Capaldi to leave Doctor Who in 2017

Overnight, Peter Capaldi has announced that he is leaving Doctor Who at the end of the 2017 Christmas special.



Appearing on Jo Whiley’s show on Radio 2, Capaldi said:

“From our brilliant crew and creative team working for the best broadcaster on the planet, to the viewers and fans whose endless creativity, generosity and inclusiveness points to a brighter future ahead. I can’t thank everyone enough. It’s been cosmic.”

Steven Moffat has also released a statement saying:
For years before I ever imagined being involved in Doctor Who, or had ever met the man, I wanted to work with Peter Capaldi. I could not have imagined that one day we’d be standing on the TARDIS together. Like Peter, I’m facing up to leaving the best job I’ll ever have, but knowing I do so in the company of the best, and kindest and cleverest of men, makes the saddest of endings a little sweeter. But hey, it’s a long way from over. Peters’ amazing, fiery, turbulent Doctor is still fighting the good fight, and his greatest adventures are yet to come. Monsters of the universe, be on your guard – Capaldi’s not done with you yet!

Peter’s final season of 12 episodes and the Christmas special begins on Easter Saturday (April 15th).

There’s no announcement yet on when the next Doctor will be announced, or which actor will be taking on the role as the thirteenth Doctor.

RIP Sir John Hurt 1940-2017

It is with deep regret that we report on the passing of Sir John Hurt.


Hurt was best known within Doctor Who circles playing the War Doctor in the 50th Anniversary special – The Day of the Doctor. He returned to the role in the Big Finish audio adventures in 2015.

He also has a number of iconic roles within pop culture, such as Kane in Alien, the voice’s of Hazel in Watership Down and, the horned king in The Black Cauldron and Mr. Ollivander in the Harry Potter Film Series.

Hurt, was 77. He is survived by wife of 12 years Anwen Rees-Myers.

Data Extract Art Competition


Do you have a passion for drawing, painting or any other sort of visual art? Do you love Doctor Who? Then the Doctor Who Club of Australia wants to hear from you! Data Extract is holding an art competition, so that the Australian fan community gets a chance to show their artistic talent to the world. No experience required – if you love art, we want to see your work!

First prize is The War Doctor’s very own Sonic Screwdriver toy, the After Life graphic novel featuring the Eleventh Doctor, The Invasion on DVD, as well as the chance to have your work published in Data Extract. Three runners-up will also get their work published alongside the winner.

The theme for the competition is ‘Doctor Who in 2016’. We want you to create something based around something Doctor-Who-related from this year. Some examples could be about our new companions for Series 10, Bill and Nardole, or the brand new spin-off series, Class, or the new animation of The Power of the Daleks. It could even be about something that you personally have done in 2016 that’s related to Doctor Who! Get creative, and get going, because entries are due on the 15th of February 2017! Send all submissions to, with the subject line “Data Extract Art Competition”.

We can’t wait to hear from you!


Image Credit: Katie Yu

Data Extract 233 released

The last Data Extract of 2016, #233 is on it’s way to members.

This issue is jam packed with all the latest news, discussions on Doctor Who spin offs, displays at the Powerhouse Museum, a little perspective, and much much more.


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:

DWCA Book Club #5 – Weapons of Past Destruction

The fifth book that the DWCA book club are reading is the graphic novel: Weapons of Past Destruction, by Cavan Scott.


Travelling with Rose Tyler, the Doctor discovers a cache of weapons left behind after the Time War that destroyed his people. To his horror he finds they are being bought and sold on the black market! Worse, a new and mysterious force are policing time, making use of the power vacuum left by the Time Lords’ disappearance to shape history to their own ends!

The book can will be discussed at Newtown Tavern on the 3rd of February 2017, but if you can’t make it, we will also be discussing the book online as well.

If you would like to purchase the book, drop us a note here and we can get back to you ASAP with pricing and availability.

Sydney Event – Spin Doctor

The DWCA’s last Sydney day event of the year, Spin Doctor, is just a couple of days away, offering everyone who attends on the day the chance to win some fabulous prizes!

All attendees will be eligible to enter Mastermind, our end-of-year trivia competition. The top three finalists will face off after lunch in a head-to-head round of 10 multiple choice questions, but only one will emerge triumphant.

The overall winner of Mastermind will receive the Doctor Who-themed version of Risk, the classic board game that lets players build their own Earth empire. In addition, the winners and runners-up will all receive 2017 Doctor Who diaries. All Mastermind prizes come courtesy of our friends at Winning Moves.


Meanwhile, everyone else has a chance to win a prize just for turning up! In keeping with the event’s spin-off theme, two of the door prizes will feature friends of the Doctor who have gone on to have series of their own. The Blue Angel is an Eighth Doctor novel featuring the eccentric Iris Wildthyme, while The Stones of Venice is a Big Finish audio drama starring Edwardian adventuress Charlotte “Charley” Pollard.

And our major prize on the day? A double pass to see the 2016 Christmas Special ‘The Return of Doctor Mysterio’ on the big screen on Boxing Day, at the Event Cinemas outlet of your choice!

For your opportunity to win any of these prizes, make sure you attend Spin Doctor this Sunday and collect your door prize ticket upon entry. Everyone who pre-purchases entry online will receive an extra door prize ticket absolutely free. Tickets are available here.


The Nethersphere Volume 2, Issue 4 is out

The DWCA’s quarterly online publication – The Nethersphere has just been released.


All DWCA members should check their inbox for a link for ways to view the issue. The issue is jam packed with features such as:

Chris Wahl discussing his Supremacy of the Cyberman cover
Michelle Gomez in Brisbane
A world record attempt of people dressed as Doctor Who characters

and much, much more.

If you would like to read The Nethersphere, and are not a member, why not join up here

If you are a member and didn’t receive the link, please contact us here

A Christmas double treat

On the 21st of November, the ABC have confirmed that the Christmas Special will be aired on the ABC and also ABC ME at 7:30pm on Boxing Day. This is keeping with last years release as well.

As per last years release, the episode will also be available on ABC iview on Boxing day morning, immediately after the UK broadcast.

In addition the recently animated: The Power of the Daleks, will also be available to watch on iview. It hasn’t been confirmed at this point if it will be the black and white version or the colour version.