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Vworp Vworp! Magazine Volume #5

Available to order from new years day at

The acclaimed Doctor Who comics and artwork fanzine Vworp Vworp! returns with its fifth issue in January 2023. Pre-orders open on New Year’s Day with shipping scheduled for early February 2023.

The 148-page issue kicks off with an in-depth series of articles and script reviews focusing on the many Doctor Who animation projects that have, for a variety of reasons, been abandoned over the years.

The Canadian company Nelvana might be the best known, but as researcher Richard Bignell has uncovered for Vworp Vworp!, through a wealth of interviews, documentation, scripts and design drawings, there’s so much more to learn, including the real reason it was aborted. But what of Ruby-Spears, the company behind Scooby-Doo? Interest from a Japanese anime studio? Terry Nation’s Daleks? The BBC itself, in 2001? And who can forget Karen McCoy and her Doctor Who: The Animated Series?

Elsewhere in the issue:

  • Interviews with artist JOHN RIDGWAY and writer/artist STEVE PARKHOUSE, as we go behind the scenes of their magnum opus, the Voyager saga.
  • PHIL BEVAN remembered, with personal recollections of his brother Kit and those he worked with, offering a unique insight into this much-loved artist, who illuminated the vibrant fanzine scene in the 80s and 90s.
  • Packaging beauty! Graphic and packaging designer ANDREW PREWETT, who designed the beloved Doctor Who Sound Effects LP, reveals unused designs for a number of Doctor Who DVD boxsets.
  • ABSOLUTE DAAK: A REVENGER’S TRAGEDY – The Dalek Killer deconstructed by Alan Stevens ahead of his return in our comic strip, Paper Tiger.
  • New features on TERRY NATION and DAVID WHITAKER’s work on the TV Century 21 DALEKS strip and the stage play THE CURSE OF THE DALEKS.

· … and much more!

Also, issue 5 includes several brand new comic strips and fiction:

  • The truly epic 22-page THE IRON EMPIRE, written by Lance Parkin and drawn by Steve Andrew. What happened to the Empire during the reign of Emperor Vesuvius? Find out in this much anticipated sequel to the Mills/Wagner great that launched Doctor Who Weekly.
  • Ever pondered the fate of the Thals in the TV Century 21 Dalek strips? Find out in YEAR ZERO, a new instalment in the adventures of outer space robot people, imagined by Alan Stevens, Matthew Kilburn and artist Andy Walker.
  • Abslom Daak gets a bittersweet coda in PAPER TIGER, written by Alan Stevens with crisp black and white art by the legendary John Ridgway.
  • We’re also treated to three thrilling pages of DALEK KILLERS! – an intriguing reboot (of sorts) pitched to Titan by Richard Starkings and Lee Sullivan.
  • Thrill to Sam Gingell’s debut strip NEWTON’S SLEEP, a thought-provoking examination of the Cybermen as a reaction to societal decay and decadence. Sam crashed onto the scene in 2022 and we’re sure this won’t be the last we see of him.
  • Sixties script editor Donald Tosh’s final piece of fiction, JOURNEY TO NOWHEN, a whimsical tale of competing realities and the power of nostalgia.
  • Finally, we take a visit back to the scene of one of the Doctor’s lesser discussed small screen adventures in Graham Kibble-White’s ENCOUNTER AT CRINKLEY BOTTOM!

Plus, our exciting FREE GIFT this issue:

  • DOCTOR WHO: ROWEN – a full-cast audio adaptation of the 1992 initial script for the cancelled Nelvana series. Presented on CD, directed and adapted by Sean Mason and introducing ARTHUR BOSTROM as the Nelvana Doctor, this brand new drama is intended to give an authentic taste of what this new era might have been like.

Vworp Vworp! issue 5 · January 2023 · Edited by Colin Brockhurst · Published by Gareth Kavanagh

Categorised under: Books, Featured, Graphic novels and comics



  • MJS

    February 16th, 2023 - 2:04pm

    I love this, but is anyone else’s CD playing up? It’s like the mastering is off and goes from stereo to mono randomly. Not even as part of the plot, but in the middle of sentences.
    It’s so lovely I hate to even complain

    • JR

      February 20th, 2023 - 1:15pm

      I remember a few moments when the actors’ voices sounded odd, like their broadband suddenly played up, but I wasn’t paying too much attention so you may be right. I thought the CD was a great package – digipak with a booklet, continuing VV’s quality freebies – but the story wasn’t the strongest introduction for Bostrom’s Doctor. Still, it’s a fun idea to adapt an abandoned cartoon and the magazine itself is fantastic.

    • JR

      February 20th, 2023 - 1:15pm

      I remember a few moments when the actors’ voices sounded odd, like their broadband suddenly played up, but I wasn’t paying too much attention so you may be right. I thought the CD was a great package – digipak with a booklet, continuing VV’s quality freebies – but the story wasn’t the strongest introduction for Bostrom’s Doctor. Still, it’s a fun idea to adapt an abandoned cartoon and the magazine itself is fantastic.

  • Alydon2007

    February 16th, 2023 - 7:21am

    Just got mine in the post yesterday and it looks as gorgeous as ever.

    I can’t say I’m that interested in the animation side of it, but the Voyager features and the heavy Dalek content will certainly keep me glued…

    And some EXCELLENT colourised photos from the magically talented Clayton Hickman..!

    VWORP VWORP is still the best – and best looking – Doctor Who magazine around…

    • Basil’s Second Boom!

      February 16th, 2023 - 9:10am

      Ooh, that’s very exciting! Today could be a very good day indeed!

    • MJS

      February 16th, 2023 - 12:44pm

      Mines arrived today. Looks amazing

  • Basil’s Second Boom!

    February 10th, 2023 - 12:10pm

    Anybody know when these are shipping? Any gone out yet?

    • booboo

      February 10th, 2023 - 12:17pm

      shipping is anytime now but only one person does it so it can take a time.

    • Anonymous

      February 10th, 2023 - 3:33pm

      I was told they were shipping out from the 4th. Feb onwards, but as Booboo said it’s a one band man so it will probably cover all of February.

    • Basil’s Second Boom!

      February 11th, 2023 - 7:39am

      Thanks guys.

      They’re a wonderful collective up there in Manchester, aren’t they? They spoil us with everything they do.

  • davidhhh

    January 2nd, 2023 - 11:30am

    It’s such a shame that they don’t make these available digitally!
    Shipping kills the deal outside the UK.

  • Mark @ Terraqueous

    January 2nd, 2023 - 11:29am

    Ordering the Iron Empire cover, in the hope that the Nelvana artwork will be replicated on the CD cover.

    • Chris Howarth

      January 3rd, 2023 - 4:17pm

      The CD cover is by Brian Williamson.

    • Mark @ Terraqueous

      January 5th, 2023 - 9:46am

      Thanks Chris.

  • Anonymous

    January 1st, 2023 - 5:09pm

    Just Ordered my 3 Covers – Hopefully I’ll have them in hand by the end of Jan?

    • Anonymous

      February 25th, 2023 - 4:22pm

      Mine just turned up: Great cover’s on all! The Digipak CD is a wonder to behold. Sad for those that didn’t jump in at the beginning as Covers B & C are now sold out.

  • WhoBags

    December 31st, 2022 - 12:18pm

    Just the shot in the arm I needed during this interminable Christmas/New Year limbo week.

    Gareth and Colin, it looks as stunning as ever! I cannot wait!

  • Doug Who

    December 29th, 2022 - 3:14pm

    Looks as brilliant as ever! Incredible the content that is in each issue. Comic strips look amazing.

    Genuinely don’t know which cover to go for this time but probably the Nelvana one!

    Really looking forward to learning more about the never weres and might have beens!

  • Whobags

    November 25th, 2022 - 12:00am

    Anyone know when we can pre-order? Nothing on their website yet.

    • Anonymous

      December 7th, 2022 - 11:44am

      Available to order soon (Dec) for release in early 2023 (Jan/Mar)…

  • Chris Howarth

    November 24th, 2022 - 1:44pm

    My favourite “fanzine”. I was happy to come out of writing retirement to contribute to the previous issue.

    • WhoBags

      December 31st, 2022 - 12:20pm

      It’s just ridiculously brilliant, isn’t it? Can I suggest you stay out of retirement? 🙂 HNY

  • bryan

    November 23rd, 2022 - 9:05pm

    Oh what a Doctor Who day we are having. superb news. Vorwp has been the Pinnacle of DW comic strip history.


  • Daniel Seymour

    November 23rd, 2022 - 5:57pm

    This looks a must buy, especially as they have information on abandoned Nelvana cartoon which I dont think has been covered yet in any magazine, and John Ridgway is my favourite comic strip artist (every since I first came across his work in those Golden Wonder comics). Wonder what the free gifts for this issue will be? Also, if anyone involved in the production of this is reading this, would you ever consider selling digital versions of this new issue and all past issues?

    • Coupeskidoo

      November 23rd, 2022 - 6:07pm

      The Nelvana cartoon has been touched on in Canadian fanzines (at least) in the past. But any new details and/or pics are most welcome.

    • Anonymous

      December 7th, 2022 - 11:42am

      They have the original artist that did the Nelvana work, design a new cover for Issue # 5.

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