Submissions Wanted for Issue 31

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Have you ever wanted to contribute to Whotopia?  Well here’s your chance.

We’re looking for material for issue 31.  Along with our regular columns we are looking for one-off pieces on the theme of writer and script editor Robert Holmes. As well as analytical and research-based articles, we also encourage more lighthearted fare.

Additionally, we would like to include a review* of each of his scripts. To jog memories, Holmes’ stories are as follows:

  • Troughton: The Krotons; The Space Pirates
  • Pertwee: Spearhead from Space; Terror of the Autons; Carnival of Monsters; The Time Warrior
  • Tom Baker: The Ark in Space; Pyramids of Mars; The Brain of Morbius; The Deadly Assassin; The Talons of Weng-Chiang; The Sun Makers; The Ribos Operation; The Power of Kroll
  • Davison: The Caves of Androzani
  • Colin Baker: The Two Doctors; The Trial of a Time Lord Parts 1-4; The Trial of a Time Lord Part 13 (first draft only)

* Those stories crossed out have already been assigned

If it’s of further help, his innovations (as writer and/or script editor) include:

  • The first Jon Pertwee story, and one of the most important adventures in the show’s history (Spearhead from Space). Coincidentally, this is also the first story in color, and the only one shot entirely on film.
  • The first adventures to feature recurring characters Liz Shaw (Spearhead), Jo Grant (Terror of the Autons), Sarah Jane Smith (The Time Warrior), Romana (The Ribos Operation) and the Master (Terror of the Autons)
  • The first scream-free female companion (Leela), and the first non-human companion (K9).
  • The first ‘space opera’ story (The Space Pirates), and the first companion-lite adventure set entirely on Gallifrey (The Deadly Assassin)

Deadline for material:  April 1, 2017

Articles should be attached to an email and be in MS Word format and emailed to:  whotopia@whotopia.ca.

Please Note: Whotopia is a fan produced magazine and we do not pay contributors for their work.

New Book from Colin Baker & FBS

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Our good friends at FBS Publishing are teaming up with former Sixth Doctor, Colin Baker, to release the forthcoming “Sixth Sense” a new book featuring his weekly columns in the Bucks Free Press that is sure to interest fans of good old sixie.

Have you ever wanted to shout at the automated phone system, rail against the state of the roads or wonder why oh why bureaucracy has to get in the way of everything? Colin Baker has been writing a weekly column for his local paper, the Bucks Free Press, for the past 21 years, giving readers the benefit of his wisdom on many and varied topics. Now you can enjoy a collection of Colin’s Bucks Free columns, all in one place.

The book will be published in March 2017 and is available now to pre-order.

For full details, please visit FBS at: http://www.fbs-publishing.co.uk/ourshop/prod_5746252-Sixth-Sense-from-the-columns-of-the-Bucks-Free-Press.html

Capaldi Leaving Dr. Who

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Peter Capaldi is stepping down from the lead role in the BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who.

Capaldi shocked fans by making the announcement during a BBC Radio 2 show with presenter Jo Whiley.  He said he will leave Doctor Who at the end of the year. “I feel it’s time to move on,” he said. The 58-year-old Glasgow-born star became the 12th actor to play the Doctor in 2013.

While speaking about the forthcoming 10th series, he said it would be his last. “I feel sad, I love Doctor Who, it is a fantastic programme to work on,” he said. “It can’t praise the people I work with more highly, but I have always been someone that did a lot of different things.”

He said he was asked to stay on after his contract ran out, but he wanted to move on to other challenges. The new series airs in spring and Capaldi said his final episode will be shown at Christmas.

We Have A Winner!

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We Have A Winner!

Congratulations to Phillip Nicholls of Victoria Australia winner of the autographed copy of “What’s All The Fuss About?”

Thank you to all of you who entered last issue’s contest.  Keep tuned to the blog and future issues of the magazine for future contests.

NEWS FLASH! Purchase Your Copy of Issue 30

We’re excited to announce that you can now purchase a hard copy version of Whotopia!

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Our readers voted and there was an overwhelming consensus for a published hard copy version of the zine. As a result, we decided to test the waters, with this one off version. If this generates enough interest, we may start doing a hard copy version, in addition to the freebie PDFs – for future issues.

WHOTOPIA ISSUE 30
Color cover, b&w interior, 60 pages
$8.96 CAD (S&H extra)
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