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!

DWCV Major Raffle – Win an Autographed Poster

raffle posterWe are currently holding our major fundraising raffle. Tickets are $4.00 each with the chance to win the following prizes:

  • 1st Prize: A poster autographed by Matt Smith, Karen Gillian and Alex Kingston
  • 2nd Prize: Doctor Who merchandise pack valued at over $100.
  • 3rd Prize: Doctor Who merchandise pack valued at over $100.

The raffle will be drawn on November 21st at our Anniversary/Christmas Party. If the winner is unable to attend, winner will be contacted by email and arrangements made to get the prizes to them.

Tickets can be purchased at the November meeting, or via PayPal. For more information go to www.dwcv.org.au/wp/raffle/.


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.