Whotopia – 30

WHOTOPIA ISSUE 30The latest issue of the fan magazine Whotopia has been released and is now available to download from the Whotopia website

In this issue
  • IN CONVERSATION WITH PETER DAVISON
  • Roger Crow chats with Fifth Doctor Peter Davison on the set of his new movie
  • THE DOCTOR IS NOT MILLIONS OF YEARS OLD
  • Jessica Chaleff explains quite to the contrary that the Doctor isn’t as old as you think
  • THE STORIES THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN: THE MCCOY ERA
  • Bob Furnell examines the unmade stories from Sylvester McCoy’s era
  • OMEGA: THE LOST TIME LORD
  • Steve Traves considers one of the series’ more enigmatic villains
  • UNDERAPPRECIATED MONSTERS & VILLIANS IN DOCTOR WHO
  • Jessica Chaleff points the spotlight at a sample of less-looked-for antagonists
  • AN EVENING WITH MATTHEW WATERHOUSE
  • Paula Hammond reports on this special event with Matthew Waterhouse
  • COLUMN: TARGET TRAWL
  • Nick Mellish continues his journey reading every single Target novel
  • COLUMN: THE DOCTOR WHO SCHOLAR
  • This issue Jeremy examines Doctor Who as transmedia
  • WHO YOU BUILD
  • Steve Traves explores more full-scale Doctor Who model making
  • THE BLACK ARCHIVES: THE MASSACRE REVIEWED
  • Andrew Screen reviews one of the Black Archive books
  • WHAT’S ALL THE FUSS ABOUT…?
  • Whotopia interviews authors Will Hadcroft and Ian Wheeler
  • COLUMN: THE AUDIO ARCHIVES
  • Andrew Screen continues his look at the works of Big Finish
  • MASTER WHO PART 3: ANTHONY AINLEY
  • Dan Tessier details Anthony Ainley’s version of ‘The Master’
  • POLARITY DAY: REMEMBERING JON PERTWEE
  • Paula Hammond attends this special DWAS event celebrating third Doctor Jon Pertwee
  • CLASS REVIEWED
  • Jon Arnold turns his critical eye on the first few episodes of the latest Who spinoff
  • THE BLACK ARCHIVES VOLUME 1-3
  • Andrew Screen takes a look at the series of books from Obverse Books
  • COLUMN: THE CURATE’S EGG
  • With the end of an era looming, Richard Michaels fires off a defence of Steven Moffat
The magazine can be downloaded for free from whotopia.ca.

Mini heritage plaque for Jon Pertwee up for auction

Jon Pertwee mini-Heritage Plaque signed auction item (Credit: DWAS)Back in October, the Doctor Who Appreciation Society unveiled a blue heritage plaque at New Wimbleon Theatre in London in honour of the third Doctor, Jon Pertwee. The Society has now produced 25 miniture versions which are available to purchase from their website, but have also put a special one up for auction which includes signatures from many of the guests who attended the event:

June Whitfield, Fenella Fielding, Barry Cryer, Jon Culshaw, Ingeborg Pertwee, Dariel Pertwee, Lorraine Chase, Timothy Combe, Michael Ferguson, Bob Baker, Katy Manning, Jeremy Bulloch, Richard Franklin, Peter Miles, David Banks, Prentis Hancock, Graeme Harper, Cy Town

All proceeds from this auction will be paid into the Society's 'Plaque Fund', which raises money to pay for the plaque at New Wimbledon Theatre, The Dedication event, and for The Grand Order of Water Rats which Jon was an enthusiastic supporter of during his life.

The plaque is approx 30cm diameter and comes with rear fixing tape for wall display.

You can view and bid on the item via their auction page on Ebay.

Competition Roundup for December

The followong competitons are available to enter via Doctor Who News in December:

BBC Audio: The Space Pirates

When space beacon Alpha One disintegrates into lumps of metal, General Hermack of the Space Corps realises that space pirates have discovered a new source of precious aragonite. After witnessing further destruction, the General leaves a squad of guards on beacon Alpha Four - just as the TARDIS materialises. Suspected by the Space Corps of being pirates, then pursued as spies by the pirates themselves, the Doctor, Zoe and Jamie attempt to unmask the mastermind behind the thefts of aragonite. In doing so they risk execution, explosion, and asphyxiation in the vacuum of space.
Doctor Who: The Space Pirates (Credit: BBC Audio)To be in with a chance to win the audiobook courtesy of BBC Audio, simply answer the following question:
When we first meet Milo Clancey, he throws away the charred remains from out of his toaster - but which televised story saw the Doctor reveal his feelings over such burnt offerings?
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-spacepirates@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Howdy!". The competition is open worldwide, closing date 8th January 2017. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

BBC Audio: The Scales of Injustice

When a boy goes missing and a policewoman starts drawing cave paintings, the Doctor suspects the Silurians are back. With the Brigadier distracted by questions about UNIT funding and problems at home, the Doctor swears his assistant Liz Shaw to secrecy and investigates alone. But Liz has enquiries of her own, teaming up with a journalist to track down people who don’t exist. What is the mysterious Glasshouse, and why is it so secret? As the Silurians wake from their ancient slumber, the Doctor, Liz and the Brigadier are caught up in a conspiracy to exploit UNIT’s achievements – a conspiracy that reaches deep into the heart of the British Government.
Scales of Injustice (Credit: BBC Audio)To be in with a chance to win the audiobook courtesy of BBC Audio, simply answer the following question:
Which is the only televised story (so far) to explicitly mention the C19 organisation?
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-scalesofinjustice@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "This is still our planet". The competition is open worldwide, closing date 8th January 2017. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

BBC Books: The Pirate Planet

The hugely powerful Key to Time has been split into six segments, all of which have been disguised and hidden throughout time and space. Now the even more powerful White Guardian wants the Doctor to find the pieces. With the first segment successfully retrieved, the Doctor, Romana and K-9 trace the second segment of the Key to the planet Calufrax. But when they arrive at exactly the right point in space, they find themselves on exactly the wrong planet – Zanak. Ruled by the mysterious ‘Captain’, Zanak is a happy and prosperous planet. Mostly. If the mines run out of valuable minerals and gems then the Captain merely announces a New Golden Age and they fill up again. It’s an economic miracle – so obviously something’s very wrong...
The Pirate Planet (novel) (Credit: BBC Books)To be in with a chance to win the book courtesy of BBC Books, simply answer the following question:
Name one of the remaining stories from the original television series that has yet to be published in book form.
Please send your answers along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-pirateplanet@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "I declare a new golden age!". The competition is open to UK readers only, closing date 8th January 2017. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

Big Finish: Cold Fusion

A newly regenerated Fifth Doctor arrives on an occupied ice planet – where the Seventh Doctor is investigating dangerous energy experiments conducted by the Earth Empire. But events spin out of control when a refugee from the distant past arrives - Patience, the Doctor's Wife!
Cold Fusion (Credit: Big Finish)To be in with a chance to win a digital download of the audio adventure courtesy of Big Finish, simply answer the following question:
What is the seventh Doctor's favourite biscuit, as revealed in this story?
Please send your answer along with your name and the email address you have registered with Big Finish, plus where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-coldfusion@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "Crashed Time". The competition is open worldwide, closing date 8th January 2017. Note: entrants must have an active registration with Big Finish in order to be eligible to receive the prize - new registrations can be easily created on the website for free and with no financial obligation.

It's still possible to enter competitions to win Lethbridge-Stewart books and Warlord Games miniatures, closing date this Sunday.


Watch out for our annual Christmas Ratings competition, launching next week!

Peter Capaldi Shooting Script for Auction

House of Illustration (Credit: Sotheby's London)
Peter Capaldi has donated a 72-page Doctor Who shooting script of his first Dalek story, Into the Dalek to a fund-raising auction taking place at Sotheby's next Tuesday 13th December.

The script, complete with a lavishly illustrated title page, is a complete one-off. The lot also includes two postcards inscribed ‘Best wishes from Peter Capaldi Doctor ?’.

It is part of over 40 original illustrations up for auction, by leading artists, designers, and musicians, including Quentin Blake, Brian Eno, Eric Clapton, Oliver Jeffers, Emma Chichester Clark, David Shrigley, Peter Brooks, Peter Blake, Paul Smith, and Margaret Howell.

The auction is to raise money for House of Illustration, the UK’s only public gallery devoted to illustration, based in King’s Cross in London. The registered charity receives no public funding, raising all the money from admissions, retail and fundraising. The gallery puts on exhibitions and events, promotes new illustration talent, commissions new art work and organises an illustrator led learning programme for schools, families, students and enthusiasts of all ages.

The auction starts at 2.30pm and you can bid in person, by phone or online. The works will be displayed to the public at Sotheby’s on Friday 9th – Monday 12th December.

The artworks can also be viewed online by going to Sotheby's Website and looking for lot number 287.

Space Helmet for a Cow II – Exclusive Extract

Space Helmet for a Cow II (Credit: Mad Norwegian Press)Mad Norwegian Press have published the second volume of Space Helmet for a Cow - The Mad, True Story of Doctor Who, and Doctor Who News is pleased to offer readers an exclusive extract from the book.

In Space Helmet for a Cow 2, award-winning writer Paul Kirkley (Doctor Who Magazine, Radio Times, SFX) continues his witty and irreverent history of Doctor Who, from the wilderness years of the 1990s – when the 30th anniversary special was so bad, it didn’t even go straight to video – to its triumphant 50th birthday celebrations, when every single person in the world sat down to watch Doctor Who together. (Except Christopher Eccleston, who was busy.)

From Hugo Award-winning publisher Mad Norwegian Press, it’s the book that answers such burning questions as: Did Benny and Bjorn from Abba really plan a Torchwood musical called Weevil Rock You? Which Doctors shared a bed? Did Blue Peter and Sad Tony eventually find love? How did David Tennant become his own son-in-law? And was there really a sequel to Carnival of Monsters at Wembley Arena, or did we dream it?



Thanks to Mad Norwegian Press Doctor Who News is able to offer a free download of a complete section of the book, dealing with the years 1990-2003. At 25,000+ words, this is a comprehensive guide to Doctor Who’s “wilderness years” - with jokes - that also works as a standalone read in itself.



The full version of Space Helmet for a Cow 2: The Mad, True Story of Doctor Who (1990-2013) can be purchased from Amazon. UK US CA DE