A Call for Submissions

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We’re gearing up for our next issue of WHOTOPIA – Issue 32, and we’re sending out this call for submissions.

The theme for this issue is “Doctor Who Books”.

Doctor Who isn’t just about special effects, prosthetics and running down corridors. It’s also about ideas, and there are very few ways to make ideas explode in the mind that can match reading. Over the years there’s been a plethora of original fiction, reference, spin-off, charity, fan produced and more books. The vault on the subject of Doctor Who books is overflowing, and its an aspect that hasn’t been overwhelming covered by the fan press. We’re looking for material based on this theme, whether it be articles, opinion pieces, reviews, investigative reports, interviews, overviews, etc. The theme covers a vast array of material from the Target novels of the 1970s right up to today’s plethora of professional, semi-professional and self published books. So get your thinking caps on and start writing.

As we’ve said, articles can cover any aspect of published Doctor Who, Torchwood, Sarah Jane Adventures, Class and K-9.

Submitted material should be approximately in the 2500 word range. (If you feel this word count limits the scope of your piece, please feel free to contact Bob to make arrangements to submit longer material.)

Submissions Deadline is: January 27, 2018.

Completed material should be sent to bobf60@shaw.ca. And submitted in Microsoft Word format attached to your email.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us directly.

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Target Books to Return!

Ready for some extremely exciting news? It appears that Doctor Who serials from the 2005- present era of the show will be novelized in a similar fashion to the classic Target books!

It’s a day many of us never thought would come, but Penguin Books has revealed that four “NuWho” stories – plus City of Death, starring the Fourth Doctor and Romana II – will be released in early 2018. The stories being adapted are Rose; The Christmas Invasion; The Day of the Doctor; and Twice Upon A Time, as well as City of Death, one of the only Classic Who tales to have never been included in the original Target library.

Target books were novelisations, available in hardback but perhaps more widely in paperback, of Doctor Who serials, adding new depths to stories and, for many years, being the only way fans could relive episodes before the days of VHS and DVDs.

This news comes via Penguin’s Australian website which further teases that Rose will be adapted from the original script by Russell T. Davies; The Christmas Invasion by Jenny Colgan; and The Day of the Doctor and Twice Upon A Time by Steven Moffat. We expect City of Death to be a reprinted version of James Goss’ 2015 book.

Thirteenth Doctor’s Costume Revealed

The BBC has released the first official photo of Jodie Whittaker as she will appear in Doctor Who.

Jodie is seen in cropped teal culottes with yellow braces, as well as a striped jumper and long trench coat. Her look is completed with brown boots, blue and turquoise striped socks and some unusual earrings, at the top and bottom of her left ear.

Thirteenth Doctor’s Companions Announced w/10 episode Season

Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor will have a lot of new faces joining her on her new adventures when she takes over the TARDIS.

Bradley Walsh, who some of you may remember from his stint on Coronation Street,  long touted as the man who will accompany the new Doctor on her travels, will be joining the cast of Doctor Who in the role of Graham.

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Doctor Who’s new showrunner Chris Chibnall has not yet revealed exactly who these characters are and how things will pan out, the BBC tonight confirmed that two Hollyoaks stars Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill will play new regular characters in the show.

Cole (below), whose acting credits include the role of Neil Cooper in Hollyoaks is playing a new character called Ryan in Doctor Who.

Meanwhile Mandip Gill, who played Hollyoaks’ Phoebe Jackson among other roles in other shows, is playing a character called Yasmin.

In more exclusive news, the BBC has confirmed that the new series will be a ten-week run of fifty minute episodes in Autumn 2018, kicking off with a feature-length hour for the opening launch.

Chris Chibnall said: “The new Doctor is going to need new friends. We’re thrilled to welcome Mandip, Tosin and Bradley to the Doctor Who family. They’re three of Britain’s brightest talents and we can’t wait to see them dive into brand new adventures with Jodie’s Doctor. Alongside them, we’re delighted that Sharon D Clarke is also joining the show.”

Jodie Whittaker said: “I am so excited to share this huge adventure with Mandip, Tosin and Bradley. It’s a dream team!”

Bradley Walsh added: “I remember watching William Hartnell as the first Doctor. Black and white made it very scary for a youngster like myself. I was petrified but even though I’d watch most of it from behind the sofa through my fingers, I became a fan. I then queued up for ages to get into the Carlton picture house in Watford to watch the great Peter Cushing appear as the Doctor in a full length feature film made in glorious colour. Am I thrilled to be part of this whole ground breaking new dawn for the Doctor?? Oh yes!”