DWAS Plans to Honour HartnellBookmark and Share

Thursday, 2 August 2018 - Reported by Marcus
The Doctor Who Appreciation Society, DWAS has won permission to honour the man who played the First Doctor, William Hartnell, with a blue heritage plaque.

The plaque is to be placed at Ealing Studios in West London, the place where the first dramatic filming for Doctor Who took place. The shot, filmed on Thursday 19th September 1963, was from the very end of episode one, when the TARDIS is seen having landed in prehistoric times, being overlooked by the shadow of a human.

Ealing Studios were often used throughout the 1960's for filming insets for Doctor Who, which required complicated setups or rapid cutting, and which were not possible to achieve in the electronic studios where stories were recorded 'as live'

Before the plaque can be made DWAS needs to raise the funds to do so. In the past, fans have supported the Society’s heritage plaques for Verity Lambert at Riverside Studios in 2014, due to reopen in 2019 and for Jon Pertwee at New Wimbledon Theatre in 2016.

In the coming weeks, the society will announce a number of ways that people can join in. The plan is that everyone who wants to take part in the fundraising will be able to do so without the need to part with large sums of cash.

Every fan who helps raise funds will be able to enter a competition to win tickets to the unveiling which will take place in the company of friends, colleagues, and family.

Updates on the project can be found on the DWAS website and on Facebook.

Knock Knock Script Up for AuctionBookmark and Share

Monday, 7 May 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Knock Knock - Script (Credit: DWAS)
The Doctor Who Appreciation Society is holding an online auction for charity with a signed script from the last series of Doctor Who up for sale.

The original copy of Mike Bartlett’s script for ‘Knock Knock’ signed by Peter Capaldi, David Suchet, Pearl Mackie and Mike himself is one of 17 objects being sold to raise money for Denville Hall, the actors’s charity supported by Lalla Ward and the Muswell Hill Syrian Refugees Relief Project supported by Peter and Elaine Capaldi.

Other items include Big Finish scripts signed by cast members including Alex Kingston and David Bradley.

The online auction followes a succesful event at the DWAS Convention, The Capitol, which raised £3,887.00 for charities. Over the past 3 years the society has raised £9,182.00 for noble causes.

Full details of the auction can be dound at the auction webside.

New eMagazines from DWASBookmark and Share

Friday, 2 February 2018 - Reported by Marcus
The Doctor Who Appreciation Society (DWAS) has two new eMagazines available.

The first is the 2018 ‘Celestial Toyroom Annual’.

This celebrates Peter Capaldi’s contribution to the show and has articles on every 12th Doctor story as well as Torchwood and The Fires of Pompeii and a selection of artwork, poems ad more.

It also has probably the widest range of contributors that DWAS ever included in a single magazine, running to over 100 pages.

Also available for download at the same page is the 2017 Annual which is all about the 7th Doctor era.

Both are available from the society website

Cosmic Masque was probably the original fan fiction magazine.

Since its relaunch it has centered on fandom itself and as well as the staple of fiction, contains merchandise reviews, articles about events and the occasional interview.

The latest edition, number V of the new run is also available as a download along with some previous issues at the society website

DWAS Charity ItemsBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 1 November 2017 - Reported by Marcus
The Doctor Who Appreciation Society, (DWAS) is offering two items for sale to raise money for charity.
Cosmic Masque IV (Credit: DWAS)
Cosmic Masque Issue IV.

Cosmic Masque is the DWAS free to download e-magazine and is about fandom in general - it features fiction, event and merchandise reviews, artwork and interviews with people for the fan sphere.

The latest edition includes items on the Whooverville Event, Doctor Who set tours, recent merchandise, and interviews with writers and artists including Andrew Skilliter.

A limited run print edition has been produced, consisting of 76 pages, in colour throughout, to raise funds for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

This is the first print edition for many years (CM started publication back in 1977). It can be bought from the DWAS eBay shop

Price for UK delivery is £6-99
Christmas Card (Credit: DWAS)
DWAS 2017 Christmas Cards

A new Christmas Card design for 2017 is now available.

This is by Kevin Mullen and features a TARDIS Christmas Advent Calendar.

The society has produced Christmas cards for a number of years and on this occasion, they are being sold to support the Multiple Sclerosis Trust, a charity chosen by the Honorary President Colin Baker.

These are also available at the DWAS eBay shop.

Price is £6-99 for five to a UK address.

Peter Capaldi signed script up for auctionBookmark and Share

Saturday, 26 August 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Doctor Who Appreciation Society have launched an auction on behalf of Syrian Refugees in North London, a charity run from Muswell Hill Methodist Church and supported by the current Doctor, Peter Capaldi and his wife Elaine. A number of items are up for auction, including the original readthrough script for the episode Listen, signed and illustrated by the actor.

DWAS: Peter Capaldi charity auction (Credit: DWAS)

The auction ends just after 5pm on the 4th September - visit the DWAS website for full details.

Doctor Who Adventures to Pause PublicationBookmark and Share

Monday, 19 June 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Panni has confirmed that Doctor Who Adventures is to stop publication after the next edition released on 22 June 2017.

Subscribers to the magazine have received an email saying the Magazine is 'pausing' publication, with no indication as to when, or if, publication will resume.

Digital subscriptions will be converted to subscriptions for Doctor Who Magazine or can be canceled.

DWA began life as a fortnightly magazine in 2006, during the first wave of popular success for the revived Doctor Who, and was initially published by BBC Worldwide, the Corporation's own commercial subsidiary. In 2015 the Magazine moved to Panni, the publishers of Doctor Who Magazine.

In recent years Doctor Who Adventures has suffered a fall in circulation. From a high of 56,000 in 2010, the Magazine circulation had fallen to 10,364 in the last audited period, covering the second half of 2016.

By contrast, Doctor Who Magazine had an audited circulation of 22,523 in the same period.

Mini heritage plaque for Jon Pertwee up for auctionBookmark and Share

Saturday, 10 December 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Jon Pertwee mini-Heritage Plaque signed auction item (Credit: DWAS)Back in October, the Doctor Who Appreciation Society unveiled a blue heritage plaque at New Wimbleon Theatre in London in honour of the third Doctor, Jon Pertwee. The Society has now produced 25 miniture versions which are available to purchase from their website, but have also put a special one up for auction which includes signatures from many of the guests who attended the event:

June Whitfield, Fenella Fielding, Barry Cryer, Jon Culshaw, Ingeborg Pertwee, Dariel Pertwee, Lorraine Chase, Timothy Combe, Michael Ferguson, Bob Baker, Katy Manning, Jeremy Bulloch, Richard Franklin, Peter Miles, David Banks, Prentis Hancock, Graeme Harper, Cy Town

All proceeds from this auction will be paid into the Society's 'Plaque Fund', which raises money to pay for the plaque at New Wimbledon Theatre, The Dedication event, and for The Grand Order of Water Rats which Jon was an enthusiastic supporter of during his life.

The plaque is approx 30cm diameter and comes with rear fixing tape for wall display.

You can view and bid on the item via their auction page on Ebay.

Jon Pertwee honoured by DWASBookmark and Share

Monday, 24 October 2016 - Reported by Marcus
Dariel and Ingeborg Pertwee (Credit: David Greenham, DWAS)The Doctor Who Appreciation Society, DWAS, has honoured the third Doctor by unveiling a blue heritage plaque in memory of Jon Pertwee.

The unveiling took place on Sunday at the New Wimbledon Theatre in South London. Pertwee was the the first Honorary President of the Society and the event was hosted by the current Honorary President, Sixth Doctor Colin Baker, who welcomed guests to the theatre.

Baker read tributes to the former star, including one from Peter Capaldi, and introduced Jon Pertwee's widow, Ingeborg and his daughter Dariel, who unveiled the plaque.

Pertwee worked at the New Wimbledon Theatre many times in his career, it was the venue for the launch of the 1989 Doctor Who play The Ultimate Adventure

The event was marked with a drinks reception attended by many of Pertwee's friends and collogues, including Terrance Dicks, Katy Manning, Richard Franklin, John Levene, Bob Baker, Timothy Combe, Michael Ferguson, Graeme Harper, Peter Miles, Stephen Thorne, Bernard Holley, Prentis Hancock, June Whitfield, David Banks, Barry Cryer and John Culshaw (in full third Doctor mode).

The event was followed by a free-to-enter mini-convention at the theatre featuring a screening of The Claws of Axos and panels with the stars.

DWAS has thanked the New Wimbledon Theatre, and all fans who helped raise funds for the event via the eBay auction

The society has further items for auction which will be available soon. Proceeds will be donated to the DWAS 'plaque fund' which is to raise money for the plaque, the event and for the Grand Order of Water Rats in memory of Pertwee.

The plaque is now on permanent display in the foyer at New Wimbledon Theatre in South London.

Colin Baker (Credit: David Greenham, DWAS)Colin Baker (Credit: David Greenham, DWAS)Dariel Pertwee (Credit: David Greenham, DWAS)June Whitfield (Credit: David Greenham, DWAS)John Culshaw (Credit: David Greenham, DWAS)David Banks, Fenella Fielding, Lorraine Chase, June Whitfield, Barry Cryer (Credit: David Greenham, DWAS)

Doctor Who Adventures #16Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 23 June 2016 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Adventures #16 (Credit: Panini)
The latest issue of Doctor Who Adventures is out today and features The Doctor heading off to Paris for the summer summer.

In the magazine
  • Rik Hoskin, Russ Leach and John Burns bring you a cultured tale from Paris in 1909 when the Doctor visits an Art Gallery and finds himself trapped inside a painting!
  • We take a look at some of the great artists and writers the Doctor has met on his travels!
  • Help the Doctor solve a collection of brain-tingling puzzles!
  • Can you help the Doctor avoid the clutches of his most feared enemies?
  • Strax has a novel way of dealing with mice in the kitchen!
  • The Paternoster Gang investigate the Pneuman League in a Victorian tale from James Peaty.
Issue 16 comes with a free UNIT dress up kit!

On sale 23rd June, price £3.99

Doctor Who Adventures #15Bookmark and Share

Monday, 23 May 2016 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Adventures #15Doctor Who Adventures #15Doctor Who Adventures #15 is out later this week.

Doctor Who Magazine may be 500 issues old this month but DWM’s little sister is determined not to be left out.

In this month's issue
  • Rik Hoskin, Russ Leach and John Burns bring you a chilling tale from the planet Eed’n, where a particularly virulent form of plant life is planning to spread its seeds across the universe!
  • How are your botanical skills? We brush up on some of the other plant-based creatures the Doctor has crossed stems with over the years!
  • Tired of people rummaging through your stuff? Ashildr shows you how to make your own formidable Mire Room Guard! Get ready to unleash unlimited power on any unwanted snoopers!
  • And carrying on from this issue’s make we give you the lowdown on the Mire, one of the most feared warrior races in the universe!
  • More craziness from Grant Perkins as Strax goes undercover on a shopping trip!
  • The Paternoster Gang investigate the Terror of the Thames in a stunning tale from Tommy Donbavand!
Issue 15 comes with a set of free monsters magnets. On sale 26th May, 2016, price £3.99

Doctor Who Adventures issue 14Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Adventures issue 14Doctor Who Adventures issue 14 is released this week

In the magazine
  • The Doctor ends up playing detective in a country house high up in the clouds. The trouble is, he’s being chased by an angry group of gorillas and the country house is about to come crashing out of the sky and down to earth! You’ll go ape with this latest offering from Kieron Moore, Russ Leach and John Burns!
  • Missy is looking for a sidekick/slave/dogsbody! Have you got what it takes to serve the craziest Time Lord in history?
  • Unleash your inner fan with some cool Doctor badges!
  • This month you get to access UNIT’s archive on the one and only River Song!
  • Strax has just taken a vacation on Gallifrey and he’s eager to show you his latest holiday snaps!
  • The Paternoster Gang investigate the Dangerous Dilemma of the Dream Doorway, in a chilling story brought to you by Rik Hoskin!
Doctor Who Adventures #14 4 comes with a free make a monster kit and is on sale 28th April 2016, price £3.99

Doctor Who Adventures issue 14Doctor Who Adventures issue 14

Doctor Who Adventures #12Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 2 March 2016 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Adventures #12Doctor Who Adventures #12This week sees the release of Issue 12 of the new Doctor Who Adventures Magazine

In this issue
  • The Doctor teams up with Prince George as he tracks down the legendary ghost ship, the Flying Dutchman, in a tale filled with robots, pirates and high seas adventure. Brought to you by Kieron Moore, Russ Leach and John Burns.
  • How much do you know about everyone’s favourite shape-shifting aliens, the Zygons?
  • River Song shows you how to make a classy TARDIS tissue box! It’s so cool you will almost want to catch a cold just so you can keep stocked up with tissues.
  • This month you get to access UNIT’s archive on the TARDIS itself!
  • Travel backwards and forwards through time and space in this cool board game, where you get to play the Doctor or his enemies!
  • The Paternoster Gang investigate a series of thefts in science labs across Victorian England.
Doctor Who Adventures #12 comes with a set of free monsters and is on sale 3rd March 2016, price £3.99.

DWM Increases CirculationBookmark and Share

Friday, 12 February 2016 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine has increased its circulation according to figures released by the Audit Bureau of Circulations.

In the period July to December 2015 the magazine had an official certified circulation of 26,514 copies, up from 25,663 in the previous six month period. The figure is good news for the magazine which has arrested a steady decline in circulation since the peak of 36,000 in the second half of 2013.

Not such good news for Doctor Who Adventures which now has a certified circulation of 17,710, down from 20,506 in the previous six months. The magazine was transferred to Panini during the first part of 2015.

Doctor Who Adventures 11Bookmark and Share

Monday, 1 February 2016 - Reported by Marcus
DWA issue 11DWA issue 11This Thursday sees the publication of Issue 11 of the revamped Doctor Who Adventures.

In this issue
  • The Doctor travels the legendary Spice Route of Shalabar Scone only to run into trouble when attacked by Boabdil, scavenger Lord of Lahn! This brand new comic book adventure features monsters, bandits and flying carpets and is brought to you by Jason Quinn, Russ Leach and John Burns.
  • How would you cope if you were being hunted by the Sandmen, the Veil, the Zygons or the Mire? You can find out by taking this issue’s Monsters on the Loose quiz.
  • One way of surviving a Zygon Invasion is to disguise yourself as a Zygon. Osgood shows you how to make your own amazing Zygon head mask!
  • Find out all there is to know about Ashildr the Viking girl who will live forever, as you gain access to the UNIT Alien Archive!
  • Strax gives you the lowdown on some of the weirdest creatures the Doctor has ever faced, including the Darapok, the Skinks and the Nameless Mist.
  • We’ve got more monsters and allies for you to cut out, keep and play with, including Clara, Time Lords and the Veil!
  • Scream Street’s Tommy Donbavand brings us a thrilling new Paternoster Gang story, and you can find out what happened when our heroes met Oscar Wilde during a night at the theatre.
Issue 11 comes with a Free Monster kit and is on sale 4th February 2016, price £3.99