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.

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/.

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.

Guess who’s back at Christmas? Shh, spoilers!

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!

river“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.

Series 9 to reach Aussie screens on 20 September

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.

peter-capaldi-in-doctor-whoWhile 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.

Results of the DWCA Annual General Meeting 2014-15

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 enquiries@doctorwhoaustralia.org. We’d love to hear from you.

“The Nethersphere” Vol.1 No.2 out now

The DWCA is pleased to announce that the second issue of our quarterly e-newsletter, The Nethersphere, is out now.

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Featuring news, articles, event round-ups and more, it’s your regular fix of Doctor Who delivered straight to your inbox.

If you’re a financial member of the club and you didn’t receive a copy, please contact us at enquiries@doctorwhoaustralia.org with your DWCA member number and your preferred email address.

If you’d like to contribute to The Nethersphere, or to send us your feedback, please contact the_nethersphere@yahoo.com.au

 

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.