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February 5th, 2018 21 comments

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 522


Issue 522 also sheds new light on the Dalek craze of the 1960s, as agent Beryl Vertue and writer Brad Ashton remember the roles they played. “The Daleks were really the beginning of the BBC handling merchandise,” says Beryl. “None of us really knew what we were doing, so one might say we invented it.”



In the 1960s Beryl Vertue was Terry Nation’s agent – now she’s Steven Moffat’s mother-in-law! Beryl discusses an association with Doctor Who that began before the first episode was even transmitted.


The comedy writer recalls his friendship with Dalek creator Terry Nation and the role he played in The Dalek Outer Space Book.


How did the Daleks become so popular in 1964? And why did they suddenly disappear three years later?


The BBC’s archive gives up its Dalek secrets – including details of the prototype toys that were never manufactured.


Previously unpublished quotes from the last four years reveal a new side to the man who played the Twelfth Doctor.


Comedian, Strictly Come Dancing favourite and now Doctor Who writer – Susan Calman discusses her love for the Time Lord in this exclusive interview.


The organiser of Comic Relief’s ‘Breakfast with the Doctors’ event explains how she managed to unite seven Time Lords, two companions and a showrunner.


In the first part of a new regular feature, Christel Dee presents a guide to recreating Ace’s jacket.


A detailed survey of Doctor Who’s television ratings during the Peter Capaldi years.


This issue’s Fact of Fiction explores the 2006 story featuring the Tenth Doctor and Rose.


Part Four of The Phantom Piper, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Twelfth Doctor and Bill.


The Blogs of Doom, previews, reviews, news, prize-winning competitions and your letters.

Doctor Who Magazine 522 is on sale from Thursday 8 February, price £5.99.

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  • crypto daleks

    February 8th, 2018 - 8:24pm

    oh boy, classic daleks should totally make comebacks more often specially driving the plot of the newest doctor, for example some supreme daleks from every doctor’s era <3

  • Anon

    February 5th, 2018 - 9:52pm

    Just when you think there’s nothing more to say about sixties Dalekmania, this comes along! And what a cover!

    • Anonymous

      February 6th, 2018 - 9:15pm

      indeed, makes a nice change from always having any specific Doctor on the front… give us something that actually MADE the show good from day one and adds some variety instead of driving the hype of Jodie Whittaker into the ground, it was interesting at first but it got boring by the third time I saw her on a cover… I was like “yeah, 13’s a woman… big whoop, give us something new for once”.

  • The Dalek Whovian

    February 5th, 2018 - 6:06pm

    Now if only this cover was available as a print

  • The Flying Shark

    February 5th, 2018 - 5:24pm

    Who’s Brad Ashton?

    • AllOfWho

      February 5th, 2018 - 6:52pm

      According to TARDIS Wikia, he’s a television writer who worked with Terry Nation on The Dalek Outer Space Book, among other (non-Doctor Who) things.

  • Anonymous

    February 5th, 2018 - 4:10pm

    Cosplay Masterclass? Okay, I may be wrong but I feel like DWM is starting to cater for a different audience at the moment

    • Anonymous

      February 5th, 2018 - 4:35pm

      Without being disparaging, I can’t help but agree that since the change of editor DWM has started to feel a lot more like DWA…

    • Anonymous

      February 5th, 2018 - 5:52pm

      Maybe its a sign of the times and fandom is evolving.

    • booboo

      February 5th, 2018 - 6:15pm

      they have probably been given an insight into the way the show is heading with Dr13 and starting to adapt accordingly

    • Nuallain

      February 6th, 2018 - 9:27am

      There’s certainly a couple of segments of fandom that have been relatively neglected over the years so it will be good to see if Doctor Who is actively trying to be more inclusive of them. I mean if you look at online discussion, it appears cosplay makes up about 75-80% as much of Doctor Who fandom as Big Finish audios, yet a large number of pages are given over to the latter every single month and historically little to no cosplay coverage)

      (I’m not sure where the idea that cosplay is done predominately by children comes from, by the way – that’s pretty far from the case in my experience)

    • Anonymous

      February 6th, 2018 - 9:09pm

      pfft, cosplay masterclass indeed, I cobbled together a brown jacket and paisley tie from a charity shop, my dad’s wedding trousers, some doc martens and a bog standard panama with two official hankies, the silk scarf, the jumper and the umbrella to make Sylvester’s outfit for a xmas party in 2017, won the best costume award too! Shows you don’t always need the top line clothing for a cosplay or fancy dress. Charity Shops are an Aladdin’s cave for Cosplays provided you’re clothes aren’t too overly modded or costumey…

    • Nuallain

      February 7th, 2018 - 1:36pm

      Um, that’s actually very much the tone of Christel Dee’s Cosplay guides – how to do cosplays in a quick and fun way without spending an awful lot of money on screen accurate stuff.

    • Pcnf

      February 7th, 2018 - 10:08pm

      Yeah they started a blogs of doom page which is aimed at younger readers maybe with no Dwa there trying to incorporate it into Dwm. Maybe the show will become more child friendly especially after Capaldis run

    • Iain97

      February 10th, 2018 - 11:51pm

      Time Team is on an indefinite hiatus, there was no letters in last months issue (and they were begging on twitter for fan art & letters on merchandise) and I do find it kinda odd that with the artical and rumours from “Private Eye” that they are doing a cosplay guide. Plus why pay £6 when I could watch a fan show video ? Speaking of which … where did it go ?
      Did they run out of Doctor Who stuff to cover ?

      No DWA fan or child would pay the price for DWM, like Big Finish it’s aimed at people with disposable income. Know it will be interesting to see when the yearly survey comes what people think of the new stuff.

      Also that’s Twice they’ve advertised it in the Next Time section- like you really don’t have anything more important or interesting than cosplay?

      Dee herself resonates with a particular type of modern fan , the type of fan many of the older ones find grating or only a fan of a … well “a small section” of the whole vast 50+ years which make up Doctor Who

  • Weeping Angel

    February 5th, 2018 - 1:50pm

    I like the cover!

    • Weeping Angel

      February 5th, 2018 - 8:36pm

      To be honest this is literally the only cover I have really liked in a while… 🙁

  • bryan

    February 5th, 2018 - 12:04pm

    most subscription copies arrive on the Wednesday/Thursday of release. There are few Friday deliveries, usually after a B/H monday .

    Enjoy the Magic that has been DWM for 39 years.

    • RoamingSouls

      February 5th, 2018 - 12:16pm

      Thanks! I’ve been meaning to subscribe for quite some time.

  • RoamingSouls

    February 5th, 2018 - 11:17am

    I just subscribed to the Doctor Who magazine subscription today with the specials included, does anyone know at what point I should expect my first issue to come through the post?

    • Iain97

      February 10th, 2018 - 11:52pm

      I’d assume nexts months one

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