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May 27th, 2019 47 comments

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 539


This issue also includes:

  • The latest Production Notes from showrunner Chris Chibnall.
  • Former Doctor David Tennant discusses Jodie Whittaker.
  • Howard Burden recalls designing costumes for three different Doctors.
  • The second part of a candid interview with 1980s script editor Eric Saward.
  • What topped the DWM season poll? We reveal the results!
  • We talk to the team behind the Blu-ray special edition of 1973’s Planet of the Daleks.
  • The Fact of Fiction explores the 2005 story The Long Game.
  • Eric Saward previews his novelisations of Resurrection and Revelation of the Daleks.
  • Is Doctor Who a kids’ show? The Time Team decides.
  • How to recreate the Second Doctor’s ‘cosmic hobo’ style.
  • The final part of Herald of Madness, a comic strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends.
  • The Blogs of Doom, audio reviews, previews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!

DWM 539 is on sale from 30 May, priced £5.99.

DWM 539 is also available as a strictly limited Deluxe Edition, exclusive to WH Smith and priced £9.99.

In addition to the latest issue of DWM, the Deluxe Edition includes:

  • An exclusive vinyl EP featuring rare and bonus tracks from The Evil of the Daleks.
  • A 28-page supplement about the making of the Thirteenth Doctor’s episodes, packed full of new information and previously unseen pictures.
  • Downloads from BBC Audio and Big Finish.
  • A Doctor Who bookmark And more!

Categorised under: Doctor Who Magazine, Magazine


  • Demdike@CultLabs

    May 31st, 2019 - 1:59pm

    Have all subscribers got their copy yet?

    Mine hasn’t arrived.

    • Demdike@CultLabs

      June 1st, 2019 - 11:36am

      Turned up today, three days later than usual.

    • Duncan Parsons

      June 1st, 2019 - 11:50am

      Got mine yesterday. Delays could be due to the bank holiday.

  • Anonymous

    May 29th, 2019 - 5:59pm

    Booboo, bit late now because it’s been there a while, but you may want to remove

    • booboo

      May 29th, 2019 - 6:23pm

      thanks, missed that , done , ip blocked and all other comments deleted by same user

      zero tolerance for that here.

  • Dalek Sec

    May 28th, 2019 - 12:49pm

    What does it mean by ‘New Planet of the Daleks’? Is there a remake?

    • El Ricardo

      May 28th, 2019 - 12:54pm

      That would be the Blu-Ray version with new special FX that’s getting a BFI screening.

  • Daz

    May 28th, 2019 - 10:57am

    Cool photo of Jodie on the cover! Love it!

  • Anonymous

    May 28th, 2019 - 10:33am

    how come they haven’t announced anything about the deluxe edition, especially as it is supposed to have an exclusive item with it!

    • Anonymous

      May 28th, 2019 - 10:34am

      do you know what the exclusive item is?

    • booboo

      May 28th, 2019 - 10:45am

      not seen anything yet on what it is

  • Anonymous

    May 28th, 2019 - 10:18am

    Hopefully the next Big finish vinyl will be announced in this issue. I hope that it is another Tennant vinyl or even maybe a Torchwood one.

    • booboo

      May 28th, 2019 - 10:23am

      you might be in luck (with the first one)

    • The Flying Shark

      May 28th, 2019 - 1:06pm

      Death and the Queen on vinyl has been heavily rumoured and, apparently, seen. HMV exclusive if true.

    • booboo

      May 28th, 2019 - 1:19pm

      yes, September, unless its bought forward, they are trying to find out out it got out into the wild. should not have happened.

      But then the internet keeps no secrets these days…

    • The Flying Shark

      May 28th, 2019 - 1:22pm

      Wait, so has somebody bought it in store then? Wonder how that happened?

    • booboo

      May 28th, 2019 - 1:26pm

      somehow a few copies found their way to a Canadian ebay (shop) seller of all places

    • Anonymous

      May 28th, 2019 - 1:39pm

      Is there a link or image of the vinyl?

    • Gareth Pugh

      May 28th, 2019 - 11:39pm

      eck, an HMV exclusive nowadays would be tricky for the likes of me – they have now closed down every London branch. And now have no live web store, so a trip to eBay is almost guaranteed already if this is true (unless they let Fopp carry it – which they *did* with a new Kate Bush exclusive last week).

    • booboo

      May 29th, 2019 - 8:42am

      they might have their on-line store back up and running by the time this is released

    • Anonymous

      May 29th, 2019 - 4:20pm

      The hmv thing is hugely annoying. I haven’t been able to get to an hmv store for seven months, finally got to one a few weeks ago asked when the online ordering was coming back to be told it wasn’t! Apparently it’s to encourage footfall into the stores. I did point out I couldn’t get to the stores easily. The response? I was told I could preorder items in store. To which I replied but I can’t get to the stores! The result? Hmv have lost my custom now for 7 now 8 months. In which time I’ve bought close to £200 worth of CDs, DVDs and DVD box sets. All from other online retailers or in the case of most movies or who, from supermarkets. I genuinely can’t see how hmv plan to survive with no online retail system.

    • Anonymous

      May 29th, 2019 - 4:21pm

      Boo boo I’ve been told by hmv that the online store isn’t coming back.

    • booboo

      May 29th, 2019 - 4:31pm

      I though they said it was, maybe its changed but with far less stores vinyl releases will be quite restrictive.

    • Anonymous

      May 29th, 2019 - 4:48pm

      As far as can ascertain boo boo the new hmv owner doesn’t have an online presence for ordering in it’s own Canadian stores. Sunrise records websites mirror the new hmv sites which is browsing only. No ability to order online.

    • booboo

      May 29th, 2019 - 4:54pm

      they have obviously changed their minds then

      This was in a press story in February

      “HMV’s online store is currently shut down while it is being revamped, but Putman says he hopes it will reopen in the next few weeks. He wants to add services such as the ability to check if a certain title is in a particular store in future.”

    • Anonymous

      May 29th, 2019 - 6:42pm

      A few weeks from February seems to have stretched a bit! Four months later and still no online. As I said boo boo the staff in my local-ish hmv were adamant that there was not going to be an online ordering service coming back. The Canadian operation is like that, stores, a website but no online ordering.

    • booboo

      May 29th, 2019 - 6:45pm

      just reporting what had been said, if they can survive in the UK without online ordering all well and good.

    • Anonymous

      May 29th, 2019 - 8:51pm

      Oh I know you were just reporting what was said originally boo boo, I wasn’t doubting you. I read the same thing and have waiting ever since.

  • DJS

    May 28th, 2019 - 9:45am

    I dont look forward to this anymore I though the last issue was very boring and was the first time I had ever thought this magazine was just going through the motions to meet the release date

    • The Flying Shark

      May 28th, 2019 - 10:09am

      I think this issue looks good, but I agree the last issue was awful. There was very little that was actually exciting, even though there’s always stuff going on in the Whoniverse to be of interest. For example, that Tenth Doctor audio box set which was covered in three pages-why not expand to a six page feature with interviews with the writers? Or how about interviewing Steven Moffat for more than a single page? Quite a poor show.

  • Anonymous

    May 28th, 2019 - 12:59am

    Sorry, meant the big finish vinyl at Asda!

  • Anonymous

    May 27th, 2019 - 11:55pm

    What date is it actually out on? I can then toddle off to Smiths & find they have sold out as usual!

    • Whovian4Ever

      May 28th, 2019 - 12:41am

      I believe it is out this Thursday (30th May).

    • Anonymous

      May 30th, 2019 - 3:09pm

      For once when I actually got into Smiths they had 10 Copies on the shelf – Totally stunned!

  • Anonymous

    May 27th, 2019 - 10:50pm

    There is a reason why this is an exclusive to w h Smith, it’s to encourage people to shop there. It’s no different to the recent hmv vinyl exclusive at hmv. Same reasons. The fact is you are under no obligation to buy any of these exclusive items.

  • Anonymous

    May 27th, 2019 - 10:42pm

    You’d think that it was nothing to get angry about… but this is the 21st century… people can get angry about anything!

  • Anonymous

    May 27th, 2019 - 9:22pm

    Well, I’m pretty sure it isn’t compulsory to buy it. Subscribers get a discount and textless front covers already. If you want the extra content, get the deluxe version. If not, dont buy it. That’s it really, nothing to get angry about.

  • Anonymous

    May 27th, 2019 - 7:36pm

    Lovely cover!

  • Gareth Pugh

    May 27th, 2019 - 7:02pm

    To clarify, yes, DWM said in issue 538 that this is again a WHSmith exclusive. The news piece said, 3 versions – standard newsstand version (with text on the cover) for £5.99, subscribers get their text-free cover version as usual and the Deluxe edition will be at some branches of WHS for £9.99.

    The last one was apparently at WHSmith’s request (ie they approached Panini) asking for something exclusive to encourage footfall to their stores from Who fans. Panini can’t give this to subscribers or WHS would not be interested and walk away the idea.

  • Gareth Pugh

    May 27th, 2019 - 7:00pm

    No. There was a piece in last issue’s news pages explaining this

  • Anonymous

    May 27th, 2019 - 6:51pm

    If it’s like last years one, surely it’ll be WHSmiths exclusive once again.

  • The 14th Doctor!!!!!!!!!!

    May 27th, 2019 - 6:16pm

    this looks great!!! much better than the last issue.

  • Anonymous

    May 27th, 2019 - 6:12pm

    Love the cover! Love Jodie!

  • I’ve Got the who’s

    May 27th, 2019 - 5:47pm

    Is it true they’ll be a deluxe edition

    • the 14th doctor

      May 27th, 2019 - 6:15pm

      yes i think so.

  • Anonymous

    May 27th, 2019 - 4:56pm

    Whats the WHsmith version??

    • Gareth Pugh

      May 27th, 2019 - 5:08pm

      Similar to last October’s ‘Deluxe Edition’ I believe. £9.99 gets you a card envelope with the standard mag (= text on cover) plus some extras, some still to be announced. We know there’s a bonus mini-mag (not sure what the specific ‘angle’ or theme to that is) and some downloads again (probably a mix of Big Finish and BBC audiobooks), plus what DWM described last issue as ‘a very special exclusive item’. I’d bet on there being a poster again and maybe some art/picture cards?

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