Supa time for Turlough

This year’s Adelaide and Brisbane Supanova Pop culture conventions are set to have little flavor of Who to them with the announcement that Mark Strickson is coming for both events. Strickson, who played companion Vislor Turlough companion to the fifth Doctor in the 80s, is set to join Eleventh Doctor companion Canton Delaware (Mark Sheppard- who told the DWCA this week that two episodes and travelling in the TARDIS makes him a companion). The duo joins the likes of pop culture icons John Travolta and Jason Isaacs for the conventions to be held at the Adelaide Showground November 2-3 and … Continue reading

Forty Years of DWCA Events

November 24 marks a very special occasion – exactly 40 years since the first-ever DWCA event in 1979. To mark to occasion the DWCA have two upcoming Day Events, the first on October 13 as a tribute to the life and works of Terrance Dicks. The second falls on the weekend just after the 40-year milestone on December 1. Both events will be held at Club Burwood in Sydney. http://dwca.org.au/events/sydney-day-event-october-2019/ http://dwca.org.au/events/sydney-day-event-december-2019/ In preparation for the celebration, we’re sharing here Ashley Tuchin’s article Unconventional: A History of The ADWFC’s Doctor Who Parties which first appeared in Zerinza Volume 1. Zerinza Volumes … Continue reading

‘Mission to the Unknown’ remake gets premiere on YouTube

Unique in so many ways, this episode of Doctor Who has been missing from the BBC archives for years, with fans trying very hard to plug the gap. The DWCA tried to reconstruct it as text in their Zerinza special back in 1980, when Rosemary Howe novelised it as part of her adaptation of The Daleks’ Masterplan. In 1989 John Peel crafted an official Target novelisation, incorporating it into his two novel adaptation of The Daleks’ Masterplan. In 2000 the amateur video production company Loose Cannon created their own reconstruction of the episode using the audio soundtrack along with available … Continue reading

Doctor Who: The Collection Australian Release Dates Announced with New Distributor Universal

It’s official – Doctor Who DVDs and Blu-rays have a new distributor and the dates for the upcoming full season Collection boxed sets have finally been announced for Australia! The tale of bringing Doctor Who episodes to Australian collectors is a long and tangled one. Back in December 1984 Data Extract was first on the scene to break the news of Doctor Who videos arriving on Australian shores. “The rights to distribute the BBC video catalogue have recently been obtained by Polygram Music Video after stiff competition from Roadshow,” the story read. “The BBC video Revenge of the Cybermen will … Continue reading

Data Extract #244 Out Now

The latest issue of Data Extract has been sent to all subscribers, this issue featuring Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant discussing workplace relations on the set of The Twin Dilemma, an interview with writers Jon Blum and Robert Smith?, the second last episode of the Eleanor saga, a dive down the rabbit hole into Doctor Who Choose Your Own Adventures, political jargon in the Junkyard and fan discussion on the nature of creativity. All this and a new full-colour episode of The Dalek Chronicles – Time War! If you aren’t a subscriber, make sure to join up now! Continue reading

Getting the gang back together

Victorian London will never be the same again, with Neve McIntosh, Catrin Stewart and Dan Starkey returning as Madame Vastra, Jenny and Strax the Sontaran for their own audio adventures in The Paternoster Gang: Heritage, from Big Finish Productions. Over the course of the four adventures, the much loved characters from the Steven Moffat era of Doctor Who face the first electronic automated cars in London (very ahead of their time), hordes of zombies, and ghost-like figures which are haunting Greenwich before their former selves have died… Plus they’ll have to cope with the capers of the Bloomsbury Bunch: an … Continue reading

Writing chance for a dream come true

Imagine combining a love of Doctor Who and writing – it’s a dream that comes true for many fans but one that often feels totally out of reach -until now. Big Finish is looking for a new voice to join their stable and write an adventure for the next Bernice Summerfield and Unbound Doctor box set. Writers/fans from all around the world have until 23.59 UK time on September 20 to enter the competition. Writers are being asked to send a single page synopsis and a 3,000-word sample of the script with the Benny team putting together an asset pack … Continue reading

2019 DWCA Office Bearers Revealed

The DWCA is pleased to announce the election results from its recent Annual General Meeting, held on Sunday 25 August at Club Burwood, Sydney. Only one person had nominated for each position, so the following were all elected unopposed: President – Jon Andersen Vice President – Darran Jordan Secretary – Roger Reynolds Treasurer – Brad Harrison The DWCA would like to thank Lauren Davis for her dedication and leadership as Club President for the last five years and wish her the very best for her future adventures. We also welcome Jon Andersen to his new role as Club President and … Continue reading

A Tribute to Terrance Dicks

It is with the deepest sadness that we report the passing of Doctor Who giant Terrance Dicks, who has died at the age of 84 after a short illness. His contribution writing over 60 novelisations in the Target range of books, as well as authoring other non-fiction works like the best-selling 1976 Doctor Who Dinosaur Book, encouraged the reading habits of children across the globe. Dicks wrote such classic series stories as Second Doctor swansong The War Games (co-written with Malcolm Hulke), Fourth Doctor introduction Robot, the first Rutan story Horror of Fang Rock, vampire classic State of Decay and … Continue reading

An Open Letter to The Mighty Pert…

Sunday 7 July 2019 marked the 100th birthday of the Third Doctor himself, the late Jon Pertwee – the man who saw Doctor Who into the age of colour television and proved that the programme could succeed even when the Doctor was stuck on Earth! As part of the birthday celebrations, the DWCA will this month be holding a special day event devoted to Pertwee and his impact on Doctor Who history, running on 25 August at Club Burwood. We’re also sharing the love for the Third Doctor via the opinion piece below, written by actor and comedian Rob Lloyd. … Continue reading