DWCA Publications present The Adventures of Eleanor Chaplette – Trash Island

Out now from DWCA Publications is the first novel in the new book series following Eleanor Chaplette, the Eleventh Doctor’s companion from the pages of Data Extract. Eleanor’s adventures continue in an all new novel by Dom Kelly. This follows Zerinza Volume 4, which collected all the Eleanor stories from Data Extract. If you are interested in getting a print copy of these or any other DWCA Publications, you can purchase them at any time through the club’s online store here. So what is Trash Island all about…?

Eleanor Chaplette: survivor of the massacre of the Paris Commune, 1871. With the help of a mystical race of Phoenixes, she traverses time, saving innocent people on the margins of history from their brutal, cruel fates. She doesn’t change history; she just edits the smallest of details.

But now history has gone wrong.

Spain, the early 19th century: Mansel Dominguez y Luna, an abbot frustrated at his countrymen falling for ideas of progress and liberty, takes on the most important mission of his life.

Australia, the late 19th century: Rena Wenck, daughter of an eccentric salvage operator, sails to investigate the mysterious, impossible appearance of an entirely new island off the coast of Sydney.

The future: the Earth is dead, wrapped in plastic.

Somehow, these disparate events are linked. Someone is rewriting history, and if Eleanor doesn’t stop it, all of humanity may be swallowed by its ravenous mouth…


Data Extract #259 out now!

The latest issue of Data Extract has been sent out to all subscribers. Containing all the latest news about the new series, it also features an interview with Who author Kate Orman and articles on the recently featured characters, the Celestial Toymaker and Beep the Meep. Plus, news from the club’s local group activities across Australia, the latest news on events from Sirens of Audio, the results of the DWCA 60th anniversary poll, a junkyard feature on Ncuti’s wardrobe, a countdown of the funniest characters in the Whoniverse and a new fiction story featuring the Fourth Doctor, in celebration of Tom Baker’s milestone 90th birthday. Make sure your DWCA club membership is up to date (membership equals subscription) to ensure you receive your copy!

DWCA Day Event Guest

The DWCA Day Event on Sunday 7 May at Burwood will feature special guest Jonathan Blum!

After starting his writing career by scripting (and starring in) Docto Who fan productions like Time Rift, Jon Blum has gone on to co-author such beloved Doctor Who books as Vampire Science (BBC Books, 1997), Seeing I (BBC Books, 1998) and Unnatural History (BBC Books, 1999), and the novella Fallen Gods (Telos Publishing, 2003 – which won the Aurealis Award for Best Australian Science Fiction Novel), all co-written with his wife Kate Orman. He also provided various story and scene inputs into Orman’s solo novels Return of the Living Dad (Virgin Books, 1996), The Room with No Doors (Virgin Books, 1997), The Year of Intelligent Tigers (BBC Books, 2001) and Blue Box (BBC Books, 2003).

Blum’s solo works include the short story Model Train Set (BBC Short Trips, 1998), audio The Fearmonger (Big Finish, 2000), as well as short stories for Big Finish’s short story collections, for the Doctor Who, Bernice Summerfield and Iris Wildthyme ranges. He wrote the initial drafts for the audio Zygon (BBV, 2007). With Rupert Booth he co-wrote The Prisoners Dilemma (2005), based on Patrick McGoohan’s series The Prisoner. He also co-wrote the Blake’s 7 novel Mediasphere (Big Finish, 2015), with Kate Orman. He has even written for DWCA publication Data Extract! Currently he is working on a writing project for Candy Jar Books.

He will talk about all things writing at his DWCA Day Event appearance, so make sure you come along!

Sophie Aldred in Australia

It’s been a while since Sophie Aldred has been to Australia, but she’s relishing her trip in her “year of travel” which has already seen her head to the US earlier this year, with other trips planned later in the year.

With her iconic Classic Who character making her return to the show for Jodie Whittaker swan song, it’s the perfect time for her to come and visit fans around the Whoniverse – new stories to tell and a new generation of fans to meet.

“It was a thrill, it really was, and it was also lovely to be back and to be doing so much because I must say, initially I thought oh we’re just going to be cameos Me and Janet,” she said of her appearance in The Power of the Doctor.

“I thought, we’re just going to kind of pop in, say hi and not be involved very much. But it was just so amazing to be an intrinsic part of the story and to be just as Ace ever was, just doing what the Doctor needed. I was going to say doing the Doctor’s dirty work, that was sometimes true, willingly.

“Just being able to beat up a Dalek with a baseball bat again, how great was that,” she laughed.

And now on the back of that success she is out talking to fans and telling those stories.

“This year really is the year of travelling for me. I’ve already been to America, nearly every weekend I’ve got a convention,” Sophie said.

“I’m really making the most of it. I realise the fans want to talk about The Power Of The Doctor and I’ve got some new stories to tell. I’m getting myself out there as much as possible to see as many fans as possible.

“It’s really exciting because I haven’t been for a while and there is so much more to say and I can’t wait to meet everybody, it’s going to be great.

“And also going different places, I started on the Gold Coast but then obviously popping over to New Zealand, going to Christchurch and Wellington and then I’m coming back and I’m doing Adelaide, I’ve never been there, and then Melbourne and Sydney. It’s going to be like a really good comprehensive tour and I’ll have met a lot of people.”

“Janet was the forward scout preparing the ground making sure everything is ok. She looked like shé had a whale of the time.”

It’s a long-awaited return for Sophie who first visited just after she was married in 1997 and then again when her children were small.

“I haven’t been to Australia for a longtime,” she said.

“Last time I came was with my husband and the kids and they were quite young and now they’re blooming 24 and 19 so they’re very jealous.

“They loved it, we loved it.”

While that more recent trip had plenty of special family memories it wasn’t Alldred’s first trip to our shores with her husband, who is accompanying her on this trip (with her kids getting regular updates along the way).

“We’ve been before, we came on a sort of semi honeymoon so that must have been 1997,” Sophie said.

“That was the first time we visited. We came for a couple of very small Doctor Who events, actually I think the Doctor Who Fan Club of Australia organized a thing in Melbourne and Sydney. Some fans got together – we had a lovely time.”

Ace aside, Sophie said she is very excited about the return of Russell T Davies and the direction that the show is going to go now under his watch.

“I think there’s going to be an explosion,” she said.

“It’s interesting because when Ncuti was announced my youngest son, who is gay, and very into social media came running down the stairs and he said Mum I’m going to watch Doctor Who now. He said loads of my friends have been saying what is this Doctor Who, we’re going to watch it.

“I think it’s going to attract a whole new audience, a whole demographic of young people who don’t know it yet. What I’m noticing already is that people have been watching the New Who and then going oh my goodness there is this whole history and going back and watching the classics.”

Interview by Tania Spiers-Phillips

Events Events Events

It’s 2023 and fans worldwide are all set to celebrate 60 years of Doctor Who all year long! Here in Australia there are plenty of ways to get together with fellow fans and mark the 60th anniversary year. Here are a list of upcoming events that you may want to attend!

? ACT   ? NSW   ? NT   ? QLD   ? SA   ? TAS   ? VIC   ? WA

  • 1 April 2023 – Sirens of Audio present Janet Fielding Down Under , Sydney
  • 15 April 2023 – Sirens of Audio present Janet Fielding Down Under hosted by Rove McManus, Hobart, Tasmania
  • 15-16 April 2023 – Swancon 47, The West Australian Science Fiction convention in Perth, WA
  • 15-16 April 2023 – Supanova Gold Coast
  • 22-23 April 2023 – Supanova Melbourne
  • 23 April 2023 – Sirens of Audio present Janet Fielding Down Under , Brisbane, QLD
  • 28 April 2023 – DWCA Central West Local Group, Kelso Hotel, 37 Sydney Road, Bathurst, NSW
  • 29 April 2023 – DWCA Darwin Local Group meeting – Daleks in Darwin – Palmerston Library, Palmerston, NT
  • 30 April 2023 – DWCA Canberra Local Group meeting – Woden Library, Woden, ACT
  • 7 May 2023 – DWCA Sydney Day Event at Club Burwood, Burwood, NSW
  • 13 May 2023 – Sirens of Audio, Sophie Aldred Live in Sydney, Parramatta, NSW
  • 21 May 2023 – DWCA Brisbane Local Group meeting – Brisbane Square Library, Brisbane, QLD
  • 17-18 June 2023 – Supanova Sydney
  • 24-25 June 2023 – Supanova Perth
  • 25 June 2023 – DWCA Canberra Local Group meeting – Woden Library, Woden, ACT
  • 30 June 2023 – DWCA Central West Local Group, Kelso Hotel, 37 Sydney Road, Bathurst, NSW
  • 8 July 2023 – DWCA Sydney Trivia Night at Club Burwood, Burwood, NSW
  • 23 July 2023 – DWCA Brisbane Local Group meeting – Brisbane Square Library, Brisbane, QLD
  • 20 August 2023 – DWCA Sydney Day Event & AGM at Club Burwood, Burwood, NSW
  • 25 August 2023 – DWCA Central West Local Group, Kelso Hotel, 37 Sydney Road, Bathurst, NSW
  • 17 September 2023 – DWCA Brisbane Local Group meeting – Brisbane Square Library, Brisbane, QLD
  • 29 September – 2 October 2023 – The 2023 Australian National Science Fiction event, Conflux 22, Canberra, ACT
  • 8 October 2023 – DWCA Sydney Day Event at Club Burwood, Burwood, NSW
  • 27 October 2023 – DWCA Central West Local Group, Kelso Hotel, 37 Sydney Road, Bathurst, NSW
  • 4-5 November 2023 – Supanova Adelaide
  • 11-12 November 2023 – Supanova Brisbane
  • 19 November 2023 – DWCA Brisbane Local Group meeting – Brisbane Square Library, Brisbane, QLD
  • 10 December 2023 – DWCA Sydney Day Event at Club Burwood, Burwood, NSW
General SF Events
There are also some general Science Fiction events in NSW happening regularly you might want to join…The Concord Library SF&F Book Club meets on the first Monday of the Month, (from Feb to Dec.) from 2 to 3.30 pm, at the library at 60 Flavelle St. (the no. 410 bus stops just outside.), SF and Fantasy books are discussed.The Surry Hills Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club meets at a Café, 1 Burton St. (off Oxford St.) on the fourth Sunday of the month, 11 am to 12.30, for Brunch and a discussion of the month’s SF&F book choiceThe Hornsby Berkelouw’s SF&F Book Club, Shop B30-33, Level 3, Westfield Hornsby, 236 Pacific HWY, Hornsby, meets after 6.30 pm on Second Thursday of the month, in the Bookshop’s Café, phone 9987-2393 for details.

Data Extract 255

It’s here! Data Extract issue 255 was sent out to members at the end of March. Go behind the scenes on a cosplay photoshoot, visit the UK’s Worlds of Wonder exhibition, plus a timeline of Doctor Who in Australia in the 1990s, counting down the Thirteenth Doctor’s greatest hits, and much more!


This is the second release for 2023, following on from issue 254 in January, which found us looking into the Ian and Barbara relationship, concluding the Brigadier’s Time War adventures, detailing Australian fandom in the 1980s in a comprehensive timeline, visiting the Doctor’s neighbor at 78 Totters Lane and checking in on the Boffin!

Both 2023 issues are available now from the Doctor Who Club of Australia! With lots of exciting publications due out this year to celebrate the 60th anniversary make sure your membership is up to date so you don’t miss out!

Data Extract 253 Released Next Week

Data Extract issue 253 launches next week, so make sure your DWCA membership subscription is up to date so you don’t miss out! It features Lethbridge-Stewart in the Time War by Dom Kelly, more adventures with the Doctor’s neighbor at 78 Totters Lane by Roger Reynolds, Countdown by Tim Darby, the latest local group activity from around Australia and a look at how departing Doctors have handled leaving the show, with contributions from Anneke Wills, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Nicola Bryant, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Camille Coduri. Plus an in depth timeline feature looking at Doctor Who in Australia in the sixties and seventies, stunning art from Inari Phillips and a beautiful cover from Manuel Bouw.

2022 has been a bumper year for DWCA Publishing, with the epic double milestone issue Data Extract 250/251, the arrival of Ncuti Gatwa celebrated in Data Extract 252, and the ambitious Zerinza Yearbook featuring articles, interviews and stories from every Doctor, from One to Thirteen, with Renegade, War Doctor and Curator thrown in too! There are plenty more planned releases to celebrate the 60th anniversary throughout 2023, but in the meantime enjoy the final release for the year, perfect reading for the Christmas break!


Sixtieth Anniversary News

The year 2023 will mark sixty years since the first episode of Doctor Who was broadcast, and it looks like returning showrunner Russell T Davies is making sure there are plenty of treats ahead for fans. The focus for now is firmly on the farewell of Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor this October in an epic story set to feature the Master, the Daleks and the Cybermen, along with classic companions Tegan and Ace. Some news has already been released though, regarding what lies beyond that, with confirmation that David Tennant and Catherine Tate are currently filming material that will be shown as part of the show’s sixtieth anniversary celebrations. Also, the incoming Doctor has been revealed to be Ncuti Gatwa, an acting graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, born in Nyarugenge, Kigali, Rwanda, growing up in Scotland and best known for his role as Eric Effiong in the Netflix comedy-drama series Sex Education. And he is set to meet up with Rose! Not Billy Piper though, this new Rose will be played by Yasmin Finney, a Trans woman, best known for her role in the Netflix series Heartstoppers. There will no doubt be more news about the future of Doctor Who, most likely to be released following the final appearance of Jodie Whittaker later this year, coinciding with celebrations for 100 years of the BBC.

Data Extract 250/251 out now!!

At long last, the much delayed Data Extract 250/251 double issue has been released! DWCA committee members have packaged it all up for the post and it will arrive in the letterboxes of club members this week. Make sure your membership is up to date so you don’t miss out! The double issue includes an exclusive interview with Katy Manning on her long connection to Australia, Pete McTighe takes us behind the scenes on the short films made for the Blu-ray collection releases, it has a tribute to Louise Pajo (Gia Kelly from The Seeds of Death), written by her in her final days, a look at the real world Future Library with artist Katie Paterson, DE founder Dallas Jones looking at DE history and his own fandom origins, Craig Land’s epic comic as past companions team up to take on the Master, the Jason Towers comic telling the true story of Colin Baker climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge, UK correspondent Bel Bailey-Melouney takes us behind the scenes on Time Fracture and tours the filming locations of Flux, Dom Kelly looks back over series 11 and 12 to bring us a timely exploration of the Thirteenth Doctor, Tim Darby counts down tales of Gallifrey, Roger Reynolds introduces us to the Doctor’s neighbor at 78 Totters Lane and Lethbridge-Stewart joins the Time War.

Comic artist Jason Towers has some behind the scenes illustrations for his contributions to the League of Extraordinary Companions and Old Sixie comics on his website here: http://jasontowers.com/drwho/