DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE SPECIAL: THE 2019 YEARBOOK

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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:

Percelle Ascott (The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos)

Jonny Dixon (The Woman Who Fell to Earth)

Shobna Gulati (Arachnids in the UK, Demons of the Punjab)

Julie Hesmondhalgh (Kerblam!)

Ed Hime (writer, It Takes You Away)

Phyllis Logan (The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos)

Susan Lynch (The Ghost Monument)

Pete McTighe (writer, Kerblam!)

Vinette Robinson (Rosa)

Ellie Wallwork (It Takes You Away)

Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor)

Joy Wilkinson (writer, The Witchfinders)

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.”

The Doctor Who Magazine Yearbook 2019 is on sale from 3 January at WH Smith and all good newsagents, price £5.99.

With thanks to those kind folks at DWM

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DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE 533

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EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW OF THE NEW YEAR’S DAY DOCTOR WHO SPECIAL IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE!

The Special – Resolution – is written by Chris Chibnall. Chris says: “There’s no better way to start a new year than with Doctor Who. And knowing that it would play on New Year’s Day gave me the opportunity to write the New Year setting into the story.

“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…

RATINGS

An in-depth look at Series 11’s ratings.

SHARON D CLARKE

An exclusive interview with Sharon, who played Grace O’Brien in the 2018 series.

OUT OF THE TARDIS

Frazer Hines answers questions from our TARDIS tin.

DERRICK SHERWIN

DWM pays tribute to the Doctor Who script 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Highlights from a previously unpublished interview with Derrick Sherwin in 2014.

THE WARMONGER

Part Three of a brand-new comic strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends.

THE TIME TEAM

The Time Team watches Doctor Who’s very first Christmas Day episode, 1965’s The Feast of Steven.

2018 SEASON SURVEY

Share your views on the latest series of Doctor Who.

THE FACT OF FICTION

Delving into 1981’s spin-off series 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.

EPISODE REVIEWS

Our 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 much, much more!

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Doctor Who Magazine 533 is on sale 13 December, priced £5.99.

With thanks to those kind folks at DWM

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DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE 532

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH MANDIP GILL IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE!

Mandip tells DWM about the risk she took to win the part of Yasmin Khan in the new series: “I turned down other jobs because I really wanted this. It was the biggest gamble. The hardest part about the audition process was that there was a six-week gap between the first audition and the second. I knew it was going to be a long wait but in that time you just don’t know whether or not it’s not going to go your way. A lot of opportunities came up while I was waiting but my heart was set on Doctor Who.”

Also in this issue…

RATINGS

An in-depth look at Series 11’s ratings.

PREVIEWS

Looking ahead to the final four episodes, beginning with Kerblam!.

MADAME TUSSAUDS

DWM attends the unveiling of the waxwork Jodie Whittaker at Madame Tussauds in Blackpool.

TARDIS EVOLUTION

The second part in a series of features looking at the evolution of the TARDIS.

TEAM TARDIS COSPLAY

Doctor Who’s costume designer Ray Holman provides tips on how to cosplay members of Team TARDIS.

OUT OF THE TARDIS

Bernard Cribbins answers questions from our TARDIS tin.

WHO’S CREW

Key members of Doctor Who’s current production team describe their roles.

THE WARMONGER

Part Two of a brand-new comic strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends.

THE TIME TEAM

The Time Team watches the Thirteenth Doctor’s first episodes.

DAVID SOLOMONS

An interview with the author of the recently published Doctor Who novel The Secret in Vault 13.

EPISODE REVIEWS

Our verdict on Series 11 episodes Rosa, Arachnids in the UK and The Tsuranga Conundrum.

BLU-RAY PREVIEW

A look at Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 19.

PLUS…

The Blogs of Doom, reviews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!

With thanks to those kind folks at DWM

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DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE 531

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BRADLEY WALSH EXCLUSIVE IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE!

Bradley tells DWM: “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

We 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.

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 18 October, priced £5.99.

With thanks to those kind folks at DWM

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Doctor Who: 13Cast Episode 6 – Battle-scarred

Doctor Who: 13Cast Episode 6 – Battle-scarred.

The Gremlins have got a tight grip on 13cast this week. Giles’ PC didn’t record the first half, Paul’s PC decided to reboot at random intervals and Simon’s microphone was a bit variable, so Richard may have sacked the lot of them. But despite this, we’ve got our review ready for The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos and our thoughts on the season as a whole.

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Doctor Who: 13Cast Episode 5 – On Reflection

Doctor Who: 13Cast Episode 5 – On Reflection.

It’s Advent and the 13cast crew ponders the move of Doctor Who from Christmas to New Year. Then it’s review time for The Witchfinders and It Takes You Away, before a debate on the nature of Doctor Who and whether the last episode is an allegory for the latest series. Finally our Christmas lists.

Note: Simon’s audio was badly affected by interference. We’ve done our best to edit round this, but there is distortion on his contributions and some have been lost.

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Doctor Who: 13Cast Episode 4 – Bubble Trouble

Doctor Who: 13Cast Episode 4 – Bubble Trouble.

13cast wonders – just why is there a 10 minute colour animation of Wheel in Space for Missing Believed Wiped at 25? Then the crew returns to the task of reviewing Demons of the Punjab and Kerblam! with diversions into Puncast and Latincast. And the famous sweet Yorkshire staple of Rhubarb. Which may, or may not be connected to Kerblam!

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Doctor Who: 13Cast Episode 3 – Anamorphic in the UK

via Doctor Who: 13Cast Episode 3 – Anamorphic in the UK.

After the 13cast crew perform their tribute / insult to the 4 Yorkshiremen, it’s time to deliver their reviews of Arachnids in the UK and The Tsuranga Conundrum, with a brief diversion into BakeOffcast. And after a couple of positive episodes, there’s a bit more grumpiness this time.

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Doctor Who: 13Cast Episode 2 – Sit Down

via Doctor Who: 13Cast Episode 2 – Sit Down.

After Richard finds out he’s on a different wavelength from the rest of the 13cast crew, he’s also a bit hazy on the nature of Rosa Parks’ protest. The team then give their reviews of The Ghost Monument and Rosa, including chapter 3 of anamorphic lenses. Keep listening to the end for the first installments of Masterchefcast and SkyAtNightcast. We also break it to Simon that Jane Horrocks is from Lancashire.

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DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE 530

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AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH JODIE WHITTAKER, PLUS PREVIEWS OF HER FIRST TWO EPISODES – ONLY IN DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE!
DWM meets Jodie 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, a huge prize-winning competition and much, much more!

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.

With thanks to those kind folks at DWM

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Doctor Who: 13Cast Episode 1 – Sheffield Steel

After watching Doctor Who for over 45 years, Richard finally has a Doctor that sounds like him. Well, a little bit. Since none of them could get a ticket to the all-star Sheffield premiere, he’s invited the 13cast crew round to discuss the debut of the Yorkshire Doctor in a story set in Yorkshire with someone who was born and brought up in Yorkshire. Yorkshire.

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Doctor Who: The Doctor Who Grumpcast VIII – OMNICARROTS

Mere days after Grumpcast VII is published, an unscheduled mild-emergency Grumpcast sees Eric, Mike and Richard nibble on the missing episodes carrots dangled by Messrs. Morris (not Paul) and Vanezis on Friday 5th October.

What does Phil Morris’ appearance on The One Show signify, if anything?

Who knows – but here’s our attempt at a “hot take”, as the kids say.

Turn off the TV’s – pour a glass of wine and enjoy, then go back to Grumpcast I and start again. Why not? There’s nothing else on tonight!

Follow us @grumpcasters. Join the debate on Planet Mondas Forum and if you enjoy it it’s not like we want you to share it or anything. I mean we don’t get paid for doing this and we’re neglecting our families, jobs and pets to put this together, but you know, please yourselves. Actually… don’t share it. In fact don’t even listen. See if we care. (No we do. For God’s sake, please share it.)

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Doctor Who: The Doctor Who Grumpcast VII – The Celestial Grumpmakers

Eric and a new Grumpcaster chew over the mysterious wonderbox that is Season 3. Missing episodes, slaughter, high comedy, slaughter, a musical, more companions than you can shake a Chumbley at, slaughter and of course gratuitous lightweight vase throwing all feature. Not to mention the epic Daleks’ Master Plan. Is the low position in the last DWM poll for this Season justified? Like buggery it is!

Bored of waiting for Series 11? While away a couple of hours with the Grumpcast.

This episode may contain Fraggles.

Follow us @grumpcasters. Join the debate on Planet Mondas Forum and if you enjoy it it’s not like we want you to share it or anything. I mean we don’t get paid for doing this and we’re neglecting our families, jobs and pets to put this together, but you know, please yourselves. Actually… don’t share it. In fact don’t even listen. See if we care. (No we do. For God’s sake, please share it.)

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13Cast – Preview Episode – The Podcast That Fell To Earth

13Cast Preview Episode: The podcast that fell to Earth

After losing his grip at the helm of the Grumpcast, Richard falls to Earth and recruits some new friends. Together they chew over the latest trailer for Series 11 and take a fair few tangents. If Paul sounds like he’s locked in a cupboard in the Dalek city on Skaro, thanks to the magic of Skype, he may very well be.

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Doctor Who Magazine 529

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SERIES 11 COMPANIONS MANDIP GILL AND TOSIN COLE WRITE FOR DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE! READ THEIR DOCTOR WHO DIARY IN THE LATEST ISSUE.

Doctor Who Magazine 529 also includes:

  • Meet the writers and directors of Series 11
  • An interview with Roy Scammell, who was part of Doctor Who‘s stunt team in the 1970s
  • The life and work of Don Harper, the composer responsible for the soundtrack to 1968 epic The Invasion
  • Big Finish’s Lisa Bowerman answers questions from the TARDIS tin
  • Games company Gale Force 9 reveal the background to Time of the Daleks
  • A tribute to Alan Bennion, who played three Ice Warriors in the 1960s and 70s
  • Part Six of The Clockwise War, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Doctor and Bill
  • The Time Team watches three pseudo-historical Doctor Who stories
  • The Fact of Fiction explores the 2013 Eleventh Doctor story Hide
  • Third Doctor cosplay with Rob Lloyd
  • Previews, audio, DVD and game reviews, news, The Blogs of Doom, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!
  • PLUS a huge double-sided poster featuring the Doctor, Yasmin, Ryan and Graham.

DWM 529 is on sale from 23 August, priced £5.99.

With thanks to those kind folks at DWM

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Doctor Who Magazine Special 50 – The World of Doctor Who

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There have been Doctor Who fans for as long as there has been Doctor Who. And like the show itself, fandom has spent decades evolving into a global phenomenon, with enthusiasts in such far-flung territories as the United States, China and New Zealand.

If you’re new to Doctor Who, or curious about the way its viewers are inspired by the programme, then this unique guide will tell you everything you need to know about television’s most devoted fans.

DWM Special 50 – The World of Doctor Who is on sale from Thursday 9 August, price £5.99. Also available from pocketmags.com

With thanks to those kind folks at DWM

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The PMF Grumpcast VI – Blu is the Colour

Eric has a nasty fall after unaccountably finding himself at the top of a very large radio telescope. As it’s curtains for him, Mike and Richard make the best of things and have a chat about the recent Doctor Who trailers, the panel from San Diego Comicon, Phil Morris’s tweet “Time to return… Doctor Who” and what that might mean about Missing Episodes (nothing), the rumoured animations and the main feature, the Season 12 Blu-ray.

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Doctor Who Magazine 528

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In the new issue of Doctor Who Magazine, showrunner Chris Chibnall describes the meticulous preparations to reveal Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor in the original trailer. Despite all the secret plotting, the plan nearly came off the tracks when their cover was in danger of being blown by a wedding and a Velothon…

In the exclusive article, Chris recalls his anxiety:

In my mind I’m thinking: are we really doing this? A secret shoot, with only nine people involved? Will this work? Can we reveal the new Doctor this way? Are the BBC really going to put it out during the Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final? Is it crazy? Will people even watch or notice? (Turns out, the answer to all those questions is yes).

Somewhere on a train, Jodie Whittaker is making her way towards us, having told people she’s off to make a low budget Scandinavian film this weekend.

Recce done, we hole up in a hotel. Some of us are checked in under fake names, I can’t work out whether that’s for security, or because we’re all enjoying the cloak and dagger. When I go to check in, I forget my fake name. I’m not very good at this.

The hotel is quiet. Great. As we walk across reception we notice lots of champagne glasses. The staff explain: preparations for the massive wedding reception that’s going to be happening tonight. Right. Uh-oh.

To get to the car tomorrow, Jodie will have to walk through this big reception, where the hungover wedding guests will be checking out in the morning. How do we get the new Doctor from her room to the car park, in the costume she’s wearing for the shoot, without anyone spotting? We’re just going to have to style it out.

Sunday morning. Jo Pearce (Social and Digital genius) has gone out early, done a dry run driving from the hotel to the location checking the route. And she comes back alarmed: there’s a Velothon on the route! Some of the roads are closed! Her brilliantly planned shortest possible route from hotel to location won’t work. What’s more, the car will be passing hundreds of cyclists. What if we have to stop at traffic lights? What if somebody looks in and sees the new Doctor? Hopefully Velothon cyclists will have other things to think about. We manage to smuggle the new Doctor into the back of Jo’s car. Hood up in the back, like she’s cosplaying The Matrix, sandwiched between two others.

The week rolls towards the Wimbledon final. Calls are made. Who needs to know the identity of the new Doctor before the rest of the world? Most importantly, Peter Capaldi. We set a time, I call him…

The full story revealing more details about the secrecy that went on, how the shoot happened and who else received those all-important calls is in the new issue of DWM.

Other highlights of issue 528 include:

  • A visit to the archive of Doctor Who writer and script editor Douglas Adams
  • Peter Purves answers questions from the TARDIS tin
  • The untold story of Sky Ray ice lollies and Doctor Who, with images of rare 1960s memorabilia
  • Behind the scenes on IDW’s distinctive range of American Doctor Who comics
  • Graphic designer Lee Binding reveals what went into the packaging for the Season 12 Blu-ray box set
  • The Time Team tackles three of Doctor Who’s most controversial episodes
  • The Fact of Fiction explores the 2017 story Empress of Mars
  • Seventh Doctor cosplay with Jamie Lenman
  • Part Five of The Clockwise War, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Doctor and Bill
  • Previews, audio reviews, news, The Blogs of Doom, prize-winning competitions and much more!

Doctor Who Magazine 528 is on sale Thursday 26 July, price £5.99.

With thanks to those kind folks at DWM

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From the Archive: Episode 9: Doctor Who Season 12 Blu-Ray Edition!

From the Archive

Direct download here.

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The PMF Grumpcast V – The Omnirumour (part 2)

The Grumpcasters conclude their discussion about the Omnirumour and reasons to be optimistic about our prospects for the return of more missing Doctor Who. Servo also froths about Australia, Richard is oddly pink and Eric can’t stop saying verisimilitude when talking about the rumours.

Don’t mention mock accents. We did it once, but I think we got away with it. Yak yak yak!

Join the debate on PMF. Follow on Twitter @grumpcasters.

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