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March 6th, 2012 36 comments

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 445

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 445


“We never thought, at the time, how far-reaching our episodes would be – especially now, with this rebirth of the series, people discovering our episodes for the first time. It would be interesting to see what Amy Pond thought of Ace…”


Executive producer CAROLINE SKINNER tells DWM about her recent trip Down Under for the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular and her reaction on reading the script for Episode 1 of the new series in her first ever PRODUCTION NOTES! DWM catches up with the scourge of the Silents, CIA agent Canton Everett Delaware III – aka actors MARK SHEPPARD and his father, MORGAN SHEPPARD –and finds out about making it as an actor, and whether Canton could return…

DWM celebrates 1978/9’s KEY TO TIME Season – six linked adventures which introduced the Time Lady Romana and featured Douglas Adams’ first script for Doctor Who – as COUNTDOWN TO 50 continues.

With the Doctor at the mercy of the mighty Zeus, and with Rory and Amy facing a titanic foe in Ancient Athens, what can humble philosopher Socrates do to save the day? Find out in the final world-changing episode of the latest comic strip, THE CHAINS OF OLYMPUS, written by SCOTT GRAY with art by MIKE COLLINS.

Get ready for adventures within adventures, as the First Doctor and his companions brave screaming jungles, snows of terror and seas of acid! Discover a wealth of fascinating new info as THE FACT OF FICTION scrutinises the 1964 story, THE KEYS OF MARINUS!

Doctor Who fans are spoilt with the care and attention that is lavished on the DVD releases. But as well as being lovingly restored, should the stories be improved, correcting technical ‘errors’ of the past? Sparring partners TONY HADOKE and JOHNNY CANDON argue whether rewriting history is ever justified in A BATTLE OF WITS!

THE TIME TEAM go back to school with the Tenth Doctor and Rose, and are reacquainted with two dear, old friends – Sarah Jane Smith and K9. Join Chris, Emma, Will and Michael on the sofa, and see what they make of 2006’s SCHOOL REUNION…

The Watcher challenges readers with The Six Faces of Delusion, celebrates another Supporting Artist of the Month and continues A History of Doctor Who in 100 objects with a look at the extraordinary 1980s single Doctor in Distress, in WOTCHA!

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

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  • Jason doctorwhoone

    March 9th, 2012 - 7:48pm

    I should have mentioned it this when I wrote my first comment, but has anyone else noticed the similarity between the jacket worn by Sophie Aldred’s Ace and the leather jacket worn by Craig Charles Dave Lister from Red Dwarf ?. Both Ace and Dave added badges, patches etc to their jackets. If there was a Doctor Who /Red Dwarf cross over, they would probably be busy comparing jackets. Here’s a picture of Lister in his from Red Dwarf – Series V –

    • McGann is The Doctor.

      March 10th, 2012 - 10:48pm

      Which reminds me, 11th Doctor (Series 5) and Mr Bean’s jackets. Nuff said.

  • David

    March 9th, 2012 - 1:18am

    I’ve got issues from 352 to 444(since DWM started to be made with rigid cover), including all covers variants,all in near mint condition…how much would my collection be worth?

  • McGann is the Doctor.

    March 7th, 2012 - 11:20am

    I still haven’t got issue from before this one. 🙁 my VISA needs replaced, it’s bent and doesn’t work on the cashier. ❗

    So annoying, I’m too late to get the last issue now I will have to buy it on ebay or something, probably end up costing more. 😡

    I wanted to go into eason’s, get the 11th Doctor companion volume 4, the latest DWM and some white paint to fix my 11th Doctor series 6 figures. (the blue shirt doctor is supposed to have WHITE buttons)

    Ughhhhhhhh ! ❗

    • McGann is the Doctor.

      March 7th, 2012 - 11:22am

      I’m not angry or anything, despite all these things bothering me.

      If only my stupid VISA wasn’t bent, I could have all this by now, I have no cash in hand ! 🙁

  • Adam

    March 7th, 2012 - 6:49am

    Ace is the BEST COMPANION EVER!!!

  • Justininferno

    March 6th, 2012 - 6:49pm

    Lazy cover

    • Nicholas

      March 6th, 2012 - 7:22pm

      I agree

    • Finlay

      March 6th, 2012 - 7:47pm

      How is it lazy? At least they’re than DWA! They’re awful ad theres WAY too much text on them!

    • volcanic7383

      March 30th, 2012 - 8:20am

      Dwa has rubbish front covers. There always too cramed up.

    • booboo

      March 30th, 2012 - 8:21am

      people used to complain when they were to plain

  • Jason doctorwhoone

    March 6th, 2012 - 5:43pm

    I would so love to see Sophie return as Ace to re-meet the Doctor again after all this time, since it would allow us to discover when and how Ace left the Doctor after 1989’s Survival when she just walked off with the Doctor and surprisingly wasint with him in the 1996 TV Movie. Cool cover thou, or as Ace would say – WICKED !!!!!!! 😀

    • Jason doctorwhoone

      March 6th, 2012 - 5:49pm

      Thinking about it, maybe Doctor Who needs a new Ace, perhaps if Ace had a daughter or something like that, and this relative is so much like Ace herself that she ends up travelling with the Doctor as Amy and Rory’s replacement. Now surely That is an ACE idea 😀

    • matparks08

      March 6th, 2012 - 10:43pm

      I like your idea in a way….for fans of Ace in her New Adventures role in the 90s books though we already know what happened to her 😉

  • Twelth Cyber Legion

    March 6th, 2012 - 5:22pm

    I must say in my opinion this is a beutifull front cover.

    • monster 01

      March 7th, 2012 - 7:09pm

      i think its really bad

  • Bow tie of Doom (Causing Doom since 2010)

    March 6th, 2012 - 4:24pm

    It’s nice to see a lot more classic covers this year! Last year was completely dominated by new series covers and whilst that isn’t a problem I do think some covers could have been replaced with a different one especially that ‘Celebrate Christmas with the Doctor’ one!

    Doctor Who goes to Spain! The rumours are true!!

  • Classic Who Is Cool !

    March 6th, 2012 - 4:20pm

    i never use to like the sylvester mccoy era, but i have grown to love it and Ace Is Awsome 🙂

  • matparks08

    March 6th, 2012 - 3:55pm

    I don’t know what other fans think too, but in terms of the ‘classic’ series I think, after Colin Baker, that Sophie Aldred is the biggest ambassador of the old series in terms of her boundless enthusiasm for it – despite some of the negative comments that she got (still, the same could be said for Colin too)

  • matparks08

    March 6th, 2012 - 3:49pm

    Fantastic cover, and good timing to go with the upcoming Ace box set – to finish the year can we have an Ace figure too? (please!) The 80s is MY Who era so looking forward to this months mag.

  • King of the Tenza

    March 6th, 2012 - 1:28pm

    But still, it doesn’t count. If it was 508, he would have said it in SJA: Death of the Doctor. So it’s really 507.

    • King of the Tenza

      March 6th, 2012 - 1:30pm

      Thanks booboo, and could you put these 2 comments for reply under? I put it as a new comment by mistake. 🙂

    • Anonymous

      March 6th, 2012 - 6:32pm

      Not quite, the Doctor said the limit of times he could regenerate was 507, nothing about incarnations so 508 is correct. Before it was 12 so there would be 13 Doctors, the same applies here.

    • gordon

      March 7th, 2012 - 9:32am

      Rtd who wrote it said in an interview it was a throwaway line and wasnt to be taken seriously.

    • The 507th Doctor (Previously King of the Tenza)

      March 7th, 2012 - 5:53pm

      Well I don’t really care to be honest. I think 507 is his last incarnation and you think whatever you want. And what do you mean, the first doctor didnt regenerate?! If he didn’t then he wouldn’t be in DWA two weeks ago in the regeneration section. And it perfectly said, “he regenerated”.

    • The 507th Doctor (Previously King of the Tenza)

      March 7th, 2012 - 5:55pm

      I get what you mean. But I didn’t mean by how many times he regenerates. I mean by incarnation. He can regenerate 508 times, but he would die and not be called “The 508th Doctor”. Although he would have 507 incarnations. So I mean by incarnations.

  • King of the Tenza

    March 6th, 2012 - 1:19pm

    Is it me or is Ace getting very popular now? Soon she’ll be on Doctor Who.

    Anyway, is DWM good? 🙂

    • King of the Tenza

      March 6th, 2012 - 1:21pm

      Booboo can I change my name to The 507th Doctor (picked that cause it’s his last incarnation)?

    • booboo

      March 6th, 2012 - 1:28pm


    • Anonymous

      March 6th, 2012 - 1:24pm

      508th will be the last Doctor (he didn’t regenerate into his first incarnation after all).

    • booboo

      March 6th, 2012 - 1:30pm

      Its because of the Ace box set, she was also due to be in the Sarah Jane Adventures.

      hopefully we will get a figure one day as well

    • The 507th Doctor (Previously King of the Tenza)

      March 6th, 2012 - 1:32pm

      When was she due in SJA?

    • booboo

      March 6th, 2012 - 1:39pm

      she had seen part of a script RTD had written, presumably in the second half of series 5 that was never filmed

      you can hear it from Sophie Aldred herself here

    • The 507th Doctor (Previously King of the Tenza)

      March 6th, 2012 - 1:41pm

      Oooh, I bet The Doctor would have been there too. Is there anything else that was due in the second part of Series 5?

    • booboo

      March 6th, 2012 - 1:44pm

      not that i know of and i dont think we will ever know to be honest.

    • Jason doctorwhoone

      March 6th, 2012 - 5:46pm

      Maybe it’s because Sophie is voicing some cartoon character in a new kids series alongside the 10th Doctor himself, David Tennant.

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