Data Extract #232 – Forty Years Young!

The latest issue of the DWCA’s member-exclusive magazine, Data Extract has been printed!

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Our latest issue is dedicated to 40 years of Doctor Who Fandom in Australia. We discuss the formation of DWCA, talk about Fan’s making new Doctor Who themselves, and a Guinness World record attempt for the most amount of Doctor Who Merchandise!

If you’re able to attend this weekends Whoventures event, you’ll be able to collect your copy! For more information on this event please visit the below link:
Whoventures: 40 Years of Australian Doctor Who Fandom

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/

If you’re unable to attend the event, the magazine will be sent out in the beginning of November.

Class Story Synopses

This is the official page for the story synopses for each episode of the Doctor Who Spin off ‘Class’.

These are the official ones from the BBC and this page will get updated each time a new synopsis is available.

1. For Tonight We Might Die
It’s a new term at Coal Hill Academy, and students are preparing for their Autumn Prom. But when the school comes under attack from the monstrous Shadow Kin, four alienated students must form an unlikely alliance to defeat them.

Charlie, April, Ram and Tanya, assisted by their physics teacher Miss Quill, are now charged with a great responsibility by the mysterious alien known as ‘The Doctor’: to guard against the creatures of nightmare, who want nothing more than to find a way through to Earth and take it for their own.

And this incursion is only the beginning…

2. The Coach With The Dragon Tattoo
Following the tragic events at the Prom, a devastated Ram isolates himself from the other three as he struggles with his new reality. Desperate to hold himself together on the football pitch, when he thinks he witnesses someone getting skinned alive he’s convinced he’s cracking up.

But when Tanya, Charlie and April are all confronted with the same thing: a horrific, monstrous, skin-peeling dragon, they know that they’re under attack. The gang must pull together to fight against the monster, and try to keep Coal Hill safe.

3. Nightvisiting

London is infiltrated by an eerie alien with the ability to morph into the shape of lost loved one.

Tanya has an unexpected visitor come to her window in the dead of night – and she’s not the only one, as Ram and Miss Quill face their own startling visitors.

Confronted with these emotional encounters, the team must overcome the persuasion of this strange new threat, and battle through the streets to stop Tanya from bring lost forever.

4. Co-Owner Of A Lonely Heart

April starts to feel effects of sharing her heart with Corakinus, and his attempts to sever the attachment only make it stronger.

When April’s estranged father makes a startling appearance she confronts him with Shadow Kin force, manifesting traits of the Shadow Kin leader.

Frightened by this extraordinary new-found power, April seems comfort in Ram, and vows to reclaim her heart as her own.

Meanwhile, something strange is happening to the others – London is slowly being infested with unusual, sinister flower petals.

5. Brave-ish Heart

Battling through the Shadow Kin realm, April knows that there is no going back: she has to defeat Corakinus.

On Earth, the invasion of the petals is rapidly snowballing. Confronted with the threat of the planet’s extinction, new headmistress Dorothea attempts to force Charlie into making a transformational decision. But Miss Quill has other ideas for him.

As Charlie, Matteusz and Tanya try to stop the petals from annihilating the human race, April must fight the terrifying force of Corakinus, light years away from home.

6. Detained

The whole gang is thrown into detention by Miss Quill. Locked in her classroom, they are terrified when an explosion propels them out of space and time: trapped, claustrophobic and floating in blackness with no way of escape.

Although a mysterious asteroid fragment may be their key to freedom, it forces the gang to confess their deepest, darkest secrets to one another. As ugly truths come out, fractures start to appear in the friendship group.

And then they make a chilling discovery. They’re not alone. There’s somebody in there with them.

7. The Metaphysical Engine, Or What Quill Did

With the gang trapped in detention and out of the way, Miss Quill accepts Dorothea’s astonishing offer: to help remove the Arn from her head, and to reclaim her freedom.

Alongside Ballon, an imprisoned shape-shifter, Miss Quill travels in a metaphysical engine and is taken to impossible, extraordinary and dangerous worlds, collecting materials in preparation for her life-changing procedure.

After an emotional encounter with her surgeon and a nearly-fatal operation, Miss Quill must find a way to return to Earth: transformed and ready for war.

8. The Lost

Facing an impossible choice, our heroes must use all they’ve learnt to save Earth. But how far are they prepared to go? And will they have to pay a price?

Unable to recover from the truths they have faced, the gang has splintered. Liberated from enslavement, Quill prepares to take her revenge. But they must reunite when the Shadow Kin return, raging a ruthless, unrelenting war.

Resolute to claim April’s heart and Charlie’s weapon, Corakinus threatens to kill their families until he has what he desires – and the friends must fight to prevent him.

This time, not everyone will make it out alive.

Michelle Gomez confirms appearance for series 10

News website, The Music has an interview with Michelle Gomez which confirms her involvement with Series 10.

“Weirdly, this is the sort of crunch week where I get to find out exactly what I’m going to be doing next,” she told The Music. “I can officially say that I will be starting back on Doctor Who soon, so that’s one thing.”

Gomez last appeared in the role as Missy — short for The Mistress, a female incarnation of the Doctor’s long-time arch-enemy, the Master — in episodes one and two of series nine, The Magician’s Apprentice and The Witch’s Familiar.

 

 

2016 Christmas Special Title Announced

The BBC has confirmed that the title of this years Christmas special will be called:The Return of Doctor Mysterio

The episode will see the Doctor joining forces with an investigative journalist and a superhero to save New York from a deadly alien threat.

The episode will also feature the return of Matt Lucas playing Nardole, who was last seen in the previous year’s Christmas special.

A behind the scenes trailer has been released:

DWCA at EB Expo

On the weekend of 30th September to the 2nd of October, the DWCA will be at the EB Expo at Sydney Showgrounds.

We are in Pop Culture Market Stall 16, and the TARDIS will be near by to have lots of photos taken with you.

On sale will be a wide range of Doctor Who DVD’s, Big Finish audios, books, toys and collectables. So if you’re going to the event, be sure to pop in and say hi!

For more information on the Expo, please visit:
http://www.ebexpo.com.au/index.html

DWCA Book Club #4 – Shada

Following our special book club event Time and Again, celebrating the work of special guest Robert Smith?, the DWCA Book Club will be visiting that legendary Doctor Who story that was until recently not available in written form – Douglas Adams’ Shada.

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Novelised by Gareth Roberts in 2012, Shada has been written based on the original scripts from Douglas Adams. However, Roberts has also added in new additional material to help ‘fix’ various plot holes and unanswered questions.

The original story focuses on the planet Shada, where the Time Lords have constructed a high security prison to keep some of the universe’s most dangerous criminals.

The club will be reading the book over the next two months, with the final discussion set to take place at our Newtown Tavern night on Friday 4 November. Optional, spoiler-free discussion will take place on Friday 7 October, to cater for those who may not have finished reading the book.

The club is also accepting written reviews of this book and our previous entry, Robert Smith?’s Time Unincorporated Volume 2, the best of which will be published in Data Extract magazine. If you’d like to share your review with us, please send it to fsq@doctorwhoaustralia.org.

The new sonic screwdriver, Tenth Doctor audio dramas and more at Penrith Collectormania

The DWCA Shop is pleased to announced our return to Penrith Collectormania Fair – said to be the largest toy fair in NSW.

The fair will see the Shop debut an exciting range of merchandise, including the Twelfth Doctor’s Second Sonic Screwdriver, which most recently appeared in The Husbands of River Song and features multiple light and sound effects.

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For the figurine collectors among you, there are new Pop! vinyl figures, including the Twelfth Doctor with Guitar, the “Mr Clever” Eleventh Doctor, the Tenth Doctor with Hand in Jar, the War Doctor, and a supersized Davros! We will also have an extremely limited number of Thirteen Doctors action figures sets, featuring every television Doctor to date as a 5.5″ scale action figure. This deluxe item is a numbered limited edition, so you need to get in quick before it’s gone!

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The Shop will also have on hand three new full-cast audio dramas featuring David Tennant and Catherine Tate as the Tenth Doctor and Donna. Written by esteemed writers Matt Fitton, Jenny Colgan and James Goss, these hour-long adventures have lovingly recreated one of Doctor Who’s most popular TARDIS teams.

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If you’re planning on attending Collectormania and would like to place a holding deposit for any of these items, email shop@doctorwhoaustralia.org with your name and a list of the items in question. The Shop will also be bringing a limited number of DVDs, audio dramas, books, toys and collectables, so if there’s something specific you’re after, feel free to ask if we can bring it along. Most of our current catalogue can be found in our online shop.

The Fair will be held at the Penrith Panthers Pavilion on Mulgoa Road, just down from the Penrith Panthers Club and right next to Aqua Golf. For more information, visit our event page.

2016 DWCA office bearer nominations

The DWCA would like to thank those members who have nominated themselves for a position on the club committee, to be officially elected at our upcoming AGM on Sunday 14 August.

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

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

As the positions of President and Secretary received only 1 nomination each, each candidate will be running unopposed.

As per Section 15.1 (8) of the DWCA Constitution, “Due to the highly sensitive nature of the position of Club Treasurer, this role is nominated as per other Office bearers but is elected solely by the committee”. Thus, there will not be a ballot for the position of Treasurer, the successful candidate being announced at the AGM.

No nominations were received for the position of Vice President and thus the position is declared unfilled. As per Section 15.1 (4) of the DWCA Constitution, “further nominations  are to be received at the annual general meeting”.

As previously announced, postal voting is still open for the proposed amendment to Section 15.1 of the club constitution, titled ‘Election of Office Bearers’, and the reflection of this amendment in Schedule 1 to the club constitution.

Current wording for the body of the constitution:

15.1 Election of Office Bearers
(1) Candidates standing for election as an Office Bearer must be current Club members, that membership being held for a minimum continuous period of 5 years prior to the election.

Proposed wording for the body of the constitution:

15.1 Election of Office Bearers
(1) Candidates standing for election as an Office Bearer must be current Club members, that membership being held for a minimum period of 5 years and at least 1 year immediately prior to the election.

Current wording for Schedule 1 (body):

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(a) A nominee for an Office Bearer position must have been a member of the Club for a minimum continuous period of five (5) years, and be endorsed by two (2) members of the Club, in accordance with Clause 15.1 of The Constitution.

Proposed wording for Schedule 1 (body):

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(a) A nominee for an Office Bearer position must have been a member of the Club for a minimum period of 5 years and at least 1 year immediately prior to the election, and be endorsed by two (2) members of the Club, in accordance with Clause 15.1 of The Constitution.

Current wording for Schedule 1, Attachment 1 (nomination form):

I <the undersigned> of <address>, being a member of The Doctor Who Club Of Australia for the last five (5) years, accept the nomination of the two (2) signatories below for the position of <President/Vice President/Treasurer/Secretary>.

Proposed wording for Schedule 1, Attachment 1 (nomination form):

I <the undersigned> of <address>, having been a member of The Doctor Who Club of Australia for the length of time stipulated in Clause 15.1 of the Constitution, accept the nomination of the two (2) signatories below for the position of <President/Vice President/Treasurer/Secretary>.

To be eligible to vote for the proposed constitutional amendment, you must be both:

  • A fully paid-up DWCA member for at least the previous 12 months (1 year), and
  • 16 years of age or over.

If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to vote, please send a letter to the following address by 11 August:

The Returning Officer DWCA
95 Hamrun Circuit
Rooty Hill
NSW   2766

The letter must include the following:

  • Your name
  • Your DWCA member number
  • A clear statement indicating whether you are FOR or AGAINST the proposed amendment and its reflection in Schedule 1.

A vote in respect of only one membership number per envelope is allowed.

Time and Again: A DWCA Book Club Special Event

The text selected for this book club meeting is ‘Time Unincorporated Vol. 2’ – a collection of over 70 essays covering every era of the classic series of Doctor Who – edited by Robert Smith? and Graeme Burk.

We are delighted to announce that Robert will be our special guest for the evening, giving you the opportunity to discuss the book with the man who helped put it together!

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

Date: Friday 9 September

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.


You can also purchase a copy of the book by visiting the DWCA online shop.

Doctor Who: Dot-to-Doc

In September, Penguin Books Australia is set to release Dot to Doc, a join the dots activity book. The book has over 40 portraits with a minimum of 500 dots in each image. Some of the images have over one thousand dots!

There is every incarnation of the Doctor and some favourite friends like Rose, Donna and Captain Jack, and some enemies like Daleks, Cybermen and a Weeping Angel.

For more information, please visit: https://www.penguin.com.au/products/9781405927307/doctor-who-dot-doc

However, to keep you excited for the release here in Australia, you can download and print off a 351 dot picture of the TARDIS for you to fill in. Click here to download the PDF.

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Note: the 7th of July date is the UK release of the book.