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September 8th, 2021 33 comments

Doctor Who: Chronicles Issue 3: 1983

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The third entry in DWM’s series of bookazines focusses on an eventful year. Includes newly discovered images and all-new features, with articles on the most important events in the Doctor Who universe (on and off screen), memorabilia released in 1983, Doctor Who in the popular press, Doctor Who Annual 1984, Target books, US conventions, computer games, special effects and the Radio Times Doctor Who 20th Anniversary Special, plus overviews of Arc of Infinity, Snakedance, Mawdryn Undead, Terminus, Enlightenment, The King’s Demons, The Five Doctors and more.

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  • Paul

    November 13th, 2021 - 8:23pm

    I always use a company called newsstand to get my Dr Who Bookazines delivered and never had a problem with them yet.
    You can set up a online advance order subscription and they deliver on the day of release.
    Sorry to say it but the amount of times I’ve been to W.H.Smith’s and seen the odd copy on the shelf looking creased and battered because of folks picking up the mag without intent to buy and having a quick read and not putting it back on the shelf properly.
    For a collector that is a big no no to buy a copy in bad condition and I think smiths or panini would be better off because of the price is more to put a wrap around the bookazine to stop people reading for free and spoiling the mags for genuine people who want to buy.

  • mick

    October 4th, 2021 - 12:28pm

    just receive this in the post from panini and the back cover is all scuffed and damaged, anyone elses like this?

  • mick

    October 1st, 2021 - 1:59pm

    anyone received this from panini yet? ive not had a dispatch email either

    • Pete X

      October 1st, 2021 - 2:31pm

      Received a dispatch email about 20 minutes ago.

    • Pete X

      October 4th, 2021 - 12:24pm

      Turned up in the post this morning.

      Given it a glance through. Looks to be the same standard as 1965 and 1974 Chronicles. Someone has been researching their ’80s metal groups.

  • Kevin225

    September 30th, 2021 - 8:52pm

    About half a dozen copies in Tesco Bradley Stoke this evening, so yes it is out.

  • mick

    September 30th, 2021 - 1:28pm

    Anyone had this sent off from panini yet?

  • kone112

    September 29th, 2021 - 10:07pm

    Does anyone know , if is this still on , to be on the shelves on sept 30th

    • Timelord63

      September 30th, 2021 - 12:59pm

      As expected I’ve seen no sign of it in either WHSmiths or Tesco where I live. Decided instead to get it off Newsstand where they’ve got 30+ in stock

  • Popplewick

    September 9th, 2021 - 1:45pm

    Be interesting to see what they have to say about the Five Doctors though I must admit to much preferring Peter’s third season. Now that would be a really interesting volume.

  • John T

    September 8th, 2021 - 8:03pm

    1983 the year of Longleat, BBC Who VHS Tapes, Breakfast Telly and the very first volume of Now That’s What I Call Music!. I have purchased the previous two volumes- both of which are great. I love the fact that you get a comprehensive run down on the show for each year and also a thorough overview of the Merchandise and Rival TV shows of the time. I think this issue will sell out very quickly.

  • Sambot22

    September 8th, 2021 - 5:37pm

    Does anybody know if panini charge immediately or on despatch?

    • Stephen

      September 8th, 2021 - 11:06pm

      Immediately if you use PayPal, on despatch if you use a card.

  • aow

    September 8th, 2021 - 2:50pm

    I thought they’d go for 1985 next, covering the hiatus and a popular year of stories, but this is a welcome surprise. Surely 2020 has got to be on the table when this series forays into New Who.

    • Coleman

      September 8th, 2021 - 3:26pm

      Their wasnt any Dr Who TV Series in 2020, or is that what you mean aow. (Having another wilderness years sort of magazine for that year?

    • Doctor…Who?

      September 8th, 2021 - 5:20pm

      None in 2020? Series 12 did happen lol

    • bryan

      September 8th, 2021 - 5:53pm

      I think Coleman has forgotten series 12. Spyfall to Accesension of the cybermen/ Timeless Children from Jan 2020 to March 2020. The 2021 series is due in October ( November) 2021

    • Coleman

      September 8th, 2021 - 6:43pm

      Yes, I was thinking they had skipped a year with out any Dr Who.

    • Coleman

      September 8th, 2021 - 6:54pm

      Was mixed up, because their hasn’t been any new Dr who on TV for well over a year and half.
      But of course, forgot about series 12 right at the start of 2020. (Oh dear).

    • Mr Martin Snowden

      September 8th, 2021 - 7:37pm

      Also forgot about the New Years Special this January. Not been a new Doctor Who Episode in 9 Months

    • Chris Howarth

      September 9th, 2021 - 1:33pm

      Are you joking about a 2020 Chronicle? Stuff with Jodie’s face on it just doesn’t sell, I didn’t think there was any doubt about that anymore.

    • Bobby Davros

      September 10th, 2021 - 10:41pm

      As far as NuWho that’s what the yearbooks are for, is it not?

  • Peter C

    September 8th, 2021 - 1:05pm

    Excellent! This was my era. Looking forward to this!

  • Shaun

    September 8th, 2021 - 1:04pm

    I turned 14 between the end of Terminus and the beginning of Enlightenment – 1983 was such an exciting year to be a young, enthusiastic Doctor Who fan, as ‘someone – or something – from the Doctor’s past’ appeared in every episode – This pre-season hype fell a bit flat when I realised that for a number of episodes this merely meant a couple of scenes with the Black Guardian. I remember the wonder of that silvered cover for Target’s The Five Doctors and buying two copies of the Radio Times 20th Anniversary special so I could keep one in pristine condition. Then came November 25th …wow! SO many someones and somethings from the Doctor’s past… Looking forward to this edition.

    • the ergon

      September 8th, 2021 - 2:36pm

      Shaun i too remember buying that shiny Target Five doctors in Paperback, from WHsmiths, for the twentieth anniversary at the time. I also remember Target used to be crafty as well releasing some most wanted in hardback first. I remember them doing it with The Two doctors and i think The Twin Dilemma. I had to have them at the time, though they didn,t match neatly with all my other paperbacks.

    • Coleman

      September 8th, 2021 - 4:59pm

      Shaun and ergon, about that shiny silver Five Doctors Target paperback book you both mentioned. I had a similar paperback, but with a Chrome gold cover of Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Ark. It was identical to the stardard version but printed on foil gold. Looked great on display.

    • Christoff the Wise

      September 9th, 2021 - 1:33pm

      I remember being shocked to see the Five Doctors book on the shelf in my local John Menzies before the special had aired. It took a lot of self control not to read it before seeing the show. Okay, I read the first page but that’s all. 83 was a confident, vintage year for Doctor Who.

    • Bobby Davros

      September 10th, 2021 - 10:43pm

      Yeah I remember spoiling Return of the Jedi for myself the same year by reading the junior novelisation a few days before the cinema visit. Don’t do it kids!

  • Kone112

    September 8th, 2021 - 12:32pm

    Any release date?

    • booboo

      September 8th, 2021 - 12:36pm

      30 Sep 2021

  • Coleman

    September 8th, 2021 - 10:39am

    Big Pete, excellent, I see Timelord Tim,s favourite, the Mara aswell.

    • TimelordTim

      September 8th, 2021 - 11:51am

      Just pre-ordered it Coleman! First one of these I’ve bought but just couldn’t resist.

    • Coleman

      September 8th, 2021 - 2:32pm

      I’ve bought quite a few of these specials over the years, their usually a very good informative read with plenty of photos and artwork Tim.

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