is a major coup for the company, whose licence previously covered only Classic Who.

The year will get off to a bang with Alex Kingston reprising her role as River Song – in not one but two boxsets! In January 2016, ‘The Diary of River Song’ will see River heading her own four-hour adventure across space and time, with Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor making an appearance in the final instalment.

River is also set to appear in an episode of March’s ‘Doom Coalition 2’, the second instalment in a new range of Eighth Doctor adventures following on from the award-winning ‘Dark Eyes’ series. But what role will she have to play, if she doesn’t properly meet the Doctor until his tenth incarnation? We’ll have to wait to find out!

Another recurring character from the Moffat era, Ian McNeice’s Winston Churchill, will be the star of his own boxset. ‘The Churchill Years’, styled as a series of memoirs by the pragmatic Prime Minister, will relate a series of encounters with the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors. It is set to feature a full cast of guest actors, at least one of which we have seen before – Danny Horn as the teenage Kazran Sardick from TV’s ‘A Christmas Carol’!

Finally, a special four-story boxset will see the Doctors of the past faced with the villains of a new generation. ‘Classic Doctors, New Monsters’ will match the Fifth Doctor with the Weeping Angels, the Sixth with the Judoon, the Seventh with the Sycorax and the Eighth with a new batch of Sontarans preparing for the Time War!

The news follows on from the previous announcement of ‘UNIT: Extinction’ – the first in a series of boxsets to feature Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart and Ingrid Oliver as Osgood – as well as ‘Torchwood: Conspiracy’, starring John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness. It’s clearly a great time to be an audio-loving Doctor Who fan, and who knows – perhaps it’s only a matter of time before Big Finish adds David Tennant or Matt Smith to their collection of Doctors!

All these releases and more can be pre-ordered now from the DWCA Shop. For more information, email shop@doctorwhoaustralia.org.

Doctor Who Festival coming to Sydney

Didn’t think anything could top the Doctor Who Tour coming to Australia last year? Think again!

BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand has announced that the official Doctor Who Festival will be making its way to Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion from 21-22 November, following its London outing from 13-15 November.

Headed by Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi and executive producer Steven Moffat (with more guests to be announced), the festival will feature exclusive Q&A sessions, photo and autograph opportunities, a prop and costume exhibition, workshops, quizzes, merchandise and more.

“Being unveiled as Doctor Who in Sydney at last year’s world tour and meeting the fantastic Australian fans was such a cosmic, life-changing experience that I’m thrilled to be coming back for a full weekend of Time Lord mania,” Capaldi said.

Tickets start at $195 for a general one-day adult ticket ($99 concession). They go on sale to the public on Monday 6 July at 11am.

For more information, visit http://www.doctorwho.tv/events/doctor-who-festival/.festival

NOTICE OF 2015 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE DWCA

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DATE: Sunday 26 July 2015

TIME: 4pm

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

AGENDA: President’s Report; Treasurer’s Report; Constitutional Amendments; and Election of Office Bearers.

Constitutional Amendments

The DWCA committee plans to put forth several amendments to its constitution – but first, we want to know what you think of them. Download the suggested amendments below, and email your thoughts to enquiries@doctorwhoaustralia.org by 21 June. The committee will consider all feedback and post final versions of the proposed amendments online prior to the AGM.

Suggested changes to the constitution
Current DWCA constitution

Election of Office Bearers

Any candidate standing for election as an Office Bearer (President, Vice President, Secretary or Treasurer) must be a current DWCA member who has held membership for a minimum continuous period of five years. Additionally, they should be able to attend regular committee meetings held in Sydney and demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the club.

To nominate for an Office Bearer position, download a form below and fill in the following information:

  • the name of the nominee;
  • the address of the nominee;
  • the Club member number of the nominee;
  • a statement that the member wishes to nominate for a specific Office Bearer position (a person can only nominate for one position in any election);
  • the signature of the nominee;
  • the date of the nomination; and
  • the signature and the Club member numbers of two members endorsing the nomination.

The form must be submitted to this address by 26 June:

The Returning Officer DWCA
95 Hamrun Circuit
Rooty Hill
NSW   2766

Eligible nominees will be notified by the Returning Officer once nominations are closed and invited to submit a statement to be provided to members in support of their nomination.

Nomination Form
Election of Office Bearers – Rules & Procedures (attached to the DWCA constitution as a special resolution)

DWCA AT THREE EVENTS in SYDNEY during JUNE/JULY

In the months of June and July the DWCA will be attending three events in the Sydney area.

Two of them are being run by the DWCA and the other is a non DWCA events.

At the non DWCA event the club will be having a booth where a large selection of Doctor Who merchandise will be available to purchase.

The DWCA hopes that you can attend all or some of these events.

Chronologically the events are listed below.

(Please follow the links to obtain further information about each of the events)

 

SYDNEY SUPANOVA

19/06/2015 – 21/06/2015

http://dwca.org.au/events/supanova-sydney/

 

THE GAME OF RASSILON – DWCA TRIVIA NIGHT

27/06/2015

http://dwca.org.au/events/the-games-of-rassilon-dwca-trivia-night/

 

 

SYDNEY DWCA DAY EVENT

26/7/2015

http://dwca.org.au/events/sydney-dwca-day-event/