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.
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.
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.
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.
After much fevered speculation, the BBC has finally revealed the identity of the person who will take over the TARDIS in 2018 alongside Chris Chibnall.
The Thirteenth Doctor will be played by Jodie Whittaker, best known for her portrayal of Beth Latimer in Chibnall’s series Broadchurch. This will make Whittaker the first ‘canon’ female Doctor in the history of the programme. Her new incarnation was revealed in a continuation of the trailer released on Saturday, in which the TARDIS key materialises in the new Doctor’s hand and she walks into the iconic blue box.
Of the announcement, Whittaker said:
“I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet. It’s more than an honour to play the Doctor. It means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope. I can’t wait.”
Incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall added:
“I always knew I wanted the Thirteenth Doctor to be a woman and we’re thrilled to have secured our number one choice. Her audition for The Doctor simply blew us all away. Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and will bring loads of wit, strength and warmth to the role. The Thirteenth Doctor is on her way.”
While outgoing Doctor Peter Capaldi observed:
“Anyone who has seen Jodie Whittaker’s work will know that she is a wonderful actress of great individuality and charm. She has above all the huge heart to play this most special part. She’s going to be a fantastic Doctor.”
Charlotte Moore, BBC Director of BBC Content:
Making history is what Doctor Who is all about and Chris Chibnall’s bold new take on the next Time Lord is exactly that. The nation is going to fall in love with Jodie Whittaker – and have lots of fun too!
Piers Wenger, Controller BBC Drama, said:
“Jodie is not just a talented actor but she has a bold and brilliant vision for her Doctor. She aced it in her audition both technically and with the powerful female life force she brings to the role. She is destined to be an utterly iconic Doctor.”
Jodie Whittaker will debut as the Thirteenth Doctor in 2018. Watch this space for more information in the coming weeks.
As per the end of The Doctor Falls we saw that the first Doctor (played by David Bradley) has returned to team up with the twelth Doctor in his final story before his regeneration.
The BBC has released the following promotional image:
This isn’t Bradley’s first time in Doctor Who, or indeed playing the first Doctor. He was previously in season seven’s Dinosaurs on a Spaceship and he also played the Doctor/William Hartnell in the Docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time