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May 30th, 2018 48 comments

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 526


As part of DWM’s detailed preview of the forthcoming Season 12 Blu-ray set, Tom Baker reflects on the role that changed his life. “You know, Doctor Who is nothing to do with science fiction,” he says. “It’s nothing to do with anything. It’s a bit like religion really, in that all you have to do is believe it. And I can believe any old nonsense.”

Also in this issue…


An extensive interview with the production designer who achieved the impossible on Season 12 of Doctor Who.


How Season 12 script editor Robert Holmes created a storytelling formula that continues to influence the modern series.


The life and career of the Australian actor who played Styre in Season 12’s The Sontaran Experiment.


The untold story of how Doctor Who led a marketing campaign for tea bags in 1976.


The actress talks about how her life has changed since she made her Doctor Who debut – and met her future husband – in 2008.


Jessica talks about illustrating her character Mags (from The Greatest Show in the Galaxy) for a new Seventh Doctor comic.


The second part of a series looking at how new Doctors have been introduced to the public.


It’s hankies at the ready as the Time Team watch tearjerking episodes from 1982, 2006 and 2010.


Part Three of a new comic strip adventure written by Scott Gray and illustrated by John Ross.


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

Doctor Who Magazine 526 is on sale from Thursday 31 May, price £5.99.

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  • Phillip

    June 21st, 2018 - 3:07am

    I agree that this is an improvement over the last several issues… I loved this issue all the way through. Great work Magazine crew:)


    June 12th, 2018 - 7:47pm

    Booboo, Do you have the picture cover for The Essential Doctor who-Adventures in the Future?. its supposed to be out Thursday 14th June.

    • booboo

      June 12th, 2018 - 7:54pm

      not seen one

    • Anonymous

      June 12th, 2018 - 9:00pm

      Its out the 27th June 2018. I saw the cover on some social media site I think

    • booboo

      June 13th, 2018 - 7:04am

      there is a previews image but i dont know if its final as they change them a lot


      June 13th, 2018 - 10:47am

      thanks for the image and date. I was just going on the forthcoming releases list.

    • booboo

      June 13th, 2018 - 10:50am

      they usually send out a press release on the released date so hopefully we will get one tomorrow if not before

  • London 1965

    May 30th, 2018 - 6:53pm

    This is a great issue!

  • MJS

    May 29th, 2018 - 6:05pm

    Mine arrived today! After all the debates after last issue, this one is a marked improvement, really is stuffed with things to read, no cosplay, can skim over the time team….quite enjoyed this one. Hope it’s the shape of things to come

    • Phillip

      May 30th, 2018 - 10:31am

      I will pick it up and give it a second look:)

    • Anonymous

      May 30th, 2018 - 10:48am

      It does threaten cosplay next issue though…

    • DWT

      May 30th, 2018 - 2:07pm

      Totally agree, I really disliked last issue and felt worried about the future of DWM and whether it was for me any more. This issue, however, is top quality and one of the best I’ve read in a long while

    • Anonymous

      May 30th, 2018 - 7:36pm

      Plus, if the teaser trailer is to be released in the next couple of weeks as is speculated, there may acctually be something new for them to talk about next month…

    • Phillip

      June 7th, 2018 - 1:27am

      Just ordered it, should be here in 3 days… Hope it is great.

    • Phillip

      June 21st, 2018 - 3:08am

      Issue was great!!!

  • Anonymous

    May 29th, 2018 - 4:55pm

    There’s a coming soon preview of ‘The First Doctor Adventures. volume 2’ including new images (I don’t think the cover for that has been revealed yet)
    Loads on the s12 blu-ray
    Time Team: ‘Tear jerkers’ Earthshock 4, Doomsday and Vincent and the Doctor.
    Editorial acknowledges that issue 501 presented itself as Tom Baker’s final interview – “any reports of his retirement were greatly exaggerated”
    There’s a big piece on Robert Holmes.
    Interviews: Tom Baker, Roger Murray-Leach, Jessica Martin, Georgia Tennant

    Next month: Wendy Padbury (Zoe’s 50th anniversary), Fact of fiction ‘The Vampires Of Venice’, police boxes article, cosplay, out of the TARDIS.

    • Anonymous

      May 30th, 2018 - 10:40am

      I wish they’d call cosplay something that sounded a little more grown up…

    • Anonymous

      May 30th, 2018 - 7:38pm

      Is’nt ‘cosplay’ itself just a grown up way of saying ‘fancy dress’?

  • MJS

    May 29th, 2018 - 3:38pm

    Ah darn it!! Another vinyl to hunt down….

    • Doctor Mysterio

      May 30th, 2018 - 10:42am

      I thought that, and in half the number of last time! I think it might be an ebay job if desperate. A greater number being available would have got me into HMV but by the time I could get there for this they’ll be sold out.

    • Anonymous

      May 31st, 2018 - 6:31pm

      6 copies per hmv store.

  • Scott hall

    May 29th, 2018 - 3:02pm

    In the whispers at BBC headquarters the rumour and innuendo is that it will be shown on Sunday tea time starting from November.

    • Tim M

      May 29th, 2018 - 3:26pm

      What time of day though 7.00pm or 8.00pm?

    • Shaun

      May 30th, 2018 - 7:40am

      Which seems out of kilter with all the release dates for 13th Doctor novels etc

    • Doctor Mysterio

      May 30th, 2018 - 10:47am

      Perhaps the thought is that the ITV Sunday schedule will be less competition for a relaunch. I just hope that they pick a time and stick to it each week, some series (like series 7) I think suffered from moving around the Satuday night schedule.
      Saturday evening would still be my preferred choice though.

    • Dan

      May 30th, 2018 - 5:44pm

      Although now it was rumoured to be Saturday 6th October. It’s never going to premiere in November that is far to late. If it’s 6th October that seems to 1. fit in well if they are having a Christmas Special 2. Do well with timings of the stuff to do with the show by this i mean that the Sunday after episode one airs BBC are going to be announced that the script for Episode 1 is going to be auctioned off for Children in Need and to get people a bit more interested in it it will have to be announced after people have seen the episode so they know is worth it or not if you get me

      6th October is the most likely and currently rumoured date

  • Andrew

    May 29th, 2018 - 2:02pm

    But wasn’t issue 501 Tom’s “Final” interview? Wonder how they explain that.

    • Anonymous

      May 29th, 2018 - 3:17pm

      Yep it was very clear it was his final one at the time. Odd.


      May 29th, 2018 - 4:54pm

      That was a personal interview, this looks just like a promotion Q and A for the bluray release.

    • Doctor Mysterio

      May 30th, 2018 - 10:51am

      Any chance to hear more from Tom is welcome in my book

    • Dalek Eye Stalk

      June 2nd, 2018 - 1:23pm

      I look forward Doctor Mysterio to your Book, and hopefully hearing/reading more from Tom. 🙂

  • Demdike@CultLabs

    May 29th, 2018 - 11:23am

    This looks great. I loved those Typhoo tea cards at the time.

    Does anyone remember issue 501? The FINAL interview with Tom Baker? Lol!

    Not that i’m complaining.

  • DalekAgent

    May 29th, 2018 - 9:03am

    I literally just got this in the post, first time ive ever got it this early lol

    • Anonymous

      May 29th, 2018 - 9:27am

      Is it a good issue? Could you just let us know what’s on the back page with next issue? Thanks 🙂

    • Anonymous

      May 29th, 2018 - 9:58am

      Does it have the Big Finish reveal?

    • Eoghan Daly

      May 29th, 2018 - 10:09am

      From pictures I’ve seen, this month does hav a reveal of a new big finish range

    • booboo

      May 29th, 2018 - 10:13am

      be good if big finish got the news out themselves now its all over the net anyway

    • DalekAgent

      May 29th, 2018 - 10:19am

      Next issue has an interview with Wendy Padbury because it will be 50 years since she first appeared in Doctor Who, the new Big Finish range is Class which will have 2 volumes of 3 stories whith the first being released in august and will feature Ace and the Daleks also they have announce another vinyl which will be Infamy of the Zaross featuring the 10th Doctor and Rose and will be a HMV exclussive this time

    • DalekAgent

      May 29th, 2018 - 10:39am

      I should of put SPOILERS incase some people didnt want to know, sorry

    • Demdike@CultLabs

      May 29th, 2018 - 12:20pm

      Are the Daleks so rubbish they can even be defeated by a class of school kids?

      If i could use a face palm emoji at this moment i would.

    • The Outcast

      May 29th, 2018 - 1:17pm

      Yeah, the Daleks getting defeated by the kids of Class would be a bit dumb. Maybe they won’t win and the Doctor (probably not 12 though, lets be real here) will turn up to save their necks. Again.

    • Carl

      May 29th, 2018 - 3:00pm

      Nooooo!! Watching class was a bad enough experience who would want to listen to it!!

    • TARDIS H

      May 29th, 2018 - 11:50pm


  • Doctor Mysterio

    May 29th, 2018 - 9:01am

    A great cover. No mention on it of anything to do with the new series though.

    • The Outcast

      May 29th, 2018 - 9:28am

      I don’t think we’ll hear anything until next month when the filming is done. Or maybe nothing until Comic Con.

    • Anonymous

      May 29th, 2018 - 10:08am

      I’ve heard a rumour that we’ll be getting a trailer in the next few weeks. Not sure how true that is though.

    • booboo

      May 29th, 2018 - 10:09am

      if anything i think they may reserve that for comic con

    • The Outcast

      May 29th, 2018 - 1:16pm

      I’ve heard the rumour we’ll be getting something in the next two weeks thing, but I thought it was a teaser rather than a full trailer.

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