Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 542Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 21 August 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine issue 542 (Credit: Panini)This month's Doctor Who Magazine sees today's Doctor Who writers paying tribute to the series pioneers.

Featuring exclusive contributions from: Paul Cornell, Sarah Dollard, Matthew Graham, Peter Harness, Pete McTighe, Steven Moffat, James Moran, Rona Munro, Robert Shearman and Toby Whithouse.

This issue also includes:

  • Exclusive interviews with Billie Piper and Camille Coduri ahead of Big Finish’s new audio series Rose Tyler: The Dimension Cannon.
  • The Robots of Ravolox – investigating Robert Holmes’ final mystery.
  • Bonnie Langford answers questions from the TARDIS tin.
  • 1980s script editor Eric Saward reflects on the troubled production of The Trial of a Time Lord.
  • The Trial of a Time Lord on trial: could it be Doctor Who’s most underrated story?
  • The Fact of Fiction explores the 2008 Tenth Doctor story Planet of the Ood.
  • An exclusive preview of Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 23.
  • Part Three of Power of the Mobox, a new comic-strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends.
  • The Blogs of Doom, audio reviews, previews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more! 


On sale from Thursday 22 August 2019 £5.99 (UK)




Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition 53 - Target BooksBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 7 August 2019 - Reported by Marcus
DWM Special 53 - Target Books (Credit: Panini)The latest special edition from Doctor Who Magazine explores the world of the much loved Target Books.

Considered a unique record of Doctor Who’s history in the era before fanzines, official magazines and home video, Target books are probably the most cherished items of merchandise inspired by the show.

They’re certainly the most commercially successful. From the early 1970s to the early 90s, it’s estimated that Target sold over eight million novelisations and other Doctor Who books.

This is the inside story of a legendary imprint, from its rise and fall to its triumphant revival in 2018. 

Highlights include numerous rare images and exclusive interviews with the key players, including:
  • Chris Achilleos (cover artist for The Auton Invasion, The Zarbi, The Doomsday Weapon, etc)
  • Jeff Cummins (cover artist for The Mutants, The Horror of Fang Rock, The Talons of Weng-Chiang, etc)
  • Peter Darvill-Evans (Target Books editor from 1989)
  • Terrance Dicks (the most prolific author of Target books)
  • Anthony Dry (cover artist for City of Death, Rose, The Day of the Doctor etc)
  • John Peel (author of the novelisations of The Chase, The Power of the Daleks, The Evil of the Daleks etc)
  • Marc Platt (author of the Battlefield and Ghost Light novelisations)
  • Nigel Robinson (Target Books editor from 1984 to 1987)
  • Andrew Skilleter (cover artist for The Gunfighters, The Abominable Snowmen, The Stones of Blood etc)
  • Alan Willow (artist who provided internal illustrations for The Cybermen, Terror of the Autons, The Sea-Devils etc) 


 Other highlights include:
  • Extracts from two unpublished manuscripts
  • The untold story of Doctor Who Discovers, based on the archive of author Fred Newman
  • Details of foreign editions
  • The Companions of Doctor Who series
  • Interviews with collectors who own original Target Books artwork


and an afterword from Pete McTighe, the writer of the 2018 story Kerblam!

On sale from Thursday 8 August 2019




Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 541Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 25 July 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 541 (Credit: Panini)
Previous unseen images from some of the stories directed by Christopher Barry can be seen in the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine.

Images from The Daleks, The Rescue, The Romans, The Savages, The Power of the Daleks, The Dæmons, The Mutants, Robot, The Brain of Morbius and The Creature from the Pit are included in the magazine, released today.

Also in this issue:
  • Director Michael E Briant, actress Kay Patrick and writer Marc Platt recall working with Christopher Barry.
  • Jon Pertwee reflects on life after Doctor Who in the second part of an interview conducted at his first-ever convention appearance in 1977.
  • David Bradley answers questions from the TARDIS tin.
  • The Fact of Fiction explores the Eleventh Doctor story The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon.
  • Reviews of the Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 10 Blu-rays and Eric Saward’s Resurrection of the Daleks novelisation.
  • Part Two of Power of the Mobox, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends.
  • The Blogs of Doom, audio reviews, previews, news, prize-winning competitions and much more
DWM 541 is on sale from today, Thursday 25 July, priced £5.99.




Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 540Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 27 June 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 540 (Credit: Panini)
Doctor Who Magazine celebrates Jon Pertwee’s centenary with 30 pages devoted to the Third Doctor.

This issue includes:
  • The World Cup of the Third Doctor. How did your favourite story fare in our epic Twitter tournament?
  • Lost for more than 40 years – a candid interview with Jon Pertwee from the very first Doctor Who convention in 1977.
  • An exclusive interview with Jon’s son, actor Sean Pertwee.
  • A previously unpublished interview with Barry Letts, who produced most of the Third Doctor’s stories and co-wrote classics like The Dæmons and The Green Death.
  • An exclusive update on the production of Series 12 from showrunner Chris Chibnall.
  • Katy Manning, who played the Third Doctor’s companion Jo Grant, visits the Time Team.
  • The second part of an interview with costume designer Howard Burden, who created outfits for the Twelfth Doctor, Clara and Missy.
  • The Fact of Fiction explores the Twelfth Doctor story Time Heist.
  • DWM’s review of the Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 10 Blu-ray box set.
  • The Legacy of Time – DWM talks exclusively to the cast and crew behind one of the most ambitious Doctor Who adventures ever, which features no fewer than six Doctors.
  • Part One of Power of the Mobox, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends.
  • The Blogs of Doom, audio reviews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!
DWM 540 is on sale from Thursday 27 June, priced £5.99.




The Doctor Who Companion - The Twelfth Doctor: Volume OneBookmark and Share

Monday, 10 June 2019 - Reported by Marcus
The Doctor Who Companion - The Twelfth Doctor: Volume One (Credit: Panini)
Doctor Who Magazine continues its in-depth chronicle of the show’s production with a 100-page volume dedicated to the first four episodes of Series 8 starring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald: Deep Breath, Into the Dalek, Robot of Sherwood and Listen.

Andrew Pixley’s unparalleled behind-the-scenes coverage – originally presented in the partwork Doctor Who The Complete History and now revised and reproduced in magazine format for the first time – examines every aspect of the stories’ development, from scripting through to transmission and beyond. Richly illustrated with rare images, this is the essential guide to the series that took Doctor Who in a remarkable new direction…

Available from WH Smith from Thursday 13 June 2019 priced £7.99 and digitally from pocketmags.com priced £6.99.




Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 539Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 29 May 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 539 (Credit: Panini)
Issue 539 of Doctor Who Magazine includes an exclusive interview with Thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whittaker.

This issue also includes:
  • The latest Production Notes from showrunner Chris Chibnall.
  • Former Doctor David Tennant discusses Jodie Whittaker.
  • Howard Burden recalls designing costumes for three different Doctors.
  • The second part of a candid interview with 1980s script editor Eric Saward.
  • What topped the DWM season poll? We reveal the results!
  • We talk to the team behind the Blu-ray special edition of 1973’s Planet of the Daleks.
  • The Fact of Fiction explores the 2005 story The Long Game.
  • Eric Saward previews his novelisations of Resurrection and Revelation of the Daleks.
  • Is Doctor Who a kids’ show? The Time Team decides.
  • How to recreate the Second Doctor’s ‘cosmic hobo’ style.
  • The final part of Herald of Madness, a comic strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends.
  • The Blogs of Doom, audio reviews, previews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!
DWM 539 is on sale from 30 May, priced £5.99.

Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 539 (Credit: Panini)
DWM 539 is also available as a strictly limited Deluxe Edition, exclusive to WH Smith and store.panini.co.uk priced £9.99.

In addition to the latest issue of DWM, the Deluxe Edition includes:
  • An exclusive vinyl EP featuring rare and bonus tracks from The Evil of the Daleks.
  • A 28-page supplement about the making of the Thirteenth Doctor’s episodes, packed full of new information and previously unseen pictures.
  • Downloads from BBC Audio and Big Finish.
  • A Doctor Who bookmark.
And more.




DWM Special Edition 52: Costume DesignBookmark and Share

Friday, 19 April 2019 - Reported by Marcus
DWM Special Edition 52: Costume DesignFew television programmes make the same production demands as Doctor Who. With such diverse settings as distant points in Earth’s history and alien civilisations in the far future, the series has always stretched the ingenuity – and resources – of its talented costume designers.

 The latest Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition features numerous rare and previously unpublished illustrations showing how the look of an episode evolves from sketch to screen, plus exclusive interviews with the following designers:
  • Lee Bender (owner of the Bus Stop boutique, which supplied outfits for Sarah Jane Smith)
  • Howard Burden (designer of the Twelfth Doctor’s costume)
  • Ray Holman (designer of the Eleventh and Thirteenth Doctor’s costumes, and Doctor Who’s current costume designer)
  • June Hudson (designer of the Fourth Doctor’s final outfit and numerous costumes for Romana) 
  • Barbara Lane (The Claws of Axos, The Dæmons, The Curse of Peladon etc)
  • Amy Roberts (Image of the Fendahl, Full Circle, The Keeper of Traken etc)
  • Alexandra Tynan (The Tenth Planet, The Highlanders, The Evil of the Daleks etc)
  • Lucinda Wright (designer of Christopher Eccleston’s series as the Ninth Doctor) 
 Plus, the stars who wore the designers’ creations look back at their characters’ clothes:
  • Sophie Aldred (Ace)
  • Camille Coduri (Jackie Tyler)
  • Katy Manning (Jo Grant)
  • Catrin Stewart (Jenny Flint)
  • Anneke Wills (Polly) 


Editor Marcus Hearn says:
I don’t think there’s ever been such a detailed and comprehensive look at the series’ costume design. Much of the new research for this issue was led by Piers Britton, who has an unrivalled knowledge of the subject and the kind of insight that makes you look at familiar episodes in a whole new light. Dr Britton looms large in this issue, but the whole team has done a fantastic job – other highlights include a rarely seen interview with the late Colin Lavers, who designed the Fifth Doctor’s costume, and a new interview with Barbara Lane. This is the first time Barbara has spoken about her work on the series since the mid-1970s, so we were delighted when we tracked her down. We’ve uncovered so much new information and so many fantastic images – we can’t wait to share it all with everyone!
On sale from Thursday 18 April 2019 £5.99 (UK)




Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 537Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 3 April 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 537 (Credit: Panini)
This month's Doctor Who Magazine looks into the remaking of the lost Dalek story Misson to the Unknown.

This issue also includes:
  • What does it take to become a Stenza warrior? Actor Samuel Oatley explains.
  • An interview with the man behind the new version of Mission to the Unknown.
  • Colin Baker and the cast of The Ultimate Adventure look back on the Doctor Who stage play.
  • Backstage with Colin Baker at Leeds' Grand Theatre in 1989.
  • War World – an in-depth look at the script originally intended for the 1989 stage production.
  • Cyber Leader David Banks dips into the TARDIS tin.
  • Tributes to the king of Doctor Who extras Pat Gorman and visual effects designer Richard Gregory.
  • Former script editor Andrew Cartmel remembers Happiness Patrol writer Graeme Curry.
  • A preview of this year’s Record Store Day releases.
  • Part Three of Herald of Madness, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends.
  • How to dress like the First Doctor – along with his friends and foes.
  • Does the 1996 TV movie impress the Time Team?
  • The Blogs of Doom, audio reviews, previews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!
DWM 537 is on sale from 4 April, priced £5.99.




Doctor Who Magazine - The 2019 YearbookBookmark and Share

Thursday, 27 December 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
The latest magazine special from Doctor Who Magazine is their annual Yearbook, covering the developments in Doctor Who over the last year.

Doctor Who Magazine - The 2019 Yearbook (Credit: Panini)THE DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE YEARBOOK 2019

Jodie Whittaker’s debut as the Doctor was one of the television events of 2018 and a landmark in Doctor Who’s long history.

The latest Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition explores the making of Series 11 in unprecedented detail. Highlights among the exclusive interviews include:


Editor Marcus Hearn says:
We’ve packed an incredible amount into the latest Yearbook. It was always our intention to create the ultimate guide to Series 11, and this issue includes much of the material that we’ve been gathering with the cast and writers since the beginning of 2018.

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The Doctor Who Magazine Yearbook 2019 is on general sale from 3 January.




Doctor Who Magazine: 533Bookmark and Share

Friday, 14 December 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine: 533 (Credit: Panini)Doctor Who Magazine: 533 (Credit: Panini)Issue 533 of Doctor Who Magazine includes a preview of the New Year's Day episode, Resolution

Guest stars Charlotte Ritchie and Nikesh Patel, director Wayne Yip and writer Chris Chibnall feature in DWM’s exclusive preview of the New Year’s Day Special. Chibnall says
You want it to feel like a treat: a big, thrilling, explosive, moving, cheeky, surprising treat. Basically, you want the Special to be epic. And I promise, it’s going to be epic.
Also in this issue...
  • SHARON D CLARKE
  • An exclusive interview with the actress who played Grace O’Brien in the 2018 series.
  • FRAZER HINES
  • Frazer pulls some crackers from DWM’s TARDIS tin.
  • DERRICK SHERWIN
  • A tribute to the writer, story editor and producer who oversaw the series’ transition from black and white into colour.
  • CYBER CONTROLLER
  • Highlights from a previously unpublished interview with Derrick Sherwin.
  • PUBLIC IMAGE
  • The latest in-depth report on Series 11’s ratings.
  • THE FACT OF FICTION
  • 1981’s spin-off K9 and Company, starring Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith.
  • CHRISTMAS QUIZ
  • Put your Doctor Who knowledge to the test with the DWM Christmas Quiz.
  • THE TIME TEAM
  • The Team comments on Doctor Who’s very first Christmas Day episode, 1965’s The Feast of Steven.
  • THE WARMONGER
  • Part three of a new comic strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends.
  • SEASON SURVEY
  • Share your views on the latest series of Doctor Who.
  • EPISODE REVIEWS
  • The verdict on Series 11 episodes Demons of the Punjab, Kerblam! and The Witchfinders.
PLUS... A FREE double-sided poster, The Blogs of Doom, reviews, news, prize-winning competitions and more.

Doctor Who Magazine 533 is on sale now, price £5.99.




Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 532Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 15 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 532 (Credit: Panini)This month's Doctor Who Magazine, Issue 532 talks to new companion Mandip Gill about the risk she took to win the part of Yasmin Khan
I turned down other jobs because I really wanted this… A lot of opportunities came up while I was waiting but my heart was set on Doctor Who.
Also in this issue...
  • PREVIEWS
  • Looking ahead to the next episodes of Series 11 with writers Chris Chibnall, Ed Hime, Pete McTighe and Joy Wilkinson, and director Sallie Aprahamian.
  • COSPLAY
  • Doctor Who’s costume designer Ray Holman provides tips on how to cosplay members of Team TARDIS.
  • OUT OF THE TARDIS
  • The legendary Bernard Cribbins answers questions from the DWM TARDIS tin.
  • MADAME TUSSAUDS
  • DWM attends the unveiling of the waxwork Thirteenth Doctor in Blackpool.
  • TARDIS REVOLUTION
  • The second part in a series looking at the evolution of the TARDIS control room.
  • RATINGS ROUND-UP
  • An in-depth look at the ratings for the first episodes of Series 11.
  • WHO’S CREW
  • Key members of Doctor Who’s current production team describe their roles.
  • THE TIME TEAM
  • The Team watches the Thirteenth Doctor’s first episodes.
  • DAVID SOLOMONS
  • An interview with the author of the new Doctor Who novel The Secret in Vault 13.
  • EPISODE REVIEWS
  • The verdict on Series 11 episodes Rosa, Arachnids in the UK and The Tsuranga Conundrum.
  • BLU-RAY PREVIEW
  • Inside the new box set Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 19.
  • THE WARMONGER
  • The second part of a comic strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends.
PLUS... The Blogs of Doom, reviews, news, prize-winning competitions and much more!

Doctor Who Magazine 532 is on sale 15 November, priced £5.99

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The Phantom Piper - Graphic NovelBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 - Reported by Marcus
The Phantom Piper (Credit: Panini)The latest Doctor Who graphic novel from Panini Publishing is here, collecting the acclaimed comics series from Doctor Who Magazine.

The Phantom Piper stars the Twelfth Doctor (played on TV by Peter Capaldi) and his companion Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie). The Doctor and Bill are plunged into four incredible adventures…
  • THE SOUL GARDEN
  • The Doctor and Bill land on Saturn’s moon and encounter the crazy quadrillionaire Rudy Zoom, classical poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and deadly plant creatures called the Haluu.
  • THE PARLIAMENT OF FEAR
  • A journey to America’s Wild West leads the Doctor and Bill into a lethal showdown with a myth come to life: the legendary were-owls known as the Stikini.
  • MATILDUS
  • Bill finds herself in the alleyways of the spaceport Corncucopia, and meets the streetwise Kaballus Kids.
  • THE PHANTOM PIPER
  • The time-travellers arrive in the lunar city Athenia, home to the world-famous code-breaker Alan Turing and a race of androids called the Galateans. But a malevolent creature from humanity’s darkest dreams is ready to strike… the Phantom Piper!
Stories and art by Scott Gray, Martin Geraghty, Staz Johnson and Mike Collins.

This lavish volume also includes a 15-page commentary section by the creators, revealing never-before-published artwork, photos and character designs.

On sale 14 November. 148 pages, full colour. RRP £14.99, $19.99.




Doctor Who Magazine - 531Bookmark and Share

Friday, 19 October 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine - 531 (Credit: Panini)Doctor Who Magazine Issue 531 talks to new companion of the Doctor, Bradley Walsh.
My early recollections are the black-and-white days of William Hartnell and Pat Troughton… It’s mind-blowing that I’m a part of it all these years later.
Also in this issue...
  • PREVIEWS
  • Exclusive previews of the next four episodes: Rosa, Arachnids in the UK, The Tsuranga Conundrum and Demons of the Punjab.
  • MICHAEL PICKWOAD
  • A tribute to the production designer who worked on Doctor Who from 2010 to 2017.
  • 50 YEARS OF UNIT
  • Exploring the origins of UNIT, which made its debut in Doctor Who 50 years ago.
  • MILITARY MANOEUVRES
  • DWM investigates the role UNIT plays in Doctor Who.
  • JOHN LEVENE
  • Join UNIT’s Sergeant Benton on a very special day out.
  • WHO’S CREW
  • Members of Series 11’s Script and Story Department describe their roles.
  • THE WARMONGER
  • The Thirteenth Doctor makes her DWM comic strip debut.
  • JACQUELINE PEARCE
  • A tribute to the actress who played Chessene in 1985’s The Two Doctors and more recently Cardinal Ollistra in Big Finish’s War Doctor audio adventures.
  • THE TIME TEAM
  • The Team listens to some Who-related chart hits.
  • COSPLAY
  • Tips from Thirteenth Doctor cosplayers.
  • EPISODE REVIEWS
  • Our verdict on the first two episodes of Series 11: The Woman Who Fell to Earth and The Ghost Monument.
PLUS... The Blogs of Doom, reviews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!

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Doctor Who Magazine 531 is on sale now, priced £5.99.




Doctor Who Magazine 530Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, 18 September 2018 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine 530  (Credit: Panini) Doctor Who Magazine 530 features an exclusive interview with Jodie Whittaker, plus previews of her first two episodes.

DWM meets Whittaker on the set of the new series
I don’t ever forget what I’m a part of because Doctor Who’s been around much longer than I have, But every part of this experience is to make it my own.
Also in this issue...
  • CHRIS CHIBNALL
  • The latest update from Doctor Who’s showrunner.
  • WHO’S CREW
  • Meet the team responsible for bringing the new series to our screens.
  • MATT BERRY
  • He’s best known for his sitcom appearances, but Matt Berry is reinterpreting the Doctor Who theme for his new record.
  • TARDIS EVOLUTION
  • Secrets of the TARDIS control room revealed!
  • COSPLAY
  • A meticulous recreation of the torn coat worn by the Twelfth and Thirteenth Doctors in Twice Upon a Time and The Woman Who Fell to Earth.
  • THE SEVATEEM
  • An interview with Christian Erickson, whose new concept album is inspired by The Caves of Androzani.
  • THE CLOCKWISE WAR The Twelfth Doctor’s final DWM strip adventure comes to a shattering conclusion.
  • THE TIME TEAM
  • The Time Team watches four very different episodes in an effort to discover what the First Doctor was really like.
  • THE FACT OF FICTION
  • In-depth analysis of the 2006 Tenth Doctor story School Reunion.
PLUS... The Blogs of Doom, reviews, news and a huge prize-winning competition.

Doctor Who Magazine 530  (Credit: Panini)Deluxe Edition

A deluxe edition of this issue is also available, exclusive to WHSmith. As well as the regular edition, it includes:
  • SERIES 11 GUIDE featuring new interviews with Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill
  • DOCTOR WHO CD from Big Finish
  • FOUR DOUBLE-SIDED ART CARDS of the Doctor, Graham, Ryan and Yasmin
  • A MASSIVE, DOUBLE-SIDED POSTER featuring scenes from the new series
  • FOUR DOCTOR WHO DOWNLOADS from Big Finish and BBC Audio
Doctor Who Magazine 530 is on sale 20 September. Regular edition £5.99, deluxe edition £9.99.