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
This week Supanova starts in Sydney and along with guest John (Benton) Levene, the DWCA will be there to fulfill all your merchandise needs! To celebrate the occasion the club has produced a special exclusive digital comic – Wrath of the Cyber-Spider! The Cybermen have a plan to rid themselves of the Doctor forever, a plan that threatens every one of his past incarnations across the web of time. Can the Doctor and Bill stop them in time? The publication also features interviews with Nicola Bryant, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy, talking all things Cybermen and regeneration. All that and a pin-up gallery too!
If you want to get a copy of this exclusive publication it’s easy – Just be a member! Either sign up, or if you’ve let your membership lapse, then renew it with the club before midnight on Sunday 18 June (the last day of Supanova).
If you’re heading to Sydney Supanova this coming weekend (June 16-18) be sure to come over to the DWCA Stand!
We are booth number 533, which is near the autograph tables. (See below for a visual picture to help you plan!)
Why would you swing by you ask? Apart from meeting our lovely volunteers helping at the desk, you’ll be able to pick up a bargain! From a smorgasbord of Sonic Screwdrivers, to a range of comics staring Doctors past and present, we have you covered. We will also have the latest audio dramas from Big Finish and Series 10 Part 1 on DVD and Blu-Ray!
Not to mention, we will also have Classic Who DVD titles staring Supanova guest John Levene as Sergeant Benton.
If this wasn’t enough, we’ll also have select merchandise from Torchwood, Sherlock and other cult programmes.
So be sure to come on by, say hi and pick up some great products!
VENUE: 2nd Floor Club Burwood, 97 Burwood Road, Burwood NSW
AGENDA: President’s Report; Treasurer’s Report; and Election of Office Bearers.
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Regular contribution to email discussions;
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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.