William Hartnell Tribute DocumentaryBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Jessica Carney
The Doctor Who Appreciation Society, DWAS has released a half hour documentary showing the installation of a William Hartnell heritage plaque at Ealing Studios last month.

The video features interviews with family and friends of William Hartnell, and also includes the Carney family unveiling the plaque itself. Other videos and interviews from past DWAS events are also available.

The funds for the plaque were raised by DWAS members and other fans. It is still possible to support the fundraising.

Twenty mini-plaques were produced and three of these remain available. The last three have been signed by family, friends and colleagues of Hartnell who attended the unveiling. Each has a DWAS Certificate of Authenticity attached and the Society is now auctioning number 1 of 3 at their eBay site.

Also available to buy rather than bid on, are DWAS postcard sets and a limited reprint of Cosmic Masque issue 1, the original fan fiction magazine from 1977.

The DWAS Plaque fund raises the money needed for the plaque, installation and ceremony. Any surplus funds raised will be donated to a charity chosen by the Carney family.

William Hartnell Plaque Unveiling At Ealing Studios, October 2018




Cosmic Masque VIBookmark and Share

Thursday, 1 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Cosmic Masque (Credit: DWAS)
The latest edition of the Doctor Who Appreciation SocietyPublication, Cosmic Masque, is now available for download.

Cosmic Masque is the Doctor Who Appreciation Society’s free-to-download e-magazine. The title is all about fandom - being a fan, taking part, contributing, and just enjoying.

The latest issue runs to 61 pages and contains fiction, merchandise reviews, event reviews, and interviews. It is available free of charge as a download at the DWAS website along with many items.

Cosmic Masque was first published in 1977 and a facsimile of that first edition remains available from the DWAS eBay store.

All proceeds go towards the DWAS Heritage Plaque fund.




DWAS Honours William HartnellBookmark and Share

Sunday, 14 October 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Jessica Carney
The Doctor Who Appreciation Society, DWAS, has honoured the actor who played the first Doctor, William Hartnell, by producing a Blue Plaque marking his work in Film and Television.

The plaque was unveiled in a ceremony at Ealing Studios by Jessica Carney, Granddaughter of William Hartnell, who attended with her mother, William Hartnell's daughter Anne Carney and her brother Paul Carney.

Jessica Carney is the author of a book on the life of her Grandfather. She said Hartnell would have been delighted with the recognition.
I think he would be so thrilled, so overwhelmed at the thought of someone putting up a blue plaque to his work. The thought that Doctor Who is still so successful today would have thrilled him. The fans were so excited and involved with it. Whole school classes wrote to him about Doctor Who. It just captured everyone's imagination and clearly still means a lot to an awful lot of people.

This would have meant everything to him.
The ceremony was attended the surviving members of the very first TARDIS crew, Carole Ann Ford who played Susan and William Russell, who played Ian. Other guests included actor Julian Glover, who worked with Hartnell in The Crusade, Michael Imison who directed him in The Ark, Timothy Coombe who worked with Hartnell as a Production Assistant and actor Frank Williams who worked with Hartnell in the ITV comedy The Army Game.

Former Companion Peter Purves was unable to attend but sent a message.
His iconic performance as the original Doctor Who is where his real legacy lies. The lasting appeal of Doctor Who is today is because of what he and his original companions created in 1963. The conventions and wide world audiences for the show would never have taken place were it not for the originality and quirkiness he brought to the original concept. This plaque is the perfect way to remember a wonderful actor
William Hartnell worked at Ealing studios on two feature films, The Goose Steps Out and The Bells Go Down. It was here that 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

Paul Carney, Anne Carney, Jessica CarneyWilliam Russell, Carole Ann Ford


The Doctor Who Appreciation Society, has previously marked the achievements of third Doctor, Jon Pertwee, with a blue heritage plaque at the New Wimbledon Theatre in London and first producer Verity Lambert with a plaque at at London's Riverside studios.




DWAS Series 11 Launch PartyBookmark and Share

Monday, 17 September 2018 - Reported by Marcus

The Doctor Who Appreciation Society, known as DWAS, is holding a party to mark the arrival of the brand new series of Doctor Who, complete with a radical new look and a brand new Doctor.

Doctor Who returns to BBC One on Sunday 7th October 2018, and all fans are invited to celebrate the new series and the new Doctor, at a special party as Saks Bar, Clifftown Road, in Southend-on-Sea.

The venue is opposite the main railway station in the Essex town. The main bar will be open and the Underground club has been reserved, where the episode will be projected onto the big screen. The venue is open from 5pm.

Tickets are free but need to be booked online at Event Brite. Fans are asked to support the event by buying a few drinks at the venue.

You do not need to be a member of the society to attend, but anyone who wishes to join can do so online.




DWAS Fundraising UpdateBookmark and Share

Thursday, 13 September 2018 - Reported by Marcus

As previously reported the Doctor Who Appreciation Society, DWAS, is raising money to pay for a Blue Plaque to honour first Doctor William Hartnell.

The society now has a number of signed photos and other items, many from the early years of Doctor Who, for auction at their eBay site.

The money raised will go towards a William Hartnell heritage plaque to be located at Ealing Studios.

Visit the Ebay site to view and bid.




DWAS Fund Raising UpdateBookmark and Share

Friday, 17 August 2018 - Reported by Marcus

The Doctor Who Appreciation Society, DWAS has announced the first in a series of fund raising events, raising money to pay for a Blue Plaque to honour first Doctor William Hartnell.

A set of eight colour postcards have been released, selling for £5-99 at the society's eBay store, along with some recently released A2 posters.

Link to Auction





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.





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)