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

Doctor Who stars past and present in Saturn orbit

Doctor Who is set to have one of its most successful Saturn Awards campaigns ever, with three nominations for this year’s titles. Doctor Who Series 11 has been nominated for best science fiction television show, while Jodie Whittaker received a nod for best actress and Tosin Cole for best younger actor. Run by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, the Saturn Awards are now in their 45th year. The awards honour the hard work and achievements of the people who create and participate in science fiction entertainment. In recent years, they have added television and home entertainment … Continue reading

DWCA Book Club October – Resurrection of the Daleks

Classic Fifth Doctor adventure Resurrection of the Daleks has finally been novelised by original scriptwriter Eric Saward, a whopping 35 years after broadcast – and to celebrate, the DWCA Book Club will be discussing the novelisation at our October event. The TARDIS is ensnared in a time corridor, catapulting it into derelict docklands on 20th century Earth. The Doctor and his companions, Tegan and Turlough, stumble on a warehouse harbouring fugitives from the future at the far end of the corridor – and are soon under attack from a Dalek assault force. The Doctor’s oldest enemies have set in motion … Continue reading

2019 DWCA office bearer nominations

The DWCA would like to thank those members who have nominated themselves for a position in the club committee, to be officially elected at our upcoming AGM on Sunday 25 August. The Returning Officer has received the following nominations for Office Bearer positions: President – Jon Andersen Vice President – Darran Jordan Secretary – Roger Reynolds Treasurer – Brad Harrison Each position received only one nomination, so the people listed above will be declared elected unopposed. For more information on the AGM, please visit our event page here. The DWCA is also still seeking applications for the position of Merchandise … Continue reading

The Game of Rassilon returns for 2019

How many limbs does a Racnoss have? Who was the Guardian of the Solar System who betrayed it to the Daleks in the 41st century? Why does the Fifth Doctor wear celery in his frock-coat lapel? How much do YOU know about Doctor Who? Yes, it’s time again for the DWCA’s annual Trivia Night and Cosplay Competition – The Game of Rassilon. And we’re very excited to announce that the host of this year’s event is actor, comedian, Whovians High Brain and friend of the DWCA, Patrick Magee. The night will see teams test their knowledge of classic and revived … Continue reading

Series 12 to feature French Resistance heroine

An eagle-eyed Whovian on Twitter has discovered that Belgian actress Aurora Marion will guest star in Series 12 of Doctor Who – in a role of historical significance. Twitter user @Ruther2 discovered that Marion’s online CV listed her as playing a “guest role” in an episode of Doctor Who directed by Lee Haven Jones, who has confirmed in interviews that he is indeed working on the upcoming series. In a post from Marion’s Instagram account, which has since been deleted, she is shown in period hair and costume. The post was made from Cardiff Bay, which was dressed as Nazi-occupied … Continue reading

Birthday celebrations for Big Finish

FANS will be treated to a 20-hour weekend livestream marathon of Doctor Who audio dramas on YouTube from July 20-21. The event, presented by BBC Studios and Big Finish Productions, will celebrate 20 years of Who on audio. The Big Finish work of David Tennant, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann and David Bradley will be featured on the official YouTube channel of Doctor Who. As well as more than 20 episodes of Doctor Who episodes, there will be video appearances from plenty of the Doctor’s friends, past and present. The stories will be livestreamed on … Continue reading

From the Archives: An Interview with Whovians’ Patrick Magee

On Saturday 13 July, the DWCA will be holding its annual Trivia Night and Cosplay Competition at Club Burwood in Sydney – this year to be hosted by actor and comedian Patrick Magee. In August 2017 the DWCA had the opportunity to interview Pat about his work as head researcher on ABC Comedy’s Whovians – the result was published in the club’s 2018 yearbook, Zerinza, but has been abridged below for your reading pleasure. How did you come to be involved in Whovians? Well, four years ago for the 50th anniversary, I did a show called Every Episode of Doctor … Continue reading

Data Extract #243 out now

Issue #243 of Data Extract, the official magazine of the Doctor Who Club of Australia, is now in the mail for all DWCA members. This issue, we go back to the ’70s (or is it the ’80s?) to discuss all things UNIT, including an interview with Sergeant Benton himself, John Levene and an examination of THAT dating controversy. We’re also celebrating everyone’s favourite robot dog in an interview with K9 co-creator Bob Baker, while writer Jon Blum presents his argument for why the 2009-2010 K9 spin-off series deserves a second chance. Plus, it’s the beginning of the end for the … Continue reading

New faces for The Faceless Ones

ONE of the missing Patrick Troughton Doctor Who stories is set for release as an animation, according to BBC Studios. The release of The Faceless Ones, the final story to feature Michael Craze as Ben and Anneke Wills as Polly, follows the success of animated versions of The Power of The Daleks, Shada and The Macra Terror. It will be released on DVD, Blu-Ray and as an exclusive Steelbook next year, and expected to be available from the DWCA Shop. The Faceless Ones, first broadcast in six weekly parts from April to May 1967, is the mostly missing eighth serial … Continue reading