The Doctor Who Appreciation Society or DWAS was a non-profit making body formed in 1976 with 70 members. By 1982, it had some 1,700 members.
It was the only Doctor Who fan club officially recognised by the BBC. The BBC's support was largely a way of channelling fan interest; it even required John Nathan-Turner, the then producer, to have two secretaries (Jane Judge and Fiona ?[source needed]).
A twelve member executive committee governed the society, which had a co-ordinator.
For an annual fee, members received a membership card and a monthly newsletter entitled The Celestial Toyroom.
The Society also produced a bi-monthly magazine called Tardis that featured articles and photographs and Cosmic Masque that contained fan fiction.