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November 13th, 2019 20 comments

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 545


Thirty-two Dalek stories battled for supremacy in our epic Twitter contest. Which is the fans’ favourite?

Highlights of this issue include:

  • A 16-page celebration of the Daleks, including the results of DWM’s online tournament.
  • An exclusive Series 12 update.
  • Writer and director Pete McTighe goes behind the scenes on The Promise, his new trailer for the Season 26 Blu-ray box set.
  • Sophie Aldred discusses her on-screen return as Ace.
  • Production designer Arwel Jones gives DWM a tour of the Thirteenth Doctor’s TARDIS.
  • The first part of an exclusive interview with former script editor Andrew Cartmel.
  • A preview of Tiny Rebel’s final Doctor Who: Infinity games.
  • The Fact of Fiction explores the 1973 story Carnival of Monsters.
  • The answers to last issue’s fiendishly difficult quiz about the first 40 years of DWM.
  • Part Three of Mistress of Chaos, a new comic-strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends.
  • The Blogs of Doom, audio and book reviews, previews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!

On sale from Thursday 14 November 2019 £5.99 (UK)

Categorised under: Doctor Who Magazine, Magazine


  • Demdike@CultLabs

    November 13th, 2019 - 11:30pm

    Another good issue as far as i’m concerned.

    Look forward to reading the Cartmel interview regarding the cancellation.

  • Anonymous

    November 13th, 2019 - 6:56pm

    Tour if the 13th dr’s tardis, nah it’s utter rubbish make it more like a time machine

    • Anonymous

      November 13th, 2019 - 8:19pm

      The new console room is similar to 9th and 10ths. What I don’t understand is “make it more like a time machine” what do you mean? What time machine? Do you have one in mind? A real one? Or is it just a console room that you liked that you want back? Ridiculous.

    • SamWho

      November 13th, 2019 - 8:24pm

      But time machines don’t exist so why not make it creative and different

    • Daz

      November 13th, 2019 - 8:53pm

      The 13th Doctors console room is just as good as the 9th/10th Doctors, a organic console with organic looking pillars around it.
      Maybe you prefer the more obvious time machine designs like the flying DeLorean or the one that looks like a sleigh with a Victorian chair and a spinning umbrella behind it.

  • Anonymous

    November 13th, 2019 - 6:05pm

    Why does every single thing have to be complained about!

    • booboo

      November 13th, 2019 - 6:13pm

      Welcome to the age of social media

    • Anonymous

      November 13th, 2019 - 6:19pm

      Aha! Sorry forgot about that boo boo…

    • Doug Who

      November 14th, 2019 - 6:06pm

      Sadly it seems it was ever thus! As a kid I remember being rather shocked by the level of vitriol levelled at Graham Williams and Tom Baker in the early(ish) days of DWAS.

      While criticism should never be censured, social media facilitates a sense of entitlement even with inherent anonymity and no need to take responsibility or be held to account for one’s comments.

    • Whorules

      November 14th, 2019 - 7:26pm

      It does make you wonder if certain people had to use their real name and email address, published with their comments, how many of them would be as willing to say the things they do. Not just here but everywhere.

    • DevilsDandy

      November 16th, 2019 - 6:03am

      I’d much rather see criticism and honest complaints than blind praise for all things Who. It’s a discussion forum/comment section, is it not? So long as there’s no bigotry, I don’t see why folk can’t be criticial – bearing in mind it’s not the same people, either.

  • Daz

    November 13th, 2019 - 4:05pm

    “The World Cup of” thing is really annoying now, makes me think about Football which I despise.

    • The Flying Shark

      November 13th, 2019 - 5:00pm

      I agree, it just smacks of an idea to cover otherwise empty pages, even though I think there’s too much in the magazine now. Features don’t have time to breathe. I can bet all those interviews listed above will be six pages maximum, and the Fact of Fiction eight max. How about allowing in depth coverage to things people may actually be interested in reading, rather than devoting sixteen pages to an episode poll which has been done to death and we already know the winner?

    • Daz

      November 13th, 2019 - 6:23pm

      I no longer buy the magazine unless there is something I want to actually read in it as it’s not cheap and sometimes I get it for the free poster and only flick through the magazine.
      I love in-depth interviews that tell you new things I’ll even read something filled with info I know quite well if its from someone interesting.

  • Demdike@CultLabs

    November 13th, 2019 - 1:38pm

    Just arrived. The cover looks much better without the ‘Pitched Battle’ banner.

    Sadly due to work i can’t comment on the contents until tonight.

    • Jason Z

      November 13th, 2019 - 8:43pm

      Actually I looked at my subscriber’s copy in some puzzlement. Why was Davros holding a red card? Was the circle behind them a spaceship? I had to open the magazine to understand it! But then I don’t know much about football.

  • Doctor Mysterio

    November 13th, 2019 - 12:37pm

    What’s with all this ‘World Cup of…’ nonsense?

    • Anonymous

      November 13th, 2019 - 1:04pm

      Yeah, I’m in total agreement with you 🙂

    • TheQuestion

      November 13th, 2019 - 1:30pm

      Lots of football magazine style pages no doubt at a guess?

    • Anonymous

      November 13th, 2019 - 2:24pm

      It’s a Richard Osman idea. He released a book where you place things in groups, choose between them and the winners progress until there is a final and a single winner. So you have the world cup of chocolate bars, or Spielberg films, or anything you can name really. It’s just a name for the format.

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