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  • Extracts from two unpublished manuscripts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.




The End Of Time: 10th Anniversary screening for US cinemasBookmark and Share

Thursday, 20 June 2019 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Fathom Events: The End Of Time (7 Aug 2019) (Credit: Fathom Events)Fathom Events have announced a special theatrical outing for the Tenth Doctor's finale, The End Of Time, which itself celebrates its tenth anniversary this Christmas.

The screening will take place in a number of movie theatres around the United States on 7th August 2019 (locations can be found via their website).

It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly ten years since David Tennant left Doctor Who in his heart-breaking finale The End of Time. To commemorate the occasion, BBC Studios and Fathom Events invite you to relive the agony and ecstasy of this absolutely thrilling story on the big screen. You’ll see the full two-part adventure including appearances by fan favourites Billie Piper, Catherine Tate, John Simm, Elisabeth Sladen, John Barrowman, and many more!

As well as the episodes themselves, the screening will also include a brand new interview with David Tennant, in which he reflects on his time in Doctor Who and all that has happened since.





New Character Options products for B&M stores this summerBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 12 June 2019 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Character Options have announced
a new series of exclusive Doctor Who merchandise that will be available later this summer from local B&M stores in the UK:

Fans of the Doctor’s Sonic Screwdrivers will be able to get their hands on a heritage set of three popular incarnations.. The new blister-pack series will include electronic versions, inspired by the 50th anniversary episode, of the Tenth, Eleventh and War Doctor’s sonics.

For action figure fans, Character Options presents a set of three unique Doctor & Dalek Twin Packs, inspired by the Doctor Who audio series from Big Finish. This includes a brand new take on the Eighth Doctor, plus the Dalek Interrogator Prime, as featured in Big Finish audio book story In the Garden of Death. The two additional Doctor and Daleks sets to be released from this range will feature the Seventh and War Doctors respectively.

This year there will be not one, but two new TARDIS & Doctor sets released, each with a completely new take on both the Doctor and the blue box, inspired by adventures spanning the 1970s and 1980s.

To complete the summer line-up there are three brand new collector sets with a range of three figures in each, inspired by the Classic adventures of the Second, Fourth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors.

Al Dewar, Creative Director at Character Options commented:
We are delighted to announce this first taster of what’s to come from our B&M stores Doctor Who toy range. To reveal the visuals of these brand new products, we plan to do a full unveiling live, which will take place ‘unboxing style’ on Character Options’ own Youtube channel in July; details of the time and date will be announced.

More details on the products will be released in the coming weeks.




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.




Doctor Who Fan Art CompetitionBookmark and Share

Thursday, 9 May 2019 - Reported by Marcus
BBC Studios have announced the 2019 Doctor Who Art Competition.

The 2019 Doctor Who Fan Art Competition, gives fans an opportunity to see their own work on a Doctor Who t-shirt, with a limited quantity available for purchase at the BBC AMERICA booth at San Diego Comic-Con.

Entrants can create anything from a candy mosaic of Tom Baker to a bowtie collage of Matt Smith. The competition closes on 15th May 2019 at 1200 GMT

A panel of judges will select one grand prize winner and four runner-up artists. The grand prize winner and a guest will receive an exclusive Doctor Who-themed weekend trip to London, which includes:
  • Two nights accommodation and return economy flights from a major airport near the winner's residence to London, UK
  • Special afternoon tea for two
  • Doctor Who Escape Room activity in Reading, England
  • Exclusive private screening of the fan’s favourite Doctor Who episode
  • Having their artwork printed on limited-edition Doctor Who merchandise sold at San Diego Comic-Con
  • Receiving a goody bag including iconic Doctor Who merchandise
All four runners-up will each:
  • Have their artwork printed on official, limited-edition Doctor Who merchandise sold at San Diego Comic-Con
  • Receive a goody bag including iconic Doctor Who merchandise
Art specifications: Each entrant must design their own original piece of Doctor Who fan art in accordance with the following criteria:
  • Artwork must feature both the TARDIS and one Doctor *
  • The Artwork may also, at the entrant’s discretion, include a background texture, splash of colour or other abstract background design, but must not feature any other design element, including (without limit) any other Doctor, character, companion, monster, robot, prop, location, building or branding element (including third party brand names and logos), whether from the Doctor Who universe or otherwise.
  • Artwork can be created in any two-dimensional medium and any colour.
  • Artwork must not include identifiers such as the entrant’s name, signature, image, likeness or any other identifier, or any reference to Comic-Con.
*Refer to the terms and conditions at doctorwho.tv/competitions/fan-art for more details on the criteria

Full details on BBC Studios Website

The competition is open to legal residents of Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, and Canada (excluding Quebec), who at the time of entry are at least 18 years of age, or the legal age of majority in the jurisdiction in which they reside (whichever is higher). The grand prize winner and four finalists will be revealed at the BBC AMERICA booth during San Diego Comic-Con in July.




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)




The 2019 Doctor Who Fan Art CompetitionBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Doctor Who Fan Art Competition 2019 (Credit: BBC Studios)Calling all Doctor Who fans with an artistic flair and creative impulse! Ahead of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, BBC Studios announces the 2019 Doctor Who Fan Art Competition, giving fans an opportunity to see their own work on a Doctor Who t-shirt, with a limited quantity available for purchase at the BBC AMERICA booth at San Diego Comic-Con.

As anticipation for the next series builds, fans can channel their creative energy into an innovative rendition of the TARDIS and their favourite Doctor. Entrants can create anything from a candy mosaic of Tom Baker to a bowtie collage of Matt Smith – the possibilities are endless!

The competition closes on 15th May 2019 at 1:00pm BST (8:00am ET).


A panel of judges will select one grand prize winner and four runner-up artists. The grand prize winner and a guest will receive an exclusive Doctor Who-themed weekend trip to London, which includes:
  • Two nights accommodation
  • Special afternoon tea for two
  • Doctor Who Escape Room activity in Reading, United Kingom
  • Exclusive private screening of the fan’s favorite Doctor Who episode
  • Having their artwork printed on limited-edition Doctor Who merchandise sold at San Diego Comic-Con
  • Receiving a goody bag including iconic Doctor Who merchandise valued at approximately £520/$680
All four runners-up will each:
  • Have their artwork printed on official, limited-edition Doctor Who merchandise sold at San Diego Comic-Con
  • Receive a goody bag including iconic Doctor Who merchandise valued at approximately £520/$680


Art Specifications: Each entrant must design their own original piece of Doctor Who fan art in accordance with the following criteria:
  • Artwork must feature both the TARDIS and one Doctor *
  • The Artwork may also, at the entrant’s discretion, include a background texture, splash of colour or other abstract background design, but must not feature any other design element, including (without limit) any other Doctor, character, companion, monster, robot, prop, location, building or branding element (including third party brand names and logos), whether from the Doctor Who universe or otherwise.
  • Artwork can be created in any two-dimensional medium and any color.
  • Artwork must not include identifiers such as the entrant’s name, signature, image, likeness or any other identifier, or any reference to Comic-Con.
* Refer to the terms and conditions for more details on the criteria.

Submitting artwork: Each entrant must complete the entry form and upload their artwork in digital format on the Fan Art Competition website in accordance with the following criteria:
  • Artwork must be submitted in RGB high res formats (TIFF, JPEG, PNG, or GIF).
  • Artwork resolution must be a minimum of 300 dpi.
  • Artwork must measure at least 260mm x 260mm when printed at 100% and must not measure more than 381mm x 508mm.
  • Each entrant may submit multiple entries, as long as each separate entry consists of a different artwork. Entrants can only win one prize in the competition.


The competition is open to legal residents of the United Kingdom, the fifty United States and the District of Columbia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Australia, and New Zealand who at the time of entry are at least 18 years of age, or the legal age of majority in the jurisdiction in which they reside (whichever is higher). The grand prize winner and four finalists will be revealed at the BBC AMERICA booth during San Diego Comic-Con in July.




Candy Jar's The Lucy Wilson Mysteries Nominated For Scribe AwardsBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Lucy Wilson Mysteries: Curse Of The Mirror Clowns (Credit: Candy Jar Books)Welsh indie publisher Candy Jar Books is pleased to announce that The Lucy Wilson Mysteries: Curse of the Mirror Clowns by Chris Lynch has been nominated for the prestigious Scribe Awards.

The Scribe Awards, from the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers, acknowledge and celebrate excellence in licensed tie-in novels and audio dramas based on TV shows, movies, and games.

The Lucy Wilson Mysteries is a licensed Doctor Who spin-off novel and features the granddaughter of the Doctor’s best friend, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. Based in Ogmore-by-Sea these YA sci-fi books tackle prejudice against differences and promote diversity, self-confidence and acceptance for young people.

Three books have already been published by Sue Hampton (Avatars of the Intelligence), Chris Lynch (Curse of the Mirror Clowns) and John Peel (The Midnight People), with two more on the way by Wink Taylor (The Bandril Invasion) and Tim Gambrell (The Brigadier and the Bledoe Cadets).

Curse of the Mirror Clowns by Cardiff-based film and comic writer Chris Lynch is fighting its corner against some of the biggest TV and film franchises in the world including Star Wars and Small Foot, as well the New York Times bestselling author, Jonathan Maberry. Chris says:
I was delighted to discover I’d been nominated for this award. I’m certainly in illustrious company! Hopefully my clowns are up to the challenge.

Originally created by Shaun Russell and Andy Frankham-Allen, the first Lucy Wilson novel was brought to life by YA author Sue Hampton. Shaun says:
Sue’s instinct with the first book Avatars of the Intelligence was spot-on. She got the characters straight away and delivered a book reminiscent of the popular Sarah Jane Adventures, also based on Doctor Who.

Sue really enjoyed working on the first book. She says:
Lucy is dauntless, loyal and whip-smart. She’s a modern girl with strong values and opinions, which means that she feels the injustices in the world even more strongly than most and always stands up for what’s right. I wish Chris good luck with the awards.





Doctor Who: The Runaway - trailer releasedBookmark and Share

Monday, 15 April 2019 - Reported by Chuck Foster
BBC Digital have released a trailer for their forthcoming virtual reality film, Doctor Who: The Runaway:


You’ve been in a collision. You wake inside the TARDIS. The Doctor introduces you to the person, or thing, you collided with. He’s a strange and magnificent ball of living energy called Volta. Part surly teenager, part bomb, Volta is very unstable. In fact, he’s primed to explode. Big time. Unless he can be returned to his home planet, sharpish. The problem is, a squad of galactic busybodies has other plans for Volta. Bad ones. Drawn into a frantic chase, you become the Doctor’s unlikely assistant as she races against time to get Volta home to his parents. Armed with a sonic screwdriver, it is down to you to help the Doctor as she faces the forces of evil, and teenage angst, in this animated 13-minute VR adventure from the team behind Doctor Who Series 11.

Doctor Who: The Runaway (Credit: BBC Digital) Doctor Who: The Runaway (Credit: BBC Digital) Doctor Who: The Runaway (Credit: BBC Digital) Doctor Who: The Runaway (Credit: BBC Digital)

The film will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival next week, and will be coming to UK audiences in the near future.





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.