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June 25th, 2018 37 comments

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 527


Wendy Padbury, who played Second Doctor companion Zoe: “I’ve met two or three people who became astrophysicists because of Zoe, and that’s quite a thing.”

Sophie Aldred, who played Seventh Doctor companion Ace: “When I think about being 24 and let loose on one of the most-loved programmes on TV… It gave me a lot of confidence.”

Carole Ann Ford, who played the Doctor’s granddaughter Susan: “I really would like to meet Jodie Whittaker. What would I say to her? ‘Hello grandma!’”

Also in this issue…


Class cast members reflect on the fate of the television series and reveal the next step for the show.

LONDON, 1965!

The story behind the Twitch viewing marathon, and the surprising effect one particular scene had on viewers.


One man’s mission to save and restore the last remaining police boxes in Glasgow.


The third article in a series looking at ways new Doctors have been introduced to the public.


Australian comedian Rob Lloyd, acclaimed for his one-man show Who, Me, talks to DWM on the eve of his UK tour.


A tribute to the late Graham Strong, the fan whose 1960s soundtrack recordings have played a crucial role in reconstructing lost episodes.


The Time Team takes a trip to Gallifrey, watching three adventures set on the Doctor’s home planet.


This issue’s instalment explores the Eleventh Doctor story The Vampires of Venice.


A step-by-step guide to making your own version of Captain Jack Harkness’ vortex manipulator.


The fourth part of a new comic strip adventure featuring the Doctor and Bill.


Series 11 news, The Blogs of Doom, previews, DVD and audio reviews, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!

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  • Phillip

    July 10th, 2018 - 2:23am

    How about next issue be all about The Shalka Doctor. And what might have been. Horribly underrated adventure! One of the coolest Tardis interiors and Grants deliveries on lines full of Snobbish Sarcasm are fantastic as The 9th doctor would say. Great Companion, great Actors all around. The Master is Technically twice the Master of any previous Master ( I’ll let you think that over) and the Shalka creatures Need, Need, Need to make an appearance on the live show. How cool would it be if the next Doctor traveled to a parallel Universe Where This Version of the 9th doctor existed?

  • No More

    June 28th, 2018 - 3:10pm

    I’ve been buying this magazine since issue 1 and have had a subscription since the shows return in 2005. I have just cancelled my subscription as, like others have said, the content is either stuff I already know or that I simply don’t care about (yes the cosplay section is something I really don’t care about). It’s just not worth the price anymore.

  • Lege

    June 28th, 2018 - 4:42am

    Really not enjoying this issue. Massive let down in comparison to last month.

  • Tricky Hippo

    June 27th, 2018 - 4:20pm

    The biggest selling point, perhaps, is that it says “LONDON, 1965!” on the cover. Tis such things as dreams are made of!

    The cover feature looks good, too. Good job there.

    And, you know what? Cosplay is meant to be fun. Doctor Who is meant to be fun. And reading DWM is meant to be fun. It’s an obvious relationship, really, so having a cosplay column fundamentally makes sense, in the pursuit of fun!

  • Good Fun

    June 27th, 2018 - 10:48am

    Look, the cosplay may odd, but 65% of poeple wouldn’t notice, I guess, um… lol

  • Anonymous

    June 27th, 2018 - 9:44am

    Random question but why does everyone keep saying “London 1965” i know its from the twitch marathon but i just want to know why lol

    • Anonymous

      June 27th, 2018 - 10:15am

      Between the airing of each episode there is a break (some non-subscribers get an ad break instead) and it asks a couple of Who trivia questions and airs a ‘trailer’ (a repeated loop of a few short clips with some Who music in the background) for the current Doctor.
      For the first Doctor it included Ian saying “Barbara, we made it! London 1965!” which the twitch chat gleefully kept quoting each time it came around.

    • Anonymous

      June 28th, 2018 - 10:41am

      Oh ok hahaha

  • Christopher

    June 26th, 2018 - 4:29pm

    L O N D O N
    1 9 6 5

  • Anonymous

    June 26th, 2018 - 2:18pm

    Do I need a page dedicated to “London, 1965”
    Do I

    • The Drums The Never Ending Drum Beat

      June 26th, 2018 - 8:23pm

      Yes, yes you do!

  • Anonymous

    June 26th, 2018 - 2:11pm

    I will not be buying
    I bought last months issues and skipped a 3/4 of it
    Not worth 5.99

  • Doctor Mysterio

    June 25th, 2018 - 10:14pm

    Putting the dreaded word ‘Cosplay’ on the front again just takes away any creditability from an otherwise excellent cover. We’re not all 12 you know!

    • VeryFactualDalek

      June 26th, 2018 - 11:17am

      I want them to have their yearly survey to see what readers actually like but with the backlash to a few things i doubt they will

    • philip shaw

      June 26th, 2018 - 11:38am

      I’ve been to a good few conventions and comic con’s over the years and it’s not only kid’s who dress up…

    • booboo

      June 26th, 2018 - 11:41am

      last time we went to DWE there were loads of adults dressed up, its a lot more popular than people think

    • Anonymous

      June 26th, 2018 - 2:08pm

      What even is doctor who demographic any more, I doubt family or kids or adult

    • Doctor Mysterio

      June 26th, 2018 - 9:42pm

      I don’t mind people dressing as their favourite characters, it’s just the word I object to. Why not put ‘inspired costume designs’ or something like that that just doesn’t sound too dumbed down.

  • Phillip

    June 25th, 2018 - 9:49pm

    After the last issue being quite excellent, I shall purchase this one in good faith… despite the mehhh cosplay:)


    June 25th, 2018 - 8:31pm

    The magazine as it is now is not for me. I was thinking why not try someting like an article involving taking say a classic series or even new series who story particulary some of the least liked stories and getting opinion on how those stories could /should have been made with better production, less time restraint and better alternative dialogue. With contributions from the people behind the new and old series. They could have pictures showing alternative designs for some of the sets. Also as an alternative to this Time Team why not get surviving doctors, companions or even TV celebrity fans etc giving their verdict on other doctors stories. I just wish they had kept the other ‘Time Team to stick it out to the end of Matt Smiths Era and i miss the Wotcha article at the back.

    • Anonymous

      June 25th, 2018 - 10:39pm

      Like most magazines i have ever bought, I like some articles better than others. if you don’t like the cosplay pages, read some other pages. Get over it, everyone. The magazine has to change in order to survive.


      June 26th, 2018 - 12:44am

      the last few issues i must have read less than a third of the content. Why,ll i,m sure it might appeal to new younger readers, theres not a lot in to make me want to shell out every month thats of much interest. I may be piqued when news from the new series starts filtering through with regards to casting,episode info and those mag interviews.

    • VeryFactualDalek

      June 26th, 2018 - 11:19am

      They had to stop the old Time Team for a few issues as they’d have caught up with the show and it’s such a shame they did as they could have at least finished Matts

  • VeryFactualDalek

    June 25th, 2018 - 6:53pm

    “Time Team On Gallifrey”
    Well if they are watching Hell Bent then more fan controversy over what “tween” things they are gonna say

    • Anonymous

      June 26th, 2018 - 7:59pm

      I hate hell bent

  • VeryFactualDalek

    June 25th, 2018 - 6:52pm

    Yes the cover is great but let’s see how much of this issue doesn’t unfortunately appeal to me many more …

  • VeryFactualDalek

    June 25th, 2018 - 6:51pm

    I don’t understand the comments of making it more kid friendly
    It’s £6
    What child is gonna want to spend that ?

  • The Dalek Whovian

    June 25th, 2018 - 6:02pm

    London 1965 may be great, but will it ever beat “What about my dreams of conquest”?

  • Jonah

    June 25th, 2018 - 5:01pm

    We made it. London 1965!

  • Ian

    June 25th, 2018 - 4:09pm

    “London, 1965!”
    This will no doubt be the finest article in all of DWM ever

    • Anonymous

      June 25th, 2018 - 4:36pm

      As with the Cosplay article, this feels as though they are trying to market towards a younger demographic

    • Anonymous

      June 25th, 2018 - 5:20pm

      Which makes a lot of sense

  • Anonymous

    June 25th, 2018 - 3:55pm

    I wonder what the update for the new series is?

    • The Outcast

      June 25th, 2018 - 4:00pm

      Hopefully the new TARDIS interior. Though seeing as this seems to be the August issue, it could be whatever is shown at comic con.

    • Anonymous

      June 25th, 2018 - 4:27pm

      i’m hoping for an announcement on the trailer, a series 11 promo pic with the doctor and her companions and hopefully an airing date

    • Gareth Pugh

      June 25th, 2018 - 6:03pm

      This is on sale this week (Thu 28th June) so it’s unlikely to reveal whatever they are going to show at July’s SDCC, or the broadcast date if the rumours of October are true. That’s something the BBC usually keep close to their chest til a bit nearer the time than we are yet.

  • Anonymous

    June 25th, 2018 - 3:44pm

    I really love this cover


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