Murray Gold to leave Doctor Who

After many months of rumours, Murray Gold confirmed at the Gallifrey One convention over the weekend that he won’t be returning for Series 11 of Doctor Who.

Gold has composed music for every episode of the show since it returned in 2005. The strength and quality of his music was showcased in the popular Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular, which visited Australia in 2012, 2014 and 2015.

There is no announcement of who Gold’s replacement will be as yet. However, Broadchurch composer Ólafur Arnalds has ruled himself out.

In addition to this, it has also been confirmed that Moffat era writers Jamie Mathieson and Sarah Dollard won’t be returning to write for Series 11.

We’ll update this page once we know who the official replacement for Gold is.

Titan Comics Releases

Titan Comics have confirmed two new releases that will be sure to excite both new and classic series fans!

First off, the Thirteenth Doctor will get her comic debut later this year. The series, due to coincide with the Doctor’s first full television series will be written by Jody Houser. Jody’s works include working on Orphan Black, Star Wars: Rogue One, Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows, Faith, Supergirl and Mother Panic.
The artwork will be provided by Rachael Stott (The Twelth Doctor, Motherlands) who will be joined by colourist Enrica Angolini (Warhammer 40,000)

Secondly, the Seventh Doctor and Ace will return to graphic novel form with the comic book series due out towards the middle of the year.

The brand new three-part comic series will be will be written by Classic Who scribe Ben Aaronovitch (Remembrance of the Daleks, Battlefield) and McCoy era script editor Andrew Cartmel.

In this new release,  an unknown alien intelligence is in orbit around the Earth. Astronauts are under attack. There is a terrifying, mysterious landing in the Australian interior. The future of the world itself is at stake. Counter Measures have been activated. This is OPERATION VOLCANO!

The artwork for this series will be provided by Christopher Jones (The Third Doctor) and colourist Marco Lesko (The Ninth Doctor)

The Seventh Doctor will also materialise with a back-up strip written by Twelfth Doctor scribe Richard Dinnick, with art by Jessica Martin (none other than Mags from the Seventh Doctor story – The Greatest Show in the Galaxy!)

Whilst we don’t have Australian release dates as yet, these will be available from the DWCA shop as soon as possible.

In the mean time, why not whet your appetite for these releases with the current issues we have available from the DWCA shop, here!

DWCA Merchandise available at UNSW’s O-Week

Starting from the 19th of February is O-Week at the University of New South Wales. For all those people attending UNSW, there will be DWCA merchandise available for sale. This will be from the DocSoc stall in the quad on the Kensington campus.

DocSoc – UNSW’s Doctor Who Society, is a meeting place for all fans of Doctor Who at UNSW!

Merchandise will include sonic screwdrivers, diaries, graphic novels and Pop! Vinyls! In addition a life sized Dalek will be on display near the stall for people to take photos with! There will be lots of other activities going on around the campus at the same time, including free food, jumping castles and much, much more.

Be quick, as O-Week finishes on the 23rd of February!

 

 

RIP David Fisher

The DWCA is sad to report on the passing of writer David Fisher.

David wrote four Doctor Who stories, all of which featured the Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker.

His first contribution to the series was in 1978, when he wrote two stories in the Key to Time season. These were The Stones of Blood and The Androids of Tara.

In 1979 he returned to the show and wrote The Creature from the Pit. He was also working on a story called A Gamble with Time, but for personal reasons, had to hand it over to script editor Douglas Adams to finish what became City of Death.

His last full contribution to the series was The Leisure Hive.

David Fisher was 88.

RIP Paddy Russell

The DWCA is sad to report on the passing of Paddy Russell.

Paddy was the first female director to work on the show and worked with the first, third and fourth Doctors.

Paddy was first involved with Doctor Who directing the William Hartnell story, The Massacre of St Bartholmew’s Eve.

It was eight years later she directed the six part Jon Pertwee story, Invasion of the Dinosaurs.

She was involved twice more with the series directing Tom Baker stories Pyramids of Mars and Horror of Fang Rock.

Paddy was 89.

RIP Dudley Simpson

It is with sorrow that we report on the passing of Dudley Simpson.

Dudley worked on over 290 episodes of Doctor Who, writing the score to over sixty stories. His music provided the soundtrack to the majority of adventures of the first four Doctors. He also wrote title music for Blake’s 7 and The Tomorrow People.

Dudley was born in Australia on the 4th of October, 1922. He studied orchestration and composition at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. His entry into Television was meeting a BBC executive at a party. From there, it was his work on drama Moonstrike that bought him to the attention of Mervyn Pinfeld who recruited him to write music for the First Doctor Story – Planet of  Giants. He wrote scores to such memorable stories such as Fury from the Deep, Seeds of Death, Terror of the Autons, Genesis of the Daleks, and many many more.

In addition to being behind the scenes, he appeared on camera as the Conductor in episode 4 of The Talons of Weng-Chiang.

Dudley also appeared at Whovention 2013, where he was able to regale attendees with stories from his time working on the show.

Dudley passed away in Australia, he was 95

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.

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

RIP Trevor Baxter

It is with deep regret we have to report on the passing of Trevor Baxter.


Baxter who had a wide career, appearing in such shows as Z Cars, The New Avengers and George and Mildred.

To Doctor Who fans he is best known for playing Professor George Litefoot, pathologist and eventual comrade of impresario Henry Gordon Jago, from the Fourth Doctor story The Talons of Weng-Chiang.

He returned to this role in 2009 in the Big Finish audio drama The Mahogany Murderers, which would end up serving as the pilot for 2010’s Jago & Litefoot series box set. Thirteen box sets were produced over eight years, the most recent of which was released just a couple of months ago.

Baxter was 84.