As we approach the 60th Anniversary of Doctor Who, revisit the story of Doctor Who, the occasional series written for the 50th Anniversary, explaining the origins of the programme.

Episode 3 - An Unearthly Series - The Origins of a TV Legend: First published 14 May 2012

Verity Lambert Heritage Plaque - RededicationBookmark and Share

Monday, 2 May 2022 - Reported by Marcus
Waris Hussein unveils Verity Lambert Plaque (Credit: DWAS)
The Doctor Who Appreciation Society is rededicating its plaque in honour of Doctor Who's first producer Verity Lambert at a special event in  London.
 
The plaque was originally unveiled in 2014, by Doctor Who's first Director, Waris Hussein. It is housed at Riverside Studios in Hammersmith, where many early episodes of Doctor Who were made. 
 
The plaque has been in storage while the Riverside complex was being redeveloped, but will be rededicated at a special event on May 29th.
 
In collaboration with Riverside Studios, the society will unveil the plaque in its new permanent location at the studios. In addition, Riverside and the Society have, by special arrangement with the BBC, arranged a screening of Episode 1 of Lambert's BAFTA-nominated 1974 drama about the Suffragette movement ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’. 
 
This rare screening will take place in Riverside's brand new cinema on the afternoon of 29 May 2022 at 2.00 pm. This will be followed by a Q and A session with two stars from the production, Dame Siân Phillips and Patricia Quinn, plus Waris Hussein (director of Shoulder to Shoulder & Doctor Who) and Carole Ann Ford (Doctor Who).
 
Attendees will also have the opportunity to view the free 'Time Lords To Top Of The Pops' photographic exhibition running at the venue as well as seeing the newly rededicated blue plaque. 
 
Tickets for the screening are £10 each (plus booking fee) and can be ordered at the Society’s Eventbrite site.




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TARDIS MagazineBookmark and Share

Thursday, 14 April 2022 - Reported by Marcus
TARDIS  Vol 17 Issue 4 (Credit: DWAS)

Vol 17 Issue 4 of TARDIS Magazine has been published by the Doctor Who Appreciation Society, raising funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

 

In this issue, we celebrate the Second Doctor, Patrick Troughton, and 55 years of the Yeti. Frazer Hines (Jamie) looks back at his Abominable Snowmen cine film and recalls his experiences of filming with Yeti in Snowdonia! Marc Platt discusses his classic Doctor Who story Ghost Light, the spin-off drama Downtime, and Big Finish audio drama Spare Parts in an exclusive interview!
 
In Missing in Action, Robbie Dunlop and Si Hunt take an in-depth look at The Abominable Snowmen, with many details previously unexplored. This 23,000-word feature includes studies of the camera scripts and original production documentation, memories from Frazer Hines and viewers, a biography of director Gerald Blake with input from his daughter, and reviews by John J Johnston and Marc Platt!
 
Nicholas Courtney (The Brigadier) is remembered by his friend and biographer Michael McManus!We go behind the scenes of the Missing Story animations with director Gary Russell (who previews The Abominable Snowmen) and artist Colin Howard!
Allysha Lavino explores the Mystery of French village Rennes-le-Château, made infamous by her friend and associate, the late Yeti co-creator Henry Lincoln!
 
K9 the series producer and writer Paul M. Tams discusses the loveable robot dog, the charity single “Doctor in Distress”, and more in an in-depth interview which also features the late Bob Baker!
 
Artist Ian Fraser relates the story behind his cover art for the most elusive of Target Books, The Wheel in Space! Organisers and attendees of PanoptiCon VI tell the story of Patrick Troughton’s one and only UK convention appearance! Dalek Life: The Power of the Patrick Troughton Dalek stories is recalled in essays by Viv Corbett, David J Howe and Tony Jordan – including first-hand memories of the Doctor’s regeneration and the Dalek War on Skaro!
 
Our four New Adventurers (Daniel, Kevin, Mat and Sarah) take on the third New Adventure novel, Nigel Robinson’s Timewrym: Apocalypse – is it a hit or a miss for the team? Christopher J Hill’s Space Museum examines merchandise collected by fans during Patrick Troughton’s time as the Doctor! Downtime producer Keith Barnfather recalls the trials and tribulations of making the biggest independent Doctor Who spin-off to date!
 
Paul Magrs celebrates 25 years of Doctor Who stories in his column! In this issue’s Cover Story, Colin Howard discusses his VHS art for The Two Doctors! Mark Campbell scrutinises Terrance Dicks’ The Abominable Snowmen and The Web of Fear in Target Audience! Nigel Robinson poses another 50 taxing questions in his Doctor Who Quiz!
 
Plus – Patrick Troughton’s original hand-written recipe for Vegetable Soup with Dalek Krotons, from the 1985 Doctor Who Cookbook! 
 
Tardis is edited by Robbie Dunlop. The cover is by Caroline Tankersley, and the back cover by Ian Fraser. Interviews by Gavin Bailey, David J Howe, Si Hunt, Alex Moore and Phil Newman.
 
It can be bought directly from the society's online store at dwas-store.sumup.link or at their eBay site: ebay.co.uk/usr/dwas_auction




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The Terrance Dicks Award For WritersBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 15 March 2022 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Terrance Dicks (Credit: Chuck Foster)

The Doctor Who Appreciation Society has announced a new award for writers, in memory of the much loved, and highly influential, writer Terrance Dicks, who passed away in 2019.

Terrance captured the imagination of a generation of children and young adults, many of whom are at the forefront of modern television.  Mark Gatiss said:

Very hard to express what Terrance Dicks meant to a whole generation. A brilliant TV professional, a funny and generous soul. Most of all, though, an inspirational writer who took so many of us on unforgettable journeys into space and time.

The award will recognise those whose writing across screen, audio, book and magazine have contributed to, and enhanced, the worlds of Doctor Who.

 
The inaugural award, which is in the bequest of the Society Executive, will be presented by Elsa Dicks, Terrance's wife, at the sold out Capitol convention being staged at the Crowne Plaza, London-Gatwick across the weekend of 2nd/3rd April. Tony Jordan, organiser of the event, said:
Terrance was adored by fans across the world as well as being a great friend of the Society. In 2010 he received the Society's 'Outstanding Contribution to Doctor Who' Award, and it's lovely to now have an Award in his venerable name. Never was anyone more deserving.

Elsa added:

The hallmark of Terrance's writing was his simple dramatic story-telling. No sentences full of long words, adjectives and flourishes. He was his own critic, re-reading what he had written and paring it back if needed. He would say if you want to be a writer, be a reader first, The books you enjoy will colour your writing.
 

The Terrance Dicks Award For Writers takes the form of a statue of The Master, as portrayed by Roger Delgado, crafted by Gary Glover of Mooncrest Models. The character is Terrance's most famous creation, and continues to feature in Doctor Who half a century after his first appearance in the Jon Pertwee story Terror of the Autons.





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Celestial Toyroom Annual 2022Bookmark and Share

Sunday, 27 February 2022 - Reported by Marcus
Celestial Toyroom Annual 2022. (Credit: DWAS)

The Doctor Who Appreciation Society, DWAS, has released a limited-run hardback version of their 2022 annual Celestial Toyroom.

 

The hardback book, initially available as a download is A5, runs to over 140 A5 colour pages and contains items covering every story of the 11th Doctor TV era. 

 

Profits from the sale go towards Save the Children and Cancer Research UK.

 

The book is £25 including (UK) delivery with a discount available for DWAS members and can be ordered from the society website.





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Celestial Toyroom Annual 2022Bookmark and Share

Monday, 3 January 2022 - Reported by Marcus
he Celestial Toyroom Annual 2022 (Credit: DWAS)
The Doctor Who Appreciation Society has made available The Celestial Toyroom Annual 2022 to all fans as a free download.
 
This year, the sixth annual in the series runs to over 140 pages and covers the Eleventh Doctor era.
 
Every televised story from The Eleventh Hour to The Time of the Doctor is covered with articles from over 40 different contributors, along with a cover produced especially for the book by Graeme Wey.
 
A limited run print copy will be made available later in the month.
 




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Cosmic Masque Issue 13Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, 18 May 2021 - Reported by Marcus
Cosmic Masque 13 (Credit: DWAS)
The Doctor Who Appreciation Society has released issue 13 of its free-to-download magazine Cosmic Masque.
 
Cosmic Masque is all about the world of fandom and includes articles, interviews, reviews and features on many Doctor Who items including Big Finish releases, podcasts, online games and more.
 
Cosmic Masque is also the Society’s fan fiction journal and this issue includes stories by five different writers, four of whom are new to Cosmic Masque.
 
The magazine can be downloaded from the society website.
 
There is no charge and no email address is required.
 
The latest and previous editions are available here
 
Cosmic Masque is edited by Nick Smith and the fiction editor is Stephen Hatcher. 




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DWAS AuctionBookmark and Share

Thursday, 11 March 2021 - Reported by Marcus
Alister Pearson Artwork (Credit: DWAS)

The Doctor Who Appreciation Society is auctioning a piece of Alister Pearson’s artwork from the Keeper of Traken audio book to raise funds for the Anthony Nolan Trust.

This charity was chosen by the Master himself Geoffrey Beevers. 

This print is an XL version and will be signed by Alister of the winning bidder. It can also be dedicated at the buyer's request.
 
The auction can be found on the eBay site
 
It closes on 14th March




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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 




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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




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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 




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