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March 5th, 2018 51 comments

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 523


Matt Strevens – who also produced An Adventure in Space and Time – is working alongside Chris Chibnall to bring the 2018 series of Doctor Who to our screens. “You get to ask for a new TARDIS and cast a new Doctor – the childhood me could never have imagined it.”

Also in this issue…


Doctor Who’s showrunner discusses the new logo and remembers his years as a teenage fan.


Michelle reflects on her time playing Missy in this exclusive interview.


Dan ‘Strax’ Starkey answers randomly selected questions from the TARDIS tin.


A tribute to the late writer, whose stories include The Stones of Blood, The Leisure Hive and the original version of City of Death.


New insights and previously unseen images from the designers who created one of Doctor Who’s best-known logos.


An interview with the actor and YouTube star, acclaimed for his uncanny Doctor Who impressions.


The inside story of a unique record-breaking attempt.


How and why did this performance artist recreate the 1973 story Frontier in Space in its original location?


Christel Dee’s guide to making your own Time Lord collar.


Exploring the 2011 story The Doctor’s Wife.


The final instalment of this comic strip adventure featuring the Doctor and Bill, written by Scott Gray and illustrated by Martin Geraghty.


The Blogs of Doom, season survey results, previews, book and audio reviews, news, prize-winning competitions and much more!

Doctor Who Magazine issue 523 is on sale now, price £5.99.

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  • Phillip

    March 11th, 2018 - 2:00pm

    This logo is Fantastic! Brilliant! Love it as much as the 8th Doctor logo and 4th doctor diamond logos, top 3 Doctor logos ever made.

  • Jake

    March 8th, 2018 - 11:44pm

    I love the new logo, I’m interested to see how DWM will make it work with brighter backgrounds.

  • Graham

    March 7th, 2018 - 8:03pm

    Have to say the new logo doesn’t stand out on the cover hope I can spot it in the newsagents tomorrow as buy the magazine every month regardless of the cover

  • cyberman12

    March 7th, 2018 - 11:33am

    Oh no that logo ruined.

  • Anonymous

    March 6th, 2018 - 11:32am

    I don’t buy blue-ray, so not interested in a release on that format anyway, but i have to say season 12 seems a stretch in that format. The web of fear strikes me as an obvious release at some point, be it a straight re-release, animated or a returned full version and i can see the crusade as again, straight forward 2 episode animation. But i do think marco polo is unlikely. I just think there are more commercially viable releases before a 7 part historical stories that is actually quite dull to listen to. It’s not the classic people go on about. It might improve with animation, but really very little happens in it’s near 3 hour run time. Don’t mistake me, I’d buy it like a shot if they do it, but I’d think it will be mostly hard-core fans who purchase marco polo.

    • Whorules

      March 6th, 2018 - 11:36am

      Hmmm, i sort of agree. I’ve owned marco polo for 14 years and have listened to it 3 times, and yes, it is a bit dull. But i think it would sell to a wider audience if marketed well. I agree that it feels like wouldn’t be animated for a while though.

    • MJS

      March 6th, 2018 - 12:48pm

      I dunno, season 12 does seem to be seen as a major milestone by some. Indeed, it was the only full season to be issued in script book format too. Some of the special features sound great including the Tom Baker years VHS on disc for the first time!

    • cyberman12

      March 7th, 2018 - 11:34am

      Dont agree with animation. In fact dont agree with blue ray alk nonsense.

  • matparks08

    March 6th, 2018 - 10:09am

    Season 12 listed on Amazon Uk for 11th June release – extras listed and ‘special edition’ packaging. I would imagine that is the next step forward for the range if it’s going to take one….. to be honest, after 25 years of collecting videos, then DVDs I’m feeling at a loss these days and any release is welcome to me 😉

    • The Caretaker

      March 7th, 2018 - 5:20pm

      I’m not continually buying it again and again and again on every next format. It isn’t worth spending the money. I’ve got them on DVD. That is more than adequate. I have absolutely no interest in getting Season 12 on Blu-ray. However, ‘The Web of Fear: Special Edition DVD’…now you’re talking my language!

  • Jordan Scott

    March 6th, 2018 - 12:48am

    I’ve created a clean version of this cover which is on Twitter if anyone’s interested…

    • R1ch1e

      March 6th, 2018 - 9:28pm

      Very nice job Jordan!

    • Jordan Scott

      March 7th, 2018 - 12:16pm


  • Harold Saxon

    March 6th, 2018 - 12:15am

    Good cover! That Tardis does look like the 1974/1975 era Tardis very much although different shade and light on top!

  • Jack Snelling

    March 5th, 2018 - 5:01pm

    I beg that the Web of Fear episode 3 has been returned to the BBC. Only a few more days to wait until the DVD announcement though in this issue

    • Jack Snelling

      March 5th, 2018 - 5:01pm

      If it is the web of fear, that is

    • booboo

      March 5th, 2018 - 8:19pm

      looks like it maybe this

    • MJS

      March 5th, 2018 - 8:26pm

      Wow, hope it’s that booboo!!!!

    • booboo

      March 5th, 2018 - 8:27pm

      this was listed in the USA weeks ago and taken down

    • Tim M

      March 5th, 2018 - 8:28pm

      Absolutely pointless if it is Season 12 on Blu-ray. I won’t be buying it. Waste of money. The episodes won’t look any better as they weren’t made in HD. This is more like an early April fools joke. Utterly pointless.

    • Anonymous

      March 5th, 2018 - 8:33pm

      Well it’s not utterly pointless, the audio quality could be improved by a Blu-Ray release, but visually there wouldn’t be any improvement.

    • Tim M

      March 5th, 2018 - 9:43pm

      Still not buying it. The audio is fine already on the DVDs. Blu-ray won’t make ‘Genesis of the Daleks’ any better as a story. The only thing that may be of any real interest in this collection would be the extra’s. These may well be in HD, but even I don’t think they will offer up anything we haven’t already heard or already know.

    • Gordon

      March 5th, 2018 - 10:08pm

      Up scaled if done properly looks great. Heard rumours that the restoration team is involved which is promising. Probably will have some sort of exclusive content to lure buyers. Will be buying. If you don’t want it just don’t buy it. You aren’t forced to

    • TigerMan1995

      March 5th, 2018 - 11:03pm Proper listing, 2 oct

    • Gordon

      March 6th, 2018 - 1:07am

      That’s the american listing. The listing above is for the uk

    • booboo

      March 6th, 2018 - 8:42am

      some of the extras now listed on Amazon UK

    • Andy Parting

      March 6th, 2018 - 5:55am

      It’s back – Web of Fear SE out in Aug with The Crusade and Marco Polo to follow in 2019.

    • Andy Parting

      March 6th, 2018 - 6:07am

      Someone on the Restoration Team dropped a hint at the weekend about this and ever since strong denials have been flying left right and centre.

    • The Outcast

      March 6th, 2018 - 7:32am

      Andy Parting, how do you know this? Do you have DWM early?

    • Gordon

      March 6th, 2018 - 9:06am

      That hint was Blake 7 inserts.

    • Gordon

      March 6th, 2018 - 9:47am

      And I wouldn’t put too much into the web dvd release by August. Dwo did tweet last month: A few of our contacts are saying Web Of Fear: SE for August! Just a rumour at the moment, but would follow suit and would be welcomed 🙂

      However they called it a rumour at present. By calling it a rumour It doesn’t sound like they even trust their own sources which makes it hard for me to trust them. If it doesn’t happen by August they will just go and say well we did say it was just a rumour.

      Personally I think It will happen at some point but I would not put too much stock into a cryptic tweet that may or may not be accurate

    • Tim M

      March 6th, 2018 - 12:08pm

      I’m more excited about ‘The Web of Fear’:special edition, if it ever does happen? With animated episode 3, or recovered episode 3. I just wish that whoever took it away under the nose of Phil Morris looks after it and hasn’t tried playing it on a projector, as that would likely damage the film more, which needs desperate restoration anyway. It is somewhat grating though. Troughton has so few complete stories, and he should really have 8 complete instead of 7.

    • Anonymous

      March 6th, 2018 - 2:39pm

      I find it interesting that they are referring to it as Tom Baker’s first season rather than Season 12.

      If you remember back in 2009/10 Steven Moffat attempted a similar rebranding which fell flat on its face mainly because the assorted merchandise producers refused to cooperate with the scheme. It seems Chibnall may have been a lot more forceful on the matter than his predecessor.

      The idea is that people prefer smaller sets of numbers but bigger numbers for statistics. So in 2010 when the first attempt happened saying Series 31 sounds impressive and “The Eleventh Doctor’s first series” encourages people to jump on, nobody would start there if it was called “Series 5” yet BBC Worldwide didn’t budge.

  • Anonymous

    March 5th, 2018 - 4:17pm

    The logo is nothing on merchandise
    It honestly looks too small

  • The Flying Shark

    March 5th, 2018 - 12:59pm

    Love the new design! Shame the cover is a bit generic, but not much they can do I suppose seeing as there’s no big story this month.

  • Doctor Stu

    March 5th, 2018 - 12:12pm

    Ooooh it looks really nice and the TARDIS actually looks amazing on this cover it looks better than it did in the reveal image. I really hope they do keep everything under wraps this series. For series 10 I feel like they had to ruin the mondasian cybermen and John Simm because of the dwindling viewer figures whereas this time around it’s guaranteed to get a larger viewership because of the love it or hate it doctor change so this is a great opportunity to throw in some surprises

  • Whovian4Ever

    March 5th, 2018 - 11:40am

    Look at DWM rockin’ the awesome new logo and a new magnificent image of the altered TARDIS exterior! Cannot wait to get this issue!

  • The Outcast

    March 5th, 2018 - 10:48am

    Really like this cover. Love the TARDIS, and here the logo looks great, even if I’m not usually fond of it. Really hope I can get my hands on this issue.

  • Lege

    March 5th, 2018 - 9:46am

    The big question. What is the new dvd

    • booboo

      March 5th, 2018 - 9:53am

      some people can get subs copies wed so we might find out then

    • Lege

      March 5th, 2018 - 9:58am

      I think I am one of these lol. I need something to brighten up my week.

    • Anonymous

      March 5th, 2018 - 10:28am

      Where does it say about a new dvd?

    • Lege

      March 5th, 2018 - 11:50am

      It was in last months issue that a new release would be announced in this

    • Alex

      March 5th, 2018 - 1:10pm

      I mean I know we’re all speculating that it’s Web of Fear, but wouldn’t it just be the announcement of Enemy of the World Special Edition? And the Steelbook? None of those were in the previous DWM (I don’t recall).

    • Anonymous

      March 5th, 2018 - 1:33pm

      They were in the last magazine, alongside a note that another release was to be announced in the next issue.

      It’s probably Silver Nemesis, but we’ll have to wait and see.

    • The Outcast

      March 5th, 2018 - 1:55pm

      I think it’ll be Web, and that we’ll also get Earthshock and Silver Nemesis Special Editions down the road, maybe in some kind of Cyberman boxset with Wheel in Space on it.

    • Anonymous

      March 5th, 2018 - 3:35pm

      Why an earthshock special edition? It’s already got cgi effects and quite a few extras. And i remember the vhs silver nemesis, trouble was some of the added footage was very poor, and some like the pause to chat about the painting mid chase was a bit daft as it slowed everything down. I’d be very annoyed if they put wheel in a pointless box set.

    • The Gallifreyan Whovian

      March 5th, 2018 - 5:17pm

      My guesses for the DVD calendar; Special Editions of The Web Of Fear, The Dalek Invasion Of Earth, Pyramids Of Mars, The Leisure Hive, Ghostlight, The Curse Of Fenric, Earthshock, the rumoured Series 1-10 New Who box set, AND a Blu-ray release of Season 12 over the next 2 years (NOTE: this doesn’t include S11 releases).

  • Grant

    March 5th, 2018 - 9:33am

    New logo looks nice on the cover!

  • booboo

    March 5th, 2018 - 9:33am

    logo looks pretty good on this to be honest, its when it looses the background colours it looks a bit lost i think

    • When The Doctor Was Me

      March 5th, 2018 - 3:26pm

      I love the logo on this! Love the cover full stop! Gonna be picking it up first thing Thursday morning!

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