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June 26th, 2012 59 comments

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 449

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 449

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The new issue of DWM examines the growing pains of a television legend in a major feature on the development of Doctor Who at seven-year intervals, as it approaches 49 UP.

It examines the moments that defined the show, including the adolescence that brought major format changes, the teenage years with Doctor Who in rude health, its incredibly successful return to television in 2005 – and asks what the next seven years may hold in store…


Scriptwriter CHRIS CHIBNALL drops hints about his two new scripts for the next series of Doctor Who – and how writing for the series is unlike writing anything else.

Long-serving Doctor Who casting director ANDY PRYOR talks exclusively to DWM about his hand in casting three different Doctors, the joy of working on every single episode of Doctor Who since 2005 – and who he has cast for the next series…

Doctor Who celebrated a landmark birthday, but the monsters were conspicuous by their absence. Was that necessarily a bad thing? Find out as COUNTDOWN TO 50 revisits 1983 and Series Twenty!

Amy’s been hijacked by the best thief in town, while the Doctor and Rory have fallen in with the wrong crowd. But what is the secret of the Ziggurat hanging above Cornucopia? Find out in Part Two of THE CORNUCOPIA CAPER, the latest comic strip adventure written by SCOTT GRAY with art by DAN McDAID!

The Ninth Doctor and Rose Tyler encounter a lone Dalek deep within a Utah bunker – but Skaro’s finest very nearly didn’t make the party. DALEK, 2005’s triumphant return for the Doctor’s deadliest enemies, is given THE FACT OF FICTION treatment, with detailed commentary on all 11 drafts of writer ROBERT SHEARMAN’s script – with exclusive new revelations from the writer himself!

If you don’t read the Production Subtitles on the Doctor Who DVDs, then now is the time to start! Subtitle writer (and TV Dalek) NICHOLAS PEGG reveals the arcane secrets of compiling a treasure trove of Doctor Who facts and figures in INFOMANIA.

Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarans, Silurians and Macra – they’ve all returned to battle the Doctor since Doctor Who’s comeback in 2005. But what classic creatures are we desperate to see next? TOBY HADOKE wants a return for those green giants the Ice Warriors, while JOHNNY CANDON goes Underground to shout out for the Great Intelligence’s Yeti. Who will triumph in this monster BATTLE OF WITS?

THE TIME TEAM – Chris, Emma, Michael and Will – have a devil of a time while watching THE IMPOSSIBLE PLANET/THE SATAN PIT. But what will the Team make of this terrifying adventure for the Tenth Doctor and Rose…?

The votes are in! See which books, audios and DVDs are hits with the readers of DWM in the results of the latest MERCHANDISE POLL, and discover how your favourites fared…

The Watcher takes another flick through the pages of the Stockbridge English Dictionary, stares down The Six Faces of Delusion, highlights another masterclass in the dramatic art from a Supporting Artist of the Month, and reaches number 20 in A History of Doctor Who in 100 Objects – the Doctor’s Impact Suit. It might not be as implausible as it seems… as WOTCHA explains!

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

You’ll be in Seventh Heaven when you pick up Doctor Who Magazine 449 from Thursday 28 June for just £4.50!

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  • CG

    September 14th, 2012 - 9:55am

    Just got this in Aus. Really good and nice cover!

  • McGann is the Doctor

    July 17th, 2012 - 3:35pm

    I’m returning home today, after two weeks in Malta.

    Brought this magazine with me, it was a great read but to be honest, I should have brought atleast ONE more magazine.

    I read EVERYTHING in a DWM pretty fast. For two weeks, I should have brought one of my DWM companions. 🙂

    BTW, does anyone else think this cover would have been better with Matt Smith on the LEFT HALF of the cover ? His long slick of hair is on that end, it ruins the illusion to have Matt Smith on the left half because of his hair thingy. 🙂

    • Keeper of the Glory

      July 17th, 2012 - 7:24pm

      If you read it fast, you’re not reading it properly. It usually takes me a week read an entire issue.

    • McGann is The Doctor.

      July 21st, 2012 - 2:32pm

      Ohno, I don’t read it fast ! Honestly, it does take me about a week, I was egzadgerating. 😀

  • oscarwho

    July 10th, 2012 - 9:46am

    16 days

  • McGann is The Doctor.

    June 30th, 2012 - 11:46pm

    Matt Smith doesn’t have brown eyes . ❓ Strange.

    Anyway, I hope they published my letter to the Galaxy Forum. My name is ?????? Steenson .

    • McGann is the Doctor

      July 17th, 2012 - 3:32pm

      Damnit, they didn’t publish my letter. ❗

  • Give me a Dalek any day

    June 28th, 2012 - 4:34pm

    Another great issue as always! Nice to know a third volume of The Sarah Jane Companion, which will feature the final stories and the planned stories for Series 5 and 6, is currently in preparation. 🙂

    Can’t wait for next months bumper issue! 😀

    • Bazinga

      June 28th, 2012 - 5:01pm

      On the next time page the Doctor’s hand on the picture looks weird?

    • Dalek Jake

      June 28th, 2012 - 6:27pm

      How do you know there will be a Sarah Jane volume 3?

    • Give me a Dalek any day

      June 28th, 2012 - 6:45pm

      It’s in Galaxy Forum as a response to a question asking whether there will be a third Sarah Jane Companion. 🙂

  • matt smithy

    June 27th, 2012 - 10:16pm

    I got this in the post today and looked at the “who tube” section…YAY my video is in doctor who magazine! Awsome!:D

    • Mr Evil Fez

      September 17th, 2012 - 6:27pm

      What video? Link please?

  • Jason doctorwhoone

    June 27th, 2012 - 7:51am

    Nice cover, but it does seem abit odd thou that the left side has the 9th Doctor and not the 10th’s, but don’t worry, I know it’s ment to be the 9th cos he was the first of the New Series Doctors 7 years ago.

  • Dalek Jake

    June 26th, 2012 - 8:49pm

    That is one nice cover, love the green affect.

    • BB

      June 26th, 2012 - 8:51pm

      I agree about the green, it makes it look alien in a way! 😆

  • Zak

    June 26th, 2012 - 8:34pm

    What are these magazines like?
    I stopped getting doctor who adventures a long time ago now as they where too young.
    These any better?

    • Esterath

      June 26th, 2012 - 8:35pm

      These are so good! Fantastic quality every issue. Welcome to the DWM world!

    • BB

      June 26th, 2012 - 8:36pm

      These are excellent, I do recommend them!!!

  • BB

    June 26th, 2012 - 7:49pm

    Doesn’t this come out on 28th? I confused!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • BB

      June 26th, 2012 - 7:49pm

      *I’m confused* 😳

    • Jason doctorwhoone

      June 27th, 2012 - 7:48am

      Yes, this Thursday, every 4 weeks on a Thursday they come out.

  • stewie

    June 26th, 2012 - 6:05pm

    christopher played his character well


      June 26th, 2012 - 7:33pm

      Shame he left after such a short time on the show 🙁

    • BB

      June 26th, 2012 - 7:50pm

      I know. He could have done at least one more series. 🙁

    • The Time Lord of Doom

      June 27th, 2012 - 9:39am

      I didn’t really like him but another series wouldn’t be bad.


    June 26th, 2012 - 5:42pm

    My two favourite Modern Doctors 😀 I grew up with the relaunched series as well as Classic Who on DVD mostly Tom Baker

    • BB

      June 26th, 2012 - 7:52pm

      I prefer David Tennant to Eccleston, but that’s probably because I started with Tennant and Eccleston had only 1 series to portray his character – not long enough to embelish on it – well i think that anyway 😆

    • the TARDIS

      June 26th, 2012 - 8:12pm

      I grew up with Eccleston and Tennant, but for years before had a healthy diet of repeats on UK Gold. Because of how much Classic Who I watched, I fail to see why people rave so much about Tennant (no offence, but…). He is, to me, just another Doctor.

    • Esterath

      June 26th, 2012 - 8:16pm

      Same here. To me Tom Baker and matt Smith are THE Doctor.

    • Give me a Dalek any day

      June 26th, 2012 - 8:35pm

      Although I started with Eccleston, Matt Smith is definitely MY Doctor. I had seen some classics during Eccleston/Tennant’s run, but when Matt Smith came along there was just something about his era that made me want to go back and watch more. Long live the Smith era! 😀

    • Esterath

      June 26th, 2012 - 8:36pm

      Long live Matt Smith!!

    • BB

      June 26th, 2012 - 8:38pm

      Sorry to spoil the Matt Smith thing but I do think he should regenerate either on/shorty after the 50th Anniversary

    • Give me a Dalek any day

      June 26th, 2012 - 9:01pm

      I think he should stay untill at least 2015. I’m not ready to see him regenerate just yet. 😉

    • The Time Lord of Doom

      June 27th, 2012 - 9:42am

      I started with Eccleston, but Tennant is MY Doctor. I couldn’t believe it that he regenerated. I’m not saying Smith is bad. He’s awesome and a good actor, but I basically got to see more of Tennant cause Eccleston had one series and I got used to David Tennant. His era was the best!!!! Although the best series is series 6.

  • Rooners

    June 26th, 2012 - 4:53pm

    It’s mad (in a good way) that there are now fans that have “grown up” with DW just from the 2005 relaunch.

    • DoctorWho4Eva

      June 26th, 2012 - 5:01pm

      I Know. I can actually still remember sitting down to watch ‘Rose’ back in 2005 and since then. Doctor Who has become a big part of (not just my life) but me as well.

    • the TARDIS

      June 26th, 2012 - 5:24pm

      I agree. It’s really good that DW has got an ever-growing fan base, but I don’t think anyone can be classed as a “proper” Who fan if they only watch “new who”. People who only like the new series, whilst still fans, are new who fans, not fans of Doctor Who in general. It’s the same for people who think New-Who isn’t as good as old-who and don’t watch it.

    • BB

      June 26th, 2012 - 7:32pm

      I actually started watching DW with Smith and Jones, but after the first couple of eps, I bought my first DVD, and that was Series 1 Vol 1, which contains Rose, and I do think it’s a really good debut and an excellent relaunch

  • the TARDIS

    June 26th, 2012 - 4:38pm

    Love the cover! DWM never really do bad ones, but some are even better than others. Never miss an issue, looking forward to buying it.

    • Black TARDIS

      June 26th, 2012 - 11:37pm

      The best cover was the one with the crack on its own on the front cover. THAT WAS EPIC!

    • Give me a Dalek any day

      June 27th, 2012 - 8:57am

      I liked the Crack in Time cover, but I think one of my favourites is definitely the fold out Dalek one. 🙂

    • CG

      September 10th, 2012 - 11:59am


  • oscar

    June 26th, 2012 - 3:33pm

    great cover cant wait to get it on the 28th of june 2012 and i cant wait for the comic strip

    • BB

      June 26th, 2012 - 7:53pm

      I know, it was an excellent cliffhanger!

    • Esterath

      June 26th, 2012 - 7:57pm

      I don’t get the ending of the last part of ‘Sticks and Stones’?

    • BB

      June 26th, 2012 - 8:09pm

      Its where the hand of monos is found in the Tardis console – Monos is the teenage alien goth that grafitied Monos on London’s attractions

    • Esterath

      June 26th, 2012 - 8:18pm

      No, the bit in the TARDIS where the monitor is turned on and a voice tells the Doctor:”This next bit is going to hurt!” It’s not resolved in ‘The Cornucopia Caper Part 1’!

    • BB

      June 26th, 2012 - 8:21pm

      thats because it’s either going to be revealed in the cornucopia caper in a future part, or in a future story

    • Esterath

      June 26th, 2012 - 8:22pm

      Maybe it’s the new story arc?

    • BB

      June 26th, 2012 - 8:25pm



      June 27th, 2012 - 2:26pm

      You’re not on your own there Oscar, I was totally confused by it.


      June 27th, 2012 - 2:46pm

      Sorry that reply was to Esterath.

  • Mels

    June 26th, 2012 - 3:02pm

    Agreed, great cover! 😀

  • Scott

    June 26th, 2012 - 1:34pm

    omg i havent even bought the last issue yet aargh!

  • Judooning

    June 26th, 2012 - 1:24pm

    WOW! I don’t get this magazine but that cover is worth a thumbs up!

  • The Time Lord of Doom

    June 26th, 2012 - 1:18pm

    Fantastic! Amazing cover. 🙂

  • Some bloke

    June 26th, 2012 - 1:05pm

    so getting this on thursday, not that i ever miss and issue

  • Give me a Dalek any day

    June 26th, 2012 - 12:34pm

    Amazing cover! 😀 Can’t wait to get this issue! 😀


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