Mind Bending 3D Illusion in Sydney

From 10am – 2pm on the 13th of April, Outside the Dendy Cinema at Circular Quay to celebrate the debut of Doctor Who series 10 on ABC and iview, BBC Worldwide is unveiling a mind-bending 3D illusion at one of Sydney’s most iconic locations.

Created by artists 3D Joe and Max, the illusion will appear for one day only on the forecourt at Circular Quay, just down from the Dendy Cinema near the Portobello Café. The artwork features some of the terrifying monsters from the series within a deep chasm that has appeared on the ground. It reflects the fantastic adventures that await the team of heroes in this next series, which starts on Sunday 16 April on ABC and iView.

Fans of all ages are encouraged to dress up and interact with the underground world into which they are seemingly being lured. Participants can capture their own illusive Doctor Who journey and share it on social media using #TimeForHeroesAU. The first ten people to arrive, find BBC Whovian ‘Peta’ and say ‘A Time for Heroes’ will win tickets to see episode one on the big screen. But be quick! The illusion will remain setup until 2pm.

Series 10 Titles and Directors

As of 06/04/17, we now have confirmed titles and directors for all but the final two stories of series 10. Check them out below!

UPDATE: 13/04/17 – Now have the last episode titles confirmed by Radio Times.

  1. The Pilot, by Steven Moffat, directed by Lawrence Gough
  2. Smile, by Frank Cottrell-Boyce, directed by Lawrence Gough
  3. Thin Ice, by Sarah Dollard, directed by Bill Anderson
  4. Knock Knock, by Mike Bartlett, directed by Bill Anderson
  5. Oxygen, by Jamie Matheson, directed by Charles Palmer
  6. Extremis, by Steven Moffat, directed by Daniel Nettheim
  7. The Pyramid at the End of the World, by Peter Harness, directed by Daniel Nettheim
  8. The Lie Of The Land, by Toby Whithouse, directed by Wayne Che Yip
  9. The Empress Of Mars, by Mark Gatiss, directed by Wayne Che Yip
  10. The Eaters of Light, by Rona Munro, directed by Charles Palmer
  11. World enough and time, by Steven Moffat, directed by Rachel Talalay
  12. The Doctor Falls, by Steven Moffat, directed by Rachel Talalay

 

DWCA at Penrith Collectormania

If you’re looking for something to do this Sunday, why not come along to Penrith Collectormania! It’s arguably the biggest toy fair in NSW.

The DWCA will have an stall there and we’re selling all the latest and greatest merchandise including:

The Power of the Daleks and The Return of Doctor Mysterio on DVD/Blu-ray, The Star Men and The Torchwood Archive on audio, and a whole load of graphic novels (including the very special Four Doctors!).

For more information, please click on our event here.
Hope to see you there!

New Series 10 Trailer

Overnight a new trailer for series 10 has dropped. Along with a new publicity photo and the episode title for episode one!


Episode one is now confirmed to be called “The Pilot” as opposed to the previously believed title “A Star in her eye”.

Doctor Who Series 10 is due out in the UK on the 15th of April.

UPDATE: ABC TV confirms the airdate to be 16th of April!

Until then, enjoy the new series 10 trailer below!

UPDATE: As of the 4/4 There’s a new trailer with some slightly new footage!

Data Extract 234 released

The first issue of Data Extract magazine for 2017 is hot off the presses and it’s on its way to members.

The issue features all the latest news, stories on how the first three actors who played the Doctor were influenced by World War 2 and some amazing artwork!

If you’re after a subscription to the magazine and all the benefits that come with being a DWCA member, why not join the club! For more information on this, please visit:
http://dwca.org.au/membership/

Mondasians to return

Overnight the BBC have announced the return of a return of a villain not seen in the show for over fifty years.

 

The Mondasian version of the Cybermen were the first version of the Cybermen to appear in Doctor Who back in the classic story – The Tenth Planet. The Cybermen will feature in the final two episodes of series 10.

Want to check out their first appearance in Doctor Who? Why not buy the Tenth Planet on DVD and be up to date before their reappearance in the show! For more information click here to visit the DWCA shop!

DWCA Publishing Presents: Zerinza Volume One

The DWCA is excited to present our first publication of 2017: the launch of our new yearbook, Zerinza.

Zerinza Volume One celebrates 40 years of the DWCA and features interviews with and articles by every past President from across the club’s entire history. It also celebrates text Who, 2016 having been a year with less content on TV and more on book shelves. This includes an exclusive interview with Doctor Who actor and Second Doctor son Michael Troughton, who discusses writing his father’s biography. David J Howe talks about co-writing Jon Pertwee’s final memoir, Colin West remembers illustrating Tom Baker’s poetry and Peter Davison describes writing the script for the Five(ish) Doctor’s Reboot. There is also a rare interview transcript of Nicholas Courtney and Katy Manning from the first Whovention, comics, art, articles and fiction!

All DWCA members will have received an email including links to both PDF and ePub versions of the book – if you didn’t receive this email, please contact us. And if you’re a non-member and you want to see what all the fuss is about, or you enjoyed the book and want a hard copy to put on your shelf, you can purchase a bound edition in either paperback or hardcover format from the DWCA Publishing online shop here: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/DoctorWhoClubOfAustralia

One piece of sad news we have to relate is that the club’s epublication The Nethersphere has ended with its seventh issue. DWCA Publishing will be collecting all seven issues into a hardcover bound volume that will available from the DWCA Publishing online shop later in the year. But for fans of the publication you will be glad to know that co-editors Dallas Jones and Roger Reynolds are already hard at work on their own all-new, independent fanzine – Trap Street. Look for its first release later this year as well. Although not part of the club’s in-house publications, it promises to appeal to any reader who enjoyed their work on The Nethersphere.

 

Due out shortly is the next issue of club magazine Data Extract, so members should look for it in their letterboxes soon. But in the meantime we hope you will enjoy the Zerinza special. A big thank you to club founder Antony Howe, for giving permission to revive the Zerinza name. Thanks also to all those who contributed to its pages. We hope you will enjoy our efforts and look forward to bringing you more exciting content from DWCA Publishing on into 2017.

The 6 Types Of Actor Who Could Be The Next Doctor

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We’re still reeling from the news that Peter Capaldi will be leaving the role of the Doctor at the end of this year. As fans, we now begin the process of grieving the loss of a Doctor whilst also looking forward to seeing who will step into Capaldi’s shoes and take the show in an exciting new direction. Chris Chibnall, and the powers that be at the BBC, face the daunting task of deciding who the Thirteenth Doctor will be.

Because we’re fans, we’ve made a list. A list of what sort of actor could fill the role – but rather than focus on speculation over individual actors, we are pondering the pools of talent that the production team may want to pick from. We’ve ordered our list from the most likely to be the next Doctor, to the least, based on nothing but fan intuition

1. THE RISING STAR

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Given the immense popularity of the programme, taking on the role of the Doctor can be seen as a great career move for an actor. At the same time, the Doctor Who production team may well be looking to snag a young, talented performer before they grow too big for a long-running TV series.

The Rising Star is the sort of actor who has been popping up in the odd TV guest part and minor film role for a few years and has ‘potential’ written all over them. They light up the screen in any scene they are in, and are probably destined for stardom: they’re just waiting for their big break.

There’s past precedent for this sort of thing to happen, with David Tennant being cast as the Doctor fresh off the back of RTD’s Casanova just as his career was starting to build a real momentum. There’s a whole universe of rising stars to choose from, with Andrew Gower, Wunmi Mosaku and Lydia Rose Bewley to name just a few, so the size of the pool and the amount of talent in it makes this our most likely pick.

 

2. THE SEASONED PROFESSIONAL

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There are plenty of actors who have long, respectable careers but who haven’t quite reached international stardom. Chibnall and co may be looking for a proven talent with a large body of work, who seems to crop up in almost everything but has never really shone in the limelight. The kind of person that makes you go ‘oh, it’s them’ whenever you see them on screen.

There are plenty of examples of this from the show’s history: past Seasoned Professionals to take on the role include Christopher Eccleston, the outgoing Peter Capaldi, and the man who kicked the whole thing off, William Hartnell. Some of the early favourites for the Thirteenth Doctor firmly fall under this umbrella, including David Harewood and Olivia Colman, so the chances of a well-versed actor assuming the role seem quite likely. We can easily imagine someone like Tim Roth, Tracey Childs or Lennie James taking on the role.

 

3. THE HOUSEHOLD NAME

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It’s now an uncommon occurrence to see actors with major film careers diverge into television. While it is unlikely that we will ever see an actor at the height of their popularity take on the small screen commitment of Doctor Who (those who are desperate for Benedict Cumberbatch to play the Doctor may want to moderate their expectations), there could be some iconic talent who could be coaxed into the TARDIS if they are looking for a new phase in their career. The production team could benefit in casting someone with star power, who is immediately recognisable and brings a sizeable audience with them. Someone with a kind of credibility that would ground the show as it makes the transition between the old and new showrunners.

Movement between the big and small screen has rarely been as free as it is now, but there is a near enough example from Doctor Who’s past (if you squint hard enough): at the time of the Fifth Doctor’s casting, Peter Davison was something of a major TV star, at least in the UK, having played a lead role in the veterinary comedy-drama series All Creatures Great and Small.

We can think a little bigger now, and the prospect of someone like Tilda Swinton (Eighth Doctor actor Paul McGann’s personal pick), Chiwitel Ejiofor or Hugh Laurie taking over in 2018 seems tantalisingly plausible.

 

4. THE UNKNOWN

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It’s almost as plausible that the powers that be could select someone who has virtually no profile whatsoever, who brings no baggage with them (remember how the spectre of Malcolm Tucker hung over the early part of Peter Capaldi’s tenure?). It would make a powerful statement of intent from an incoming showrunner – this is someone fresh who is going to be unpredictable in the role. It really could be anyone’s game.

Past Doctor Matt Smith was barely heard of at the time of his casting, but perhaps an even better example comes in the form of the newest lead to join the series, Pearl Mackie, whose past CV is mostly theatre credits. It could be a risky path to take, but the possibility of the new Doctor being played by someone completely unfamiliar to audiences is incredibly exciting.

 

5. THE COMEDY CROSSOVER

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Catherine Tate was a revelation as Donna Noble way back in 2008, proving that a comedic actor’s decision making and sense of timing can be just as valuable when playing drama. It’s now pretty commonplace to see British comedy actors do good work in dramatic roles, so much so that Miranda Hart can play a midwife and Joanna Scanlan can play a gritty detective and without anyone batting an eyelid. In looking to capture the Doctor’s distinctive sense of wit, the new production team could do worse than look amongst the scores of talented actors who have their roots in comedy.

The role of the new Doctor could represent a great opportunity for a gifted funny person to transition to the world of drama – it certainly was for Jon Pertwee back in 1970, when Pertwee was best known for his appearances in multiple Carry On films and his role in the long-running radio series The Navy Lark.

Suggestions of The IT Crowd’s Richard Ayoade, along with the aforementioned Hart, have already been doing the rounds. We think some well-loved comedy actors who have already had a stab at playing it straight, such as Tamsin Greig, or Sanjeev Bhaskar, could give highly memorable takes on the part. However, it may be even more exciting to see the dramatic potential unlocked in someone who so far has not strayed far from the world of comedy – perhaps someone like Matt Berry?

 

6. THE WILD CARD

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The worst possible choice that the production team could make would be to pick someone boring. The Wild Card definitely isn’t boring. There’s something about them that breaks the mould. Perhaps they are best known for something other than acting. Perhaps they aren’t British. Perhaps they’re Australian. Perhaps they’re, wait for it, American. Chibnall could do something hugely unexpected and go with a completely gonzo decision. It would certainly get people sitting up and paying attention.

Remarkably, this sort of thing has happened before. Sylvester McCoy’s formative career was in experimental theatre, and he also had a string of children’s television credits prior to accepting the role of the Doctor. That’s before we even get to past companions, which have included the likes of pop singers (Billie Piper), former child stars (Bonnie Langford) and talent competition winners (Wendy Padbury).

The idea of a completely off-the-wall choice, like singer-songwriter Morrissey, Australian actor Elizabeth Debicki or American rapper and sometime actor Mos Def, has us tickled.

 

Of course, Capaldi’s eventual successor might not neatly fit in one of the above categories – they might be a highly experienced comedy actor, or a non-British up-and-comer, or, well, anybody. Whatever decision Chibnall and his colleagues end up making, we’re sure it will be a fine one. Casting the Doctor may be a difficult process, but no-one’s made a bad choice so far.

Tooz Company: A DWCA Tavern Special Event

The DWCA is delighted to announce a special guest for our Inner Sydney Tavern night on Friday 3 March – British actor Richard Unwin.

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Richard is a huge Doctor Who fan and has been lucky enough to lend his voice to four audio dramas with Big Finish Productions – Doctor Who: Three’s Company (as Vidler), Bernice Summerfield: The Kingdom of the Blind (as the Monoids), and Gallifrey: Appropriation and Fractures (as Tooz). He’s coming to Australia with the play ‘The Chemsex Monologues’, which is playing in Adelaide and Sydney during March.

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Richard will be taking part in a Q&A session covering his work in the Whoniverse and will also be joining in the group discussion for the evening, including our analysis of the current DWCA Book Club text ‘Engines of War’ – an original novel featuring the War Doctor.

So come along with your friends and enjoy a pleasant evening with good food, great beverages and excellent company!

Date: Friday 3 March

Time: 6:30-10pm

Venue: Level 2, City of Sydney RSL, 565 George Street, Sydney (just a short distance from Town Hall Train Station).

Cost: Entry is free, however tickets must be claimed from the DWCA website prior to the event. This event is open to both DWCA members and non-members.   Click here to claim tickets

Please note: Whilst entry is free, it is requested that food or drink be purchased from the Bistro during the event.