WHOTOPIA ISSUE 36

WHOTOPIA ISSUE 36 | AUGUST 2020

A SPECIAL ONE-OFF ISSUE

FEATURING

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 Republishes Its First Two Stories

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.

The End of an Era

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.

Bob Furnell
Whotopia Editor/Publisher

ISSUE 35 NOW AVAILABLE

NOW AVAILABLE

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

EARTH ALIENS
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

http://www.whotopia.ca

Terrance Dicks RIP

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.

Remembering Jon Pertwee

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.

PR: Target Trawl

Pencil Tip Publishing is please to announce the release of TARGET TRAWL by Nick Mellish – one man’s journey to read every single Doctor Who Target novel.
For Doctor Who fans of a certain age, the Target novelizations of the series are one of its crowning triumphs. Back in 2006, when no-one knew what ‘Brexit’ meant and the show was off-air between seasons, writer and fan Nick Mellish started to review these books in publication order for the fanzine Whotopia. Now in 2019, when no-one knows what ‘Brexit’ means and the show is off-air between seasons, his journey is complete. Target Trawl contains every installment of his article, redrafted and up-to-date, and carries on reviewing every novelization, as well as reviews of the Sarah Jane Adventures novelizations, Douglas Adams adaptations and more besides.
Sometimes they were slavishly accurate to what had been transmitted. Sometimes they were anything but. Often they had rather nice covers.
Join writer and fan Nick Mellish as he reads and reviews them all, and writes the words ‘Terrance’ and ‘Dicks’ more than any man rightly should.
From David Whitaker to Jodie Whittaker, Target Trawl is a celebration of Doctor Who in its literary form, from the sublime to the ridiculously sublime.
Target Trawl is available to purchase print on demand from Lulu.com at http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/penciltippublishing

Season 23 Announced for Blu-ray

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:

  • Extended edits – of all 14 episodes
  • Terror of the Vervoids – four-part standalone edition with updated FX
  • Immersive 5.1 surround sound & isolated scores – on all 14 broadcast episodes
  • Behind the Sofa – new episodes with Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Bonnie Langford, Mark Strickson, Frazer Hines and Matthew Waterhouse
  • The Writers’ Room – Eric Saward, Philip Martin, Christopher H Bidmead & Waly K Daly discuss the ‘lost’ Season 23
  • The Doctor Who Cookbook Revisited – brave cast members tackle their original recipes from the 1980s official cookbook
  • The Doctor’s Table – join Colin Baker and friends for dinner
  • In Conversation – Matthew Sweet chats to companion Bonnie Langford
  • Unseen studio footage
  • Rare archive treats
  • Convention footage
  • Blu-ray trailer
  • HD photo galleries
  • Scripts, costume designs & more in the PDF Archive

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.

 

Stephen Thorne, RIP

Stephen Thorne, an actor who played several iconic villains in Doctor Who, has passed away. He was 84.

His towering presence and deep melodious voice were first witnessed in the 1971 story The Dæmons, where he portrayed Azal, the last living Dæmon on Earth, in a story often cited as one of the most appreciated of the third Doctor’s era and story emblematic of the close-knit UNIT team of the time.

He returned to the series in 1972 playing Omega, the renegade Time Lord fighting The Three Doctors, a character that would return to confront the Doctor in later years. In 1976 he opposed the Fourth Doctor playing the male form of Eldred, last of the Kastrians in the story The Hand of Fear.

Stephen Thorn was born in London in 1935. He trained as an actor at RADA and spent several seasons with the Old Vic Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Television credits were many and included roles in Z Cars, Crossroads, Sexton Blake, David Copperfield and Last of the Summer Wine.