Vworp Vworp! - Issue 4Bookmark and Share

Sunday, 22 August 2021 - Reported by Marcus
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The long-awaited fourth issue of acclaimed Doctor Who comics and artwork fanzine Vworp Vworp! will be released in September.

This 172-page issue focuses on the Doctor’s strange adventures in TV Comic, Countdown and TV Action.

Trods, Daleks, Ugrakks, Quarks, The Pied Piper, Cybermen, Kleptons... For 15 years, Doctor Who fought them all with the help of his plucky grandchildren John and Gillian, and more familiar faces like Jamie, Liz, Sarah Jane, Leela and, of course, Santa Claus! We celebrate the weird and often wonderful TV Comic, Countdown and TV Action strips, and the equally colourful characters behind them.

This issue, lavishly illustrated with original artwork and never-before-seen photos, includes:

  • Interviews with artists Bill Mevin, Harry Lindfield and Martin Asbury

  • Celebrate of the lives of the late artist's John Canning, Neville Main, Gerry Haylock and Frank Langford, written with the full cooperation of their families

  • Scripters Roger Noel Cook and David Motton write about their Doctor Who work

  • Profiles of the strip’s other writers, artists and editors, including Tom Woodman, Alan Fennell, Dennis Hooper, Patrick Williams and Dick Millington

  • Brand new comic strips: the First Doctor, John and Gillian must avert The Trod Invasion of Earth  (written by Steve Lyons and drawn by Shawn Van Briesen), the Second Doctor faces the Return of the Piper (by Tim Quinn and Paul Cowan) and there’s trouble for the Third Doctor, in the epic Revenge of the Ugrakks (by George Mann and Paul Cooke)

  • The creation of Doctor Who Magazine’s homage to TV Comic, The Land of Happy Endings

  • Memories of growing up with the comics, and designing a competition-winning monster

Also in this issue:

  • Two of its three artists discuss the making of the much-loved book Doctor Who and the Daleks Omnibus, released through Marks & Spencer in 1976

  • Collecting original Doctor Who artwork

  • The life of prolific illustrator John Woods, who worked on many Dalek and Doctor Who books in the 1960s

  • ... and much more!

Plus, these exciting FREE GIFTS:

  • ‘Sugar Pats’, an authentic 1960s Doctor Who/TV Comic-themed cereal packet

  • A set of thrilling TV Comic stickers for your favourite cardigan

 

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Order Vworp Vworp! issue 4, price £9.99, from vworpvworp.co.uk now.

 




Data Extract Turns FortyBookmark and Share

Friday, 13 November 2020 - Reported by Marcus
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The newsletter of the Doctor Who Club of Australia, Data Extract, turns forty this month. 

 

The magazine was first published on November 24th 1980 under the title of the Australasian Doctor Who Newsletter. It wasn't until issue 23 in July-August 1983 that the titled changed to Data Extract following a competition for readers to come up with a catchy name. The winner was Kevin Smedley of Sunbury who came up with the name Australasian Who's Who. Although declared the winner and receiving a lifetime subscription to the newsletter, the name wasn't used as the editor, Dallas Jones decided to use his own idea and call the magazine Data Extract.

 

The headline is the first edition was Tom Baker Quits announcing the departure of the longest-serving actor to play the role of The Doctor.  

The next three issues of Data Extract (247, 248 and 249) will include a plethora of features celebrating this 40-year milestone, including recollections from past editors and articles about the history of the publication.

Issue 247, due for release next week, looks at Christopher Eccleston's return to the role of the Doctor, interviews Thomas Crawford on his Satellite 5 fan productions and goes behind the scenes with Brand Manager Edward Russell on recreating the Beatles Abbey Road cover with Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and two Daleks.

There is also a report on a  Who themed wedding, a count down the best honeymoon locations in the Whoniverse, a hunt for Campsie's missing TARDIS library and a discussion of the conspiracy of The Curator with the Boffin.

Readers can also check out the Lockdown Season with UK correspondent Bel Bailey-Melouney, discover the origins of the Doctor's dark side in War of the Valeyard and launch the first part of the Jason Towers comic 'Old Sixie versus the Bridge of Doom', telling the true tale of how the DWCA forced Colin Baker to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge. 

If you aren't a current member of the DWCA you can subscribe online



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PeladonBookmark and Share

Friday, 2 October 2020 - Reported by Marcus
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The latest edition of the Fanzine Peladon has just been released. 
 
Issue 10 looks at the criticism received by recent series of Doctor Who and asks why it has become so toxic. 
 
The fanzine also talks to writer Andrew Harrison about his memories of growing up with Who while Steve O'Brien explores some of the many Wha-Ifs in Doctor Who’s 57-year history,
 
The first issue of Peladon was published in Jan 1985 and so it's been going, on and off, for 35 years now. It is believed to be the UK's longest-running fanzine outside of those published by the DWAS.
 
The A5 fanzine is available for £2 by emailing stevemarkobrien@gmail.com