Lockdown film makes a virtual debut in Sydney

Roger Christopher Stevens’ LOCKDOWN: THE DOCTOR WHO FANS’ SURVIVAL GUIDE, is set to screen as part of this year’s Sydney Science Fiction Festival virtual event from November 4. The UK production from Reeltime Pictures as part of their CultTV series was created during the 2020 Covid19 out break. A call went out to fans of Doctor Who to film personal videos of how they were coping with domestic lockdown for months on end. Shot on mobile phones, laptops, tablets and video cameras, the finished work is an inspiring tale of the indomitable human spirit, wrapped in unique stories that are … Continue reading

Happy 45th anniversary DWCA

On this day exactly 45 years ago, on 21 September 1976, the Sydney University Science Fiction Association (SUSFA) screened the Peter Cushing movie Doctor Who and the Daleks at the uni. At the event Antony Howe launched the first issue of Zerinza, being the first dedicated Doctor Who fanzine published in Australia. The event also saw the formation of the Australasian Doctor Who Fan Club (ADWFC), now known as the Doctor Who Club of Australia (DWCA). Which of course means – Happy 45th Birthday DWCA!! Continue reading

Celebrating Terrance Dicks – could his unpublished novel finally see print?

To celebrate the writing of Terrance Dicks, a two volume set was released on the anniversary of the author’s death. Featuring a collection of his best known Doctor Who novels, as chosen by fans who voted on their favourite works, this two volume set is a fitting celebration of a writer who inspired so many people over the course of his career, including Neil Gaiman, Mark Gatiss, Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat! Volume one contains The Dalek Invasion of Earth, The Abominable Snowmen, The Wheel in Space, The Auton Invasion and The Day of the Daleks. Volume two collects … Continue reading

Whittaker and Chibnall leave the Tardis

Chris Chibnall and Jodie Whittaker to leave Doctor Who in a trio of Specials, culminating in an epic blockbuster Special to air in autumn 2022 as part of the BBC’s Centenary celebrations. Having been in charge of the TARDIS since filming for the Thirteenth Doctor began in 2017, Showrunner Chris Chibnall and the Thirteenth Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, have confirmed they will be moving on from the most famous police box on Earth – and the universe.   With a six-part Event Serial announced for the autumn, and two Specials already planned for 2022, BBC One has now asked for an … Continue reading

Grey Worm for Tardis Team

Game of Thrones star Jacob Anderson is set to make his debut on Doctor Who later this year, playing Vinder as the BBC unveil the new trailer at Comicon in the US . As a recurring character throughout the series, Jacob’s new role will see him join forces with the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Yaz (Mandip Gill) and Dan Lewis (John Bishop) as the Doctor faces her biggest ever adventure battling evil across time and space. Known to millions as Grey Worm in Game of Thrones, Jacob is a star of stage and screen and has appeared in many television series … Continue reading

Second edition of roleplaying game announced

Irish-based roleplaying game developers Cubicle 7 have announced the upcoming release of the Doctor Who: The Roleplaying Game Second Edition. The multi award winning team behind Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soulbound Roleplaying Game, Warhammer 40,000 Wrath and Glory Roleplaying Game and the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Fourth Edition, announced the new edition on Monday. Established in 2007 they have grown organically and now have relationships with some of the most-loved brands in fantasy and a team of more than 15. In making the announcement, the team also shared the cover image designed by renowned digital artist Will Brooks, whose Doctor Who work has been used by Big Finish … Continue reading

Big Finish writing competition

Big Finish have opened the annual Paul Spragg Memorial Short Trips writing competition. Now in its sixth year, the competition honours the memory of Paul Spragg, a much-loved member of the Big Finish production office who passed away suddenly on 8 May 2014. Past winners include Forever Fallen by Joshua Wanisko, Landbound by Selim Ulug, The Last Day at Work by Harry Draper, The Best Laid Plans by Ben Tedds, and Free Speech by Eugenie Pusenjak. The competition is seeking new writers to create a Doctor Who short story to be released as an audiobook for Christmas 2021. Entries close … Continue reading

Big Finish shelve John Barrowman audio

The May 2021 Torchwood release from Big Finish was all set to reunite John Barrowman’s Captain Jack Harkness with David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor in a story many fans have been eagerly anticipating – Torchwood: Absent Friends. Instead, a statement was released in the news update from the company stating: “Big Finish has taken the decision to remove Torchwood: Absent Friends from the Monthly Range release schedule and has no plans to publish this title at this time.” An alternative title was offered in its place and refunds were provided for those who had purchased the item on pre-order. No explanation … Continue reading

New Douglas Adams book

Since his passing 20 years ago on 11 May 2001, Doctor Who writer and script-editor Douglas Adams has lived on through various publications, including the novelisations of his Doctor Who stories City of Death and Pirate Planet and even his lost story Doctor Who and the Krikkitmen. While these novelisations have been co-credited to writers working from the original scripts, a new book promises to contain all new material direct from the brain of Adams himself. 42: the wildly improbable ideas of Douglas Adams is to be a full colour, large format hardcover book, featuring never-seen-before extracts drawn from Douglas … Continue reading

Data Extract 249 released

This week issue 249 of Data Extract hit the post, featuring a range of articles and features. The Valeyard Time War story concludes, the Boffin expounds on the Third Doctor’s tattoo, we go behind the scenes for the Newcastle Local Group meeting with Bonnie Langford, find out how Fury from the Deep was reconstructed in an interview with animator Luke Marcatili, talk to BritBox about their long-term plans for streaming Doctor Who, catch up with the students of Neutral Bay Public School as they recall the day Tom Baker came to visit and reflect on 40 years of DE publication … Continue reading