New Years Day is Special in 2019

CHRISTMAS will be late this year – well in the world of Doctor Who at least. Doctor Who Magazine confirmed this year’s Christmas Special won’t be at Christmas at all but will come to the world on New Years Day. The ABC is yet to announce if that will include us (though of course, that will be 2 January here anyway). “We don’t have confirmation yet on the broadcast details for the special,” the ABC publicity department spokeswoman said when contacted this morning. “But I’ll let you know once we do.” A Doctor Who Christmas Special has been a regular … Continue reading

Look Who’s Talking… about Ice Warriors!

In celebration of Doctor Who’s 55th anniversary, the DWCA is delighted to announce that our final day event of 2018 will feature a special guest – actress Louise Pajo, who starred in Second Doctor serial The Seeds of Death almost 50 years ago! Graduating from RADA in the mid-60s, Louise Pajo appeared in classic UK shows such as The Avengers and UFO in addition to Doctor Who. In The Seeds of Death she played Gia Kelly, manager of T-Mat Earth Control, who found herself facing the fearsome Ice Warriors in their second TV appearance. After emigrating to Australia, Louise appeared … Continue reading

Barrowman back Down Under

JOHN Barrowman has a soft spot for Australia – he’s been here four times in the past year and if he has his way he’ll be back again in 2019. The actor who brought the iconic Captain Jack to life in the Whoniverse, before playing DC supervillain Malcolm Merlin in Arrow is here Australia, for Supanova. Last week he took Adelaide by storm (building his own Tim Tam Jenga with husband Scott) and this weekend it will be Brisbane’s turn. Our chat by phone is “timey wimey”. It’s 5.16pm on 23 October in Palm Springs and after 11am Sydney time … Continue reading

Let’s get creative – DWCA Publishing seeking submissions

It’s an exciting and tumultuous time to be a Doctor Who fan, with a new season launching and Jodie Whittaker’s journey just beginning. If you feel inspired by everything going on, why not get creative and send a submission to DWCA Publishing? We are always on the lookout for fan art, comics, articles, stories and reviews to be included in our flagship magazine, Data Extract (DE), as well as our yearbook, Zerinza. And there are rewards aplenty for those whose work is selected! Contributors who write an article or story, or provide art pages for an issue of DE, will … Continue reading

Say Her Name: We Meet Thirteenth Doctor Writer Juno Dawson

Australian readers will soon be able to experience the exploits of the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends in written form, with the release this month of three new novels from BBC Books: The Good Doctor, Molten Heart and Combat Magicks. The first of these, The Good Doctor, was conceived by award-winning author Juno Dawson, who has made her name as a writer of edgy YA fiction and was named a “Queen of Teen” in 2014. Dawson came to Sydney a few months ago as part of a tour promoting her latest book, and during the Q&A session we were lucky … Continue reading

Vale Doctor Who Producer Derrick Sherwin, 1936-2018

He was a Doctor Who jack of all trades, but Derrick Sherwin, who died on 17 October at the age of 82, will be best remembered as the man responsible for creating UNIT. Producer Sherwin worked on Who writing scripts, producing the series for the transition between the second and Third Doctor, and even appeared in one scene, playing a Car Park Attendant in the 1970 story Spearhead from Space. But his real legacy came in 1968 when he created the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce or UNIT for the story The Invasion. Born in 1936, he worked first in theatre before moving into television … Continue reading

The Brigadier, Liz Shaw and Kamelion get new life at Big Finish

IMPRESSIONIST and comedian Jon Culshaw is one of two new additions to the Big Finish family, taking on one of the most famous roles in Who history. Culshaw, who shot to fame in the shows Spitting Image and Dead Ringers, will take on the iconic role of UNIT commanding officer Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, originally portrayed by the late Nicholas Courtney. Culshaw will feature in The Third Doctor Adventures Volume Five, alongside Tim Treloar as the Doctor and the legendary Katy Manning reprising her role as Jo Grant. After an extensive casting process, senior producer David Richardson and executive producer … Continue reading

Every introduction to a new Doctor, ranked

With the Thirteenth Doctor about to land on our screens, we thought we would take a look at each of the previous stories to introduce a new Doctor and see how they all stack up, from the not-so-great, to the greatest of all time. 12. The Twin Dilemma (The Sixth Doctor) There’s a lot to unpack in The Twin Dilemma (it may be the most notorious Doctor Who story of all time), and it’s probably impossible to do it all justice in such a short space. Nevertheless it should be said that whilst the production has a litany of flaws, … Continue reading

Scottish Miss Makes Big Finish

Everybody’s favourite Scottish Miss is set to return with a brand new audio series from Big Finish. The new adventures will see Michelle Gomez return to her role as Missy and will be available from the DWCA Shop in April 2019. There will be four new adventures: A Spoonful of Mayhem by Roy Gill, Divorced, Beheaded, Regenerated by John Dorney, The Broken Clock by Nev Fountain and The Belly of the Beast by Jonathan Morris. Gomez told Big Finish she was excited to bring everyone’s favourite “delightful devil” back to life so fans can hear more of what she is really capable of. “I was very excited to return … Continue reading

Series 11 Cinema Screening and Dinner for Sydneysiders

The first episode of Series 11, The Woman Who Fell to Earth, is premiering in Australia on Monday 8 October – and to celebrate, the DWCA’s Sydney local group is going to the movies! The feature-length first episode sees Jodie Whittaker take control of the TARDIS as the Thirteenth Doctor, along with a new line-up of friends, including Bradley Walsh as Graham, Tosin Cole as Ryan and Mandip Gill as Yasmin. Cinema-goers have the chance to go behind the scenes of the eleventh series, with additional footage including exclusive interviews with Jodie, showrunner Chris Chibnall and the first episode’s director … Continue reading