Doctor Who Magazine 510Bookmark and Share

Sunday, 5 March 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Doctor Who Magazine Issue 510 (Credit: DWM)
The next issue of Doctor Who Magazine pays tribute to Sir John Hurt aka the War Doctor, who passed away in January. David Tennant, David Warner and Louise Jameson are among those who celebrate a career spanning Alien to Z Cars, with Steven Moffat observing:
It doesn’t need saying – John Hurt was one of the greatest actors who ever lived. That’s not even controversial, that’s just a fact. I only met him a handful of times, but I can confirm the other thing that everyone else has been saying about him: he was also incredibly nice. Now, nice doesn’t seem like much of compliment, but you have to remember that this man was, quite rightly, worshipped by everyone he met. Worship has been known to go to people’s heads – but not John’s. If a man can remain humble and kind and warm as the world basically genuflects around him, then that is no ordinary man. The Doctor would be proud to be John Hurt – and for one very special day, he was.


ALSO INSIDE THIS ISSUE...
  • DAVID TENNANT INTERVIEW - David Tennant shares warm memories of working with John Hurt on 2013’s The Day of the Doctor.
  • STRONG TO THE FINISH - John Hurt’s Big Finish colleagues pay tribute to him – a special interview with Nicholas Briggs, Jason Haigh-Ellery and David Richardson.
  • ASK STEVEN MOFFAT - Showrunner Steven Moffat answers readers’ burning questions.
  • RICHARD AND THE DOCTOR - DWM speaks Comic Relief’s co-founder Richard Curtis about his role in 1999’s The Curse of Fatal Death and writing 2010’s Vincent and the Doctor.
  • WHO CREATED DOCTOR WHO? Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of Sydney Newman's birth, a feature on how he was frustrated in his attempts to be officially recognised as Doctor Who’s creator.
  • HOME TAPING - What did fans do before the days of home video releases? Before DVD, Blu-ray and digital downloads? DWM follows the story of preserving off-air copies of Doctor Who.
  • DRAMATIC FX - We examine how the visual effects of 1977’s The Invisible Enemy were achieved on a miniscule budget.
  • DOORWAY TO HELL - The original Master is up to no good in Part Three of our brand-new comic strip, written by Mark Wright and illustrated by Staz Johnson.
  • DAY OF THE MOON - The Doctor and his companions lead a revolution against the memory-erasing Silence in this issue’s Time Team.
  • VWORP VWORP! - We chat to the creators of Vworp Vworp as they release Volume 3 of their Doctor Who fanzine.
  • REVIEWS - DWM reviews the latest book, audio and DVD releases in the world of Doctor Who.
  • COMING SOON - Previews of all the latest Doctor Who CD and book releases.
PLUS! All the latest official news, competitions, the DWM crossword, and more!


Doctor Who Magazine 510 is on sale from Thursday 9rh March.




Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 509Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 9 February 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 509 (Credit: Panini)The latest edition of Doctor Who Magazine talks to self-confessed Doctor Who fan Rufus Hound – Sam Swift the Quick in 2015’s The Woman Who Lived, and most recently the latest incarnation of the Meddling Monk for Big Finish – about how he enjoyed being part of something he personally loves so much…
All my anxiety dissipated within the first two hours of arriving. I have never worked with a crew that was more like a family. I have never worked alongside actors who took the work seriously, but themselves not terribly seriously, as was true of Maisie [Williams] and Peter [Capaldi], who I spent most of my time with. The director [Ed Bazalgette] was tremendous, the producer [Derek Ritchie] was brilliant. Everybody in make-up and costume were having a right old laugh. All the camera crew and whatever were offering up shots and angles, being creative and given license to be creative, license to turn in their best work.
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE…
  • ASK STEVEN!
  • Doctor Who's showrunner Steven Moffat answers readers’ burning questions.
  • INDEFINABLE MAGIC
  • The weird world of the supernatural in the Doctor Who universe...
  • DOOM COALITION 4
  • The Eighth Doctor, River Song, the Meddling Monk and the Weeping Angels all feature in the brand new audio box set Doom Coalition 4!
  • RODNEY BENNETT TRIBUTE
  • DWM pays tribute to Rodney Bennett, the director who oversaw three very different productions during the early years of Tom Baker’s tenure as the Doctor.
  • DOORWAY TO HELL
  • The original Master is back! Find out what he's up to in Part Two of our brand-new comic strip, written by Mark Wright and illustrated by Staz Johnson.
  • THE MUTANTS
  • In this issue’s Fact of Fiction, the Third Doctor and Jo Grant are sent on a mission that will affect the evolution of an entire planet, as we take a look at this 1972 adventure.
  • THE IMPOSSIBLE ASTRONAUT
  • Space 1969 awaits for the Doctor, Amy, Rory and River Song as the Time Team reach the 2011 season-opener in their mission to watch every episode of Doctor Who.
  • REVIEWS
  • DWM reviews the latest book, audio and DVD releases in the world of Doctor Who.
  • COMING SOON
  • Previews of all the latest Doctor Who CD and book releases.
PLUS! All the latest official news, competitions, the DWM crossword, and our annual survey poll.

Doctor Who Magazine 509 is on sale from Thursday 9 February, price £5.99.




Doctor Who Magazine 508Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 12 January 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine 508 (Credit: Panini)Doctor Who Magazine 508 (Credit: Panini)Doctor Who Magazine Issue 508 is a special issue looking back to the show's groviest decade, the 1970's.

The magaizine has brought together actress Katy Manning, who played Jo Grant alongside the third Doctor, with one of her biggest fans, Doctor Who writer and actor Mark Gatiss. Gatiss remembers the first time he saw Katy on screen in her début adventure, 1971's Terror of the Autons
Mark: “I remember it as if it were yesterday. I have very, very particular memories of those first few stories. I was so frightened of that little troll doll –”

Katy: “It’s still pretty ghastly. (Shudders) It had pointed teeth, and the way it walked –”

Mark: “I was four years old. Your early memories tend to be either something amazing, or something very traumatic. Usually traumatic.”

Katy: “But it was an extraordinary episode. I loved it as an introduction, because Jo was quite different. She was just ordinary, really. She had no special talents. You watch Jo, literally straight out of school, saying, ‘I didn’t say I passed,’ [in response to the Doctor’s ‘I thought you took an A-level in Science?’] – which I thought was a great line to give anybody!”

Mark: “It’s absolutely true to say that everybody has their Doctor and their time, and I just can’t remember there not being a time when Jon and Katy were it for me. I revisit them often, especially in trouble times – or on wintery afternoons. Like I did the other day. ‘Ooh, I think I might have a glass of sherry and a mince pie, and watch Planet of the Daleks, because it’ll make me feel good.’ I know I sound like I’m about a hundred years old –”

Katy: “Leave that to me. (Laughs) But she was very young, Jo, which was so lucky, because I got to grow up. The writers were very clever. They saw I was growing up, so Jo grew up with me.”

Mark: “And I grew up with Jo.”
Also Inside This Issue…
  • Terrance Dicks Interviewed
  • A chat with Doctor Who’s masterful writer, genius script editor, prolific novelist and creator of the Time Lords.
  • Doctor Who In The 1970s
  • An exploration of how Doctor Who reflected the real world during the 1970s.
  • Time Capsule
  • We vworp back to revisit what was happening during a single month in Doctor Who history: November 1977.
  • Doorway To Hell
  • Part One of a brand-new comic strip adventure, set in 1973, written by Mark Wright and illustrated by Staz Johnson.
  • The Brain Of Morbius
  • 1970s Doctor Who meets Gothic horror, as the TARDIS lands on Karn in this issue’s Fact of Fiction.
  • The DWM Review
  • A look back of the 2016 Christmas Special The Return of Doctor Mysterio, plus all the latest audio releases.
  • Previews
  • A look ahead to all the latest Doctor Who CD and book releases, coming soon.
Plus A FREE Doctor Who comic, *Sub Zero, featuring the Third Doctor and the Daleks, originally presented in 1972!

Doctor Who Magazine 508 Supplement (Credit: Panini)Doctor Who Magazine 508 Supplement (Credit: Panini)Doctor Who Magazine 508 Supplement (Credit: Panini)


Doctor Who Magazine 508 is on sale from Thursday 12 January, price £5.99.




Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 507Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 - Reported by Marcus
Two new issues of Doctor Who Magazine are on sale now

Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 507 (Credit: Panini)Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 507 (Credit: Panini)Doctor Who Magazine 507 features new companion Nardole who returns in this year’s Christmas Special and for the 2017 series.

Matt Lucas chats to DWM in a rare and exclusive interview

Some people say, ‘I quite liked Nardole, but why does he need to come back?’ Well, there is an answer. I can’t tell you why he needs to come back, but I can tell you that he does need to come back. There’s a job that needs to be done, and it’s not a job that the Doctor can do on his own. Nardole is there to help him. It’ll all become clear.
You can read the full interview inside the new magazine...

ALSO INSIDE THIS ISSUE…
  • THE RETURN OF DOCTOR MYSTERIO
  • DWM previews the amazing new Christmas Special!
  • MEET THE GHOST
  • A chat with the man behind the mask – Justin Chatwin, who plays The Ghost in the Christmas episode!
  • ASK STEVEN
  • Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat answers readers' questions.
  • THE POWER OF THE DOCTOR
  • DWM takes an in-depth look at the Doctor’s superhero credentials.
  • REVIEW OF THE YEAR 2016
  • Despite the lack of series on TV, 2016 has still been a year to remember in the world of Doctor Who...
  • THE FEAST OF STEVEN
  • Why the Doctor took a week off from fighting Daleks in 1965 to engage in some slapstick comedy…
  • PINBALL WIZARDS!
  • 24 years after it launched, the Doctor Who pinball table has returned in digital form.
  • BE FORGOT
  • A brand-new comic strip adventure, written by Mark Wright and illustrated by Mike Collins.
  • TIME TEAM
  • There’s a double helping this issue as our team watches The Sarah Jane Adventures episode The Death of the Doctor, and the 2010 Special A Christmas Carol.
  • THE RUNAWAY BRIDE
  • Writer Russell T Davies reveals fascinating new facts about the 2006 Christmas Special in this issue’s Fact of Fiction.
  • THE POWER OF THE DALEKS
  • DWM reviews the recent DVD release of the animated edition of the 1966 classic, The Power of the Daleks.
  • STOCKING FILLERS
  • A review of all the Who goodies which make perfect Christmas gifts.
  • COMING SOON
  • Previews of all the latest Doctor Who CD and book releases.
  • WOTCHA
  • The Watcher ponders the Reset Button...
PLUS! All the latest official news, Christmas competitions, and The Watcher’s Christmas Quiz.

Doctor Who Magazine 507 is on sale now, price £5.99, with a GIGANTIC FREE POSTER!

Doctor Who Magazine - 2017 Yearbook (Credit: Panini)The Doctor Who Magazine Yearbook 2017 is a 100-page special edition, packed with all-new content.

There are exclusive interviews with the cast of the recent spin-off Class and the crew of the 2017 series of Doctor Who. The director and costume designer of Friend from the Future describe the making of the mini-episode, and there is an extensive section of tributes to Doctor Who luminaries who passed away during 2016.

Elsewhere there are round-ups up the year’s Doctor Who-related books, records and Big Finish releases, along with a report from November’s launch event for the new Power of the Daleks animation.

Editor Marcus Hearn says:
Even though there wasn’t a new television series in 2016, Doctor Who never stands still. This is our review of the year, and there’s been so much activity – from the BBC, its licensees and the fan community – that we’ve had a job squeezing it all in!
Doctor Who Magazine Special: The 2017 Yearbook is on sale now, price £5.99.




Doctor Who Magazine 506Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 17 November 2016 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine 506 (Credit: Panini)This month's issue of Doctor Who Magazine celebrates fifty years of the Second Doctor, Patrick Troughton.

In November 1966, Doctor Who undertook its trickiest challenge to date. Could it survive with a brand new lead actor? Half a century later, DWM celebrates the lasting legacy of Patrick Troughton!

ALSO INSIDE THIS ISSUE…
  • WE WILL GET OUR POWER!
  • DWM meets the team that brought the Second Doctor's début adventure The Power of the Daleks back to life as a brand-new animation!
  • ASK STEVEN
  • Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat answers readers' questions.
  • THE MAN WHO BUILT THE TARDIS
  • DWM reveals the story of the man who designed the original TARDIS set back in 1963 – Peter Brachacki.
  • THE ART OF THE DIRECTOR
  • We continue the interrogation of Doctor Who directors Daniel O’Hara, Ed Bazalgette, Daniel Nettheim, and Douglas Mackinnon.
  • BLOODSPORT
  • The second and concluding part of the latest comic strip adventure featuring the Twelfth Doctor and Jess, written by Mark Wright and illustrated by Staz Johnson.
  • THE PANDORICA OPENS
  • The Time Team watch the nail-biting finale of the Eleventh Doctor’s first series with this month’s two-parter, The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang.
  • THE END OF THE WORLD
  • Writer Russell T Davies reveals fascinating new facts about his 2005 classic in this issue’s Fact of Fiction feature.
  • COMING SOON
  • Previews of all the latest Doctor Who CD and book releases.
  • WOTCHA
  • The Watcher ponders on what Nyssa of Traken really got up to...
PLUS! All the latest official news, reviews, competitions, and The DWM Crossword!

Doctor Who Magazine 506 is on sale from Thursday 17 November 2016, price £5.99.




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.
ALSO INSIDE THIS ISSUE…
  • ASK STEVEN
  • Showrunner Steven Moffat answers readers' questions, and reveals that the Doctor's favourite alcoholic drink is lemonade.
  • THE POWER OF THE DALEKS
  • A first look at the brand-new animation of the lost Second Doctor classic adventure The Power of the Daleks.
  • CLASS PREVIEW
  • DWM asks writer Patrick Ness to reveal what he's got in store for us in new Doctor Who spin-off, Class.
  • THE ART OF THE DIRECTOR
  • 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.
  • BLOODSPORT
  • Part One of a brand new comic strip adventure, written by Mark Wright and illustrated by Staz Johnson.
  • TIME TEAM
  • The Time Team stock up on pizza, booze and telly for this month's episode, The Lodger.
  • THE SAVAGES
  • 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.
  • COMING SOON
  • 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.