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WHOTOPIA ISSUE 36 | AUGUST 2020
A SPECIAL ONE-OFF ISSUE
SERIES 12 IN REVIEW
Join our review panel as they shine the spotlight on Jodie Whittaker’s second season
INSIGHTS AND THOUGHTS ON SERIES 12
Graeme Burk offers his thoughts on series 12
COLUMN: MASTER WHO
Daniel Tessier continues his on-going examination of the Master, this issue’s focus is on Michelle Gomez incarnation
FALLING BACK IN LOVE WITH DOCTOR WHO
Jen Hughes explains why she’s falling in love with Doctor Who all over again
COLUMN: THE CURATE’S EGG
Richard Michaels returns with more of his frank opinions
THE WHITTAKER DEBATE AND THE ENSUING DISSATISFACTION OF DOCTOR WHO: PART TWO
Bob Furnell takes another look at the on-going debate and divide in Doctor Who fandom
COLUMN: WHOLIFE: THE KROTONS
Grant Bull returns with an all new instalment of his popular column. This issue he looks at the soothing and meditative effects of The Krotons soundtrack
COLUMN: THE FANZINE CORNER
Bob Furnell continues his on-going discussion on fanzines
Cover by Alex Lydiate
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The Doctor Who Project revealed today that they have republished the very first two stories that launched the project back in 1999 – The Final Sunset and Best Enemy – both are now back online. The latest versions have been tidied up and are ready for your reading pleasure. Both stories are available to download free in PDF format which can be read on most phones, tablets and PCs.
The Final Sunset features the Seventh Doctor, as played by Sylvester McCoy in an adventure that sees the Doctor assist a Canadian archaeological team who’ve discovered a long lost Silurian colony.
In Best Enemy, the Seventh has been staying at UNIT headquarters in Vancouver Canada since the events in “The Final Sunset” when the announcement he’s been waiting for comes – UNIT troops have found the Master’s TARDIS. Or, have they?
Both stories can be found in the Season 27 section of The Doctor Who Project website.
Dear Whotopia friends and readers.
It’s the end of an era.
After much soul-searching and careful thought, I regret to inform readers that after 16 years of publication, and almost 40 issues, the editors and publishers of Whotopia have decided to cease publication. The past 16 years have been a lot of fun and I know I can speak for everyone who has been involved in bringing Whotopia to you every issue has enjoyed every minute. Unfortunately, I am finding I have less and less time to devote to the magazine, and I thought it would be better to go out on a high than see the magazine’s quality deteriorate or become a pale shadow of its former self.
If you’re still looking for Doctor Who content, rest assure as Chromakey Magazine (www.chromakeymagazine.com) will be increasing its coverage of Doctor Who in future issues.
I would like to thank everyone who contributed or worked on the magazine for all their hard work, dedication and writing all those fantastic articles over the past 16 years. I would especially like thank all of you, the readers, for your continued support. It has been much appreciated and valued. Thank you everyone.
Happy 56th Anniversary
1963 – 2019
WARRIORS OF THE DEEP: EXAMINING THE SILURIANS AND SEA DEVILS
Callum McKelvie take a look at what makes the Silurians & Sea Devils tick
REVIEWED: DOCTOR WHO AND THE SILURIANS
Jon Arnold reviews the classic Pertwee story
REVIEWED: THE SEA DEVILS
From the archives comes this review by Gary Phillips
REVIEWED: WARRIORS OF THE DEEP
Dan Tessier reviews this Davison era story
DOCTOR WHO BY THE BOOK: TERRANCE DICKS REMEMBERED
Don Klees pays tribute to Terrance Dicks
INTERVIEW: FRANK COLLINS
Andrew Screen speaks with the Black Archive author
RYAN SINCLAIR: THOUGHTS ON A DYSPRAXIC CHARACTER
Aeron Gray delves in the character’s dyspraxia
THE SOUND, THE VISION, THE FURY OF THE DEEP
Greg Maughan delves into this Troughton era classic
COLUMN: THE CURATE’S EGG
Richard Michaels returns with another instalment
Jessica Chaleff examines some of the series ‘Earth-based’ monsters
COLUMN: MASTER WHO 8
Dan Tessier continues his look at the Master
CLASSIC WHO REVIEWED: SEASON TWO
Paul Williams examines season two from 1964/65
UNMASKING ‘THE MAN IN THE VELVET MASK’
Callum McKelvie unmasks what made this such a unique novely
COLUMN: THE AUDIO ARCHIVES #7
Andrew Screen continues his look at Big Finish audio releases
A CLASSIC RETURN
Jessica Chaleff discusses which classic series companions should make a reappearance
COMIC STRIP: GENESIS REVISITED
An exclusive strip from comic artist and writer, Mike Pearse
COLUMN: THE FANZINE TRAP
Bob Furnell returns with an all new instalment
Cover by Rob Carpenter
All this and more in the latest issue of Whotopia
One of Doctor Who’s most influential writers Terrance Dicks has died at the age of 84.
Terrance Dicks’s contribution to Doctor Who was immense. He wrote forty-five episodes of the series between 1969 and 1983 and was script editor from 1969 until 1975, steering the programme through one of its most successful periods, helping to cast both the third and fourth Doctors.
For a whole generation of fans, he was the man who brought the series to life through his Target novelizations. In the days before DVD’s and Videos, the only way of reliving old episodes was through the Target books. Over 60 were written by Dicks and they enabled fans to experience stories shown years before many were born.
Terrance Dicks was born in East London shortly before the second world war. He studied English at the University of Cambridge before serving for two years in the British Army. On his discharge, he won his first writing job working as an advertising copywriter before writing radio play scripts for the BBC.
Celebrating Third Doctor Jon Pertwee’s 100th birthday today. Gone but not forgotten.
Action man, comedy star, raconteur and Time Lord – Jon Pertwee was born on 7th July 1919. His credits spanned his entire adult life from the age of 18 to his death at 76 in 1996 – with countless mentions since.
Classic series fans get ready, the BBC has confirmed that the next Doctor Who Blu-ray release will be Season 23 featuring Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor.
The season, comprised of a single 14-episode adventure called The Trial of a Time Lord, will be released, remastered and with new special features, on Monday, September 23.
The new Blu-ray box set’s special features will include:
The six-disc set will also include hours of special features previously released on DVD.
Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 23 is now available to pre-order from Amazon.