TARDIS Magazine Vol 17 Issue 2Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, 19 January 2021 - Reported by Marcus
TARDIS Issue 2 (Credit: DWAS)
The Doctor Who Appreciation Society has published issue 2 of TARDIS magazine.
 
All sales will benefit ‘MIND’,  the mental health charity. 
 
TARDIS was first published in 1975 and was brought out of retirement by DWAS in 2020.
 
This issue runs to 64 A4 colour pages and includes:
 
• We speak to the Seventh Doctor himself, Sylvester McCoy, and his television co-stars Bonnie Langford and Sophie Aldred, aka Mel and Ace
John Lucarotti’s widow Rolli provides an in-depth insight into the celebrated Doctor Who writer’s life and work
• Missing in Action: We take a comprehensive look at The Celestial Toymaker. This bumper feature includes an analysis of the camera scripts and audience research reports, viewers’ memories, set photos, an interview with dancing doll Delia Lindon, reminiscences from Peter  Purves, and a study of Gerald Savory’s play George and Margaret – uncovering some surprising links to the madcap world of the Toymaker!
Stephen Wyatt looks back at his two Doctor Who adventures – Paradise Towers and The Greatest Show in the Galaxy – and recalls his visit to the Gallifrey convention in America
Stephen McKenna, son of T.P. McKenna, remembers his late father, who memorably portrayed Captain Cook in The Greatest Show in the Galaxy
Jessica Martin discusses Greatest Show’s Mags and her graphic novel work. She also provides us with our back-cover art!
• Celebrating 100 years of Agatha Christie’s first novel, Mark Aldridge (author of Agatha Christie’s Poirot from HarperCollins) examines her Doctor Who connections, and Fenella ‘Agatha’ Woolgar and Daniel ‘Davenport’ King discuss the popular Tenth Doctor adventure, The Unicorn and the Wasp
• Actor Liam Rudden spills the tea on Richard Franklin and John Levene’s outrageous 1984 Edinburgh Fringe show, UNIT: The Great Tea Bag Mystery
• We celebrate thirty years of the New Adventures with The New Adventurers! Our four bookwyrms – Daniel, Kevin, Mat and Sarah – provide an illuminating commentary on the controversial Timewrym: Genesys
• Blue Kangs are the best! Suzanna Cardash reflects on her time in Paradise Towers’ not so cowardly girl gang…
• David J Howe recalls the trials and tribulations of editing his very first fanzine
• We trace the history of the annual Oxford vs Cambridge Doctor Who quiz
• In 'Masters of the Land of Fiction', Emma Reeves discusses her Big Finish audio The Moons of Vulpana,and Simon Guerrier his Tenth Doctor novel The Pirate Loop
• We discover Doctor Who’s Cricket Connections
• Director Julia Smith talks Fish People and Smugglers in an archive Tardis interview
Mark Campbell analyses the The Twin Dilemma and Paradise Towers novelisations in our second Target Audience feature!
• The Space Museum reopens for a look at late ‘80s merchandise – including Dapol action figures and Dalek pyjamas
Paul Magrs celebrates the Seventh Doctor in his column
Gavin French concludes The Timeless Fan with a look back at fandom in the ‘80s
Colin Howard discusses his Paradise Towers VHS cover
• Who is the Seventh Doctor?
Nigel Robinson returns for another round of fiendish quiz questions!
 
 
The magazine costs £9-99 including UK delivery (airmail orders are £13-99 for Europe and £15-99 Worldwide) and may be ordered directly from the DWAS eBay store
 
DWAS members may purchase at a reduced price when via from the online store at the website - www.dwasonline.co.uk 




Alister Pearson AuctionBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 23 December 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Auction (Credit: Alister Pearson)
The Doctor Who Appreciation Society is auctioning an Alister Pearson print for charity. 
 
In 2019, Alister Pearson had three photographic prints prepared of his artwork for the cover of the charity fundraising book TIME’S CHAMPION, originally published in 2008.
 
One of these prints was given to Sixth Doctor actor Colin Baker.
 
Another is signed by Colin and is up for auction, raising money for a charity supported by him: St Tiggywinkles.
 
The print is exactly the same size as the original painting, measuring 218mm (8.5 inches) in width and 389mm (15.25 inches) in height (not including the thin white margin).
 
The book itself has been reprinted this year, once again raising funds for the British Heart Foundation, in memory of its co-author Craig Hinton.
 
The print can be signed by the artist (with or without a dedication) if the winning bidder wishes him to do so.
 
The item can be viewed at on eBay




Comsic Masque Issue XIIBookmark and Share

Thursday, 19 November 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Cosmic Masque XII (Credit: DWAS)
 
 
The Doctor Who Appreciation Society has released issue 12 of Cosmic Masque, the Society’s e-magazine.
 
Cosmic Masque is about the worlds of fandom, and this issue contains items on recent merchandise releases, Interviews with people involved in the production of Time Lord Victorious comic books and Doctor Who themed Escape Rooms, and as always, new items of fan fiction. 
 
This issue runs to over 60 pages and is available for everyone to download free-of-charge at the DWAS website 




Cosmic Masque issue XIBookmark and Share

Monday, 31 August 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Cosmic Masque issue XI (Credit: DWAS)
 
Issue 11 of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society’s e-magazine, Cosmic Masque is now available to download free of charge at the Society’s website. 
 
Cosmic Masque is about the world of Doctor Who fandom and features fiction, merchandise reviews and more.
 
This edition runs to over 40 pages
 
It is available along with issue 1 - 10 to download here




TARDIS Magazine ReleasedBookmark and Share

Saturday, 11 July 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Tardis Magazine (Credit: DWAS)The new TARDIS Magazine has been released by The Doctor Who Appreciation Society or DWAS.

The Society announced in June the return of the original Doctor Who fanzine Tardis. The first edition of Tardis pre-dates DWAS itself and was published in 1975 with the last edition to date being released in 2003. The new magazine, with 60 colour pages, marks the start of the seventeenth volume and content includes:

  • Interviews with the two Eldrads, Judith Paris and Stephen Thorne
  • Tom Baker era producer Philip Hinchcliffe and director Michael E Briant 
  • Lord (Michael) Cashman remembers Time Flight 
  • Gareth Armstrong on playing Giuliano in The Masque of Mandragora
  • Colin Howard discusses The Hand of Fear VHS cover 
  • Jeremy Bentham remembers the Doctor Who Magazine Winter Special from 1983 in which he interviewed all nine producers, featuring unpublished photos 
  • David J. Howe discusses Season 14 
  • Building the animated Shada’s Console Room with Mark Barton Hill
  • Life on Magrs - a new column from writer Paul Magrs 
  • Archive interview with Magnus Greel actor Michael Spice with an introduction by interviewer Ian McLachlan 
  • Lockdown Who! 
  • Archive interview with Robert Holmes
  • Flashback: Season 14, the DWAS reacts to the controversial season in 1976/77 
  • Producer John Nathan-Turner’s rare convention photos DWAS and fandom in the 1970s, from one fan’s perspective 
  • An Unconventional Pilgrimage: Watching Doctor Who from the start 
  • Curiosities from the Space Museum: looking at merchandise released in 1976/77 
  • Portmeirion - A History 
  • Masters of the Land of Fiction: David Banks on Iceberg (Virgin) and Darren Jones on Cry of the Vultriss (Big Finish) 
  • Target Audience by Mark Campbell: reading into The Hand of Fear and The Ribos Operation 
  • 2020 Vision: Living in Exciting Times 
  • Remembering The Pescatons 
  • Tales of Tardis Monkey - a new column from Ellie Collins 
  • Me and Me and Me: Studying the Multi-Doctor stories Nigel Robinson’s Tardis Quiz

Sales of issue 1 support Mermaids, a UK charity for gender diverse children, young people and their families. Each future edition will support a different charity.

All orders received on or before 14th July 2020 will be entered into a draw to win one of three signed photos of Jodie Whittaker, which she has kindly donated to the society.

The magazine is available to all fans for £8-99 inc Uk delivery via the DWAS eBay shop. DWAS members can receive a 25% discount ordering via the Society’s website.




The Doctor Who Audio GuideBookmark and Share

Thursday, 28 May 2020 - Reported by Marcus
The Doctor Who Audio Guide Volume 1 (Credit: DWAS)The Doctor Who Audio Guide Volume 2 (Credit: DWAS)The Doctor Who Appreciation Society has published the second volume of The Doctor Who Audio Guide

The Doctor Who Audio Guide by Colin John Francis, was first published by DWAS in 2005 and covered every official Doctor Who audio title from 1963 to 2005, with an updated version extended up to 2008 being published in 2010.

The Society is now pleased to publish volume 2 which covers all releases from 2009 to 2013. The guide is fully indexed by title, cast and crew and the index to the second volume is consolidated to cover volume 1 as well.

The book is A4 with a full-colour cover by Nigel Thomas, featuring Tom Baker as the fourth Doctor from The Pescatons.

Released at the same time is an updated version of volume 1 with a new colour cover, also by Nigel Thomas. This revised volume features both Colin Baker’s foreword from the 2005 edition, and Lisa Bowerman’s foreword from the revised 2010 edition.

volume 1 runs to 482 pages and covers releases from 1963 to 2008. Volume 2 runs to 480 pages and covers releases from 2009 to 2013. Titles covered include BBC produced and licensed products and other licensed titles featuring characters from the main TV series.

Each book is sold in support of Marie Curie Cancer Care. Colin Francis choose this charity in memory of a friend he met whilst working as a bluecoat at Pontins in the early 1990s. His friend died overnight from the cancer that he was too proud to tell people he was suffering from.

As well as the standard paperback, DWAS has also produced volume 2 in a limited run hardback with ribbon and dustjacket. Both volumes 1 and 2 can be purchased from the DWAS website now. The price for the paperbacks is £19-99 each and the limited-run hardback is £29-99. Prices include UK delivery. Delivery to Europe and Worldwide will cost extra.

Volume 3 is currently in production. The books are published by Space Rocket Ltd on behalf of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society.




Double up on Doctor Who event viewing this SaturdayBookmark and Share

Saturday, 25 April 2020 - Reported by Chuck Foster
There's not one but two Doctor Who related online events taking place today. Starting at 10:00am BST, the Doctor Who Appreciation Society present The Capitol: CONtact has been made, and from 2:00pm BST Fantom Events present their fourth online event, Time Space Visualiser. Both will be broadcast on the organisations' respective YouTube channels and can be viewed afterwards for those in different time zones to the UK, as well as a host of other archive material from previous events also available to enjoy.

The Capitol - CONtact has been made (Credit: DWAS)The Capitol: CONtact has been made
Presented by the Doctor Who Appreciation Society (via YouTube)

We're delighted to announce The Capitol CONtact has been made, a virtual event that will launch at 10.00am BST on Saturday 25th April. We have specifically chosen this time and date as it’s when The Capitol FIVE was originally scheduled to get underway.

CONtact has been made will be available at our You Tube Channel DWASonline, and features panels from the first four Capitols in their entirety. We are very grateful to our wonderful guests for giving us permission to make them available in these troublesome times as we continue to battle against the invisible enemy.

Panels will include Steven Berkoff talking about Shakespeare, Sylvester Stallone & Hitler, and Jon Culshaw trading blows with Terrance Dicks in a unique double header.

Time Space Visualiser 4 (Credit: Fantom Events)Time and Space Visualiser
Presented by Fantom Events (via YouTube)

We are back this Saturday with our fourth online convention, bringing you a hectic mixture of brand new interviews, special features, competitions, and archive material, broadcasting live and direct on YouTube… all completely for FREE.

This week we are honoured to have our first Doctor joining us; the seventh Doctor SYLVESTER McCOY is taking part in a specially recorded interview for the event.

Of course any Doctor needs his loyal companions, and we have three of his fabulous friends. KATY MANNING (Jo Grant/Jones), JOHN LEESON (K9) and DAN STARKEY (Strax) will also be joining in the fun.

And if that wasn’t enough, we have brand new interviews with a trio of wonderful guest stars. GRAHAM COLE is best known to Doctor Who fans as The Melkur, but is probably more familiar as PC Tony Stamp in The Bill. JESSICA MARTIN was Mags (and also the voice of the Queen) and also read one of our new stories recently. And finally, JASON WATKINS, one of the most recognisable faces on television right now, who was also a guest star in NIGHTMARE IN SILVER.




DWAS Announces the Return of TARDIS MagazineBookmark and Share

Friday, 17 April 2020 - Reported by Marcus
TARDIS 1975 (Credit: DWAS )The Doctor Who Appreciation Society has announced the return of its magazine, TARDIS, last published in 2003.

Volume 16 of TARDIS will begin publication in the summer of 2020. Under the editorship of Robbie Dunlop, it will be an entirely commissioned features-based magazine, published three times per year as a vibrant A4 title. It will be available to all fans from DWAS’s company Space Rocket Ltd, with DWAS members given the opportunity to buy directly from the Society at a substantial discount. The publication we help continue the society tradition of supporting charities with each edition raising funds for a worthy cause.

TARDIS was one of the earliest Doctor Who Fan magazines (fanzines) and was first published in 1975 by Andrew Johnson. In the summer of 1976, the newly formed Doctor Who Appreciation Society took on the publication of the magazine. Over the next few years, TARDIS went from strength to strength. It started as hand duplicated title, soon acquiring ‘photo pages’ which were inserts produced by offset litho. Later on, TARDIS become professionally printed itself, and in 1979 it saw colour for the first time. TARDIS was always supplied as an addition to DWAS membership until it was absorbed into the Society’s newsletter ‘Celestial Toyroom’ in 1987. TARDIS subsequently ceased publication as CT itself moved away from its traditional newsletter format and became a magazine in its own right.

Between April 1997 and December 1998, the Society resurrected TARDIS as a quarterly publication alongside Celestial Toyroom but then retired the title again, with a brief return as a one-off special in 2003 celebrating the show’s 40th anniversary.

The world of Doctor Who fandom has changed beyond recognition since then, and nowadays there are very few printed fan magazines. Celestial Toyroom remains the staple of the DWAS’s own output giving air to a wide range of views. Many writers have started with items in CT before moving on to more mainstream publications including ‘Doctor Who Magazine’. DWAS has recognised the changing landscape and CTs sister publication, Cosmic Masque is now published as a download at their website. The Celestial Toyroom Annual is released principally as an eBook with a limited run print copy also available.

Announcing the return the Society said
Whereas fandom is a very virtual experience these days, we remain convinced that there is a solid, sustainable demand for printed magazines, produced by fans for fans. As such, the Doctor Who Appreciation Society is very pleased to announce the return of TARDIS.
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The price and ordering information will be announced soon with the first issue of the new volume following shortly afterwards. In the meantime, Celestial Toyroom continues on its monthly publications schedule, giving members the opportunity to express their views on all aspects of Doctor Who. A new edition of Cosmic Masque, the fiction and reviews title, will also be released for download in the summer and a new ‘Celestial Toyroom Annual’ for 2021 is in the planning stages now.

For more information on the Doctor Who Appreciation Society, the world longest-running Doctor Who fan club, please visit www.dwasonline.co.uk. Enquiries about the new magazine can be made to tardis@dwasonline.co.uk




The Celestial Toyroom Annual 2020Bookmark and Share

Saturday, 11 January 2020 - Reported by Marcus
Celestial Toyroom 2020 Annual (Credit: DWAS)
The Doctor Who Appreciation Society has made The Celestial Toyroom Annual 2020 available for download, free-of-charge to all fans.

This is the fourth CT Annual and on this occasion celebrates the era of the third Doctor. There are over 100 pages celebrating the Jon Pertwee era from "Spearhead from Space" to "Planet of the Spiders" and more.

A limited run hardback copy will be available in the coming weeks which will help to raise money for 'Save the Children' in memory of Terrance Dicks.

To view please click here

In addition the Doctor Who Appreciation Society and the Derby-based Whoovers are holding a one-day event on Sunday 15th March 2020 to celebrate the life and work of Terrance Dicks.

The event, organized in partnership with the Dicks family will raise funds for ‘Save the Children’ which was supported by Terrance for many years.

Guests include; Katy Manning, Frazer Hines, Nicholas Briggs, Paul Cornell, Jon Culshaw, Peter Darvill-Evans, Toby Hadoke, Marcus Hearn, Rebecca Levene, Steven Moffat, Nigel Robinson, Edward Russell, Gary Russell

The venue is The Cinema Museum in London SE11. Tickets are £40 plus booking fee and are available directly from Eventbrite.




DWAS Appeal for Terrance DicksBookmark and Share

Saturday, 23 November 2019 - Reported by Marcus
The Doctor Who Appreciation Society is raising funds for Save the Children in memory of Terrance Dicks - a charity chosen by his family.

Andrew Skilliter, Chris Achellios, Alister Pearson and Jeff Cummins have allowed DWAS to produce four art cards based on their work for Target books. These are now available to buy from the eBay store, along with a ‘Terrance’ badge and the special Terrance Dicks Tribute magazine, published in October 2019.

The cost for the art card set and badge is £5-95 and the set plus the magazine is £7-45.

Full details here