Whotopia: Issue 34Bookmark and Share

Monday, 29 April 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Whotopia Issue 34The latest issue of the long-running fan magazine, Whotopia, has just been released.

This issue, number 34 features
  • SERIES 11 IN THE SPOTLIGHT
  • Whotopia takes an in-depth look at Jodie Whittaker's first season
  • THE WHITTAKER DEBATE & THE ENSUING DISSATISFACTION OF FANDOM
  • Bob Furnell investigates the on-going fan debate regarding the first female Doctor
  • COLUMN: THE BLACK ARCHIVES
  • Andrew Screen continues his look at the Black Archives collection
  • RESCUING HARTNELL'S FORGOTTEN GEM
  • Michael S. Collins explains why "The Rescue" should be considered a classic
  • COLUMN: MASTER WHO #7
  • Dan Tessier Explores John Simm's incarnation of the Master
  • A HERO IN TIME AND SPACE
  • David Johnson delves into the social history of Doctor Who
  • FROBISHER: THE GREATEST COMPANION YOU'VE NEVER WATCHED
  • Frobisher who? Don Klees examines the popularity of this non-televised companion
  • THE FOUR DOCTORS: A COMIC EVENT RETROSPECT
  • Jessica Chaleff takes a look at the Four Doctor's comic
  • COLUMN: THE CURATE'S EGG
  • Richard Michaels gets frank about Series 11
  • TEN THINGS TO LIKE ABOUT EVERY HARTNELL STORY
  • Michael S. Collins finds ten things to like about each Hartnell era story
  • AUDIO WHO: THE TOMB OF THE CYBERMEN
  • Matthew Kresal takes a look at the audio release of this classic Troughton story
All this and more in the latest issue

ISSUE 34 is available to download for free in PDF format from the Whotopia website




The Unofficial Dr Who Annual 1972Bookmark and Share

Saturday, 30 March 2019 - Reported by Marcus
The Unofficial Dr Who Annual 1972It’s taken more than 47 years but Doctor Who fans finally have an annual for 1972 – with stars from the show among the contributors.

Manchester-based World Distributors began publishing the official Doctor Who annuals in autumn 1965, continuing until 1985, but elected not to bring one out in 1971. This left countless fans puzzled, disappointed – and with a niggling gap in their collections and on their bookshelves.

However, Mark Worgan – a long-time fan of the series and the annuals – was determined to do something about it and this star-studded, fan-produced, non-profit- making homage is the result.

He has published The Unofficial Dr Who Annual 1972, which transports readers TARDIS-like back to the very early 1970s when Jon Pertwee had just finished his second series in the title role and the show was mostly Earth-bound, with the Doctor assisting the military organisation UNIT as its scientific adviser.

A whole host of star names from the show signed up for the project, including Katy Manning, who played companion Jo Grant, John Levene (Sgt Benton) and Richard Franklin (Capt Yates) – the surviving members of what became affectionately known as “the UNIT family”.

They and the large number of Doctor Who fan writers and artists have been joined by visual effects wizard, model unit supervisor and author Mike Tucker plus renowned artist Alister Pearson and Wayne Howarth – the son of Walter Howarth, who was the main illustrator on some of the original annuals.

And this is a truly bumper edition. The official annual for 1971 offered 96 pages, while the 1973 annual had 80 pages, but this one comes in at a whopping 184 pages!

The project was launched in September 2017, with people working on it in their spare time for free, and the hardback annual is packed with stories, puzzles, features and emulating and evoking the style, tone and quirkiness of the 1970s annuals, which were allowed a freer rein as regards their relationship to the programme than those later in the run.

Mark said:
It’s been hard work for everybody but I’m beyond delighted to be bringing this out, especially as 2019 is the centenary year of Jon Pertwee’s birth. The annual means a great deal to me. I was particularly thrilled to get all the surviving UNIT family on board for the annual, and I’ve been knocked out by the enthusiasm and talent of the contributors.

In 1971, when the official annual would have been published, the Doctor had been forced into exile on Earth by his people, the Time Lords, but the series’ production team still managed to take the show away from the confines of this planet and I was keen to do the same in the annual. The challenge was laid down and the contributors rose to it in style, so we’ve got a great balance of adventures in space and time.

The official 1972 annual may well have been lost in the time vortex – like the Doctor himself has been known to – but we hope fans agree that our version makes up for it and is worth the long wait.

Well, what’s 47 years to a Time Lord anyway . . . ?
So, that’s 1972 taken care of. But what of the years 1987 to 1989 for which – once again – no official annuals were forthcoming despite the show still being made, before it was cancelled until its one-off return in 1996, which was its last outing of the classic era?

There’s been a terrific amount of interest in this project, including a great many calls to complete the run of annuals for the classic era, so I’m pleased to say that I’m now going to be turning my attention to an unofficial annual for 1987. After that, who knows?!
Contributors and proofreaders, as well as an administrator for the Facebook page, are now being sought for The Unofficial Dr Who Annual 1987. Please contact Mark via doctorwhoannual@aol.co.uk if you're interested in taking part.

The Unofficial Dr Who Annual 1972 is published by Terraqueous Distributors and available from Lulu at the print-on-demand price of £39.20 plus shipping costs (NB: VAT is not payable on books).

None of the money paid by purchasers goes to the publisher or to any of the contributors. Visit the website to order the annual.




Trap StreetBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 26 February 2019 - Reported by Marcus
The third edition of the Fan Publication Trap Street is now available.

Co-Edited by Dallas Jones and Roger Reynolds, Trap Street is a free Doctor Who e-zine.

In this edition a major interview with Dr Niall Doran, the "Scientific Advisor" for Series 11.

Other articles include:
  • The Bard and the Blue Box
  • an article on Shakespeare his influences and appearance in Doctor Who;
  • Whostorical
  • an article on History in Doctor Who;
  • Sonic Screwdriver
  • an article that analyses of the use of the Sonic Screwdriver in Series 11;
  • “Extinction Day
  • the concluding part of Daniel Worsley’s short story;
plus much more.

Trap Street Three can be viewed online or as a downloadable PDF. To obtain information on how to access both / either of these options then send an email to: editors@drproductionsaus.org.




Whotopia: Issue 33Bookmark and Share

Monday, 7 January 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Whotopia 33The latest edition of the fan magazine Whotopia: Number 33 is available now.

In the magazine
  • The second life of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart
  • Adventures in time and space: rewatching Doctor Who
  • When you say nothing at all
  • A faction paradox primer
  • Mel bush: more than screams and carrot juice
  • Column: who you build 6
  • Column: Master who 6
  • Talkin’ about regeneration
  • Column: the audio archives
  • Column: the curate’s egg: lost in the dark
  • Column: the black archives
  • Doctor Who has lost her way
Whotopia Issue 33 is available to download free in PDF format as well as to purchase in hardcopy print version.




Cosmic Masque: Issue VIIBookmark and Share

Thursday, 3 January 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Cosmic Masque issue VII  (Credit: DWAS)
The latest edition of Cosmic Masque is available for download from the Doctor Who Appreciation Society

Cosmic Masque issue VII is an e-magazine all about being a fan. This edition has 90 pages full of fiction, reviews, interviews and articles.

It is free for everyone to download and in two formats - single page to a view, or two page spreads.

A limited run print copy of Cosmic Masque VII will be produced in 2019

Comments and contributions are welcome at cm@dwasonline.co.uk




Comic Art AuctionBookmark and Share

Thursday, 6 December 2018 - Reported by Marcus
A charity in Liverpool is auctioning off 30 pieces of original comic art, including Doctor Who releated items.

2018 marks People First Merseyside's 30th anniversary and to mark the occasion they are auctioning off 30 pieces of original comic art! 100% of all the winning bids will go direct to People First Merseyside to help them continue their work.

The charity is a regional self-advocacy charity which is run by and for adults with learning disabilities. They are all about supporting adults with learning disabilities to speak out, be respected and live active, healthy and happy lives. Their work helps improve confidence and self-esteem, reduce social isolation, improve psychological well-being and gives people more choice and control over their lives.

Paul Dawson, who has put this auction together, hopes there will be something for everybody in the mix.
I have loved comic books for as long as I can remember and I decided to try to use some blank comic book sketch covers from my collection to try and give something back to People First Merseyside. When the first artist said yes I was blown away and that feeling never went away as more and more artists said yes.

I never expected to get as positive a response as we ended up with and I cannot thank the artists who's work I love enough for taking time out of their schedule to help People First Merseyside.
The auctions are on eBay from until Saturday 8th December -




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.




The Unofficial Dr Who Annual 1972Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, 25 September 2018 - Reported by Marcus
The Unofficial Dr Who Annual 1972 (Credit: Terraqueous Distributers)
Fan project The Unofficial Dr Who Annual 1972 is to be published in February 2019 with a host of star names involved.

Katy Manning, John Levene, Mike Tucker and Alister Pearson have all contributed to the publication, joining a large number of Doctor Who fan writers and artists.

And in a further scoop, Wayne Howarth – the son of Walter Howarth, who was the main illustrator on some of the original annuals – has also lent his artistic skills to the book.

Announced on Doctor Who News late last year with an appeal for contributors, this homage to the World Distributors-produced annuals of the 1970s will be a physical publication packed with stories, puzzles and features, and is intended to fill the gap when – to fans’ great surprise and disappointment – a Doctor Who annual wasn’t published in the autumn of 1971, following Jon Pertwee’s second season in the title role.

Had one come out then, it would have seen Katy Manning’s companion character Jo Grant – who burst into the Doctor’s life on TV in January that year – featured in annual form for the first time. Instead, her inaugural annual appearance happened the following autumn, in 1972, when World Distributors, which began publishing the official Doctor Who annuals in autumn 1965, resumed their production with an annual for 1973 – the first time the cover bore an identifying year. The Manchester-based publisher continued bringing out the annuals until autumn 1985.

Terraqueous Distributors, publishers of The Unofficial Dr Who Annual 1972, said:
We’re incredibly excited by it. As fans of the original annuals, this has been a dream of ours for many years. Everyone has worked hard to emulate and evoke the style, tone and quirkiness of the 1970s annuals. We are so fortunate to have had the kindness and support from all those who have contributed.

Over the years, the programme has been a great inspiration to all of the fans involved in the project, which shows in the talent and creativeness of the material submitted – and it’s only natural that the fans would want to give something back. We’ve been absolutely knocked out by the support from the fan community.

There is so much talent in this fan project that we are convinced The Unofficial Dr Who Annual 1972 will be a springboard for many of those involved. “This is a labour of love by enthusiasts. No-one has been paid for their work. Their support and kindness have been overwhelming.

The project was launched last September and it was initially hoped that the annual would be published this year, but it has been a monumental task and of course people have only been able to work on it in their spare time, so the publication date has unavoidably spilled over into 2019.

However, we think it’s going to be well worth the wait – at last, that niggling gap on Doctor Who fans’ bookshelves is going to be plugged, putting right a very long-standing wrong!
The price of the annual will be determined nearer the time, when the precise date of publication and details of how it can be bought will also be announced.

A Facebook page for the project has been set up.




Temporal Logbook II: Further JourneysBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 13 June 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Temporal Logbook II: Further Journeys (Credit: Pencil Tip Publishing)
Temporal Logbook II: Further Journeys from Pencil Tip Publishing, has been officially released.
“I promised you something spectacular,” the Doctor said, “and here we are.”

From Canterbury Cathedral to a space station orbiting a Dyson sphere, the Doctor has seen countless worlds throughout his many lives.

Temporal Logbook II: Further Journeys tells some of those stories — fifteen gripping tales showing the universe through the eyes of thirteen incarnations including the War Doctor.
Contributors include Hamish Crawford, Nic Ford, Russell McGee, Richard Peevers, Tony Jones, Rob Nisbet, R.P. Fox, Kate Coleman, Kevin Mason, Frank Danes, David Smith and Violet Addison, J.E. Remy, Fionna MacDonald and Nick Mellish.

All proceeds from this publication will be donated in support of the Mood Disorders Association of British Columbia (MDABC) which is a non-profit organization that provides treatment, support, education, and hope of recovery for people living with a mood disorder.

To order a copy click here




Doctor Who Club of Australia - YearbookBookmark and Share

Sunday, 3 June 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Zerinza (Credit: DWCA)
The Doctor Who Club of Australia (DWCA) has announced the return of its Zerinza yearbook.

The magazine contains interviews, fiction, comics and articles. From the archives, you can read Nicholas Courtney discussing his career as the Brigadier and Dudley Simpson reflecting on everything from composing scores to street racing with Jon Pertwee.

Go behind the scenes on Whovians with show researcher Pat Magee, then from in front of the camera with Adam Richard. Camille Coduri discusses the departure of Christopher Eccleston and the arrival of David Tennant, writers Jon Blum and Kate Orman talk about writing for Big Finish, and Titan artist Simon Myers discusses his covers for the Doctor Who comics range.

Plus the true story of how Rosemary Howe succeeded in writing the first ever novelisation of The Daleks’ Master Plan, without access to the script or ever having seen it! And just what did happen to Katy Manning on the drive to the recent DWCA day event?

Zerinza Volume Two is available now as a free PDF to all current DWCA members.

It can also be purchased in hardcover, softcover (ISBN 978-0-244-99088-6) or epub (ISBN 978-0-244-99086-2) formats via the DWCA Publishing store:




Whotopia Issue 32Bookmark and Share

Friday, 25 May 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Whotopia Issue 32Issue 32 of the fan production Whotopia is now available from Jigsaw Publications

This issue looks at the world of Doctor Who in print
  • DOUGLAS ADAMS AND DOCTOR WHO
  • Adams’ stories come to life as novelisations, Jessica Chaleff shares her thoughts.
  • INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR NICK MELLISH
  • Bob Furnell speaks with Whotopia’s longest-running columnist, and his plans for the ‘Target Trawl’ book.
  • WHO YOU BUILD Dave Etches explores more full-scale Doctor Who model making
  • COLUMN: MASTER WHO PART 5: PRINTS OF DARKNESS
  • Dan Tessier explores the Master as depicted in print.
  • REVIEW: THE DOCTOR FALLS
  • Jon Arnold reviews the Series Ten finale.
  • REVIEW x 2: TWICE UPON A TIME
  • Matthew Kresal and James P Quick take turns to steer us through Peter Capaldi’s festive farewell.
  • COLUMN: WHOLIFE: COOKING IN THE TARDIS
  • Grant Bull raises a glass to one of the more unusul Doctor Who books.s
  • REVIEWED: TWELFTH DOCTOR NOVELS
  • Dan Tessier tests the waters with three new Twelfth Doctor adventures.
  • REVIEW: THIS TOWN WILL NEVER LET GO
  • Matthew Kresal gives us the lowdown on Lawrence Miles’ Faction Paradox novel.
  • INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR ROBERT MAMMONE
  • Bob Furnell sits done with writer, editor and all-round creative engine Rob Mammone to discover the secrets of writing.
  • REVIEW: SCRIPT DOCTOR
  • Jez Strickley takes a second look at the Sylvester McCoy era through the eyes of its script editor, Andrew Cartmel.
  • TARGET NOVELIZATIONS AND ME
  • Jessica Chaleff ponders the world of collecting Doctor Who books.
  • COLUMN: THE AUDIO ARCHIVES: ISH
  • Andrew Screen reviews the Sixth Doctor story Ish.’
  • MEMORIES OF AMNESIA: THE EIGHTH DOCTOR ADVENTURES
  • A reflection on the Eighth Doctor book range by Dan Tessier.
  • INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RICK CROSS
  • How does a writer get plugged into the professional circuit? Whotopia regular Matthew Kresal speaks to Candy Jar Books author Rick Cross.
  • LOOKING AT COVERS
  • Hamish Crawford takes a tour of the series’ bookcover artworks.
  • COLUMN: THE BLACK ARCHIVES INVESTIGATED
  • Andrew Screen continues his look at the Black Archives collection.
  • REVIEW: CLASS NOVELS
  • Nick Mellish critically examines the latest run of series-extending novels, this time derived from the Doctor Who spin-off Class.
  • COLUMN: THE CURATE'S EGG: PETER HAINING
  • Richard Michaels shines a glowing light of approval on one of the series’s most prolific historians.
  • BOOKMARKS IN TIME
  • Two nostalgic book slices by David P. May.
  • RETROPLAY: THE GUNFIGHTERS
  • A recently uncovered review of The Gunfighters (1966) written by the late Gary Phillips.
Issue 32 is available to download for free in PDF format from the Whotopia site and/or to purchase in print via this link.




Doctor Who Audio Recordings ArchivedBookmark and Share

Friday, 9 March 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Mark Ayres and Graham Strong (Credit: Stephen Cranford)Graham Strong, the man responsible for the survival of many high-quality audio recordings, from missing Doctor Who episodes, has donated his collection to Mark Ayres of the Doctor Who Restoration Team, in order to be properly archived.

Strong started recording the audio from the series when he was just 14, using a domestic reel to reel, quarter-inch, tape recorder, the only way of preserving audio recordings at the time. The first recordings were made via a basic crystal microphone, hanging over the television speaker with a plant pot placed on the top of the T.V. to keep the microphone in place.

Following The Daleks' Master Plan, episode 7, Strong, a keen electronics student, managed to wire the audio input into the Tape recorder, directly to the audio output of the Television set. A highly dangerous procedure that breaks every rule of electrical safety but one that resulted in recordings that were crystal clear.

In fact, the surviving recordings are so clear that they often exceed the quality available on the surviving film prints of the episodes, and as a result, a number of DVD's of early episodes contain audio taken from Strong's recordings rather than the film print.

Strong was one of a small number of early fans who recorded audio from the now missing stories. However, he is believed to be the only one to record directly from the Television, resulting in the superior quality of his recordings.

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With Thanks to Stephen Cranford




#Who Against GunsBookmark and Share

Friday, 2 March 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Who Against GunsA group of Doctor Who fans have got together to raise money for organizations committed to ending gun violence, using the hashtag #WhoAgainstGuns

The campaign follows the murder of 17 high school students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. the latest in a number of mass shooting incidents in the United States.

To raise money representatives of over 40 Doctor Who podcasters, writers and fans will be taking part in a special podcast commentary of the 1969 Patrick Troughton story The War Games.

Supporters of the project, which has already raised neary $4,000, include writers Paul Cornell (Human Nature, Father’s Day), Jamie Mathieson (Oxygen, Flatline) Andrew Smith (Full Circle) and Peter Harness (The Zygon Invasion, Kill The Moon). They will be joining comic artists Rachael Stott (Doctor Who: The Thirteenth Doctor) and Simon Fraser (Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor) along with representatives of the popular Doctor Who podcasts Radio Free Skaro, Verity!, Reality Bomb, Coal Hill AV Club, Mutter’s Spiral, Gallifrey Public Radio, TARBIS, Web of Queer, Who and Company, bloggers and fans.

Former showrunner Steven Moffat has also offered his support, and will record an additional commentary if the amount raised exceeds $7,000 by 12th March.

The podcast will be released to listeners who provide a donation of at least $10 to an organization committed to ending gun violence.

Recomended organisations include Once you’ve made your donation, send a copy of your receipt to gallifreystands@realitybombpodcast.com and you’ll get information on how to download your special commentary podcast later in March.




The Unofficial Doctor Who 1972 AnnualBookmark and Share

Saturday, 30 December 2017 - Reported by Marcus
The 1972 Doctor Who Fannual (Credit: Mark Worgan)A new fan produced publication, wrtten in tribute to the Doctor Who Annuals of the 1970's, is looking for contributers.

'Somewhere in the multiverse, its always 1972'

The unofficial Doctor Who 1972 annual is a fan-produced homage to those old Dr Who annuals originally produced by 'World Distributors'.

Before there was VHS, before there were DVDs. Fans would eagerly await the yearly arrival of the Doctor's new adventures, in many ways very different to those that played out on screen. However, for the Xmas of 1971, no such adventures arrived.

The unofficial 1972 annual is entirely fan-produced, and will almost definitely be loss-profit making. But don't worry, the only investment we want is your time and talent. Although the annual is well underway, including a contribution from Ian Levene, we still need more contributions.

We need stories that feature the 3rd Doctor, his new assistant Miss Josephine Grant, and U.N.I.T. We are looking for stories that don't necessarily have to be too serious. In fact the more fun the better. We want the 1972 annual to be humorous (but family friendly) and maybe just a little bit daft, but always fun.

If you want to be a part of something special, please email: doctorwhoannual@aol.co.uk

Also check out the facebook page
The unofficial 1972 annual will be released in 2018