Celebrate 50 Years of the Cybermen

This year marks 50 years since we first say the Cybermen on our TV screens. To celebrate this milestone, will be having a Cyberman Day, with a very special guest. Alexandra Tynan – designer of the Cybermen will be joining us for a chat and Q&A. So come along and find out some inside information on these men in silver.

We will also have a feast of other Cybermen activities throughout the day, with panel and screenings of classic Cybermen episodes. Or try your luck in making a Cyberman costume in 10 minutes using only tinfoil!

This is also the first meeting at our new venue – The Hub, located conveniently in the Docklands, which we are very excited about.

For more information, visit the event page.

New Meeting Venue! We are Moving…

As of September this year, we are pleased to announce that our club meetings will be moving to The Hub Docklands.


This exciting new venue gives us a lot more space and flexibility for in our meetings. We will be able to hire two rooms for less than the one room that we can hire @ Northcote Town Hall.

So Why Did We Decide To Move?
As discussed at last years AGM, Northcote council had increased the room rates this year. In the discussion, you, the members, expressed your preference to stay unless we could get a better venue/facilities. Also over the last 12 months meeting numbers have been rising and the small meeting room is getting a little crowded and noisy.

So the committee met and set out the following guidelines for a venue:

  1. has to be close to Public Transport so all members can get to it easily.
  2. we have separate space for people to chat and the kids corner without disturbing therest of the meeting.
  3. ramp accessibility.
  4. save us money.
  5. most importantly no noise restrictions like in a library.

When we looked at other options it became clear Northcote Town Hall is expensive but finding another venue that met all our criteria was difficult. But when we discovered the Hub we were very amazed at how good this venue is.

The Hub allows us to have a huge area for our meetings, great for panels, group discussions and stalls, a place to set up the kids area, and also a separate room that we can use for screenings or so that people can go and have a cuppa and a chat.

We believe this decision to move is going to create a fantastic meeting experience for you the members.

Getting There
The Hub is 200 metres from tram stops D16 and D4 and five tram lines run past it. The tram lines are 75 (Vermont south), 70 (Wattle Park), 36 (City Loop), 11 (West Preston) and 48 (North Balwyn).

The Hub is also 600 metres walk from Southern Cross Train station. Parking is available in the streets around the Hub with both street parking (2P metered and un-metered) and multi-level carparks. Some of which offer all day parking specials, if you book online. Like Secure Parking at Southern Cross (Collins Street) which is $7 all day.

We hope you are as excited about the new venue as we are.

DWCV July Competition

Our current competition is something a little different, with copies of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (featuring Matt Smith), along with some more copies of the Doctor Who Festival programme. Current DWCV members receive an additional entry into the draw, although competitions are open to non-members also.

– Enter the Competition Here –

DWCV at Oz Comic-Con

The Doctor Who Club of Victoria will be part of this year’s Oz Comic-Con. Along with our usual club table, we will have a full size TARDIS replica on site, with an interactive console room (the only TARDIS in Australia with this). Visitors will have a chance to operate the console for a gold coin donation, with all proceeds going to the Starlight Foundation.

Oz Comic-Con will be held at the Exhibition Centre on the weekend of 11th and 12th of June. For more information and tickets, visit http://www.ozcomiccon.com/.

And the New Companion is…

The BBC have announced that the new companion will be played by Pearl Mackie. Pearl is 28 years old, and was born in South London. She has only had a couple of screen roles, having a part in the TV show ‘Doctors’ (a little ironic) and the 2013 film ‘Svengali’. However she has had a prominent stage career, having acted in over 10 stage productions.

Although nothing is as yet known about her character – who’s name will be ‘Bill’ – the BBC have released a promotional video featuring her and The Doctor in a Dalek stronghold.

February Competitions

The latest issue of our Sonic newsletter is out, which means its competition time! This time around we have copies of Season 9, Part 2 and The Husbands of River Song on DVD to win, along with some more copies of the Doctor Who Festival programme. Current DWCV members receive an additional entry into the draw, although competitions are open to non-members also.

– Enter the Competitions Here –

December competition winners: 10 Christmas Specials Pack – Ric M; Season 9 Part 1 – Lisa J, Oscar C, Callum; The Underwater Menace – David R, Kay K, Trish A. DW Festival Programme – Ric M, Lisa J, David R.

President’s Report – February/March 2016

Welcome everybody. Unfortunately my Feb/March President’s report missed the press, or was upgraded by Cybermen and lost in time. So for those members who are familiar with our Sonic Screwdriver fanzine, I’m posting it here for you – and everyone else – to read.

It’s February and it’s early in the new year. So Happy New Year of course, belated somewhat, but hey we have a whole exciting entire new year ahead in 2016.

2016, 2000 & 16, two thousand and sixteen, sweet 16 for some. Well after yet another Christmas Special – The Husbands Of River Song, the 11th to date, well that’s all you get this year I am afraid. A lot of fun, they always are, but that’s all folks, the only Doctor Who will be, the 2016 Doctor Who Christmas Special, so stay tuned, watch this space for more news later on.

2016, of course has the already announced spin-off show, Class, which will be set at Coal Hill School. Like traditional Doctor Who, it is aimed to 8-14 years old. As our favourite show, Doctor Who grew up, it became more aimed to that audience (or was it aimed to that audience in the first place, we’ll let you decide on that one). Everybody has their opinion at the end of the day, and that’s what makes it better, even those not into Doctor Who at all. It takes all kinds in this world, but we are all human – or alien maybe.

All kidding aside, it is still an exciting year ahead. In the meantime, we have many things off screen too. Big Finish continue to produce high quality audio dramas, including notably Doctor Who style like River Song, John Hurt, Doctors 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. And that’s just for starters. In May as we celebrate 20 years of the since Doctor Who: The Movie.

Yes, it’s been 20 years since, the dawn of another era was about to begin and start with the Television Movie, starring Paul McGann, Daphne Ashbrook, Yee Jee Tso,  and Eric Roberts (with his wife Eliza making an appearance).

On the convention side of things, we began the year with ComiXpo, a new convention on the scene, although more along the lines of a traditional comic and toy fair. Recently held on Sunday 28th February 2016 at the Collingwood Town Hall., this was an exciting day for sure, with many stalls selling collectors toys and memorabilia, both old and new. There was also a good local club presence, seeing Austrek, Starwalking, and of course the Doctor Who Club of Victoria.

Next we’re at Supanova, at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds on 15-17 April. Supanova will see a classic Doctor Who guest – John Leeson, K-9 himself – returning to our shores since Lords Of Time 1 when we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who. And from Torchwood – Gareth David-Lloyd returns since his last visit in 2011 here; Naomi Mori and Eve Myles. Feel free to drop by our table if you are attending. And then further on in the year, we will be at Oz Comic-Con and AMCE (which will be returning again this year after its inaugural year last year).

So to wrap this up, the future is secure for the Doctor Who Club of Victoria. Thank you as always for supporting your club. Hope you continue to support the club and renew as without your help there would be no club. And of course in July there will be the Annual General Meeting with hopefully something special.

Exciting times ahead indeed and hope to see you at meeting in future, as the recent annual now Games meeting proved it was more fun in the Doctor Who Club of Victoria!

So exciting times ahead. Remember to support us on social media too – Facebook and Twitter of course. And maybe Instagram and a YouTube channel in the future too. We’ll consider any idea from anyone who cares about this club and hope to continue to satisfy your needs in future. All the best. Thanky ou for your support and remember with your help we can make this club to grow.

Phillip Nicholls
The Doctor Who Club Of Victoria

ComiXpo this Sunday

The Doctor Who Club of Victoria will be attending ComiXpo this Sunday. Held at the Collingwood Town Hall from 10:00am – 5:00pm, ComiXpo is an old fashioned trader’s fair, with tickets only $5. The fair aims to bring back the feel of 80s comic fairs with stall holders from collectors selling both new and retro toys, collectibles, figures and comics. Come down and say hello to us, and check out the other Sci-Fi clubs too while you’re at it.

For more information visit http://www.comixpo.com/.

December Competitions

Thanks to BBC on DVD/Roadshow Entertainment we have some DVDs to give away! For your chance to win The 10 Christmas SpecialsSeason 9 Part 1 or The Underwater Menace, simply answer some easy questions to go into the prize draw. Plus current DWCV members get twice the chance to win, receiving an additional entry into each competition they enter.

To enter, go to http://www.dwcv.org.au/wp/competitions/.

Celebrate Doctor Who Anniversary Weekend!

November 21-22 is Doctor Who weekend! For those who wish to travel, the Doctor Who Festival is on at the Horden Pavilion in Sydney. Featuring Peter Capaldi, Billie Piper, Sylvester McCoy and more!

But if you’re unable to travel to Sydney, there is a whole weekend of Doctor Who events here in Melbourne!

On Saturday 21st, we will be holding our DW 22nd Anniversary and Christmas Party at the Northcote Town Hall. Doors open at 11pm for a 11:30 start. We are planning a day of panels, games and prizes. So get into  costume, don your Fez and Bow Tie and come along and join fellow fans. We will also be drawing our major raffle on this day.

The following day – Sunday 22nd, there will be the 2015 Whovian Parade through Melbourne. This is the second year of this event. Starting at the Carlton Gardens and ending at the Victoria Gardens, Whovians of all kinds will be walking through the streets of Melbourne.

So no matter where you are on Doctor Who Anniversary weekend, there’s some thing for everyone!