Doctor Who Magazine Issue 544Bookmark and Share

Thursday, 17 October 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine : Issue 544 (Credit: Panini)
Doctor Who Magazine celebrates its 40th anniversary in issue 544.

The celebratory issue comes with:

  • A 100 minute Doctor Who DVD including exclusive and previously unseen material.
  • A 32 Page Supliment featuring an index of DWM and its sister publications, from 1979 to the present day.
  • A download code for 11 complete hour-long audio adventures from Big Finish.
Other highlights of this issue include:
  • Exclusive interviews with showrunners Chris Chibnall, Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat.
  • Doctor Who Weekly’s founding editor Dez Skinn and its original features writer Jeremy Bentham reunite to discuss the magazine’s earliest days.
  • Doctor Who writer Paul Cornell pays tribute to his friend and mentor Terrance Dicks.
  • A previously unpublished interview with Terrance Dicks, in which he remembers his working life away from Doctor Who.
  • Highlights from the original, unpublished manuscript of The Eight Doctors, Terrance’s first commission for BBC Books’ range of original Doctor Who novels.
  • Professional Doctor Who fiction writers select highlights of Terrance’s Target novelisations and other books.
  • A look back at how readers’ views of Doctor Who episodes, as expressed in DWM’s Season Survey results, have evolved over the last four decades.
  • The Fact of Fiction explores the 1979 story The Creature from the Pit.
  • A fiendishly difficult quiz, all about the first 40 years of Doctor Who Magazine.
  • Part Two of Mistress of Chaos, a new comic-strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends.
  • Audio reviews, previews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more! 


On sale from Thursday 17 October 2019 £9.99 (UK)




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

Wednesday, 16 October 2019 - Reported by Marcus
The Doctor Who Companion The Twelfth Doctor: Volume Two (Credit: Panini)Doctor Who Magazine continues its in-depth chronicle of the show’s production with a 100-page volume dedicated to four memorable episodes of Series 8 starring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald:


  • Time Heist 
  • The Caretaker
  • Kill the Moon
  • Mummy on the Orient Express 


 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 Wednesday 16 October 2019 priced £7.99 and digitally from pocketmags.com priced £6.99.

Please note that this publication is not available as part of a subscription to Doctor Who Magazine.




Forty Years Of Doctor Who MagazineBookmark and Share

Friday, 11 October 2019 - Reported by Marcus
DWM 1 (Credit: DWM)Today marks the fortieth anniversary of the publication of the first edition of Doctor Who Magazine.

Doctor Who Magazine began life as Doctor Who Weekly, published for the first time on 11th October 1979, featuring the then-current Doctor, Tom Baker, on the front cover.

For the cost of just 12p, Doctor Who Weekly, published by Marvel, was the first officially approved publication, which was totally dedicated to serving fans of Doctor Who. It ran as a weekly until September 1980 when, with issue 45, the magazine moved to a monthly schedule and was renamed Doctor Who Monthly.

The name was changed to Doctor Who Magazine with issue 107 in December 1985. Now approaching issue 544, the magazine holds the Guinness World Record as the longest-running TV tie-in magazine.

Over the years the magazine has had twelve editors, the longest-serving being Tom Spilsbury who edited the Magazine from 2007-2017.

DWM is now published by Panini Comics, which purchased the title in 1995. The next edition, out next week, with be a special anniversary edition.




Official 13th Doctor ScarfBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 8 October 2019 - Reported by Marcus
13th Doctor Scarf (Credit: Lovarzi)13th Doctor Scarf (Credit: Lovarzi)The first ever officially-licensed Thirteenth Doctor Scarf is released this week by Lovarzi.

Inspired by the colourful t-shirt worn by Jodie Whittaker's incarnation of the Time Lord, this rich blue scarf is edged with a stylish rainbow pattern based on the t-shirt the Thirteenth Doctor proudly acquired at the end of her first full episode, The Woman Who Fell To Earth (2018).

This exclusive design is made from 100% high-quality Acrylic.

Maninder Singh Sahota, Director of Lovarzi, says
We think the Thirteenth Doctor’s outfit is the perfect look for this new era of the show. It's bright, bold, and colourful, so our specially-designed scarf is similarly eye-catching. But it's sure to sell fast, so best get a shift on!
Lovarzi's Doctor Who line launched in 2012 with the best-selling multi-coloured Fourth Doctor Scarf. Since then, the company has catered for cosplayers, collectors, and casual fans with items such as the TARDIS and Dalek Christmas Hat and Scarf, Seventh Doctor Sweater, and The Pandorica Opens Scarf. The Winter 2019/20 range also includes the TARDIS Laptop Bag.

The Thirteenth Doctor Scarf (25 x 175cms) will be available to order on 11th October, priced £24.99, from the official Lovarzi website

If you join LOVARZI Doctor Who Fan Club now and enjoy savings of 15% at time of launch plus get early exclusive access to buy the scarf.




TARDIS Laptop BagBookmark and Share

Monday, 23 September 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Credit: LovarziCredit: LovarziA new range of Doctor Who bags has been released by Lovarzi.

The TARDIS Laptop Bag, officially licensed by the BBC, comes in eye-catching blue, emblazoned with the Doctor Who logo.

It contains a soft shell and padded insides with an attachable shoulder strap which turns the carryall into a messenger bag. There's an additional canvas loop on one side, meaning you can attach it to longer luggage handles for easy transportation.

The zip features the Who insignia and you'll find the Seal of Rassilon, a key Gallifreyan symbol, embroidered inside.

The bag has padded pockets inside and out, including one specially made for a 15" laptop and a zipped outer compartment to store documents.

The design is exclusive to Veroli, sister brand of Lovarzi, which has created Doctor Who scarves, jumpers, ties, umbrellas, hats, and gloves since 2012, including the best-selling Fourth Doctor Scarf.

Maninder Singh Sahota, Director of Lovarzi and Veroli, says:
There was never any question about which design we should launch as our new line of Doctor Who unisex bags. Our latest items are the result of years of hard work and planning, so we can't wait for you to see what else we've got in store.
The TARDIS Laptop Bag is available from LOVARZI.co.uk, priced £39.99.




Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 543Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine: Issue 543 (Credit: Panini)
This month's Doctor Who Magazine takes a new perspective on Doctor Who’s longest-serving producer John Nathan Turner.

Issue 543 of the magazine looks at the legaxy of the contriversal producer and includes previously unseen images from his own scrapbooks!

 Highlights of this issue include:

  • Former Doctor Who script editor Andrew Cartmel describes working with John Nathan-Turner.
  • Sophie Aldred explains how JNT changed her life.
  • Stephen Cranford on what it was like to know JNT as a friend.
  • Writer Philip Martin and actor Nabil Shaban reveal Sil and the Devil Seeds of Arodor.
  • Composer Richard Hartley on recreating his score for 1986’s ‘Mindwarp’.
  • An investigation into the deepest mysteries of regeneration.
  • Your at-a-glance guide to Doctor Who’s post-regeneration stories.
  • An interview with the creators of the new VR game The Edge of Time.
  • The Fact of Fiction explores the 2017 story Knock Knock.
  • DWM’s verdict on Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 23.
  • Part One of Mistress of Chaos, 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 19 September 2019 £5.99 (UK)




Competition: The Paul McGann YearsBookmark and Share

Sunday, 15 September 2019 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Readers in the United Kingdom have a chance to win of a copy of the latest DVD release from the Reeltime Pictures archive, The Doctors: The Paul McGann Years, courtesy of Koch Media UK:

Reeltime Pictures: The Doctors: The Paul McGann Years [order from Amazon UK

The Doctors - The Paul McGann Years (Credit: Koch Media)This is the definitive set of interviews with the team who brought the Paul McGann era of Doctor Who to life. These six documentaries are the best in-depth interviews with Paul McGann (the Eighth Doctor), Daphne Ashbrook (Grace Holloway), Yee Jee Tso (Chang Lee), Eric Roberts (The Master), Philip Segal (Producer) and Geoffrey Sax (Director) ever undertaken. Presented by Sophie Aldred, Robert Dick and the voice of the Daleks Nicholas Briggs.
To be in with a chance to win a copy of the set, simply answer the following question:
Who was Paul McGann's agent at the time he was cast as the Doctor?
Please send your answer along with your name, address and where you heard about the competition (news site, news app, other website, etc.) to comp-mcgannyears@doctorwhonews.net with the subject "At least Freud would have taken me seriously". Open to readers within the United Kingdom only. Only one entry per household will be accepted. Closing date: Sunday 29th September 2019.




NYCC Doctor Who Exclusives From Titan MerchandiseBookmark and Share

Sunday, 15 September 2019 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Those attending this year's New York Comic Con in October will be able to purchase two exclusive vinyl figures from Titan, based on the Doctor from her first series appeaances in Rosa and Kerblam!.

Doctor Who Vinyl Figure - Rosa (Titan, NYCC 2019 exclusive) (Credit: Titan) Doctor Who Vinyl Figure - Kerblam!(Titan, NYCC 2019 exclusive) (Credit: Titan)

The limited edition items will be available from Titan Booth #2142.




Step into the Doctor's TARDIS with the new VIVE CosmosBookmark and Share

Friday, 13 September 2019 - Reported by Marcus
VIVE CosmosHTC has teamed up with BBC Studios to offer the chance to embark on a virtual reality adventure through time and space, with Doctor Who.

On Friday 26th and Saturday 27th September, visitors at Hackney’s Protein Studios in London, will have the chance to step into the TARDIS and take up the role of the Doctor’s assistant in Doctor Who: The Edge of Time.

HTC is celebrating the launch of the VIVE Cosmos, its latest premium PC-based Virtual Reality (VR) system. Attendees will be amongst the first to try ‘Doctor Who: The Edge of Time’, produced by Maze Theory for BBC Studios. After stepping into the TARDIS, players will interact with the Doctor themselves and will try to pilot the spacecraft – which is temperamental at the best of times – before embarking on an epic adventure to solve the mystery behind the ‘Reality Virus’.

During the event, visitors will use HTC’s newly released VR headset, the VIVE Cosmos, which is built to be the highest performance and most versatile headset on the market.

Fans can sign up for a free 15-minute slot here or simply turn up on the day to secure a walk-in slot (subject to availability).

Please note, players must be aged 12+.




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.




Black Archive Wins AwardBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 2 July 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Full Circle (Credit: Obverse Books)The Black Archive book on the Fourth Doctor story Full Circle has won the prestigious Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Professional Publication.

The Book series, published by Obverse Books, looks in detail at the making of individual Doctor Who stories. The 16th in the series, investigating Full Circle, was written by John Toon and published last year.

Editor Philip Purser-Hallard said
Both of John's books for the Black Archive have been a joy to edit -- really sharp and clear-headed, approaching the Doctor Who stories they analyse from fascinating angles. This recognition of his work is well deserved.
This is Toon’s third SJV Award, having previously won for the award for best fan writer in 2013 and 2016, but this is his first award in a professional category. Asked about this victory, he said
This thrilling win - against strong competition! - wouldn't have been possible without Phil's editorial input, Blair and Cody's stylish cover design and Stuart's professional touch. They all deserve credit for this award, although I'm sure they'll understand that I'm totally keeping the trophy!




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.