Doctor Who Magazine - Issue 519Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine - 519 (Credit: Panini)Issue 519 of Doctor Who Magazine has an exclusive interview with the new first doctor, David Bradley.

Four years ago he played William Hartnell in BBC Two’s An Adventure in Space and Time. Now David Bradley is returning as the First Doctor himself for this year’s Christmas Special Twice Upon a Time...
I was playing the guy who was playing the Doctor, but now I’m the Doctor... It’s absolutely thrilling.
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE…
  • FRIGHT KNIGHT
  • Sir Derek Jacobi talks to DWM about bringing back his version of the Master for Big Finish’s new series of audio adventures.
  • DEDICATED FOLLOWERS
  • DWM meets Jared Garfield and Lily Travers, the actors playing Ben and Polly in Twice Upon a Time.
  • BEN ZEN
  • In a previously unpublished interview from 1997, Michael Craze reflects on the time he spent playing Ben Jackson in Doctor Who from 1966 to 1967.
  • DOC MARTIN
  • In what turned out to be his final interview, Trevor Martin discusses playing the Doctor in the stage play Seven Keys to Doomsday. Elsewhere in this issue DWM pays tribute to his long career.
  • DRESSING THE DOCTOR
  • Costume designer Hayley Nebauer explains how she created the First Doctor’s 2017 look.
  • ANNUAL REPORT
  • BBC Audio is reviving stories from the Doctor Who annuals. Readers Peter Purves and Matthew Waterhouse are in the studio...
  • 54 FIRST DATES
  • What’s so special about the 23rd of November? And what else has happened on Doctor Who’s big day? DWM investigates...
  • THE PHANTOM PIPER
  • A brand-new comic strip adventure for the Doctor and Bill in part one of The Phantom Piper, written by Scott Gray and illustrated by Martin Geraghty.
  • THE TIME TEAM
  • The Time Team continues its mission to watch every episode of Doctor Who with 2011’s The Almost People.
  • THE FACT OF FICTION
  • Uncovering the details hidden in the 2007 episode The Lazarus Experiment.
  • THE BLOGS OF DOOM
  • DWM’s brand-new column begins...
PLUS! Previews, book and audio reviews, news, prize-winning competitions and more.

Doctor Who Magazine 519 is on sale from Thursday 16 November, price £5.99.




The Essential Doctor Who: Time TravelBookmark and Share

Sunday, 12 November 2017 - Reported by Marcus
The Essential Doctor Who: Time Travel (Credit: Panini)The latest issue of The Essential Doctor Who traces the development of time travel in the series, describing the rules that were laid down – and subsequently revised – by the series’ writers and producers.

The Doctor has always challenged the linear conception of time. Since his television voyage began in 1963, the TARDIS has travelled backwards, forwards and even sideways through the mysterious Vortex.

Highlights of the all-new articles include:
  • Frankenstein vs the Daleks – a look at Terry Nation’s first draft of The Chase
  • Original Evil – David Whitaker’s story treatment for The Evil of the Daleks
  • The Gamble With Time – the complex pre-production of City of Death
  • Creating Angels – a visit to the churchyard that helped to inspire the Weeping Angels
  • River’s Run – unraveling the complex chronology of River Song’s relationship with the Doctor
This 116-page bookazine also includes guides to time-traveling stories such as The Ark, Mawdryn Undead, A Christmas Carol and Listen, along with exclusive interviews and numerous rare images.

Editor Marcus Hearn says:
This is a fresh take on a vast and potentially challenging subject. Everyone in this issue has done a great job, coming up with new facts and theories about stories I thought I knew inside out. If you’ve ever wanted to know more about the Blinovitch Limitation Effect or the Bootstrap Paradox, then look no further!
The Essential Doctor Who: Time Travel is on sale now price £9.99.




Writer Sacked from DWMBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 1 November 2017 - Reported by Marcus

Actor and writer Nicholas Pegg has been dismissed from Doctor Who Magazine after he concealed a crude message in the last issue of the magazine.

Pegg was the writer behind The Watcher feature. The last issue contained a coded message, containing an obscenity aimed at his employers BBC Worldwide and Panini, who publish the magazine. The last sentence included the clue, "If you look hard enough there is always something hidden in plain sight."

BBC Worldwide told The Daily Mirror
The matter was raised with the publisher who have dismissed the writer.
As well as writing for the magazine, Pegg has been one of the main Dalek operators since Doctor Who returned in 2005, performing in 14 episodes of Doctor Who. He has also written extensively on Doctor Who as well as penning stories for Big Finish.




Doctor Who Magazine: 518Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine Issue 518 - Cover (Credit: Panini)Issue 518 of Doctor Who Magazine has an exclusive interview with Tenth Doctor David Tennant and his sidekick Billie Piper

Over a decade on from their time together in the TARDIS, the couple are back for a series of Big Finish Doctor Who audio adventures featuring the Tenth Doctor and Rose
An audio recording’s very different to filming a bit of TV – but the vibe is the same, and the characters are the same. (David Tennant)
It’s like when you hang out with an old friend who you haven’t seen for years, and then loads of stuff has happened between you, but it’s sort of just like you’re immediately there again. I love it. (Billie Piper)
Also in this Issue
  • MATT LUCAS
  • Matt Lucas talks about his new autobiography, which he wrote while playing Nardole in the latest series of Doctor Who.
  • CAMILLE CODURI
  • Camille Coduri, who played Jackie Tyler, tells what it’s like to be reunited with David Tennant and Billie Piper for more Doctor Who audio adventures.
  • SYLVESTER McCOY
  • In the second part of the interview, Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy reflects on Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary and looks forward to the show’s future.
  • WHITE WITCH OF DEVIL’S END
  • Meet the people behind a DVD sequel to the classic 1971 story The Dæmons.
  • BOX OF DELIGHTS
  • An interview with Paul Foden, the fan whose home-made TARDIS recently appeared on Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces: Shed of the Year.
  • MATILDUS
  • A brand-new comic strip adventure for the Doctor and Bill in Matildus, written and illustrated by Scott Gray.
  • THE TIME TEAM
  • The Time Team continues its mission to watch every episode of Doctor Who with 2012’s The Rebel Flesh.
PLUS...

Previews, book and audio reviews, news, the Watcher’s column, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 518 (Credit: Panini)Doctor Who Magazine Issue 518 (Credit: Panini)Doctor Who Magazine Issue 518 (Credit: Panini)Doctor Who Magazine Issue 518 (Credit: Panini)


Doctor Who Magazine 518 is on sale from Thursday 19 October, price £5.99.




Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 517Bookmark and Share

Monday, 25 September 2017 - Reported by Marcus

 Doctor Who Magazine 517 (Credit: Panini)Issue 517 of Doctor Who Magazine celebrates 30 years of the Seventh Doctor with Sylvester Mccoy.

Thirty years after he first appeared as the Seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy reflects on the role that changed his life...
We didn’t know that we were breaking rules. And I think we were also blessed by the fact that we didn’t have all that baggage of the past to get in the way...
ALSO INSIDE THIS ISSUE…
  • DEBORAH WATLING TRIBUTE
  • DWM remembers the late Deborah Watling, who played the Second Doctor's companion Victoria from 1967 to 1968, with contributions from Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant and Frazer Hines.
  • VICTORIA'S SECRETS
  • A previously unpublished interview with Deborah Watling from 1990.
  • VICTOR PEMBERTON TRIBUTE
  • Remembering the late Doctor Who writer and story editor Victor Pemberton.
  • GAIL BENNETT
  • An interview with original American Doctor Who superfan Gail Bennett.
  • FURY FROM THE DEEP
  • This month's Fact of Fiction explores 1968's Fury from the Deep, the last story to feature Deborah Watling as Victoria Waterfield.
  • THE PARLIAMENT OF FEAR
  • Part Three of the brand-new comic strip adventure, The Parliament of Fear, featuring the Doctor and Bill; written by Scott Gray and illustrated by Mike Collins.
  • DOMINIC GLYNN
  • The composer recalls writing and recording the score for 1989's Survival.
  • THE TIME TEAM
  • The Time Team continues its mission to watch every episode of Doctor Who with 2012's The Doctor's Wife.
PLUS! Previews, book and audio reviews, news, the Watcher's column, prize-winning competitions and much, much more.

Issue number: 517 - Price: £5.99 (US $11.99)- On Sale: Thursday 21 September 2017




Doctor Who Magazine 516Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Doctor Who Magazine 516 (Credit: Panini)The next issue of Doctor Who Magazine is out this Thursday, and features an exclusive interview with the new Doctor, Jodie Whittaker.

Sharing her feelings about becoming the thirteenth Doctor, Jodie says:
Chris [Chibnall] wouldn’t have cast me as the Doctor because he wanted me to repeat anything that had gone before. And I think as a fan you don’t want to watch something that’s an imitation of something that’s gone before. Or what would be the point of recasting?

Also in this issue:
  • CASTING JODIE: DWM asks what the arrival of Jodie Whittaker means for the future of Doctor Who.
  • MONSTERS INC: We go inside the workshop of Millennium FX, with previously unseen designs and photographs from the making of the 2017 series.
  • NOW WE ARE SIX HUNDRED: Former showrunner Russell T Davies talks about his illustrations for BBC Books’ collection of Doctor Who poetry.
  • NICHOLAS BRIGGS AND THE CYBERMEN: Nicholas Briggs reveals the secrets of giving voice to the Mondasian Cybermen.
  • HANK MARVIN: Legendary Shadows guitarist Hank Marvin discusses his surprising links to the Doctor Who theme.
  • THE AZTECS: Take a fresh look at the 1964 classic The Aztecs in The Fact of Fiction.
  • TREVOR BAXTER: We pay tribute to the late Trevor Baxter, who played Professor Litefoot in 1977’s The Talons of Weng-Chiang, with contributions from Tom Baker, Louise Jameson, Christopher Benjamin, Lisa Bowerman and more...
  • THE PARLIAMENT OF FEAR: A brand-new comic strip adventure continues for the Doctor and Bill.
  • TRAIL OF A TIME LORD: An exclusive extract from Red, White and Who, the forthcoming book about the history of the series in the United States.
  • PLUS! Previews, book and audio reviews, news, the Watcher’s column, prize-winning competitions and much, much more.

Doctor Who Magazine 516 is on sale from Thursday 24 August.




Referencing The DoctorBookmark and Share

Saturday, 19 August 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Referencing The Doctor (Credit: Panini)
The latest Special Edition of Doctor Who Magazine, Referencing The Doctor, explores some of the landmark reference works devoted to the series.

More has been written about Doctor Who than any other television series in history. What prompts this exhaustive analysis? And how was research into the show’s complex production conducted in the years before home video, conventions and the internet?

From the very first episode guides compiled by Doctor Who story editors for their colleagues in the 1960s, to the fanzines of the 1970s, the first authorised books based on the show and the wide variety of publications available today – this is the story of how successive generations of fans and historians have referenced the Doctor.

Editor Marcus Hearn says:
I’ve got a house full of reference books about Doctor Who, but I’m not sure there’s ever been a publication looking at how they evolved. It’s been fascinating to read about Jean-Marc Lofficier, Peter Haining, Jeremy Bentham and all the other pioneers in the field, as well as more recent projects that examine the series in unprecedented depth. It’s an aspect of Doctor Who that’s never been looked at in this way before, and it’s full of surprises.
Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition: Referencing the Doctor is on sale now price £5.99.




Doctor Who Magazine 515Bookmark and Share

Saturday, 22 July 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Doctor Who Magazine 515 (Credit: Panini)The next issue of Doctor Who Magazine takes a look back over the last several years of Doctor Who, as its outgoing head writer Steven Moffat leaves the show with this year's Christmas Special.

With his first contribution to the show in 2004, The Empty Child, did he expect to still be writing for the series some thirteen years later?
No, God, no!. God, no! I also didn’t think I’d do the showrunning job for more than three years, and I’m here after six series. Yes, I’ve been writing Doctor Who stories since 2004. That’s a hell of a long time. When I wrote The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances, I wondered if I’d ever write another Doctor Who story. I was very keen to, I really wanted to. I remember asking, ‘Would you have me back next year...?’
What's next for the writer?
I’m looking forward to the idea of not having to automatically say no to everything else! Whether that’s writing jobs, or weekends away. I can write different things. I’m looking forward to that, hugely. But I am so glad it happened. I’d have been miserable if I’d never got to write Doctor Who! It’s been amazing. Of course it’s been amazing.

Also inside this issue:
  • PRODUCTION NOTES Steven Moffat writes his final column for DWM, and his last-ever Doctor Who words!
  • THE TOP 20! A look back at 20 amazing things about the Steven Moffat era of Doctor Who – plus tributes from Russell T Davies, Chris Chibnall, Mark Gatiss and many others...
  • THE EMPIRE OF MARK GATISS The concluding part of our all-encompassing interview with actor/writer Mark Gatiss!
  • THE PARLIAMENT OF FEAR There’s a brand-new adventure for the Doctor and Bill Potts in Part 1 of a new comic strip story, written by Scott Gray, with art by Staz Johnson.
  • RISE AND FALL Reviews of the 2017 series, and the season finale World Enough and Time/The Doctor Falls.
  • TURNED UP TO ELEVEN The Fact of Fiction examines the Eleventh Doctor’s début adventure, 2010’s The Eleventh Hour!
  • REVIEWS The latest DVD and audio releases are put under the microscope.
  • COMING SOON Previews of all the latest Doctor Who CD and book releases.
  • PLUS! All the latest official news, the Watcher’s column, prize-winning competitions, the DWM crossword, the 2017 Season Survey – and much, much more!

Doctor Who Magazine issue 515 is on sale from Thursday 27 July.




New Editor for Doctor Who MagazineBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Marcus HearnTom Spilsbury Tom Spilsbury, the long-standing editor of Doctor Who Magazine, is to leave the magazine after ten years at the helm to be replaced by current contributor to the magazine Marcus Hearn

Spilsbury has been editor of the magazine since August 2007, taking over with Issue 387. He will leave the magazine after the publication of the next issue, number 515. He is the longest serving editor of the Magazine, launched in October 1979 as Doctor Who Weekly.

Under Spilsbury's editorship, the Magazine reached a peak of over 35,000 copies, selling more copies than at any time since the mid-eighties. In May 2012, he accepted the Eagle Award for Favourite British Comicbook for the Magazine and in May 2016, he accepted the certificate from the Guinness Book of Records for the longest-running magazine based on a TV series.

Tom Spilsbury talked about his departure.
After 10 years as editor of Doctor Who Magazine, it’s time for a change – both for me, and for the magazine. As the newly regenerated Second Doctor said in The Power of the Daleks, way back in 1966, ‘Life depends on change and renewal’, and I’ve made it a policy to always pay attention to my Doctor. Of course, it’s been a very difficult decision for me, to give up a job that I love so much. DWM has always been a part of my life – virtually my earliest memory of life on this planet was of my Dad buying a copy of issue 1 for me, way back in 1979, when I was just three years old. It was 2003 when I got the job of a lifetime as DWM’s assistant editor, and four years later, I finally got the top job. It’s been simply amazing to have had the honour to be producing the magazine over such a successful and eventful decade in Doctor Who’s history. However, having taken charge of 129 editions, including the 400th and 500th issues, it’s time for someone else to have a go in the driver’s seat. Marcus Hearn is a brilliant editor, and DWM is the greatest magazine in the galaxy. I’m so looking forward to being able to read it each month without already knowing what’s going to be in it! And I truly hope that I’ll still be around in the year 2054 to enjoy issue 1000, even if it’s beamed directly into our heads by then...
The editorship will be taken by Marcus Hearn, a long term contributer, who previously co-edited the title in the 1990s. He has recently been the editor of the DWM Special Editions and the spin-off title The Essential Doctor Who.

Hearn has been writing about popular culture since the early 1990s. He wrote the book celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Doctor Who, The Vault. He is co-author of The Hammer Story, the company's official history and wrote the Sunday Times bestseller Star Wars: Attack of the Clones ­- The Illustrated Companion,

Marcus Hearn said:
This magazine is unique, and it’s a unique honour to be entrusted with it. We’re all grateful to Tom for his unparalleled dedication. I’d like to build on his achievements, and I can’t wait to start working with my colleagues at Panini. A new chapter is about to begin for the television series, and this will be a new chapter for DWM too
Mike Riddell, Managing Director of Panini UK added:
Tom’s contribution to the magazine over the past 14 years has been immense and we will miss his passion and knowledge of the brand which is second to none. Marcus brings a fresh approach to the magazine as well as a wealth of experience in magazine publishing




Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 514Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 29 June 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 514 (Credit: Panini)Looking ahead to the series 10 finale, the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine contains interviews with both Masters.

John Simm tells the magazine about playing the Master with a beard:
Yeah, I just grew it, and turned up at the readthrough, and said, ‘You know, I fancy a bit of this.’ Everybody seemed fine with it. I just thought, ‘Give a little nod.’ It was a nod to the Delgado and Ainley Masters. There’s a line in the final episode where he mentions ‘old-school’, and I made sure to give the beard a little stroke – a small nod to the old Masters.
Michelle Gomez ponders on whether the Master could ever truly become good:
Even the worst psychopath can’t be entirely bad. It’s basic math. A positive cannot exist without a negative, and so there always has to be a thread of goodness in somebody. What makes you thoroughly evil, I believe, is when you recognise that thread of goodness – you’re aware of it, you’re conscious of it – and you still decide to be evil. Then, yes, you’ve earned the crown of… of evilness? Evil-ality. You wear your crown of evil-ality.
Also in this issue:
  • THE DOCTOR FALLS
  • Writer Steven Moffat and director Rachel Talalay give DWM readers an exclusive preview of the series finale, The Doctor Falls.
  • MARK GATISS
  • The writer and actor chats to DWM about his love of Doctor Who, his long association with series, and his most recent episode Empress of Mars.
  • CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY
  • Showrunner Steven Moffat writes about how he has delivered his final Doctor Who script – the 2017 Christmas Special.
  • THE SOUL GARDEN
  • The adventure continues for the Doctor and Bill in Part 3 of the latest comic strip story, written by Scott Gray, with art by Martin Geraghty.
  • MORE MASTER VILLAINY!
  • This issue’s Fact of Fiction looks back at the 1981 Fourth Doctor story The Keeper of Traken – which featured an unexpected appearance of an old foe...
  • REVIEWS
  • DWM reviews the latest TV episodes (The Lie of the Land, Empress of Mars and The Eaters of Light) as well as 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, the Watcher’s column, competitions, the DWM crossword – and more.

Doctor Who Magazine 514 is on sale from Thursday 29 June, price £5.99.




Doctor Who Adventures to Pause PublicationBookmark and Share

Monday, 19 June 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Panni has confirmed that Doctor Who Adventures is to stop publication after the next edition released on 22 June 2017.

Subscribers to the magazine have received an email saying the Magazine is 'pausing' publication, with no indication as to when, or if, publication will resume.

Digital subscriptions will be converted to subscriptions for Doctor Who Magazine or can be canceled.

DWA began life as a fortnightly magazine in 2006, during the first wave of popular success for the revived Doctor Who, and was initially published by BBC Worldwide, the Corporation's own commercial subsidiary. In 2015 the Magazine moved to Panni, the publishers of Doctor Who Magazine.

In recent years Doctor Who Adventures has suffered a fall in circulation. From a high of 56,000 in 2010, the Magazine circulation had fallen to 10,364 in the last audited period, covering the second half of 2016.

By contrast, Doctor Who Magazine had an audited circulation of 22,523 in the same period.




1967 Original Ice Warrior Head Found and PreservedBookmark and Share

Thursday, 1 June 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Original Ice Warrior (Credit: Toy box Treasures)
One of the original Ice Warrior masks, first used in the 1967 Second Doctor story, has been found and restored by Toybox Treasures.

The prop thought to have been used in Doctor Who in both the Troughton and Pertwee era's, was acquired last year. The decision was taken to preserve the prop using a specialist team led by Mike Tucker, the BAFTA award winning model maker who has worked on both the classic and revived versions of Doctor Who.

In preserving the Ice Warrior’s head, all existing pieces were used. Colours were matched for age with layers of silver paint added for an exhibition removed, revealing the orange eye sockets.

The Ice Warriors first appeared on Saturday 11th November 1967 in the six-part story The Ice Warriors. Their success ensured their return the following season in the story The Seeds of Death. The first colour appearance came in 1972 in the Jon Pertwee story The Curse of Peladon followed by The Monster of Peladon two years later.

A full report on the restoration, including an exclusive interview with Mike Tucker is published in Doctor Who Magazine Issue 513.

Ice Warrior Original state (Credit: Toy Box Treasures)Mike Tucker of the Model Unit working on the Ice Warrior (Credit: Toy Box Treasures)




Doctor Who Magazine: 512Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 4 May 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine: 512 (Credit: Panini)Issue 512 of Doctor Who Magazine includes an exclusive interview with guest star David Suchet who plays the enigmatic Landlord in this weeks episode Knock Knock
I suppose I so became so associated with Poirot, but when they invited me to Doctor Who, I said yes before I'd even read the script!

Because it's Doctor Who! It's the most iconic series, even more so than Poirot. To have that opportunity was the greatest privilege.
ALSO INSIDE THE ISSUE…
  • NEW EPISODE PREVIEWS!
  • DWM previews the next four episodes of the new series: Knock Knock, Oxygen, Extremis and The Pyramid at the End of the World.
  • NTERVIEWS WITH THE WRITERS!
  • Interviews with Frank Cottrell-Boyce, the writer of Smile, and Sarah Dollard, the writer of Thin Ice.
  • MEET THE DIRECTOR!
  • Lawrence Gough, the director of The Pilot and Smile talks to DWM about his work on the new series.
  • THE SOUL GARDEN!
  • Bill Potts makes her comic strip début in the first part of the new comic adventure by Scott Gray, with art by Martin Geraghty.
  • MONOID MANIA!
  • This issue’s Fact of Fiction delves into the 1966 story The Ark, which took the Doctor, Steven and Dodo into the far future.
  • REVIEWS
  • DWM reviews the latest TV episodes (The Pilot, Smile and Thin Ice) as well as 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, the Watcher's column, competitions and the DWM crossword!
Doctor Who Magazine 512 is on sale from Thursday 4 May 2017, price £5.99.

The Essential Doctor Who: Robots (Credit: Panini)Also Available

The Essential Doctor Who: Robots

Panini’s series of publications devoted to key aspects of the Doctor Who universe continues with an issue devoted to robots. The Doctor’s deadliest adversaries include mechanical killers such as the Yeti, the Voc robots and the clockwork droids. For more than five decades the series has realised some of our darkest fears about artificial intelligence and mankind’s relationship with its automated servants.

This 116-page bookazine includes interviews with:
  • Chris Boucher (writer of The Robots of Death)
  • Michael Kilgarriff (Robot)
  • John Leeson (voice of K9)
  • Tom MacRae (writer of The Girl Who Waited)
  • Dave Martin (K9’s co-creator)
  • Paul Murphy (director of The Caretaker and Robot of Sherwood)
  • Paul Tams (co-creator of the K9 television series)
  • Kate Walshe (visual effects producer)
The classic story guides include The War Machines, The Web of Fear, The Android Invasion, The Girl in the Fireplace, The Husbands of River Song and many more.

Among the other highlights are The Vampire Planet (an unproduced William Emms story from 1969), the strange story of the Mechonoids, a look at the Out of the Unknown episode that gave us the Mind Robber robots, Douglas Adams’ original notes for the Polyphase Avatron, the rise and fall of Kamelion and the history of robot comic strips.

Editor Marcus Hearn says:
2017 marks the 40th anniversary of K9’s first appearance in Doctor Who, so he looms large in our journey through more than 50 years of the series’ robots. It must be said that most of the mechanical characters we’re featuring aren’t quite as friendly as the Doctor’s dog...
The Essential Doctor Who: Robots is on sale now price £9.99.

Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition 46: Toys & Games (Credit: Panini)Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition 46: Toys & Games

The latest Special Edition of Doctor Who Magazine is devoted to the many Doctor Who toys and games that have been released since the early 1960s.

One hundred pages of all-new content includes surveys of the items produced in each decade, a feature on the rarest Doctor Who toy of all, the untold story of 1965’s Zarbi puppets and a ringside seat at a board-game marathon.

Other highlights include a detailed analysis of Denys Fisher’s 1970s range of Doctor Who toys and exclusive interviews with the people behind the Dapol, Product Enterprise, Character and BIG Chief collectables.

Editor Marcus Hearn says:
It’s been more than 30 years since Doctor Who Magazine devoted an issue to merchandise, so it’s a subject well worth revisiting. This is the most ambitious Special Edition that I’ve worked on, and it was a real labour of love for all of us.
Bursting with new information, discoveries from the archive and specially commissioned photography, this is the surprising story of Doctor Who toys and games – told by the people who make, sell and collect them.

Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition: Toys & Games is on sale now price £5.99 (US: $11.99).




Doctor Who Magazine 511Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 6 April 2017 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Doctor Who Magazine issue 511 (bag) (Credit: DWM)
Doctor Who Magazine issue 511 (Credit: DWM)
The latest edition of Doctor Who Magazine is out today, and focusses on the latest sidekick to enter the TARDIS!

Speaking of her début in the show, Pearl Mackie said:
Every day. I have about a million different emotions. I’m excited. I’m nervous. I’m full of anticipation, really. Probably the same as most of the fans. Also, we’re still filming at the moment – we’re wrapping up the series so I’m trying to fit in all those emotions between, like, learning my lines. Which is fun. And a bit mad.

Bill is very inquisitive, but she’s also very, very real and very human, so she does ask those kinds of questions – about him having two hearts, and where the toilet is in the TARDIS, and she says the TARDIS looks like a kitchen because it’s all shiny. She’s not, like, a sci-fi veteran. She likes sci-fi, but in her head it’s very ‘fi’; it’s completely fictional, and then she’s thrown into this amazing world where actually it’s all real and everything – anything – is possible. For something who’s human and 100% of this Earth, it’s completely mind-blowing.


Also inside this issue...
  • MEET THE TEAM FOR 2017! In his exclusive column, showrunner Steven Moffat introduces the team of writers for the 2017 series.
  • NEW SERIES PREVIEWS! Exclusive previews of the first three episodes of the new series: The Pilot, Smile, and Thin Ice, including interviews with the writers.
  • MEET THE PRODUCERS! We get the lowdown on the new series from Doctor Who’s two producers, Peter Bennett and Nikki Wilson.
  • DOORWAY TO HELL! Our brand-new comic strip reaches its climax in Part Four of Doorway to Hell, written by Mark Wright and illustrated by Staz Johnson.
  • THIS IS TERMINUS! This issue’s Fact of Fiction explores the 1983 story which sees the Doctor arrive on Terminus, where suffers from Lazar’s disease go to die...
  • THE CURSE OF THE BLACK SPOT! The Doctor, Amy and Rory board a seventeenth-century pirate ship, as the Time Team continue their mission to watch every episode of Doctor Who.
  • REVIEWS: DWM reviews the latest audio and DVD releases from 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 a FREE MASSIVE DOUBLE-SIDED POSTER!