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
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Whotopia Writers Contribute to New Who Book

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All of us here at Whotopia are excited by the news that three of our regular contributors – Michael S. Collins, Jon Arnold and John Davies – have contributed to the new Doctor Who book, Hating To Love.  Published by Watching Books, a team of writers reassess 52 of the all time worst Doctor Who stories.

Are the worst Doctor Who stories really as bad as their reputations suggest they are?  It’s time to don your breathing apparatus, roll up your sleeves and join a team of ten intrepid – and slightly irrational – authors, as they head to the bottom of the barrel in a quest to uncover the worst the series has to offer, and to find out if those apples really are as rotten as they’re painted.

Released January 20, 2017, Hating To Love is available through Watching Books.

What’s All The Fuss About…? Authors Interviewed

watfa-dw-cover-hi-resDon’t forget to enter in our exclusive contest to win an autographed copy of “What’s All The Fuss About…?” by Ian Wheeler and Will Hadcroft.  And to tie-in with the contest, why not check out our interviews with the authors of the book in the latest edition of Whotopia.  Both Ian and Will spoke with us about writing the book, their love of reading and writing and their own personal thoughts on Doctor Who.

Interviewed by Jez Strickley, Ian has this to say when asked what sort of writing he prefers…

With fanzine articles, you can get them finished relatively quickly so it’s nice to see something that is complete and ready to be printed without too much fuss. A book takes longer but is more satisfying when it is finished because you feel that you have achieved something substantial. Both types of writing are rewarding in their own way. The downside of being a fan writer is that you don’t get much feedback, although occasionally nice comments have come my way.

While Bob Furnell spoke with Will and asked him what led to his collaboration on “What’s All The Fuss About” with Ian…

I’d always wanted to do an at-a-glance guidebook helping people who were curious about Doctor Who get to grips with the basics and sample recommended stories, but not bog it down with loads of detail. So I decided each Doctor should have a little introductory paragraph or two, then some recommended viewing, and then a miscellaneous section with all the detail of production and received fan wisdom that a new reader could take or leave. I imagined most readers ignoring most of the miscellaneous background stuff.

To see if the format would work, I wrote the first two Doctors up. I didn’t really want to write the entire thing myself, so I started looking round for a suitable co-author. I got on with Ian Wheeler. He’d published some pieces of mine years ago when he was editor of Celestial Toyroom and I’d met him once at a convention and we clicked. So I knew I liked him and I’d be able to work with him. He’d also contributed to a number of anthologies like the You on Who books, so I guessed he might like to get involved with my project. Thankfully, he said yes!

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