Tuesday 30 September 2014

News from the Whoniverse

Firstly, some sad news. Maggie Stables has passed away after a period of illness. Doctor Who fans may know her as the voice of companion Evelyn Smythe in the Big Finish audio series. In addition to other roles for the company, including the revolting Ruthlie in their first Doctor Who release, The Sirens of Time. She first appeared as Evelyn in the story The Marian Conspiracy, opposite Colin Baker, and continued as the companion of the sixth Doctor for many adventures, including the BBCi webcast Real Time. She was an excellent actress, but I shall leave it to others more eloquent than I to pay tribute.

DWW tribute to Maggie  Doc Oho article: Why I love Evelyn

In rather happier news, there are some new projects from the worlds of DW fandom. Perhaps most exciting is a brand new short story anthology from Declan May: Seasons of War. With contributions from such notable authors as Paul Magrs, Jenny Colgan, Lance Parkin, Kate Orman and many more from Doctor Who prose fame, plus new authors, Seasons of War will chart the events of the War Doctor's life. It is being published in memory of Paul Spraggs who died earlier this year, in order to raise money for www.caudwellchildren.com. A full press release can be found here.

The talented chaps at www.ministerofchance.com have begun a Kickstarter fundraiser to finance the production of a full-length Minister of Chance film. A prologue has already been produced, but funds are needed to create the full movie. The plan is to create the film in four chapters, each to be made available to backers upon completion. Starring such talents as Julian Wadham, Lauren Crace, Paul McGann, Sylvester McCoy and Jenny Agutter, The Minister of Chance promises to be a phenomenal piece of work - providing it secures funding.

Finally, Obverse Books' have no released Iris Wildthyme of Mars, featuring several wonderful authors, and me. It is available in hardback at £14.95 and ebook for £6.99. I'm an orfer!

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