Doctor Who Festival: Billie Piper, Sylvester McCoy Added

Additional guests have been added for the Doctor Who Festival in November. Billie Piper (Rose Tyler) and Sylvester McCoy (7th Doctor) have been announced. Other guests added to the line-up include Dan Starkey (Strax), Jon Davey (has played several monsters in the series) and Gary Russell (script editor). Our favourite Melbourne comedian Rob Lloyd will also be presenting a panel on the Science of Dcotor Who.

The official website has also been updated with information that both photograph and autograph opportunities will be available to purchase, with information on these available nearer to the date. And that an actual set from the current series will be on display as part of the Festival Hall.

Although the Doctor Who Festival is on at the same weekend as our Anniversary and Christmas Party, why not head up on the Sunday like we will be doing! For more information visit the official site here.

Beyond the Pages: Cosplay Closing Party

The Melbourne City Library will be holding a cosplay closing party for their “Beyond the Pages” event on Saturday 26th September (sorry for the short notice, we only just found out about this one!). The party involves a Harry Potter Yule ball, and a debate between fans of Doctor Who and Star Trek.

Entry is free, however bookings are required. Click here for more information and to book.

ABC1 Sneak Peek Trailer / iView Information

ABC1 has added a sneak peek trailer for Episode 1 to their YouTube channel.

Also, according to Doctor Who News, the series will be shown at the same time as the UK [currently 5:30 am EST, but may vary if the broadcast time changes in the UK], but only on iView. Unfortunately there won’t be any simultaneous television screening like there was last year. Although the availability through iView is a positive for most fans, it also brings disappointment for those of us who don’t have access to iView on their TV or prefer to watch the episodes in the traditional manner.

Beta Bar – Doctor Who Party

beta bar posterThe Beta Bar is holding a Doctor Who Party on Friday 18th September (7pm-3am) to celebrate the beginning of Season 9. Discounted entry for those in costume, competitions and Doctor Who themed cocktails.

The Beta Bar is a gaming bar which combines card/board games, video games and bar. A great place to meet and hang out with fellow geeks and fans!

For more information on this event, visit their Facebook Page, or check out the Events Section.

September Meeting – UNIT Information Day

Our September meeting will celebrate all things UNIT! Come along and learn all about UNIT – our history, what we do and what makes us so successful. Explore the Monster files, the fashions, build your own model UNIT Jeep and make your own UNIT Identification card.

More information on the events page here.

ABC Trailer and Screening Information

The ABC have uploaded the official Season 9 trailer to their YouTube channel. The trailer is the same as the UK trailer, but with ABC branding.

The trailer ends with ‘starts September 20’ which indicates we will be getting this season fast-tracked from the UK. There has been no mention as yet as to whether there will be a simultaneous broadcast in the early hours of the morning.

AMC Expo – Richard Franklin and Jemma Redgrave

Doctor Who actors Richard Franklin [Captain Mike Yates in the classic series] and Jemma Redgrave [Kate Lethbridge-Stewart in the new series] will be in attendance as guests for this year’s AMC Expo.

AMC Expo was previously known as Armageddon Expo and will take place over the weekend of 17th/18th of October at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds. For more information including tickets

Unfortunately Jemma Redgrave has had to cancel her appearance at AMC Expo due to filming commitments. Hopefully we will get to see her at an event in the future.

Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting is on this Saturday. This is a great chance for members to get involved in the club and have their say about the direction of the club. We will be holding elections for committee positions as well as having an open forum for members to have their say. Or for those less vocal – we will be conducting a survey at the meeting.

Of course it’s not all business, with a screening of the Doctor Who spin-off Downtime, and a discussion forum on the upcoming series.

For more information, visit the Events Page.

Doctor Who Festival coming to Australia

Some of you may have heard of the official convention, Doctor Who Festival which is happening in London in November. Well it appears that London is not the only place that Peter Capaldi will be stopping in November. The BBC have announced that the Doctor Who Festival will also be coming to Sydney and Auckland.

Although only a small amount of details have been announced so far (Peter Capaldi as guest and some of the panel information), it looks like it will take much of the same format as the UK event. Tickets are along the lines of the recent Whoniverse event, with general admission at $195.00 ($99.00 for children), or the TARDIS (VIP) ticket for $365.00 ($265.00 for children).

Tickets go on sale on July 3.

Oz Comic-Con this Weekend

It’s that time of the year again. Oz Comic-Con is on again this weekend. This year it makes a return to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (opposite Crown Casino).

We will also be in attendance, so drop by and say hello!

For more information and tickets visit the Oz Comic-Con website or we also have information on our events page.