Volume 3 of the Doctor Who Magazine – Vworp Vworp! is now available to buy jam-packed with interviews, comics strips and give-a-ways.
The bumper 208-page edition contains an exclusive interview with one of the world’s greatest comics writer Alan Moore. The interview goes in-depth into Moore’s Doctor Who backup strips, published in Doctor Who Weekly and Monthly in 1980 and 1981. The strips, featuring the Cybermen, the Autons and the Time Lords are not only Moore’s very first professional work but would go on to influence both comics and Doctor Who in ways he could never have foreseen.
Alan recalls his 1980 tale, Black Legacy: “I decided that if I couldn’t use Daleks then the next biggest Doctor Who enemy would probably be the Cybermen… As I understood it, the main part of the Cybermen ethos was efficiency and a kind of a hygiene. Physical and mental disease would be completely unknown to the Cybermen. So I thought, what if there was something that could reintroduce these forgotten terrors to this race that has evolved beyond the fear of mental and physical illness?”
This new issue also contains….
• THE DALEK CHRONICLES RETURN: Deadline to Doomsday, an exciting seven-part Dalek strip, was begun by the late artist Ron Turner in 1997 and completed seamlessly for Vworp Vworp! by Dalek artist supremo Lee Sullivan and Charlie Kirchoff.
• BRAND NEW COMIC STRIPS: We add a bittersweet coda to TV Century 21’s Robot Agent 2K, showcasing the work of writer Tim Quinn and artist Tim Keable. We also have the stunning multi-Doctor epic The Woman Who Killed the Doctor, written by Daniel O’Mahony and drawn by Steve Andrew, and The Lawman, an authentic Doctor Who Weekly-style backup strip penned by John Peel and drawn by Baz Renshaw.
• TV CENTURY 21: Prolific science fiction author Stephen Baxter (The Massacre of Mankind; Doctor Who: The Wheel of Ice), together with Alan Stevens and Fiona Moore (authors of The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guides to Blake’s 7/The Prisoner/Battlestar Galactica) lead us through an in-depth analysis of these extraordinary Dalek strips and their close cousins in the much-loved 1960s and 1970s Dalek annuals. We profile the artists, Richard Jennings, Eric Eden and Ron Turner; while Tat Wood put the strips in context with a detailed examination of Dalekmania in general; horror author Stephen Laws and Doctor Who historian Jeremy Bentham remember growing up during those exciting years; plus Matthew Sweet on TV Comic and David Quantick reflects on canon.
• TARGET BOOKS: Remember the thrill, the smell, the feel of a brand new Doctor Who novelisation? Nicholas Pegg does, and salutes the people behind them.
• THE AGE OF CHAOS: We journey back to 1994 to explore the creation of this memorable Marvel one-shot penned by the Sixth Doctor himself, Colin Baker, with exclusive interviews with Colin, editor Gary Russell, and artists John M Burns and Barrie Mitchell.
• DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE EDITORS INTERVIEWED: Featuring John Freeman, Gary Russell, Marcus Hearn, Alan Barnes, Clayton Hickman, Peter Ware and Tom Spilsbury in conversation.
• BRIEF ENCOUNTERS: We also chat about Abslom Daak with Richard Starkings, Lee Sullivan, Paul Cornell and Ben Aaronovitch; Halo Jones with Andrew Cartmel; investing in Doctor Who Weekly with Matthew Waterhouse; and illustrating the very first Dalek novelisation with legendary Hollywood graphic designer Arnold Schwartzman and Armada artist Peter Archer.
And if that is not enough to keep you going till volume 4 arrives there is a FREE audio CD only available with Vworp Vworp! Volume 3.
‘The Mechanical Planet’ features a brand new full-cast audio play written by Kaldor City’s Alan Stevens, with sound design by Alistair Lock. This one-off homage is inspired by The Mechanical Planet, a comic strip published in the 1965 fondly remembered Dalek World book. The play stars David Graham, beloved as Parker from Thunderbirds and Peter Hawkins who provided the original voice of the Daleks from their first appearance in 1963 through to the epic story The Daleks’ Master Plan. The cast is completed by Sasha Mitchell, best remembered as Arlen, the Federation officer who brought down Blake’s 7 in the final shocking episode transmitted just over 25 years ago.
The magazine comes with 3 covers to choose from and the CD with a cover featuring the model work of Phil Stevens. For the lucky few who choose the very limited edition TV Century 21 issue cover, get a bonus as ‘The Mechanical Planet’ is pressed on a 7-inch vinyl record. The vinyl cover comes courtesy of Tim Keable and there’s a Japanese version featuring the work of Andrew Orton and Phil Stevens.
Vworp Vworp! is edited and designed by Colin Brockhurst and published by Gareth Kavanagh/Malevilus Publications.
For more info and to buy see vworpvworp.co.uk. Price £9.99. Availability is worldwide. Delivery charges apply.