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June 30th, 2016 16 comments

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 501

Following the spectacular 500th issue, Doctor Who Magazine is continuing its celebrations with an issue dedicated entirely to Tom Baker and the Fourth Doctor’s era of Doctor Who.

Tom Baker: The Ultimate Interview is an extravaganza split into several gripping parts, in which Tom talks about life, death and, of course, Doctor Who…

“Life is too short to be dull. Be interesting. Because not very much else matters does it? In large areas of our lives, hardly anything matters at all. I mean, nothing can beat being with loving friends, and a few wines, and a few beers, and a few lies, and a few yarns. And to still be adored after 40-odd years… yeah that’s the life.


Maybe I’m the longest-serving actor, in the whole history of actors, who’s actually still, 40-odd years later, adored for the same part and enjoying it in the same way. When I get sent messages from middle-aged men… or from the wives of middle-aged men, who say, ‘Tell Mr Baker he cannot imagine how important he was to my beloved husband when he was a boy’… it moves me deeply to think about it. I was just going to work. I didn’t know, to begin with, how far-reaching this role would be. I was aware of the excitement, and the generosity, and the affection of the fans, but how could I ever have dreamed of all this?”


The interview extravaganza is split into seven gripping parts: The Unbreakable Tom Baker, The Insatiable Tom Baker, The Impeccable Tom Baker (with June Hudson), The Irrepressible Tom Baker, The Unstoppable Tom Baker (with Louise Jameson, John Leeson and Geoffrey Beevers), The Unforgettable Tom Baker and The Irreplaceable Tom Baker.

Also featured in the magazine is Part One of brand-new comic strip The Pestilent Heart, an extended Gallifrey Guardian reporting on the latest news from the set of the new series, and DWM‘s Issue 500 celebrations, competitions and the much-anticipated Cave of 500 Eyes answers.

The collectable souvenir edition, available from 30 June and priced £5.99, comes in a polybag containing four amazing art cards, two classic mini-posters, and a massive multi-Doctor poster.

Doctor Who Magazine 501 is on sale from Thursday 30 June 2016, price £5.99.

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  • Phil

    July 6th, 2016 - 4:50am

    Hail to the 4th Doctor. A cinematic Hero without equal.

  • Obsie

    July 5th, 2016 - 9:21pm

    For some reason I think he’s still rather proprietorial of the role, only to be expected I suppose.


    July 2nd, 2016 - 4:36pm

    I have bought this issue today and was just wandering: what are the art cards?? I don’t understand what is on them, is it advertising a big finish adventure??

    • BlueBoxJackie

      July 2nd, 2016 - 6:45pm

      I think there for Comic books

    • Esterath

      July 2nd, 2016 - 8:31pm

      They’re based on the DWM comics, it says that on the back.


      July 3rd, 2016 - 11:22pm

      Ahhh thank you, I can now see that 🙂

  • The Flying Shark

    July 1st, 2016 - 7:16pm

    I got this yesterday, a good issue (but can’t help feeling sorry for anybody who doesn’t like Tom Baker, surely the giant interview should have been spread out monthly?) but is it just me who finds the cover picture really creepy?

    • Cyberman Bill

      July 2nd, 2016 - 12:29am

      Just you!! I love that photo. It “says” the 4th Doctor to me just looking at it.

    • Stop that TARDIS

      July 3rd, 2016 - 6:40pm

      Who the hell doesn’t like Tom. He’s the face of classic dr who. He’s usually the first dr people think off apart from the current one (which will vary). It’s nothing different to a few months back when we got a Colin interview which most people would’ve skipped for obvious reasons, much like I did

  • BlueBoxJackie

    July 1st, 2016 - 5:43pm

    Think I may have to get this Just for part 2 of the Tom interview and the Poster

  • Dalekparadigm2

    July 1st, 2016 - 12:53am

    Awesome issue

  • Peter

    July 1st, 2016 - 12:30am

    Art cards are the highlight. I can’t wait to have the set in frames on the wall.

  • The TARDIS

    June 30th, 2016 - 6:38pm

    Does anyone know if the reviews section and Production Notes are being dropped permanently, or if they’ve just been removed to make room over the anniversary issues?

    • Esterath

      June 30th, 2016 - 8:54pm

      Just for the anniversary issues.

  • Demdike@CultLabs

    June 30th, 2016 - 11:59am

    It’s a lovely tribute to Tom Baker…but there’s nothing else in the magazine other than the comic strip, Gallifrey Guardian, letters and the reviews section. Anyone wanting a varied read should look elsewhere.

    However if like me you remember Tom as the Doctor when you first started watching the show (I think the Brain of Morbius was the first one i can remember) then the magazine is a must buy.

    Cool poster too, if you like those.

    • Shaun

      July 2nd, 2016 - 6:14pm

      It depends what you mean by a ‘varied read’! Mr Baker’s interviews cover so many topics it hard to imagine a more varied read!

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