Doctor Who Magazine has reported that writer of Survival from the original series run – Rona Munro is to return for series ten.
Previously hinted by Steven Moffat back in October that a classic series writer would be returning, Munro is the first writer for the new series who has previously worked on the original series run.
Munro’s story, which is episode nine and entitled: The Eaters of Light is currently being filmed in Cardiff.
An interview with Munro states:
Writing Survival was my dream job, but it was a mournful time in the show’s history. This has been a very different experience. There’s more of everything; people, resources, confidence, success… but the same constantly renewing and indefinable wonder that is Doctor Who. When I was very small and watching the First Doctor, I had a special cushion known as ‘Rona’s Doctor Whocushion’. I would hide my face in it when the Daleks or other monsters appeared on screen! The Eaters of Light is my version of other stories that have haunted me for almost as long.
News website, The Music has an interview with Michelle Gomez which confirms her involvement with Series 10.
“Weirdly, this is the sort of crunch week where I get to find out exactly what I’m going to be doing next,” she told The Music. “I can officially say that I will be starting back on Doctor Who soon, so that’s one thing.”
Gomez last appeared in the role as Missy — short for The Mistress, a female incarnation of the Doctor’s long-time arch-enemy, the Master — in episodes one and two of series nine, The Magician’s Apprentice and The Witch’s Familiar.
Overnight, the Doctor Who spin off series Class, has had a release date announced for the 22nd of October in the UK on BBC3.
Update: 26/09/16 – Class will air in Australia on ABC2. The air date of the two episodes will be Monday the 24th of October. However, on iView, the episodes will be available for viewing straight after their release in the UK!
Two episodes will air on the 22nd, and the first one will feature Peter Capaldi reprising his role as the Doctor. The episode titles for these two episodes are “For Tonight We Might Die” and “The Coach With The Dragon Tattoo.”
There are no trailers at the moment, but we will provide a link when one is available.
Update: 08/10/16 – A Trailer for the first season of class has been released. Please note, the trailer may not be suitable for young children. Parental discretion is advised.
Updated 04/11 – Announcement of Colour release.
Updated 31/10 – Added DVD release date.
The BBC have announced they will be releasing a fully re-animated version of Power of the Daleks.
Power of the Daleks, first broadcast back on the fifth of November, 1966 was the second Doctor’s (Patrick Troughton) first on screen adventure. Unfortunately, the story was not kept after original broadcast and the master negatives were purged back in 1974.
The new animated episodes will be released in black and white animation and are based on audio recordings of the programme using the original cast.
The team behind the animation has previously animated another lost episode from the BBC Comedy – Dad’s Army. This is their first attempt for Doctor Who.
The producer and director is Charles Norton, and character designs are from comic book artists Martin Geraghty and Adrian Salmon.
“The Power of the Daleks animation is the most ambitious Doctor Who archive restoration ever attempted and we’re all very honoured to be a part of such a an exciting project. Intelligent, suspenseful and magnificently staged, Power of the Daleks is one of the great lost classics of 1960s television and a superb example of the black and white era at its finest.”
Doctor Who: The Power Of The Daleks will initially be exclusively released on BBC Store, with episode one available from Saturday 5th November at 5:50pm, and the others released on consecutive days thereafter. Readers can register their interest in the download at the BBC Store.
The story will become available online more widely from the 14th November, and will also be released on DVD in the United Kingdom on the 21st November. The DVD will be released on the 14th of December and the DWCA Shop will have copies for sale.
In the new year, there is also going to be a release in the UK of both the black and white and colour animations of this story released on Blu-Ray. This is due out on the 6th of February in the UK.
A teaser trailer showcasing the animation is available below:
The DWCA is pleased to announce the election results from its recent Annual General Meeting, held on Sunday 14 August at Club Burwood, Sydney.
Current President Lauren Davis and Secretary Roger Reynolds were the only ones to run for their respective positions; they were thus elected unopposed.
Two nominations had been received for the position of Treasurer, but one nominee withdrew their nomination prior to the election. The sole remaining nominee, Brad Harrison, was thus elected unopposed.
Finally, current Vice President Tony Cooke announced his resignation from the position of VP and from the committee, after several decades of service. As no nominations for this role were received prior to the election, former Treasurer Jon Andersen was nominated for the position and elected unopposed.
Congratulations to Jon on his new role and to Brad for joining the committee. Good luck to you both!
The meeting also saw the DWCA committee propose an amendment to Section 15.1 of the club constitution, titled ‘Election of Office Bearers’, and the reflection of this amendment in Schedule 1 to the club constitution. This amendment was reworded by the attending members on the day, in order to eliminate ambiguity, and voted in unanimously. Once the amendment has been accepted by the Office of Fair Trading, the DWCA website will be updated accordingly.
The Doctor Who Club of Australia is excited to be exhibiting at Sydney Supanova from 17-19 June. And this year, we’ve got a very special offer for new memberships purchased at the event.
Sign up for a minimum one-year membership at our stand (Booth #1662), and you’ll get an extra three months absolutely free. That means one extra issue of our print fanzine, Data Extract; one extra issue of our e-zine, The Nethersphere; and discounted entry to as many club events as you can attend during that time!
Davros actor Terry Molloy with a copy of Data Extract magazine at Sydney Supanova 2014.
Memberships are available for one year, two years or five years, with special Concession and Family rates available. So if you’ve been thinking of joining the club, now’s the perfect time!
Please Note: this offer does not apply to membership renewals.
On Friday 29 April, the DWCA held its first ever book club meeting – a gathering which gave the club’s bibliophiles a chance to get together and share their favourite Doctor Who stories and authors. The evening ended with attendees selecting the first book that they would like to read and discuss as a group – The Legends of Ashildr.
The Legends of Ashildr, as the name suggests, is a series of stories featuring Ashildr/Me, Series 9’s reluctant immortal. The book contains four short stories chronicling her adventures set between The Girl Who Died and The Woman Who Lived:
The Arabian Knightmare by James Goss
The Fortunate Isles by David Llewellyn
The Triple Knife by Jenny T. Colgan
The Ghosts of Branscombe Wood by Justin Richards
So what happens now? Well, members of the book club plan to meet again in June in order to discuss and critique the book (the exact date and venue is yet to be finalised, but it will be somewhere in Sydney). But that doesn’t mean others can’t play along at home – in fact, the DWCA encourages all its book-loving members to get their hands on a copy and read along with us.
The DWCA will also be accepting reviews of the book, the best of which will be published in the club magazine, Data Extract. If you’d like to share your review with us, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.