The Essential Doctor Who 9 - Invasions of EarthBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 1 November 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Panini have announced the latest in their ongoing Doctor Who Essentials series of special magazines:

The Essential Doctor Who 9 - Invasions of Earth (Credit: Doctor Who Magazine)The makers of Doctor Who Magazine continue their lavish series of bookazines with a 116-page issue celebrating some of the most memorable episodes in the series history.

Invasions of Earth includes interviews with:
Other highlights include a tribute to Nicholas Courtney, a look at Terry Nation’s original storyline for The Dalek Invasion of Earth, Jon Pertwee’s unmade story The Spare-Part People and much more.

Editor Marcus Hearn says:
Invasions of Earth have been central to Doctor Who since 1964. It was a big subject for us to tackle, but we’ve managed to cover almost every major era of the series with some fascinating articles and plenty of rare images. This is the story of our planet’s most epic battles!

The Essential Doctor Who: Invasions of Earth is on sale now at WH Smith and all good newsagents.

Steve Dillon 1962-2016Bookmark and Share

Saturday, 22 October 2016 - Reported by Marcus
The comic book artist Steve Dillon has died at the age of 54.

Steve Dillon was a regular contributor to Doctor Who Magazine in the 1980's where he created the character of Abslom Daak.

Dillon's art was first seen in the fifth edition of the magazine, then called Doctor Who Weekly, in which he co-created the character of Kroton with writer Steve Moore.

He was the main backup strip artist until issue #29, during which time he had helped to create Daak as well as Plutar, a bumbling Time Lord student, and Gnork a hyper-intelligent Ogron.

He returned to the magazine as the artist on the final Fifth Doctor comic story, The Moderator, which portrayed the death of comic-strip companion, Gus.

Dillon was best known for his work with writer Garth Ennis, including the critically acclaimed Preacher as well as Hellblazer and The Punisher.

Steve Dillon was born in Luton in 1962. He died in New York earlier this week.

Doctor Who Magazine - 505Bookmark and Share

Friday, 21 October 2016 - Reported by Marcus
DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE 505 (Credit: Panini)This month's Doctor Who Magazine celebrates the 10th Anniversary of Doctor Who's first ongoing spin-off series, when John Barrowman talks Torchwood...

Following Barrowman's comment at this year's San Diego Comic-Con that he was “working very hard” to return Torchwood to our TV screens", DWM asks he what that was all about...
Every production company I go into, I’m not kidding, they say, Is there any way we could get Torchwood back up and running?. I’ve heard this so many times that I thought, I’m going to find out if we can do it.

I started planting seeds, dropping a few hints, and it did exactly what I wanted it to: it blew up and everyone was like, Oh my God, Barrowman wants to bring back Torchwood! Which, I’ve got to be honest with you, I really do. Because I travel around the world, I go to all these conventions, I see all these people – and I speak to all these production companies – who are desperate for it to come back.
  • Showrunner Steven Moffat answers readers' questions, and reveals that the Doctor's favourite alcoholic drink is lemonade.
  • A first look at the brand-new animation of the lost Second Doctor classic adventure The Power of the Daleks.
  • DWM asks writer Patrick Ness to reveal what he's got in store for us in new Doctor Who spin-off, Class.
  • DWM celebrates a century of Doctor Who directors by tracking down four of the class of 2015 and interrogating them – in Part One of this in-depth feature.
  • Part One of a brand new comic strip adventure, written by Mark Wright and illustrated by Staz Johnson.
  • The Time Team stock up on pizza, booze and telly for this month's episode, The Lodger.
  • The TARDIS lands on a planet which offers ‘a golden age of peace and prosperity’... But this apparent utopia comes at a terrible price, as this issue's Fact of Fiction features 1966's The Savages.
  • Previews of all the latest Doctor Who CD and book releases.
PLUS! All the latest official news, reviews, competitions, and The DWM Crossword.

Doctor Who Magazine 505 is on sale now, price £5.99.

Doctor Who Magazine 504Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 22 September 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine is on general release today, and this month celebrates the first appearance of the Cybermen some 50 years ago.

Doctor Who Magazine issue 504 (60s Cybermen) (Credit: DWM)Doctor Who Magazine issue 504 (60s/70s Cybermen) (Credit: DWM)Doctor Who Magazine issue 504 (80s Cybermen) (Credit: DWM)Doctor Who Magazine issue 504 (21st Century Cybermen) (Credit: DWM)

Costume designer Alexandra Tynan gave the original Cybermen their distinctive look for their first appearance in The Tenth Planet in 1966:
People often come up to me and say, ‘I think your Cybermen were the most frightening,’ I looked at them yesterday, when I re-watched The Tenth Planet, and I thought, ‘I suppose they are a bit scary.’ At the time, they got a lot of press, some of it very negative. Angry parents said that we were scaring the bejesus out of their kids. Am I personally responsible, with my Cybermen, for a whole generation of disturbed people? The number of adults who have come up to me and said, ‘Your Cybermen terrified me when I was a child,’ and I have apologised a thousand times...
Despite this, 50 years on in 2016, the Cybermen are still going strong...
At the time, I had no idea that my Cybermen would prove so iconic – none of us did – but I am overwhelmed by the fact that they became such an icon, and I’m really glad that I didn’t know at the time. I look back now and think how privileged I am to have had the opportunity to do something that has lasted for so long, and I enjoy every minute of talking to people about it. It makes me laugh. I think on my tombstone it will say, ‘She designed the Cybermen,’ and I’m okay with that. Cyber-Mum! Yes, I like it. I do love the Cybermen,” she concludes, “and I thank them for what they did for me.

Also inside this issue:
  • CYBER-PLANS - Discover the inside story of the Cybermen’s many campaigns...
  • EVOLUTION OF THE CYBERMEN - We examine the changes in Cyber-evolution, including some variants that were barely glimpsed on screen.
  • JAMI REID-QUARRELL - We chat to Colony Sarff actor Jami Reid-Quarrell about playing a physically demanding role.
  • MOVING IN - The Doctor goes domestic in our brand-new comic strip adventure, Moving In, written by Mark Wright and illustrated by John Ross.
  • STEVEN MOFFAT - Readers ask the Doctor Who showrunner their burning questions.
  • TIME TEAM - There’s a mystery to solve in nineteenth-century France as the Doctor and Amy have a brush with history when they meet Vincent van Gogh in this month’s episode, Vincent and the Doctor.
  • SILVER NEMESIS - The Cybermen return for Doctor Who’s silver anniversary in this issue’s Fact of Fiction.
  • COMING SOON - Previews of all the latest Doctor Who CD and book releases.
PLUS! All the latest official news, reviews, competitions, The DWM Crossword… and FOUR variant Cybermen covers to collect!

Doctor Who Magazine - Circulation FiguresBookmark and Share

Thursday, 11 August 2016 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine increased its circulation in the first half of 2016, compared with the same period in 2015, according to figures released by the Audit Bureau of Circulations.

In the period January to June 2016 the magazine had an official certified circulation of 25,832 copies, up from 25,663 in the first six months of the previous year. As expected, the figure is slightly down on the July to December period last year, as the circulation is usually higher while the show is in transmission.

Doctor Who Adventures however, now has a certified circulation of 11,268, down from 20,506 in the equivalent six months last year, a drop of over 40%. At its peak in 2010, DWA had over 50,000 readers.

Subscriber variant cover for DWM 503Bookmark and Share

Monday, 8 August 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Doctor Who Magazine have announced that there will be a special cover variant for subscriber on the next issue of the magazine, due out on the 25th August.

Editor Tom Spilsbury reports:
Doctor Who MagazineWe’ve decided to try this idea out as a test, to see if fans like the idea of variant covers with less text and/or a different image to the main cover, on sale in shops.

Fans will have to make sure that they’ve subscribed by 10th August to make sure they can get hold of the limited-edition cover. (After that, it can't be guaranteed that you'll make it onto the subscription list in time, as the list for Issue 503 has to be compiled and finalised by the end of this week.)

New subscriptions can be taken up online via Panini's website. The cover will be revealed on the 22nd August.

Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition - On LocationBookmark and Share

Thursday, 4 August 2016 - Reported by Marcus
Special: On Location  (Credit: Panini)The latest Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition takes a look at how the world's longest-running science-fiction series has travelled to locations far and wide.

In its early days Doctor Who was recorded on cumbersome cameras tethered to claustrophobic and often inadequate studios. The show rarely escaped these confines in the 1960s, but as technology improved, producers and directors became more adventurous.

Location shooting has helped to create some of the most memorable episodes in the series’ long history. This unique publication tells the story of those episodes and the people who made them happen.

This 100-page Special includes interviews with:
  • Designer Spencer Chapman (The Dalek Invasion of Earth)
  • Production manager Margot Hayhoe (Fury From the Deep, Castrovalva etc)
  • Location manager Nicky James (Night Terrors, The Bells of Saint John etc)
  • Location manager Iwan Roberts (A Good Man Goes to War, The Day of the Doctor etc)
  • Producer Marcus Wilson (A Town Called Mercy, The Angels Take Manhattan etc)
Elsewhere in this issue Andrew Pixley revisits the Portmeirion location shoot for The Masque of Mandragora, Matthew Kilburn celebrates Doctor Who’s greatest quarries and Alan Barnes meets some of the fans who are dedicated to location hunting. There’s a map showing alien invasions of the British Isles, guides to the European location shoots for City of Death and Arc of Infinity, a trip behind the scenes of The Rebel Flesh/The Almost People and much more.

Editor Marcus Hearn says:
How important is location shooting to Doctor Who? And what do the programme’s locations tells us about the series? These are some of the questions we’ve tried to answer in this new Special Edition. This is the first time Doctor Who Magazine has dedicated a whole issue to location shooting. There’s a lot to write about, and some fantastic pictures that have never seen print before.
Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition: On Location is on sale now, price £5.99 (UK) and $11.99 (US).

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 502Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Doctor Who Magazine 502 (in bag) (Credit: DWM/Panini)
Doctor Who Magazine 502 (Credit: DWM/Panini)
The latest edition of Doctor Who Magazine is on general release on Thursday, and this issue looks ahead to what we can expect in the next series of Doctor Who, currently under production.

Speaking on his feelings about working on his last series for the show, Steven Moffat says:
When I agreed to do one more run, I thought, ‘Sod it, I’m not doing the march to the scaffold. I want it to feel like a brand new show. I want it to feel like Episode 1 of a new series. I want to leave like it’s all just beginning.

Speaking about the casting of Pearl Mackie, casting director Andy Pryor says:
Pearl has this sort of boldness, and an ability to tap into the humour of the part without making it an overtly comic performance. From the word go, she made the part her own. She found things in the part that none of us had envisaged, and she made Bill a rounded person.

Also inside this issue:
  • CONCEPT ART: DWM comic artist Mike Collins reveals the secrets of his work storyboarding TV Doctor Who!

  • MARVEL FILES: A fascinating insight into the early correspondence between Doctor Who Magazine and BBC Enterprises.

  • THE PESTILENT HEART: Part 2 of a brand-new comic strip adventure, The Pestilent Heart, written by Mark Wright and illustrated by Mike Collins.

  • RELATIVELY SPEAKING: Jacqueline Rayner bows out with her final Relative Dimensions column.

  • TIME TEAM: The Time Team attempt to distinguish dream and reality as they watch the 2010 episode, Amy's Choice.

  • FRONTIER IN SPACE: War breaks out in space, in this issue’s Fact of Fiction, which covers the 1973 Third Doctor adventure Frontier in Space.

  • COMING SOON: DWM previews all the latest Doctor Who CD and book releases.

PLUS! All the latest official news, reviews, competitions, The DWM Crossword... and a MASSIVE poster and FOUR more art cards!

Doctor Who Magazine Celebrates Tom BakerBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine 501Doctor Who Magazine 501Following the spectacular 500th issue, Doctor Who Magazine is continuing its celebrations with an issue dedicated entirely to Tom Baker and the Fourth Doctor’s era of Doctor Who.

Tom Baker: The Ultimate Interview sees Baker talks about life, death and, of course, Doctor Who…
Life is too short to be dull. Be interesting. Because not very much else matters does it? In large areas of our lives, hardly anything matters at all. I mean, nothing can beat being with loving friends, and a few wines, and a few beers, and a few lies, and a few yarns. And to still be adored after 40-odd years… yeah that’s the life.

Maybe I’m the longest-serving actor, in the whole history of actors, who’s actually still, 40-odd years later, adored for the same part and enjoying it in the same way. When I get sent messages from middle-aged men… or from the wives of middle-aged men, who say, ‘Tell Mr Baker he cannot imagine how important he was to my beloved husband when he was a boy’… it moves me deeply to think about it.

I was just going to work. I didn’t know, to begin with, how far-reaching this role would be. I was aware of the excitement, and the generosity, and the affection of the fans, but how could I ever have dreamed of all this?
The interviews are split into seven parts, The Unbreakable Tom Baker, The Insatiable Tom Baker, The Impeccable Tom Baker (with June Hudson), The Irrepressible Tom Baker, The Unstoppable Tom Baker (with Louise Jameson, John Leeson and Geoffrey Beevers), The Unforgettable Tom Baker and The Irreplaceable Tom Baker.

Also featured in the magazine is Part One of brand-new comic strip The Pestilent Heart, an extended Gallifrey Guardian reporting on the latest news from the set of the new series, and DWM’s issue 500 celebrations, competitions and the much-anticipated Cave of 500 Eyes answers.

The souvenir edition, available from 30 June and priced £5.99, comes in a polybag containing four art cards, two classic mini-posters, and a multi-Doctor poster.

Doctor Who Magazine 501 is on sale from Thursday 30 June 2016, price £5.99.

DWM Essentials 8 - Adventures in HistoryBookmark and Share

Thursday, 9 June 2016 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Panini have announced the latest in their ongoing Doctor Who Essentials series of special magazines:

The Essential Doctor Who #8 - Adventures in History (Credit: Doctor Who Magazine)The Essential Doctor Who Issue 8: Adventures in History

Panini’s acclaimed bookazine series The Essential Doctor Who continues, with a lavish 116-page issue about the Doctor’s journeys into Earth’s past.

Adventures in History includes interviews with:

Elsewhere in this packed issue, Andrew Pixley reveals Donald Cotton’s notes for the 1965 story The Myth Makers, timelines chart the Doctor’s adventures from the creation of the Earth through to 1963, and 15 trips into history are revisited, from the era of the First Doctor right through to that of the Twelfth.

Editor Marcus Hearn says:
History in Doctor Who is about much more than the purely historical stories that were made in the 1960s. We decided to follow the Doctor’s entire journey through Earth history, with some of our best writers and designer Peri Godbold as our guides. We’ve never done anything quite like this before, and some of the rare pictures we’ve uncovered are amazing.

The Essential Doctor Who: Adventures in History is on sale now at WHSmith and all good newsagents.

Doctor Who Magazine - 500th EditionBookmark and Share

Saturday, 28 May 2016 - Reported by Marcus
Credit: BBC WorldwideDoctor Who Magazine has celebrated reaching its 500th edition, launching the special edition at an event in London.

The long-running Magazine was presented with the Guinness World Record as the world's Longest Running Magazine Based on a Television Series, a record it has held since 2010.

The milestone was marked by the editorial team, past and present, who were joined by stars from the series as well as current showrunner Steven Moffat.

The magazine began life as Doctor Who Weekly in October 1979, before becoming a monthly publication the following year. Contributors have included Doctor Who’s head writers Steven Moffat and Russell T Davies, and the title has interviewed every Doctor and companion to appear in the TV series over the years.

Current Doctor Peter Capaldi paid tribute to the long running title.
When I was growing up, the same publications would print the same pictures over and over again. But then suddenly Doctor Who Magazine will produce something from the 60s that you’ve never seen. To me, that’s magic

The magazine caters to a whole range of ages and interests, and so many of your readers are so creative. It’s one of the things I love about Doctor Who, that it stimulates creativity in people. They may go off and become writers, or actors, or artists – and the magazine is part of that. As an examination of the nature of television production, it gives people a clear idea about the processes involved, both now and historically. You have very clever, very detailed articles for those who are of a scholarly bent… But also Doctor Who Magazine has a great artistic flavour to it. It’s about endeavour
Highlights of issue 500 include:
  • A message to DWM readers from the Doctor’s new companion, actress Pearl Mackie.
  • A letter from the Doctor himself!
  • Fourth Doctor Tom Baker recalls the launch of DWM nearly 37 years ago in the first part of his self-proclaimed ‘last ever interview’.
  • Peter Capaldi takes part in an exclusive photoshoot, recreating the cover for the very first issue, and explains how Doctor Who Magazine helped inform his portrayal of the Doctor.
  • In an extensive interview, Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat talks candidly about why he’s decided that the next series will be his last, and reveals some details about the Doctor’s new companion.
  • Writer Jonathan Morris takes a look back at how DWM has changed from its first issue, noting all the highs and lows along the way.
  • A very special 20-page celebratory comic strip featuring the return of Maxwell Edison: The Stockbridge Showdown by Scott Gray, drawn by a host of guest artists including Dave Gibbons, John Ridgway, Dan McDaid, Roger Langridge, Adrian Salmon, John Ross, Martin Geraghty, David A Roach and Mike Collins.
  • Back in 2001, four years before Doctor Who returned to TV, Mark Gatiss, Gareth Roberts and Clayton Hickman pitched their own version of the series to the BBC. For the first time, find out details of exactly what was planned, and see what graphic designer Bernard Lodge – creator of the iconic Doctor Who title sequences of the 1960s and 70s – would do with the show’s titles today.
  • Peter Capaldi answers questions once put to the First Doctor, William Hartnell in a special ‘joint interview’!
  • Gain a fascinating new insight into The Day of the Doctor, voted DWM readers’ all-time favourite Doctor Who story, in The Fact of Fiction.
  • Full-page strips from the strange minds of Tim Quinn & Dicky Howett and Lew Stringer.
  • A countdown of the Top 20 moments from the history of DWM’s comic strip.
  • Behind the scenes of the Doctor Who mobile game Legacy – now featuring DWM characters Abslom Daak, Shayde and Frobisher!
  • Author Jacqueline Rayner gets nostalgic in her regular column Relative Dimensions.
  • Competitions to win HUGE prizes including hundreds of pounds’ worth of DVDs, Blu-rays, and audios, and a visit to see a Doctor Who audio drama being recorded!
  • A BONUS 116-PAGE MAGAZINE looking back at the history of DWM, featuring every single cover, an introduction by Russell T Davies and commentary from the many editors who have steered the magazine over the years.
  • The first in a series of collectable art cards, inspired by The Iron Legion, DWM’s first-ever comic strip.
  • A massive double-sided poster featuring alternative versions of DWM 500’s cover.
Plus a sticker sheet, a prize-winning quiz, News, Reviews, Coming Soon and the Watcher.

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Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 500Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine - 500 (Credit: Panini)The cover has been released for the 500th issue of Doctor Who Magazine.

The first issue of Doctor Who magazine was published on 11th October 1979, when The Doctor was still being played by Tom Baker and fans were enjoying the Series 17 story City of Death

It began life as a weekly publication with a cover price of just 12p. Featuring exclusive interviews with Doctors, Companions and even some monsters, the magazine included comic strips, features, news and interviews. Among the buyers of Issue 1 were an eight-year-old David Tennant, 16-year-old Russell T Davies and 17-year-old Steven Moffat. All of them have been fans of the magazine ever since.

Doctor Who Magazine celebrates its 500th issue with an exclusive interview with Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi, as well as a specially commissioned front cover where Capaldi recreates the first ever cover of the magazine.

Commenting on the magazine’s success, Peter Capaldi says
The magazine was enormously helpful to me. When I started playing the Doctor I was able to get piles of them and dive in. I went out and bought lots of Doctor Who Magazines, because I deliberately wanted to steep myself in Doctor Who and connect – reconnect – to it in a very kind of visceral way, to the affection and the heartbeat of it.
The Magazine also talks to Tom Baker in what he calls is his last ever interview with the magazine
500 is a big milestone, and I’m sure you’re right to want to mark it BIG. Your magazine has been extremely good to me, and has helped to create a warm and faithful fanbase for the programme. I am still signing first editions. After all these years
The 500th issue comes packaged in a card envelope and is a bumper 116 pages long, priced £9.99. Other highlights include an interview with Doctor Who showrunner, Steven Moffat and a special treat for fans also in the form of an exclusive letter to Doctor Who Magazine readers from Pearl Mackie, who will play new companion Bill.

Also featured in the magazine is an interview with the first Doctor William Hartnell, dating from 1965 and written by an eleven year old fan.

Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 500 is on sale 25th May 2016

Doctor Who Magazine Seeks Fans Favourite CoverBookmark and Share

Thursday, 19 May 2016 - Reported by Marcus

Voting is now open in the final round to select the readers favourite cover of Doctor Who Magazine from the last 499 issues.

The Magazine celebrates its five hundredth edition next week, and the publishers are conducting a poll to find the fans favourite cover of the magazine which launched as Doctor Who Weekly in 1979

The fifty finalists have been selected, by fans voting for their five favourite issues from each block of 50 issues. The 50 finalists have now been announced and readers are invited to select their top five covers of all time.

Voting will end at midnight on Sunday night (UK Time) and the results announced next week.

The fifty finalists can be found here.

Vote for Your Favourite DWM CoverBookmark and Share

Thursday, 5 May 2016 - Reported by Marcus

Doctor Who Magazine celebrates its five hundredth edition later this month, and the publishers are conducting a poll to find the fans favourite cover.

The poll is being conducted in batches of 50 covers each day (each section will remain live for the duration of the poll) and you can vote for up to five covers from each section.

The 50 finalists will then be put into a final polling group so the overall winner can be determined before Issue 500 is published.

The first batch of 50 can be found here.