- DATE:Sunday 20 August 2022
- TIME: 3pm
- VENUE: 2nd Floor Club Burwood, 97 Burwood Road, Burwood NSW
- AGENDA: President’s Report; Treasurer’s Report; and Election of Office Bearers.
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!
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!
DATE: Sunday 21 August 2022
VENUE: 2nd Floor Club Burwood, 97 Burwood Road, Burwood NSW
AGENDA: President’s Report; Treasurer’s Report; and Election of Office Bearers.
Once again we’ll be offering people an online attendance option conferencing software Big Blue Button, which has a neat built-in poll function for taking votes. An email with the invite code will be sent out to members the day before (Saturday August 20).
Any candidate standing for election as an Office Bearer (President, Vice President, Secretary or Treasurer) must be a current DWCA member who has held membership for a minimum period of five years, including at least one year immediately prior to the election. Additionally, they should be able to attend regular committee meetings held in Sydney and demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the club.
To nominate for an Office Bearer position, download the form below and fill in the following information:
- the name of the nominee;
- the address of the nominee;
- the Club member number of the nominee;
- a statement that the member wishes to nominate for a specific Office Bearer position (a person can only nominate for one position in any election);
- the signature of the nominee;
- the date of the nomination; and
- the signature and the Club member numbers of two members endorsing the nomination.
The form must be submitted to the following address by 27 July:
The Returning Officer DWCA
PO Box 870
Eligible nominees will be notified by the Returning Officer once nominations are closed and invited to submit a statement to be provided to members in support of their nomination.
Zerinza Volume 5 is available now through the DWCA Lulu store for purchase in paperback and hardcover. This volume has articles, interviews, art and stories covering every Doctor in order from one to thirteen, with the War Doctor and Jo Martin’s pre-Doctor as well!
The collection includes work by writers Dom Kelly, Tim Darby, Ashley J Tuchin, John J Lodge, Jamie Boyd, Seth Hynes, Richard Lipp, Tony Cooke, Darran Jordan and more. It also features interviews with Ian Cullen (Ixta from The Aztecs), Viktors Ritelis (production assistant on The Crusade and The Daleks’ Master Plan), Alexandra Tynan (designer of the Cybermen), Louise Pajo (Gia Kelly from The Seeds of Death), Frazer Hines, Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred, writer Gary Russell, showrunner Steven Moffat, Neill Gorton (monsters and special effects creator), Mark Sheppard (Canton Delaware the third from The Impossible Astronaut and Day of the Moon) and Mandip (Yaz) Gill.
Covering the full range of Doctor Who history, this volume is sure to have something for every fan!
Looking back from here and now 1980 seems like another world. The Rubik’s Cube was launched, the Voyager 1 probe investigated Janus – a moon of Saturn, Pac-Man was released in video arcades, The Empire Strikes Back was released in theatres, Tom Baker resigned from the role of the Doctor, and Data Extract launched its first issue! “This will be my first and probably last editorial.” Not exactly the words you’d expect to launch a publication that would still be going strong 40 years later, but that’s exactly how editor Dallas Jones chose to launch the first issue of Data Extract four decades ago.
Of course, it wasn’t actually called Data Extract at the time, it went out under the title of the Australasian Doctor Who Newsletter! It wasn’t until issue 23 in July-August 1983 that the titled changed to Data Extract following a competition for readers to come up with a catchy name. “I wish to thank all those people who sent in suggestions for the newsletter’s new name,” editor Dallas Jones wrote. “The response was very heartening. The winner is Kevin Smedley of Sunbury who sent in a beautifully designed logo. His choice was Australasian Who’s Who. Kevin will receive a lifetime subscription to the newsletter. Unfortunately Kevin’s choice will not be used as your editor has come up with a name himself… Data Extract.” And so the legend was born… hopefully Kevin is still reading!
The next two issues of Data Extract will feature a plethora of features celebrating this 40 year milestone, including recollections from past editors and articles about the history of the publication. The very next issue (247 due for release next week) looks at Christopher Eccleston’s return to the role of the Doctor, interviews Thomas Crawford on his Satellite 5 fan productions and goes behind the scenes with Brand Manager Edward Russell on recreating the Beatles Abbey Road cover with Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and two Daleks. We also take part in a Whovian wedding, count down the best honeymoon locations in the Whoniverse, hunt for Campsie’s missing TARDIS library, discuss the conspiracy of The Curator with the Boffin, check out the Lockdown Season with UK correspondent Bel Bailey-Melouney, discover the origins of the Doctor’s dark side in War of the Valeyard and launch the first part of the Jason Towers comic ‘Old Sixie versus the Bridge of Doom’, telling the true tale of how the DWCA forced Colin Baker to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. All that and much, much more, so if you aren’t a current member of the DWCA make sure you subscribe today at http://dwca.org.au/products-page/membership/ to get yourself a copy and find out why after 40 years of publication, the fun is only just beginning!
Recently, there was an issue with the DWCA’s PO Box and that led to some mail being returned to the sender. The DWCA would like to assure club members that the problem has now been rectified. If people wish to resend any items that were inadvertently returned during this time they can now do so and are encouraged to. The club apologises most sincerely for any inconvenience caused during this time.
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!
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 wish him a long and successful tenure.
Thanks to all DWCA club members for their ongoing membership and support.