LOOK WHO’S TALKING 2017: One weekend, two exciting DWCA events!

The DWCA is excited to announce the return of Look Who’s Talking, a two-part event giving Doctor Who fans the chance to meet celebrity guests in a fun, friendly and informal setting.

DWCA Book Club Presents: Jon and Kate Plus Blake

The weekend will kick off on the evening of Friday 6 October with a very special edition of the DWCA Book Club, as we will be joined by husband-and-wife writing team Jonathan Blum and Kate Orman.

 

Jon and Kate have been authoring fiction for the Whoniverse since the Wilderness Years, having written together and separately for the Virgin New Adventures, the Eighth Doctor Adventures, the Bernice Summerfield books, the Big Finish monthly audio adventures and more. More recently they expanded their horizons into cult sci-fi show Blake’s 7, devised by Dalek creator Terry Nation and long considered Doctor Who’s unofficial cousin.

Event attendees will have the chance to hear Jon and Kate talk in-depth about their work on the Blake’s 7 novel Mediasphere – the current set text for the club – as well as some of their other projects. Limited copies of Mediasphere and other Orman/Blum titles will be available for purchase from the DWCA Shop on the night.

Book Club tickets are completely free; however, online booking is essential as space is strictly limited. Attendees are also asked to purchase food or drink from the venue on the night.

When: Friday 6 October, 6:30pm-10pm
Where: City of Sydney RSL (2nd floor), 565 George St, Sydney
Tickets: http://dwca.org.au/ee-events/dwca-book-club-presents-jon-and-kate-plus-blake/

The Whovian World of Adam Richard

The fun will continue on Sunday 8 October, with a DWCA day event featuring comedian and actor Adam Richard.

Adam will be best known to Doctor Who fans as a regular panellist on ABC2’s Whovians, broadcast during Series 10, but this is far from his first foray into the realm of science-fiction. Adam previously co-created and starred in the six-part ABC comedy series Outland, which documented the adventures of a group of gay sci-fi fans, back in 2012. He also popped up in an episode of sci-fi/comedy audio series Night Terrace, created by his partner in crime on Outland, John Richards. We look forward to hearing from Adam about his work and life as one of Australia’s most beloved sci-fi geeks!

Admission for this event includes a small fee to cover the cost of the venue, although children under 13 are free with a paying adult. Each ticket includes a token for a complimentary autograph from Adam, as well as automatic entry into the club’s door prize competition. Book online to secure your ticket now and receive a second door prize entry absolutely free!

When: Sunday 8 October, 10am-5pm
Where: Club Burwood (2nd floor), 97 Burwood Rd, Burwood
Tickets: http://dwca.org.au/ee-events/the-whovian-world-of-adam-richard-dwca-sydney-day-event/

Synopsis for Twice Upon A Time

Overnight BBC Worldwide have released the official synopsis for this year’s Christmas special – Twice Upon A Time. With this being Peter Capaldi’s last appearance as the Doctor and having David Bradley returning as the first Doctor, this will be a must see event!

The official synopsis is below:

Two Doctors stranded in a forbidding snowscape, refusing to face regeneration. And a British army captain seemingly destined to die in the First World War, but taken from the trenches to play his part in the Doctor’s story. This is the magical last chapter in the Twelfth Doctor’s epic adventure. He must face his past to decide his future. And the Doctor will realise the resilience of humanity, discovering hope in his darkest frozen moment. It’s the end of an era. But the Doctor’s journey is only just beginning.

 

Class officially cancelled by BBC3

Overnight, Class has been officially cancelled by the BBC.

This is confirmation from the BBC, after Patrick Ness posted in June that he would not be writing any more episodes.

The BBC3 controller,  Damian Kavanagh has been quoted as saying:

“No, [we’re not bringing it back]. There was nothing wrong with it – I thought Patrick did a great job, he explored an amazing world.

In honesty, it just didn’t really land for us on BBC Three. Things sometimes don’t, and I’ve got to make decisions about what we’re going to do from a drama point of view.

“There’s always times when you do something and you have to decide that it’s not going to come back. Class is just one of those things.”

Ness, added on Twitter

“I’m not an unopinionated man, but all I’ll say re the Class news is how proud I am of that show & how lucky I am to have had the opportunity

What a great experience to make it. And SUCH a great cast. And thank you for all the love for it, too! Would that things were different…”

DWCA Publishing Presents: Data Extract Issues 1 to 100

The DWCA is excited to announce that the first 100 issues of the club fanzine, Data Extract, have been collected together in one special archival volume for the first time.

In 1980 a publishing legend was born with the release of the first newsletter for the Doctor Who Club of Australia. Editor Dallas Jones named it Data Extract and under his stewardship the publication grew from a two page newsletter into a fully fledged fanzine, with articles, interviews, art and more besides.

Now for the first time since their original releases, the first 100 issues of this Doctor Who fanzine have been reprinted and collected in one hardcover volume. Relive the heady days of the past from Tom Baker’s departure to the end of the classic era and into the Wilderness Years. It’s all here, presented exactly as it was.

This collection features interviews with Jon Pertwee, Sylvester McCoy, John Freeman and Jeremy Bentham. Experience Doctor Who history through the eyes of Australian fandom with the first 100 issues of Data Extract, Down Under’s premiere fanzine and the flagship publication of the DWCA.

The Doctor Who Fanzine Collection: Data Extract Issues 1 to 100 is available through Lulu. For your copy, click here.

RIP Victor Pemberton

It is with regret we report on the passing of Victor Pemberton.

Pemberton is one of a few people who has also written for Doctor Who (Fury from the Deep) and also acted in the show as well. (The Moonbase.)

Pemberton is also credited with creating the Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver, which first appeared in Fury from the Deep. He also contributed to the show by being a script editor on Tomb of the Cybermen. His other work for Doctor Who was the fourth Doctor audio adventure ‘Doctor Who and the Pescatons’. He also wrote the target novelisations for both Fury and The Pescatons.

Pemberton was 85.

RIP Rosemary Howe

The DWCA is sad to report on the passing of Rosemary Howe, the mother of founder Antony Howe.

Rosemary was one of the driving forces behind the starting of the club.

Deepest condolences to the Howe family.

Rosemary was 96.

A Tribute to Science Fiction – Concert

The Inner West Community Band is holding its next concert: A Tribute to Science Fiction on Saturday 19th August, 5pm at Marrickville Town Hall as part of the Sydney Science Festival program. The concert will include a range of scores from film and television, including a suite of music from Doctor Who throughout the years.

The band is a group of committed amateur musicians based in Sydney’s inner west that aims to provide its members the opportunity to perform great music while engaging the community through performances of diverse music in varied settings.

DWCA members should keep an eye on their inbox for a special discount code for discounted entry to this event.

If you’re not a member, why not sign up today?

For more information, and ticket bookings, head to: https://sydneyscience.com.au/2017/event/a-tribute-to-science-fiction/

 

2017 Christmas Special – Twice upon a time

Over the weekend, at San Diego Comic Con, lots of details were dropped about this years Christmas special.

The special, entitled Twice Upon a time will see Peter Capaladi’s Twelfth Doctor team up with the First Doctor played by David Bradley.

There is also the return of Bill Potts, played again by Pearl Mackie.  Doctor Who writer and actor Mark Gatiss will also return to the show playing a character known as ‘The Captain’ at this point.

To view the trailer that was shown, click below!

 

2017 DWCA office bearer nominations

The DWCA would like to thank those members who have nominated themselves for a position in the club committee, to be officially elected at our upcoming AGM on Sunday 13th of August.

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

  • President – Lauren Davis
  • Vice President – Jon Andersen
  • Secretary – Roger Reynolds
  • Treasurer – Brad Harrison

Each position received only one nomination, so the people listed above will be declared elected, unopposed.

For more information on the AGM, please visit our event page here