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.

Doctor Who Recordings (Credit: Stephen Cranford)Doctor Who Recordings (Credit: Stephen Cranford)Doctor Who Recordings (Credit: Stephen Cranford)Doctor Who Recordings (Credit: Stephen Cranford)
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




The Doctor Who ProjectBookmark and Share

Thursday, 5 October 2017 - Reported by Marcus

The latest season of adventures from the long-running fan-written fiction series, The Doctor Who Project (TDWP), is currently in production.

The unofficial series features the Tenth Doctor and companion Hannah Redfoot as they travel through all of time and space in seven new adventures.

Season 41 begins with The Throne of Peladon by James P. Quick, the first part of a two-part adventure which sees the Doctor and Hannah return to Peladon in the year 4,100, where political machinations could once again rip the planet apart. Then, they encounter a boy soprano with a voice of gold who never grows old, land on a planet where the ghost of the Great One returns, confront an alien scientist bent on changing time, and the Doctor falls ill to a mysterious disease.

Writers for the rest of the season include Hamish Crawford, Ian Manning, J.E. Remy, Matthew James (Ghost Ship, The Snow Maiden), Richard Hoover (Where There’s Thunder), and Nick Krohn. Season 41 continues with The Secret of Peladon (Sep 30), Palimpsest (Oct 7), Web of Insanity (Oct 14), Dolce Music Della Morte (Oct 21), Rights and Responsibilities (Oct 28) and Moondust (Nov 4).

Stories are available free to readers in PDF format.

For more information visit The Doctor Who Project website.




The Doctor's Affect and The Doctor's Effects now available for online purchaseBookmark and Share

Sunday, 24 September 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The Doctor's Effect (Credit: Simon Meade/Steve Cambden)The Doctor's Effects (Credit: Simon Meade/Steve Cambden)
Two unofficial books about the visual effects work of twentieth century Doctor Who, previously only available to a mainly UK fanbase and via various offline avenues, have now been made available to purchase worldwide online.

The books were written by Steve Cambden, who worked on the show as one of K9's operators. The first, The Doctor's Affect (1999), chronicles how he achieved his dream as a teenager to work on the series, with in-depth accounts of the recording of Destiny of the Daleks, Nightmare of Eden, The Horns of Nimon, Shada, Meglos, Full Circle and State of Decay, plus exclusive behind-the-scenes photographs and a comprehensive account of K9’s creation.

The second, The Doctor’s Effects, features interviews with many of the visual effects and design legends who worked on Doctor Who throughout the 'classic era', covering over a hundred productions including stories such as The Daleks, The Tomb of the Cybermen, The Sea Devils, Genesis of the Daleks, Terror of the Zygons, The Awakening and The Trial of a Timelord. The book includes many previously unseen photographs and includes interviews with Bernard Wilkie, Jack Kine, John Friedlander, Ian Scoones, Mat Irvine and Ray Cusick.


Behind te scenes on Destiny of the Daleks (Credit: Simon Meade/Steve Cambden)The online initiative has been organised by Steve's long-term friend Simon Meade, of The Ark in Space Facebook group and Twitter feed:
Having been a friend of Steve’s for nearly 50 years, and gone through many of those wonderful 70’s Doctor Who fan moments with him, such as meeting actors and production crew, visiting the Longleat and Blackpool exhibitions, and attending the very first DWAS convention in 1977, I’m delighted to see that his two books can now be read by a worldwide audience!

On his Sevenzero.net website, Alex Storer has, for several years now, kindly been sharing information about Steve and his books, and over the coming weeks we’ll be updating the site with more information and readers comments.

Both books are informative and enjoyable reading for Doctor Who fans, especially if you adored the classic years, when so many talented and creative men and people, working with miniscule budgets and often ridiculous time constraints, made television magic that enthralled and captivated so many young hearts and minds.

Full details about the books - which will be personally signed - and how to purchase them can be found via the sevenzero.net website.


Competition

To be in with a chance to win the two books, signed by the author, simply answer the following question:
Name the visual effects assistant who introduced Steve to the world of Doctor Who production.
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-effects@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Affirmative!". The competition is open worldwide, closing date 8th October 2017. Only one entry per household will be accepted.


Details, images and competition with thanks to Simon Meade




Data Extract: the first 100 issuesBookmark and Share

Thursday, 17 August 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Data Extract: Issues 1 - 100 (Credit: The Doctor Who Club of Australia)The Doctor Who Club of Australia (DWCA) have announced the first 100 issues of the club fanzine, Data Extract, will be released as a collected volume:

In 1980 a publishing legend was born with the release of the first newsletter for the Doctor Who Club of Australia. Subsequently editor Dallas Jones named it Data Extract and under his stewardship the publication grew from a two page newsletter into a fully-fledged fanzine, with articles, interviews, art and more besides.

Now for the first time since their original releases, the first 100 issues of this Doctor Who fanzine have been reprinted and collected in one hardcover volume. Relive the heady days of the past from Tom Baker’s departure to the end of the classic era and into the Wilderness Years. It’s all here, presented exactly as it was.

This collection features interviews with Jon Pertwee, Sylvester McCoy, John Freeman and Jeremy Bentham. Experience Doctor Who history through the eyes of Australian fandom with the first 100 issues of Data Extract, Down Under’s premiere fanzine and the flagship publication of the DWCA.

The Doctor Who Fanzine Collection: Data Extract Issues 1 to 100 is available to purchase through Lulu.

(with thanks to Dallas Jones)




Whotopia - Issue 31Bookmark and Share

Friday, 28 July 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Whotopia - Issue 31The latest issue of the fan magazine Whotopia has been released and looks at the legacy of writer and Script Editor Robert Holmes

The Magazine is available in both a free-to-download PDF and can be purchased in hardcopy.

  • POINT / COUNTERPOINT: THE CASE FOR ROBERT HOLMES    Join Michael S. Collins & Jon Arnold as they ponder the works of the late great Robert Holmes
  • ROBERT HOLMES: THE EARLY YEARS  Bob Furnell picks up his biographer's lens and takes a look at Robert Holmes early career
  • COLUMN: WHOLIFE HOLMESLIFE Grant Bull takes a unique look at Holmes' life and works
  • HOLMES WHO REVIEWED Our panel review every story written by Robert Holmes
  • NOVELIZING THE SCRIPT: THE TWO DOCTORS Matthew Kresal focuses on Holmes novelization of his sixth Doctor script
  • COLUMN: TARGET TRAWL Nick Mellish continues his journey reading every single Target novel
  • SICK SOCIETY: HOW THE DYSTOPIAN NARRATIVE INFLUENCED DOCTOR WHO Steve Traves opens the lid on one of the series' most enduring themes
  • COLUMN: THE DOCTOR WHO SCHOLAR: FILE UNDER POLITICS This issue Jeremy discusses how the Doctor's travels have touched upon the cultural events of their time
  • BERNICE SUMMERFIELD UNBOUND Matthew Kresal examines the Big Finish audio boxset
  • WHO YOU BUILD Steve Traves explores more full-scale Doctor Who model making
  • THE BLACK ARCHIVES REVIEWED This issue Andrew Screen takes a look at Dark Water/Death In Heaven and Ghost Light
  • THE TENTH DOCTOR ADVENTURES Jessica Chaleff takles this new series of audio adventures from Big Finish
  • MASTER WHO PART 4: ERIC ROBERTS Dan Tessier details Eric Roberts version of ‘The Master’
  • COLUMN: THE FANZINE CORNER Bob Furnell returns with a special one-off edition of this popular column
  • THE AUDIO ARCHIVES: RETURN OF THE KROTONS Andrew Screen considers this audio sequel to Holmes' first ever 'Who' script
  • COLUMN: THE CURATE’S EGG Richard Michaels defends three of Holmes' bug-eyed monster creations




Whotopia - 30Bookmark and Share

Sunday, 11 December 2016 - Reported by Marcus
WHOTOPIA ISSUE 30The latest issue of the fan magazine Whotopia has been released and is now available to download from the Whotopia website

In this issue
  • IN CONVERSATION WITH PETER DAVISON
  • Roger Crow chats with Fifth Doctor Peter Davison on the set of his new movie
  • THE DOCTOR IS NOT MILLIONS OF YEARS OLD
  • Jessica Chaleff explains quite to the contrary that the Doctor isn’t as old as you think
  • THE STORIES THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN: THE MCCOY ERA
  • Bob Furnell examines the unmade stories from Sylvester McCoy’s era
  • OMEGA: THE LOST TIME LORD
  • Steve Traves considers one of the series’ more enigmatic villains
  • UNDERAPPRECIATED MONSTERS & VILLIANS IN DOCTOR WHO
  • Jessica Chaleff points the spotlight at a sample of less-looked-for antagonists
  • AN EVENING WITH MATTHEW WATERHOUSE
  • Paula Hammond reports on this special event with Matthew Waterhouse
  • COLUMN: TARGET TRAWL
  • Nick Mellish continues his journey reading every single Target novel
  • COLUMN: THE DOCTOR WHO SCHOLAR
  • This issue Jeremy examines Doctor Who as transmedia
  • WHO YOU BUILD
  • Steve Traves explores more full-scale Doctor Who model making
  • THE BLACK ARCHIVES: THE MASSACRE REVIEWED
  • Andrew Screen reviews one of the Black Archive books
  • WHAT’S ALL THE FUSS ABOUT…?
  • Whotopia interviews authors Will Hadcroft and Ian Wheeler
  • COLUMN: THE AUDIO ARCHIVES
  • Andrew Screen continues his look at the works of Big Finish
  • MASTER WHO PART 3: ANTHONY AINLEY
  • Dan Tessier details Anthony Ainley’s version of ‘The Master’
  • POLARITY DAY: REMEMBERING JON PERTWEE
  • Paula Hammond attends this special DWAS event celebrating third Doctor Jon Pertwee
  • CLASS REVIEWED
  • Jon Arnold turns his critical eye on the first few episodes of the latest Who spinoff
  • THE BLACK ARCHIVES VOLUME 1-3
  • Andrew Screen takes a look at the series of books from Obverse Books
  • COLUMN: THE CURATE’S EGG
  • With the end of an era looming, Richard Michaels fires off a defence of Steven Moffat
The magazine can be downloaded for free from whotopia.ca.




The Lost DoctorBookmark and Share

Thursday, 24 November 2016 - Reported by Marcus

A fan produced audio adventure exploring one of the biggest ‘What Ifs…?’ in Doctor Who history has been released to coincide with the show’s 53rd anniversary.

Ken Campbell was the Time Lord who almost was when he lost out to Sylvester McCoy for the role of the Seventh Doctor in 1987.

In this new adventure, the actor finally claims the helm of time and space in an original, fan-made episode, written by long-time fan Tom Calderbank, that introduces a brand new companion, a new villain and the TARDIS’ elusive Eternity Room…

The Lost Doctor is available online for free.




Temporal Logbook II: Open Submission DayBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 26 July 2016 - Reported by Marcus
Pencil Tip Publishing will be holding an Open Submission Day on July 31st for their new short-story collection, The Temporal Logbook II.

The Temporal Logbook II, is a Doctor Who themed short-story collection and the follow-up companion to 2015s highly successful collection The Temporal Logbook.

As with the original short-story collection, this new volume will feature twelve original stories by new and up-in-coming writers. All twelve television incarnations of the Doctor will be featured with a story dedicated to that particular incarnation.

The editors are seeking story proposals for the latest collection. To contribute a story proposal all you have to do is:
  1. Submit a 1-2 page outline detailing the basic plot of your story and the characters featured
  2. Provide your full name and email,
  3. Include a brief bio telling us a bit about yourself
** The full Submission Guidelines can be found at: thetemporallogbook.wordpress.com

The editors will be accepting proposals on Sunday, July 31, 2016 from 12:00pm Pacific Time to 12:00am Pacific Time only. (1900-0700 GMT)

The Temporal Logbook II will be published by Canadian publisher Pencil Tip Publishing, with proceeds from the publication being donated to a charity of their choice. Last year's publication benefited the Positive Living Society of British Columbia.

Publication has been set for 2017.




Whotopia Issue 29Bookmark and Share

Monday, 30 May 2016 - Reported by Marcus
WHOTOPIA ISSUE 29The latest issue of the long-running fan magazine Whotopia is now available.

In this 68 page issue:
  • AN UNNECESSARY WAR DOCTOR?
  • Matthew Kresal considers whether this incarnation was needed after all
  • INNES LLOYD: AN UNWILLING WARRIOR
  • David P. May examines the critical influence of producer Innes Lloyd
  • WHAT'S ALL THE FUSS ABOUT?
  • Jez Strickley reviews the introductory guide to Doctor Who by Will Hadcroft & Ian Wheeler
  • THE DOCTOR WHO SCHOLAR
  • Jeremy Remy's ongoing academic perspectives on Doctor Who - this issue music
  • WHO YOU BUILD
  • David Etches guides us through his full-scale Dalek model making
  • LOGOPOLIS 6
  • Michael S. Collins & Jon Arnold go head-to-head in this conversation review of the Fourth Doctor's finale
  • MASTER WHO
  • Dan Tessier's thoughts on the decaying renegade of The Deadly Assassin & The Keeper of Traken
  • TARGET TRAWL
  • Nick Mellish's quest to read every Target novel continues
  • REPLAY: TERROR OF THE ZYGONS
  • Thomas Spychalski puts this classic adventure under the spotlight
  • SERIES NINE REVIEW: PART TWO
  • Matthew Kresal concludes his thoughts on the most recent series
  • THE STORIES THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN: THE COLIN BAKER ERA
  • Bob Furnell continues his exploration into the scripts which never made it into production
  • THE CURATE'S EGG: MEGLOS
  • Defending yet another controversial subject, Richard Michael ways in with a prickly word or two
  • THE AUDIO ARCHIVES: STORM WARNING
  • Andrew Screen continues his look at the works of Big Finish
  • A TRIBUTE TO ANTHONY READ
  • Bob Furnell pays tribute to former script editor and series writer, Anthony Read
The latest issue can be downloaded here.