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

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