DWCA Book Club #2 – In the Blood

After discussing short story collection The Legends of Ashildr at our last meeting, the DWCA Book Club has selected its first full-length novel – In the Blood.

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In the Blood is a newly released book by Jenny T Colgan, one of the four authors of Ashildr. Featuring the popular pairing of the Tenth Doctor and Donna, the text sees the human race driven mad by social media – which is not so far removed from real life if you ask me!

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 5 August. Optional, spoiler-free discussion will take place on Friday 1 July, to cater for those who may not have finished reading the book.

The club will also be accepting written reviews of this book and The Legends of Ashildr, the best of which will be published in our magazine, Data Extract. If you’d like to share your review with us, please send it to fsq@doctorwhoaustralia.org.

Pick up Data Extract Issue #230 at Penrith Collectormania

On Sunday 20 March, the DWCA Shop will be attending the Penrith Collectormania toy fair. Said to be the largest in NSW, if not Australia, the toy fair contains collectables covering a range of different fandoms, hobbies, sports and more!

As well as having the latest DVDs, audio dramas and collectables available on the day, the Shop will also be launching the latest issue of our member-exclusive magazine, Data Extract. The mag is jam-packed with content you won’t find anywhere else, including a recount of the Doctor Who Festival by co-host Rob Lloyd and interviews with ’60s costume designer Alexandra Tynan and geek pop artist Meri Amber (this issue’s cover girl).

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If you’re planning on attending Collectormania and would like to pick up your copy of Data Extract before it is mailed out to everyone else, email shop@doctorwhoaustralia.org with your name and member number. We’ll put aside a copy of the magazine for you for collection on the day, and Meri Amber herself will be there to sign issues!

Please only contact us if you know you’re going to attend, otherwise postage of your issue could be delayed.

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.

Do you have the latest issue of The Nethersphere?

The latest issue of the DWCA’s e-zine, The Nethersphere, has been released.

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The issue covers all the latest news surrounding Doctor Who, upcoming merchandise releases, reviews, event recounts, and even a cryptic crossword!

The Nethersphere is delivered to the inboxes of DWCA members every three months, offset every 6 weeks by our print magazine, Data Extract. If you would like to sign up to receive these two publications as well as a host of other benefits, you can do so right now.

If you are already a member and you have not received the issue (make sure you check your Junk folder!), please let us know by emailing nethersphere@doctorwhoaustralia.org

Come do your Christmas shopping at Look Who’s Talking

Look Who’s Talking – Part One is on tomorrow, and it will be the last event to feature the DWCA Shop for 2015. So if you want to do some Christmas shopping for all your Whovian friends, now’s the time!

The final release of the classic DVD range – the infinitely quotable The Underwater Menace – will be available for purchase on the day, just a few days after its Australian release. You can even get it signed by the designer of the Fish People (as well as some obscure monsters called the Cybermen) herself, Alexandra Tynan.

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Our second guest, Gary Russell, has his name to a wide range of novels and audio dramas as both a writer and director. There’ll be plenty of releases available for him to sign on the day, but all in limited numbers, so make sure you get in quick!

Meri Amber will also have copies of her Doctor Who-themed album ‘Pop Goes the TARDIS’ on sale.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! The shop will feature some much-anticipated new releases from Big Finish, including UNIT: Extinction, serving as the audio debut for Kate Stewart and Osgood; Torchwood: The Conspiracy, featuring the immortal Captain Jack Harkness; and Doom Coalition 1, which sees the Eighth Doctor gain both a new companion and a new enemy!

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Finally, fill up your Christmas stocking with toys and collectables for fans young and old. Whether your preference is for action figures, sonic screwdrivers or slippers, we’ve got the goods. You can even pick up a Weeping Angel to put on your Christmas tree!

All these items and more will be available at Look Who’s Talking – Part One on Sunday 6 December at Burwood Library, Sydney. Picking them up at the event is the best way to guarantee you’ll have them in time for Christmas, so make sure you swing by!

Data Extract and a mystery door prize at Look Who’s Talking

Still wondering whether to attend Look Who’s Talking – Part One this Sunday? Well, everyone who comes through the door on the day has a chance to win our mystery door prize, while attending DWCA members will be the first to receive the latest issue of Data Extract magazine!

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Data Extract #229 is full of exclusive content you won’t find anywhere else. The issue includes two pieces of fan fiction (one featuring the DWCA’s own original companion!), a guide to the re-released novels of the Wilderness Years, and an interview with one of the creators of sci-fi audio series Night Terrace.

While DE is free to members, entry into our mystery door prize is open to all who attend the event. But what is this prize, I hear you ask? You’re just going to have to wait to find out what’s inside – but we can give you a hint of what it looks like…

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Look Who’s Talking – Part One will be held on Sunday 6 December at Burwood Library, Sydney. Tickets to the event can be purchased in advance through the online DWCA Shop.

Free autographs at Look Who’s Talking

With Look Who’s Talking – Part One only five days away, the DWCA is pleased to confirm that autograph opportunities will be available on the day with our special guests Alexandra Tynan, Gary Russell and Meri Amber.

Attendees will automatically receive one free autograph voucher per guest upon entry to the event. Additional autograph vouchers can be purchased for just $5 each.

Don’t have anything for the guests to sign? No worries! The DWCA Shop will be open on the day, featuring a range of merchandise which has been specially tailored to our guests (check back here later in the week to hear what we’ve got on hand!).

Look Who’s Talking – Part One will be held on Sunday 6 December at Burwood Library, Sydney. Tickets to the event can be acquired through the DWCA Shop.

Thank you for the Doctor Who Festival

The Doctor Who Club of Australia, on behalf of Australia’s Whovians, would like to thank BBC Worldwide for bringing the Doctor Who Festival to the land Down Under. When the club was founded back in 1976, it’s something that we never would have thought possible.

So thank you for landing the Lego TARDIS on Bondi Pavilion in the lead-up to the festival, no doubt confusing many non-Whovian beach-goers in the process.

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Image credit: Alex Gabbott.

Thank you for packing each day with so many activities that we wish we could have used that Lego TARDIS to go back in time and do it all again.

Thank you for the panels, photographs and autographs, enabling us to meet our heroes from both in front of and behind the camera.

Thank you for giving us up-close looks at the props, costumes and sets, showing just how much detail is put into creating the world of each episode.

Thank you for teaching us how to act like a Sontaran, build a Sandman and blow up a Cyberman.

Thank you for bringing out an amazing group of guests, including Peter Capaldi, Sylvester McCoy, Ingrid Oliver, Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Dan Starkey, Jon Davey, Danny Hargreaves, Charlie Bluett and Daniel Nettheim.

Thank you for recruiting a great bunch of local Whovians to host the various panels, plus their Auslan interpreters, as well as the volunteers who helped guide us through the day from beginning to end.

Finally, thank you for making us Aussie fans feel like we’re a part of something special. It’s really humbling to know that of all the Who-loving countries in the entire world, ours is the one you chose to give this experience to. We hope you enjoyed it just as much as we did.