Submissions Wanted for Issue 28

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Hi all.

As you’ve no doubt heard by now Whotopia is returning to print and we’re gearing up for publication of Issue 28 our first new issue in over a year and a half.

We’re wanting to let you know that we’re seeking material for the upcoming issue. We’re looking for a good mix of serious, investigative, informative and lighthearted articles, features and columns; material that is:

  1. Material of a controversial, or topical, nature that would inspire feedback from our readers.
  2. Investigative type articles.
  3. Lighthearted and/or comical material that are witty, cute, funny and charming. (Nothing sophomoric or juvenile.)
  4. Material focusing on Torchwood, Sarah Jane Adventures and the recent K9 series.
  5. Material concentrating on Doctor Who’s vast history and its early days as a television series.
  6. Material that focus on fandom, fandom history, and what it’s like to be a fan of the world’s longest running science fiction series.

Deadline for Issue 28 is:      June 6, 2015

Submitted material should follow the standard Whotopia word count (approximates) which are:

  • 800 words = 1 page
  • 1500 words = 2 pages
  • 2200 words = 3 pages
  • 3000 words = 4 pages
  • Please check with us first before submitting material longer than 3000 words/4 pages.

Material for publication should be submitted in either text (.txt or .rtf) or Word (.doc) format documents, and sent as attachments in an e-mail to whotopia@whotopia.ca.

And, as a quick reminder, we’re still looking to hear from those of you who would like to pen a regularly featured column in the zine. If you’ve got an idea for a column, please feel free to drop us a quick note and let us know what your idea is about.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Bob & Jez

Early Info on Forthcoming New Issue

A quick update for those of you who are planning to contribute to the forthcoming new issue of Whotopia.  We’re currently working out a schedule and timeline for future issues but we…

  1. can confirm that the issue will appear in the second half of 2015 (definitely sometime after August),
  2. the page count for each issue will likely be kept to around the 60 page mark,
  3. there will be a new logo; and,
  4. that June 6th will likely be the deadline to submit material intended for publication.

We hope to confirm the above and other information regarding publication of Issue 28 in the coming days, so stay tuned to this blog for further updates and information.

EXCLUSIVE ANNOUNCEMENT!

WHOTOPIA’S COMING BACK!

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Yes, it’s true. After numerous conversations, Jez and I realized we missed publishing Whotopia so, we’ve decided to bring the magazine back thus ending our extended publication break.

We’re excited about bringing Whotopia back, and with that in mind we’ve decided that the time is right to make a few changes to the magazine by adopting a new focus and new fresh approach. Whotopia will concentrate more on providing our readers with a good mix of serious, investigative, informative and light-hearted articles, features and columns.   Not only will we be focusing on Doctor Who but we’re aiming to feature more content on Torchwood, Sarah Jane Adventures and the recent K-9 series.  The new Whotopia will also see a greater focus on the show’s vast history and how fandom and it’s fans have been a part of that history. These changes aren’t to say that Whotopia didn’t provide a good mix previously. We want to build on our reputation and publish the best Doctor Who fan magazine.

We haven’t set a date for the magazine’s return, but it will be in the second half of 2015.

In the meantime we’ll keep you advised of plans for Whotopia’s return as they develop.

Thanks, and looking forward to hearing from you.

Cheers,
Bob & Jez

Fanzine Round-Up

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In addition to publishing our own fanzine, we here at Whotopia HQ like to keep abreast of what other fans are doing and what fanzines they’re publishing.  With this in mind, we thought our readers might find it of interest what other fanzines – both Doctor Who and non-Doctor Who related – are out there and what’s available for your purchase.  Here’s a recent list compiled by Whotopia Editor Bob for your viewing…

TITLE / FORMAT / STATUS

GERRY ANDERSONplaything

IN PUBLICATION & FORTHCOMING
Andersonic / Print / In Production – issue 19 Summer 2015

BLAKE’S 7

IN PUBLICATION & FORTHCOMING
Scorpio Attack / Print / Issue ? – 2015 (returning after extended break)

CEASED PUBLICATION
Star One / PDF / Ceased Production 2012
Stardrive / Print / Dead – never published

CULT TVpanic moon 2013

IN PUBLICATION & FORTHCOMING
CSO / Cult TV / Print / In Production – issue 2 forthcoming 2015

CEASED PUBLICATION
Tellyvision / Cult TV / Print / Ceased Production

DOOMWATCH

CEASED PUBLICATION
Doomwatch Fanzine / Print / Ceased Production

DOCTOR WHO

IN PUBLICATION
Celestial Toyroom / Print / In Production – issue 442 most recent issue

IN PUBLICATION & FORTHCOMING
Fish Fingers & Custard / Print / In production – issue 16 (mid-2015)
Nothing At The End of The Lane / Print / In production – issue 4 forthcoming (no date)
Planet of the Ming Mongs / In Production – issue 2 forthcoming (no date)
Plaything of Sutekh / Print / In Production – issue 4 forthcoming 2015
Tides of Time / Print / In Production – Issue 38 forthcoming 2015
Vworp Vworp / Print / In production – issue 3 forthcoming (no date)
Whotopia / PDF / Forthcoming new issue mid-to-late 2015

fanzine-enlightenment171ON HIATUS
Cygnus Alpha / Print / On Hiatus but issue 16 planned for 2015
Enlightenment / PDF / Appears to be On Hiatus – Last Issue #172 published May 2014
Panic Moon / Print / On Hiatus (since 2014)
The Terrible Zodin / PDF/ On Hiatus (since 2013)

CEASED PUBLICATION
Bandril / Print / Ceased Production
Blue Box / Print / Ceased Production
Eleventh Hour / PDF / Ceased Production
Fan Fiction Illustrated / PDF / Dead – never published or launched
Fanwnak/ Print / Ceased Production
Rassilon’s Rod / Print / Ceased Production
Relative Dimensions / PDF / Ceased production
RTP (Reverse The Polarity) / Print / Ceased Production
Strange Skins 2013 / Print / Ceased Production
TARDIS Base / PDF / Ceased Productionfanzine-ffac-14
The Finished Product / Print / Ceased Production
The Gallifrey Archives / Print / Dead – never published
Theta Morbius Times / PDF / Ceased Production
Tomtit / Print / Ceased Production
TSV / Print / Ceased Production
Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey / PDF / Ceased Production

DOCTOR WHO FAN FICTION

IN PUBLICATION
Inferno Fiction/ PDF / Current Issue: #19

ON HIATUS
Myth Makers / Print / On Hiatus

fanzine-EleventhHourTORCHWOOD

CEASED PUBLICATION
The Hub / Ceased Production

THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES

CEASED PUBLICATION
The Sarah Jane Files / Print / Dead – never published

Underwater Menace DVD Pulled

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It appears that The Underwater Menace may not be released on DVD this year after all!

After a second episode was discovered in 2011 (!), The Underwater Menace was supposedly due for release on DVD last year before being bumped onto this year’s schedule. But according to the BBC DVD Enquiry Line, it’s been removed from the 2015 schedule too! The BBC Consumer Products department have since released this statement:

“We appreciate that some Doctor Who fans are disappointed that we have not yet been able to release The Underwater Menace on DVD. We would like to reassure everyone that we are currently reviewing the best way to bring fans more Classic Doctor Who titles. Please bear with us – we’ll let you know more as soon as we can.”

The Classic Doctor Who DVD range ended more than a year ago now, concluding with The Web of Fear in February 2014. But Anneke Wills, who played companion Polly Wright in the serial, recently showed her frustration on Facebook.

Further annoyances came last year: despite the trailer for the Second Doctor adventure appearing on the DVD of The Moonbase, the restoration team admitted that, to them, the range appeared pretty dead; and secondly, while fans expected the remaining two lost episodes to be animated, it now looks likely that that’s not happening either…

At the time of writing, the petition to BBC Worldwide asking for The Underwater Menace‘s release has reached over 1,650 signatures. Right now, it’s probably the best we can do for now.

Source: Kasterborous