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  • the ergon

    February 7th, 2019 - 5:40pm

    Booboo, do you have pictures of the next ‘Essential Doctor who’-‘Time and relative’ bookazine?

    • booboo

      February 7th, 2019 - 6:36pm

      not seen it

    • The Flying Shark

      February 7th, 2019 - 7:21pm

      Haven’t they run out of ideas for bookazines by now?

    • Skonnos

      February 8th, 2019 - 10:54am

      apparently not. due out in a week or so strange not to have an image yet

    • booboo

      February 8th, 2019 - 11:03am

      had seen this cover a while back but they keep changing them from the previews

    • The Flying Shark

      February 8th, 2019 - 1:54pm

      What even is this one? The cover and title make it seem about the TARDIS (which they’ve already done) and the tagline makes it sound about stories set in the future (which is the last issue). The Essential format has been done to death and the features and interviews in them would be much better suited to the main magazine, which could do with more of the type of journalism seen in the Essentials. Please, please let this format rest.

    • the ergon

      February 8th, 2019 - 2:30pm

      Where theres a will theres always another way.Just as long as they can justify stretching it out with different content. I agree that they have covered just about all bases and it is starting to feel less ‘essential’. I think i,ll make this my last.

    • James Guthrie

      February 8th, 2019 - 4:15pm

      That’ll be a place-holder cover I suspect, in the posted link – after all, the TARDIS interior doesn’t look like that any more.

      Relative Dimensions could be about the Doctor’s family (what little we know about it), or companions’ relatives (about which we know rather more).

      But the likeliest subject is the dimensions that are relative to Time (Essential #12) and Space (Essential #11) – where are set stories like:

      The Celestial Toymaker,
      The Mind Robber,
      Warriors’ Gate,
      bits of The Trial Of A Time Lord (and by extension, any other Matrix-based adventure),
      Rise Of The Cybermen /The Age Of Steel,
      Turn Left,
      The Girl Who Waited,
      Heaven Sent,
      It Takes You Away.

      And covered in loads of books, comics and audios.

      No inside knowledge, mind – just speculation – but gosh I’m getting excited for it now!

    • The Flying Shark

      February 8th, 2019 - 4:26pm

      I’d rather have updated editions of early issues like the Daleks, TARDIS, Cybermen, actual ESSENTIALS, than stuff like sideways story analyses which stretches the format to breaking point. Do these actually sell? There are still copies of number 8 in my local WHS, and other desperate sci-fi bookazines (i.e. the SFX 100 Greatest Characters made up largely of opinions and pictures, and the Annual which is reprinted promotional materials) also clog up the shelves. It’s unneeded and a desperate grab for money. Who would casually spend £10 on a magazine, no matter how glossy the cover?

    • Demdike@CultLabs

      February 9th, 2019 - 1:27pm

      I never even saw the Dalek one in the shops. I went looking for it several times so i would love a reprint of that, possibly updated to feature any tv appearances since.

      I don’t know which year it actually came out but it’s possible Into The Dalek, Magicians Apprentice and certainly Twice Upon a Time and Resolution weren’t featured.

    • Anonymous

      February 9th, 2019 - 2:02pm

      It was published before day of the doctor.

    • the ergon

      February 9th, 2019 - 5:46pm

      I don,t think they would republish something that far back but would rather include aforementioned stories in an appropriate theme as an updated continuation.

  • yogi_bear

    February 6th, 2019 - 6:16pm

    Not a vast fan of Tom’s last season…but I wouldnt mind seeing the Foamasi the Melkur and Meglos produced as eaglemoss figures. Ive stopped having the magazine but I will concede the cover makes that edition more tempting that the 13th Doctor and her chums.

  • Anonymous

    February 5th, 2019 - 4:20pm

    Never quite understood the obsession with covers for doctor who. Whether it’s the books, videos, DVD, bluray, CD or the magazine someone always has to complain. You know there is a reason why the expression “never judge a book by the cover” became a cliche! What matters is the content not whether the cover is “good” something so meaningless as for everyone that hates the cover there will be an equal number that love it. Shame we have reached a time in the world where people feel the need to Express their feelings about everything publicly. Me, I just shrug and move on if I don’t like something. Try it. You’ll feel better…

    • The Flying Shark

      February 6th, 2019 - 8:47pm

      I completely agree. Obviously the cover is important to sell it (and for the record, I think this is a beautiful one) but equally a prospective buyer would look at the contents first to see if it’s worth £6 (and please let’s not open up that can of worms right now). Doctor Who content isn’t skin deep. And don’t get me started on people moaning about the new logo being on everything. The 80s logo was on everything too and probably ruined people’s collections then too. It isn’t a new thing by any means.

    • Anonymous

      February 7th, 2019 - 12:05am

      The logo thing does make me laugh. Between 1973 and 1990 the target range had variations on four logos. The pertwee logo, the logo with doctor curved above the who, the neon tube logo and the McCoy logo. And it made no difference whatsoever to the most important aspect of the books – the writing!

    • The Flying Shark

      February 7th, 2019 - 9:12am

      Spot on! The superb Myth Makers adaptation was no worse for having the neon logo on, and the very first Dalek story never changed whether it had the Pertwee or Baker or even Cornflake logo on!

    • Anonymous

      February 9th, 2019 - 8:58pm

      Amazing that we are getting comments about the macra cover that completely illustrate my point from above!

  • me

    February 5th, 2019 - 2:51pm

    i want to say it this month… when is it

    • Exdalek

      February 5th, 2019 - 8:38pm


    • Exdalek

      February 5th, 2019 - 8:39pm

      Sorry I couldn’t help myself.

  • Dalek Eye Stalk

    February 5th, 2019 - 12:28pm

    I do rather like Season 18. The only weak story for me in that season is ‘Meglos’. I greatly enjoy all the others, even ‘The Leisure Hive’. I might buy this issue of Doctor Who Magazine. I haven’t bought it for a while. Well not since the dire Series 11 started.

  • Anonymous

    February 4th, 2019 - 10:09pm

    What a horrible murky cover. Least said about the bizarre 90s techno font the better.

    • J45ON96

      February 5th, 2019 - 7:49am

      Does it ever get boring being negative?

      Because it’s getting boring reading negative comments all the time without real constructive criticism.

    • Ollie

      February 5th, 2019 - 12:50pm

      I see Melkur, Meglos, a Marshman, a Foamasi and the Gateway to N-Space in the background… Should have gone to Specsavers, Anonymous! 😉

    • Anonymous

      February 5th, 2019 - 4:07pm

      Apparently being negative is the new thing…

  • DalekAgent

    February 4th, 2019 - 6:10pm

    What does everyone think the next blu ray box set will be because hopefully they will announce it in this issue, im hoping for season 10

    • Gordon

      February 4th, 2019 - 7:19pm

      I’m expecting season 10 next but not expecting it to get announced till next issue.

    • Gordon

      February 6th, 2019 - 11:34am

      Nope nothing there

    • DalekAgent

      February 8th, 2019 - 5:36pm

      Yeah too bad but like you said hopefully they will announce it next issue

  • AT

    February 4th, 2019 - 4:25pm

    A poor cover full of rubbish monsters. Not a fan of Season 18 ( the fun and enjoyment has been sucked out of the show) so don`t hold out much hope for the content.

    • James Guthrie

      February 4th, 2019 - 9:48pm

      Conversely, I think it’s a brilliant cover full of great monsters. I’m a huge fan of season 18 (plenty of fun and enjoyment to be had) so I think the content will be right up my strasse. Opinions, eh? Love ‘em! ❤️

  • Sean Bassett

    February 4th, 2019 - 2:59pm

    I’m not entirely sure the wisdom of putting a Foamasi on the cover. They look pretty cheap, and its inclusion might put off new fans of Doctor Who from buying the magazine.

    • SJF

      February 4th, 2019 - 3:10pm

      Yeah sure

    • Anonymous

      February 4th, 2019 - 3:38pm


  • Demdike@CultLabs

    February 4th, 2019 - 2:58pm

    Love the cover. Look forward to the text free version.

    • Demdike@CultLabs

      February 6th, 2019 - 3:42pm

      Can confirm, the text free version is excellent.

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