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June 29th, 2011 44 comments

Doctor Who Magazine issue 436

Doctor Who Magazine issue 436

DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE celebrates the life of NICHOLAS COURTNEY in a special 100-page bumper issue, packed with rare and never-before-published photos, dedicated to the man who played Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart for over 40 years. Among those paying tribute to the actor who played the Doctor’s most trusted friend are former Doctors TOM BAKER, DAVID TENNANT, SYLVESTER McCOY and COLIN BAKER.

“Once you got to know Nick, you loved everything about him,” Tom explains to DWM. “We were a double act. I loved everything he did. I would have loved him as Othello. All other critical faculties were abandoned. You just couldn’t explain yourself. It was almost like someone saying, ‘What an Earth do you see in her?’ or ‘What on Earth do you see in him?’ Once you actually love someone, you just love being with them – and I loved being with Nick.”


NICHOLAS PEGG sets the scene as friends and colleagues remember the life and times of Nicholas Courtney. The tributes include contributions from FRAZER HINES, WENDY PADBURY, PETER PURVES, JOHN LEVENE, RICHARD FRANKLIN, KATY MANNING, RUSSELL T DAVIES, DERRICK SHERWIN, TERRANCE DICKS, PHILIP HINCHLIFFE, GRAEME HARPER and many more.

DWM looks back at Nick’s long career, from his early days in rep through to his most famous role as Lethbridge-Stewart in Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Nicholas Courtney’s favourite Doctor Who story, 1970’s INFERNO, is put under the spotlight as THE FACT OF FICTION witnesses the end of the world…

It was the season in which the Brig came into his own – the Third Doctor’s first series from 1970. DWM looks back to discover what made the season so special as COUNTDOWN TO 50 continues.

The Brigadier’s decision to blow up the reptile people in 1970’s Doctor Who and the Silurians shocked the Third Doctor. But was Lethbridge-Stewart right to do what he did? TOBY HADOKE and JOHNNY CANDON discuss the pros and cons of the Brig’s most controversial action in A BATTLE OF WITS…

The Doctor and Amy are shocked to find that the TARDIS has been harbouring a terrifying secret in the latest comic strip adventure! And there are more surprises in store in Part Two of APOTHEOSIS, written by JONATHAN MORRIS with art by DAN McDAID…

THE TIME TEAM continues its mission to watch every episode of Doctor Who in order, and visit the year 200,000 – but what will Chris, Emma, Michael and Will make of the Ninth Doctor adventure, THE LONG GAME?

The secret’s out! In an exclusive interview, actor ALEX KINGSTON talks about the revelation of just who River Song really is – and what the astonishing news means for her character in future episodes of Doctor Who…

TORCHWOOD, the popular spin-off from Doctor Who, returns to TV in July with a 10-part story, MIRACLE DAY. DWM catches with writer RUSSELL T DAVIES and stars JOHN BARROWMAN, EVE MYLES and KAI OWEN to find out more abut the new series…

An ancient power makes an unexpected return from the depths of the void and discovers a world very different to the one it left some time ago… Whatever you do, don’t miss PRODUCTION NOTES!

The Watcher dons his eyepatch and reveals some of the surprising lesser-known facts about everyone’s favourite UNIT commander in WOTCHA!

All the latest official news, reviews of TV and merchandise reviews, previews, competitions, a prize-winning crossword and much, much more!

For just Five Pounds Rapid (less a penny), it’s Doctor Who Magazine 436 – out now!

You can keep up to date with Doctor Who magazine, see larger images of this and other covers on their Facebook Page Here Or you can now follow them on twitter.

Congratulations to Scott who recently won an inferno audio CD in a Doctor Who Magazine competition…

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  • GallifreyRules

    July 13th, 2011 - 5:49pm

    in this issue it said that Matt Smith would be the “last incarnation of the timelord” they followed this with explaining about the doctors eventual death in The Impossible Astronaught 200 years away that will happen after Matt Smith stars in the 50th anniversary special. Surely he won’t be the last Doctor? The BBC would not bring Doctor Who to an end right in the middle of it’s prime? It is one of the biggest shows in the world and the BBC make a huge profit margin from it.

    • King of the weevils

      August 4th, 2011 - 1:00pm

      And all that success us why matt smith is not the last doctor!

    • King of the weevils

      August 4th, 2011 - 1:01pm


  • McGann is the Doctor.

    July 7th, 2011 - 2:56pm

    Got it yesterday. Fantastic read, even more so than usually. The tribute to Nicholas Courtney was great becasue it has all the people who worked with the actor on the series, even Sarah Sutton, they all agreed he was a gentelman. 🙂

    Tom Baker was prbly his closest friend at the time of his passing.

    • who crazy!

      July 18th, 2011 - 4:06pm

      It was upsetting when Tom Baker said he would be the next Dr Who to die in the interview. 😥

  • i wear a fez now

    July 3rd, 2011 - 7:29pm

    Just bought it. Beautiful tribute to Nicholas Courtney

  • tom Ford

    July 3rd, 2011 - 1:46pm

    This issue is nowhere in Reading, England. Thanks a bunch for sending it everywhere else and not us DWM

    • booboo

      July 3rd, 2011 - 3:29pm

      down to the shops not ordering it

  • king gerbil

    June 30th, 2011 - 3:00pm

    its great how the theme of this issue is the brig
    dwm is the best mag on the planet

    • who crazy!

      June 30th, 2011 - 6:01pm

      I agree with you there.

    • McGann is The Doctor.

      July 3rd, 2011 - 8:04pm

      I SECOND that agreement.

    • Finlay

      July 4th, 2011 - 12:16pm

      Same here! I LOVE this mag!

    • who crazy!

      July 18th, 2011 - 4:06pm

      Oh by the way, I agree with both.

  • louis

    June 30th, 2011 - 12:35pm

    this has got nothing to do with this but i have spotted a crack in time in london check out my blog to see this

  • harold saxon

    June 29th, 2011 - 8:31pm

    dr.who magazine is a wonderful magazine,one of the few sci-fi mags i buy.
    a class magazine and the best place for dr.who news.

    • booboo senior

      June 30th, 2011 - 12:40pm

      i have magazine class

  • Finlay

    June 29th, 2011 - 2:42pm

    I have this! it’s a cracking good read! Especially the comic!

  • who crazy!

    June 23rd, 2011 - 7:02pm

    DWM, the best magazine for dr who in my opinion, it’s done well this issue and I want the news about Matt Smith next year. Looks a promising issue.

  • Rory Doctor River Pond

    June 23rd, 2011 - 7:00am

    Hi just wondering when the image that johnstonewll sent to you last night would be up

    • booboo

      June 23rd, 2011 - 7:01am

      where did you send it? i haven’t had anything

    • Rory Doctor River Pond

      June 23rd, 2011 - 7:04am

      I sent it to the email address on third character buildig super rare found

    • booboo

      June 23rd, 2011 - 7:07am

      a yes sorry, i put it in DWA i have moved it now

    • Rory Doctor River Pond

      June 23rd, 2011 - 7:08am

      Thanks booboo

  • tenth Cyber Legion

    June 23rd, 2011 - 5:50am


  • Twelth Cyber Legion

    June 23rd, 2011 - 5:47am

    R.I.P. He won’t just be known as his name he will be known as Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-stewart.

  • dr daddy cool 67

    June 22nd, 2011 - 9:16pm

    I dont usually but any other comics or magazines other than 2000ad,( since prog 1 ) but I think I will make an exception and buy this one. Thankyou Nicholas and well done to whoever made that tribute film.

  • Jonathan

    June 22nd, 2011 - 7:05pm

    This looks like a good issue I will try and get this

  • jack

    June 22nd, 2011 - 4:49pm

    thank you nick, and rest in peace

  • the date is

    June 22nd, 2011 - 4:17pm

    R.I.P nick and liz

  • UDWF1

    June 22nd, 2011 - 3:27pm

    Nick, I salute you sir!

    • geronimo3

      June 22nd, 2011 - 3:35pm

      why not liz tribute booboo

    • booboo

      June 22nd, 2011 - 4:05pm

      these mags are planned months in advance, they would not have had time to put one together yet but they will, better an appropriate tribute from lost of contributors than trying to put something together i a harry

    • drwhotoys

      June 22nd, 2011 - 3:50pm

      Like Nick’s, they decided to leave it for a bit to make it the best. They shall probably do the same for Liz. Hopefully it will be out in August time.

    • Dark Side of The Moon

      June 22nd, 2011 - 5:47pm

      They also have just did a 2 part SJS Special…just before she passed away so I think besides having cast memebers pay their tributes, there not much more they can actual produce on SJS.

    • gordon

      June 30th, 2011 - 12:35pm

      There is an Elizabeth Sladen one planned for later in the year. Editor tom Silsberry has said on facebook

  • Dalek Jake

    June 22nd, 2011 - 3:07pm

    booboo When will subscribers get their delivery of issue 4 and 5. because issue 4 is out today and I still haven’t had the delivery.

    • booboo

      June 22nd, 2011 - 4:03pm

      nor me

    • doctor 2011

      June 22nd, 2011 - 4:58pm

      havent got mine ether

  • Ellis

    June 22nd, 2011 - 2:28pm

    Absolutely Stunning Cover. a truly amazing tribute to the wonderful man. Will treasure this for years to come.


    June 22nd, 2011 - 2:13pm


    • Jason doctorwhoone

      June 23rd, 2011 - 8:03am

      How can you say it’s the best issue of Doctor Who Magazine ever when it hasint even come out yet ?.

    • booboo

      June 23rd, 2011 - 8:06am

      i think they were referring to the cover

  • King Ninja

    June 22nd, 2011 - 1:50pm


  • Paul

    June 22nd, 2011 - 1:40pm

    A fitting and wonderful tribute to Nicholas Courtney – I will keep this issue and frame it in honour of him.


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