It’s been a long time coming, but the BBC Shop has finally listed Second Doctor adventure The Underwater Menace in its online store, available for pre-order before its release date of 26 October.
There has been surprisingly little fanfare about the listing, given the serial’s long and troubled journey to get to this point. The recovery of the story’s second episode was announced in December 2011, joining the already existing third episode and seeming to ensure the release of the serial on DVD. But over three years later, following constant shifts in the DVD schedule and conflicting accounts of whether the missing first and fourth episodes would be released as reconstructions or animations, the DVD listing disappeared altogether in February 2015 – only for it to re-appear on 1 September.
A tweet by Doctor Who Magazine confirmed that the listing was legitimate, stating, “DWM has learned the 1967 story The Underwater Menace (of which Episodes 2 & 3 survive) will be released on DVD after all.” However, there is still no word on how the non-existing episodes will be presented – all we have to go on is that DWM will provide “Details soon”.
The DWCA Shop will be making enquiries as to the DVD’s release in Australia.
Series 9 of Doctor Who hasn’t even started airing yet, but that hasn’t stopped the BBC from revealing the surprising and significant guest star of this year’s Christmas Special – Alex Kingston’s Professor River Song!
“It’s Christmas Day in the future and the TARDIS is parked on a snowy village street, covered in icicles, awaiting its next adventure,” says the blurb on the BBC website. “Time traveller River Song meets her husband’s new incarnation, in the form of Peter Capaldi, for the first time this Christmas.”
The announcement of a new River story is always a bit of a surprise for fans, who can never be sure when the enigmatic archaeologist is going to pop up again – and it appears they’re not the only ones!
“To be honest, I did not know whether River would ever return to the show, but here she is, back with the Doctor for the Christmas special,” said Kingston.
“I met Peter [Capaldi] for the first time at Monday’s read through, we had a laugh, and I am now excited and ready to start filming with him and the Doctor Who team. Christmas in September? Why not!”
The special, which begins filming in Cardiff this week, will be written by Steven Moffat, produced by Nikki Wilson and directed by Douglas Mackinnon. Set to air in the UK on 25 December 2015, it will be followed in January by ‘The Diary of River Song’ – River’s very own audio series from Big Finish Productions.
Despite the ABC releasing new Doctor Who closer and closer to the UK airtime each year, there’s always some trepidation as to whether our luck will eventually run out.
Happily, the latest trailer for the series reveals that it will be back on Australian screens on Sunday 20 September. The UK broadcast date has previously been announced as Saturday 19 September.
While the trailer does not yet indicate whether Series 9 will be simulcast or not, each episode is guaranteed to reach us less than 24 hours after its UK premiere. The DWCA applauds the ABC for its efforts in bringing the series to our screens and can’t wait to experience it along with all our members.
The DWCA is pleased to announce the results of its Annual General Meeting, held on Sunday 26 July at Club Burwood, Sydney.
The meeting saw the DWCA committee propose four amendments to the club constitution, which are as follows:
- Add Section 2.4 to define types of club membership.
- Re-wording of Section 3 to adjust terminology.
- Amendment to Section 9.2 – ‘Member Code of Conduct’.
- Amendment to Section 9.4 to clarify conditions of granting non-paying club membership.
These amendments were all voted in by the attending members. As such, they can be found in the updated version of the constitution located at http://dwca.org.au/about/.
The nominees for the 2015-16 DWCA Office Bearers were also announced. As one nomination was received for each position, all were filled with no vote required from the members:
- President: Lauren Davis
- Vice President: Tony Cooke
- Treasurer: Jon Andersen
- Secretary: Roger Reynolds
The committee would like to thank all those who have supported the club over the past year, with a special thanks to those who were able to attend the AGM.
We would also like to put the call out to anyone who might be interested in contributing to the running of the club, as we’re always keen to bring fresh blood on board. You don’t have to run as an Office Bearer in the election, and you don’t even have to join the committee. But if you think you’ve got something which you can bring to the table, let us know at email@example.com. We’d love to hear from you.
The DWCA is pleased to announce that the second issue of our quarterly e-newsletter, The Nethersphere, is out now.
Featuring news, articles, event round-ups and more, it’s your regular fix of Doctor Who delivered straight to your inbox.
If you’re a financial member of the club and you didn’t receive a copy, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your DWCA member number and your preferred email address.
If you’d like to contribute to The Nethersphere, or to send us your feedback, please contact email@example.com
The DWCA wishes to announce an update to its Annual General Meeting agenda, originally posted online on 10 June. As previously mentioned, the meeting will be held on the second floor of Club Burwood on Sunday 26 July at 4pm.
The DWCA committee has finalised the wording of a series of proposed amendments to its constitution, following a consultation period which concluded on 21 June. The final versions of these amendments can be viewed below:
If you are unable to attend the AGM but would like to vote on the constitutional amendments, please send a letter to this address by 24 July:
The Returning Officer DWCA
95 Hamrun Circuit
The letter must include the following:
- Your name
- Your DWCA member number
- A list of the proposed constitutional amendments (Item 1, Item 2, Item 3 and Item 4) and a clear statement indicating whether you are FOR or AGAINST each individual item.
Election of Office Bearers
The Returning Officer has received the following nominations for Office Bearer positions:
- President – Lauren Davis
- Vice President – Tony Cooke
- Secretary – Roger Reynolds
- Treasurer – Jon Andersen
In the absence of any other nominees, the above persons nominated will be taken to be elected as of the date of the AGM. There will be no vote from the members required.
In a highly anticipated announcement over the weekend, Big Finish Productions revealed that their line of 2016 audio dramas will include characters and monsters from the revived series of Doctor Who. This is a major coup for the company, whose licence previously covered only Classic Who.
The year will get off to a bang with Alex Kingston reprising her role as River Song – in not one but two boxsets! In January 2016, ‘The Diary of River Song’ will see River heading her own four-hour adventure across space and time, with Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor making an appearance in the final instalment.
River is also set to appear in an episode of March’s ‘Doom Coalition 2’, the second instalment in a new range of Eighth Doctor adventures following on from the award-winning ‘Dark Eyes’ series. But what role will she have to play, if she doesn’t properly meet the Doctor until his tenth incarnation? We’ll have to wait to find out!
Another recurring character from the Moffat era, Ian McNeice’s Winston Churchill, will be the star of his own boxset. ‘The Churchill Years’, styled as a series of memoirs by the pragmatic Prime Minister, will relate a series of encounters with the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors. It is set to feature a full cast of guest actors, at least one of which we have seen before – Danny Horn as the teenage Kazran Sardick from TV’s ‘A Christmas Carol’!
Finally, a special four-story boxset will see the Doctors of the past faced with the villains of a new generation. ‘Classic Doctors, New Monsters’ will match the Fifth Doctor with the Weeping Angels, the Sixth with the Judoon, the Seventh with the Sycorax and the Eighth with a new batch of Sontarans preparing for the Time War!
The news follows on from the previous announcement of ‘UNIT: Extinction’ – the first in a series of boxsets to feature Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart and Ingrid Oliver as Osgood – as well as ‘Torchwood: Conspiracy’, starring John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness. It’s clearly a great time to be an audio-loving Doctor Who fan, and who knows – perhaps it’s only a matter of time before Big Finish adds David Tennant or Matt Smith to their collection of Doctors!
All these releases and more can be pre-ordered now from the DWCA Shop. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.