The Unofficial Dr Who Annual 1987Bookmark and Share

Sunday, 13 October 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Unofficial Dr Who Annual 1987This November sees the release of the Fan project The Unofficial Dr Who Annual 1987.

The publication is the latest project from Terraqueous Distributors, who earlier this year released The Unofficial Dr Who Annual 1972
It proved to be far more popular than we anticipated. Even before its release, people started to ask "what's next?

Well, we love the sixth Doctor, so the decision to do another classic-style annual was very easy. This time continuing from where World Distributors finished their run of Doctor Who annuals.

As children growing up in the eighties, collecting those wonderful books. A lot of fans were disappointed when after 21 years, the annuals stopped being produced. Those original 28 books (including two omnibus', a spin-off, four Dalek Annuals, and a k9 annual). hold such fond memories for us, that we felt the need to celebrate them.

Like our previous release, we have been blessed by the kindness of such well-known names from the worlds of Doctor Who, Frazer Hines, Alister Pearson, and David J Howe have all contributed to the publication, joining a large number of Doctor Who fan writers and artists.

We are so grateful to everyone who has supported this project.
The Unofficial Dr Who Annual 1987 is a not-for-profit publication and is released through LULU.com's print-on-demand service at a price to be determined.

Please visit the Terraqueous Distributors facebook page for further details and updates.




Cosmic Masque issue VIIIBookmark and Share

Saturday, 27 July 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Cosmic Masque issue VIII (Credit: DWAS)
Cosmic Masque issue VIII is now available from the Doctor Who Appreciation Society website.

Cosmic Masque is the e-magazine about fandom, published by DWAS

In this edition, 60 pages of fiction, reviews, interviews and articles including some of the more recent Big Finish releases, Titan Comics, accounts of visits to Comic-Con and signings and an interview with Dee Sadler (Greatest Show in the Galaxy).

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

It can be found on the Society Website.

A limited run print copy of Cosmic Masque VIII will be produced in 2019 in support of one of the DWAS chosen charities

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




Return of the JudoonBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Judoon Captain, The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (James Pardon))When Jodie Whittaker returns to Doctor Who next series, the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends won’t be the only familiar faces. The show, currently filming, is set to welcome back The Judoon as one of the Doctor’s fearsome adversaries.

More than twelve years after they stampeded onto screens to terrorise the Tenth Doctor and Martha Jones on the moon in 2007’s “Smith and Jones", the rhino-headed, brutish intergalactic police are returning to cause havoc and thrill children and adults alike.

These ruthless enforcers are on a deadly mission: but what for? And why has it brought them to present-day Gloucester?

Neil StukeThe episode will also star acclaimed actor Neil Stuke.

Stuke has an established career on stage, television and films, and is a two times BAFTA nominee. Stuke’s recent credits include Doctor Foster, Silk and Silent Witness.
Chris Chibnall, Showrunner said
No! Sho! Blo! The Judoon are storming back into Doctor Who in full force, and the streets of Gloucester aren’t safe. If anyone has anything to hide, confess now. The Judoon are taking no prisoners, and will stop at nothing to fulfil their mission! The whole team on Doctor Who are delighted and scared in equal measure to welcome them back: one of many treats we’ve got in store for viewers next series. And we’re over the moon (with Judoon), to be welcoming the wondrous Neil Stuke as guest star. We can’t wait to show you what happens when his path crosses with the Thirteenth Doctor.
Judoon Captain, The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (Credit: BBC Studios (James Pardon))




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.




Doctor Who Training OpportunityBookmark and Share

Thursday, 21 March 2019 - Reported by Marcus
It's My ShoutAn organisation dedicated to developing new talent in the TV and Film industry is offering work placements working on the next series of Doctor Who.

Since 2002 It’s My Shout Ltd has been specialising in finding and developing new talent for the film industry, producing short films for their broadcast partners, BBC and S4C

This year they are offering 5 training opportunities on Doctor Who for motivated and ambitious newcomers who are passionate about Drama. This is a paid opportunity and is open for applications from people of all backgrounds.

The project is seeking to address the under-representation of diverse talent within BBC Drama so is actively encouraging applicants from diverse backgrounds, disability and lower Socio-Economic backgrounds to apply.

Successful candidates will gain hands-on practical experience within a fast paced, vibrant and challenging production environment. They will gain TV production skills which will hopefully allow the, to develop a career in the television industry.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for Drama and ambition to pursue a career in Drama TV production. The will have a strong work ethic, and a willingness to work in a fast-paced environment. They will be an enthusiastic and collaborative team player.

This opportunity is not open to people in full-time education.

You will need to be fully available for 11 weeks from 29th April to 12th July.

You will know whether you have been selected for an interview by 5th April 2019 and if successful, will need to be available for interviews on the week of 8h April 2019.

This is a brief description of the roles available.

Junior Graphic Designer:
The role requires a person who is organized and passionate with an artistic flair and must be proficient with graphic packages such as Photoshop and Illustrator and who can work to tight deadlines. During the scheme there is also an opportunity for the candidate to learn and understand some of the art department processes to include sourcing props, understanding a plan and set dressing when necessary for filming.
Costume:
The role requires a person who is enthusiastic and hardworking with a willingness to learn and work within a team whilst answering to the Costume Supervisor and Designer. During the scheme the candidate will learn and understand some of the production processes to include maintaining, altering and cleaning costumes, dressing actors, script breakdown, continuity, production scheduling, set etiquette.
Carpenter:
The role requires someone with a keen interest in carpentry who is hardworking, ambitious and is eager to develop new skills. You will need to have experience of working as a Carpenter – a carpentry qualification would be beneficial. You will need to have excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with fellow crew.
Floor Runner:
The role requires a person who is enthusiastic, passionate and hard-working. Previous experience is not essential but a willingness to learn and a resolve to work hard is a must. A sense of humour us vital, as is the ability to interact with fellow cast and crew. During the scheme the candidate will learn and understand set etiquette, provide hospitality for cast and crew, support the AD team on the floor and assist the production with a large variety of requests.
TV Electrician:
This is a rare opportunity for a qualified electrician (apprenticeship - AM2/relevant qualification, 17th Edition and IEE wiring regulations, Inspection and Testing, City & Guilds parts 2 and 3, City and Guilds 2356 Electrotechnical Services NVQ (or equivalent) to receive additional concise training in all aspects of television electrical and lighting practices. The successful candidate will be hardworking, ambitious and eager to develop new skills. You will need to have excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with fellow crew.
If you are interested send your CV (in PDF format) with your name and the role that you are interested in with a short paragraph about why you think you are the perfect candidate for this opportunity to DoctorWho.Scheme@bbc.co.uk by Sunday 31st March 2019.

More Details on the Facebook Page




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 -




It Takes You Away - This WeekendBookmark and Share

Saturday, 1 December 2018 - Reported by Marcus
A number of new publicity images to promote this week's episode of Doctor Who, It Takes You Away
It Takes You Away

Writer: Ed Hime
Director: Jamie Childs

On the edge of a Norwegian fjord, in the present day, The Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz discover a boarded-up cottage and a girl named Hanne in need of their help.

What has happened here?

What monster lurks in the woods around the cottage – and beyond?
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Episode 9 Trailer | It Takes You Away | Doctor Who

This episode will debut on BBC One at 6.30pm.

Main Broadcast Details
United KingdomBBC OneSunday 2nd December6.30pm GMT
United States of AmericaBBC AmericaSunday 2nd December8.00pm EST
CanadaSPACESunday 2nd December8.00pm EST
AustraliaABCMonday 3rd December6.00pm AEDT

Full listings here




Kerblam! - This WeekendBookmark and Share

Friday, 16 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
A number of new publicity images to promote this week's episode of Doctor Who, Kerblam!
Kerblam!

Writer: Pete McTighe
Director: Jennifer Perrott

Delivery for the Doctor!

A mysterious message arrives in a package addressed to the Doctor, leading her, Graham, Yaz and Ryan to investigate the warehouse moon orbiting Kandoka, and the home of the galaxy’s largest retailer: Kerblam!
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Episode 7 Trailer | Kerblam! | Doctor Who

This episode will debut on BBC One at 6.30pm.

Main Broadcast Details
United KingdomBBC OneSunday 18th November6.30pm BST
United States of AmericaBBC AmericaSunday 19th November8.00pm EDT
CanadaSPACESunday 18th November8.00pm EDT
AustraliaABCMonday 19th November6.00pm AEST

Full listings here




Doctor Who: Episodes Nine and TenBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
The BBC has released details of Doctor Who Episodes Nine and Ten.

It Takes You Away (Credit: BBC Studios)Episode Nine: It Takes You Away

On the edge of a Norwegian fjord, in the present day, The Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz discover a boarded-up cottage and a girl named Hanne in need of their help.

What has happened here?

What monster lurks in the woods around the cottage – and beyond?

Guest starring Ellie Wallwork and Kevin Eldon.

Written by Ed Hime.

Directed by Jamie Childs.
The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos (Credit: BBC Studios)Episode Ten: The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos

On the planet of Ranskoor Av Kolos, lies the remains of a brutal battlefield. But as the Doctor, Graham, Yaz and Ryan answer nine separate distress calls, they discover the planet holds far more secrets.

Who is the mysterious commander with no memory? What lies beyond the mists? Who or what are the Ux?

The answers will lead the Doctor and her friends towards a deadly reckoning.

Guest starring Phyllis Logan, Mark Addy and Percelle Ascott.

Written by Chris Chibnall.

Directed by Jamie Childs.




Demons Of The Punjab - New PicturesBookmark and Share

Saturday, 10 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
A number of new publicity images to promote this week's episode of Doctor Who, Demons Of The Punjab
Demons Of The Punjab

Writer: Vinay Patel
Director: Jamie Childs

What’s the point of having a mate with a time machine, if you can’t nip back and see your gran when she was younger?”

India, 1947. The Doctor and her friends arrive in the Punjab, as the country is being torn apart. While Yaz attempts to discover her grandmother’s hidden history, the Doctor discovers demons haunting the land. Who are they and what do they want?
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Episode 6 Trailer | Demons Of The Punjab | Doctor Who

This episode will debut on BBC One at 7.00pm.

Main Broadcast Details
United KingdomBBC OneSunday 11th November7.00pm BST
United States of AmericaBBC AmericaSunday 11th November8.00pm EDT
CanadaSPACESunday 11th November8.00pm EDT
AustraliaABCMonday 12th November6.00pm AEST

Full listings here