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December 12th, 2019 25 comments

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 546

Every issue of the festive Doctor Who Magazine includes:


Other highlights include:

  • An exclusive, in-depth interview with showrunner Chris Chibnall, plus his latest Production Notes.
  • The directors of Series 12 speak exclusively to DWM.
  • Exclusive previews of the first new-series episodes: Spyfall Parts One and Two.
  • Tosin Cole (who plays Ryan Sinclair) answers questions from the TARDIS Tin.
  • An Advent in Space and Time: six decades of festive TV and radio highlights.
  • DWM revisits the Doctor Who pantomimes of the 1980s.
  • The final part of a candid interview with former script editor Andrew Cartmel.
  • Broadcaster Ian Collins recalls playing a Haemovore in 1989’s The Curse of Fenric.
  • An exclusive preview of the Season 26 Blu-ray box set.
  • The Fact of Fiction explores the 2012 Christmas Special The Snowmen.
  • DWM’s fiendishly tricky Christmas Quiz.
  • Part Four of Mistress of Chaos, a new comic-strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends.
    Audio and book reviews, previews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!

On sale from Thursday 12 December 2019 £6.99 (UK)

Categorised under: Doctor Who Magazine, Magazine


  • PedzVW

    December 16th, 2019 - 7:19pm

    Please does anyone know if they’ve stopped doing the subscriber exclusive covers?
    Not for the first time the one in the shops looks exactly the same as the subscriber copy I’ve received?

  • AndyR

    December 14th, 2019 - 10:05am

    Each month people list out the reasons they are not buying the magazine here. Has anybody tried writing to the magazine with that same feedback to see what they reply with or indeed.. If they improve it using the suggestions? The magazine post seems to be the only one where people comment consistently to say why they won’t buy the item.

    • me

      December 14th, 2019 - 7:41pm

      the only reason i am not buying the magazine is that i can not find the magazine in the shops

  • DWS

    December 13th, 2019 - 11:11am

    I, too, haven’t got my copy yet and I’m a subscriber! Later today, hopefully!

  • Anonymous

    December 12th, 2019 - 10:51pm

    £6.99!!! Stopped getting this sometime ago as felt it had gone downhill only really like the comic strip which at some point now gets released anyway as a graphic novel

    • Anonymous

      December 13th, 2019 - 2:51pm

      Next graphic novel is mistress of chaos. I stopped years ago as I’d rather use the magazine money to pay for a book. I just buy the graphic novels of the comic strip. They are the only graphic novels I buy.

  • Dean Wells

    December 12th, 2019 - 5:49pm

    Still haven’t got my subscription copy today!!!
    Anyone else with similar problems please?

    • booboo

      December 12th, 2019 - 5:51pm

      lots by the sound of it

    • Tony Butcher

      December 13th, 2019 - 5:50pm

      Received mine a day late on Friday 13th

  • Anonymous

    December 12th, 2019 - 4:00pm

    No subscription copy in the post for me either. Was really looking forward to having a read today.

  • Nick Betts

    December 12th, 2019 - 2:28pm

    Doctor Who Pantomimes of the 80’s sounds interesting. Will this include “The Twin Dilemma”, “Timelash”, “Trial Of A Timelord” and “Time and The Rani”?

    • Prof Horner

      December 13th, 2019 - 11:30am

      Season 24 ?

  • Kevin225

    December 12th, 2019 - 12:09pm

    Just to add to the joy – my subscription copy has failed to arrive on time which IMO is part of the point of subscribing!

    • Demdike@CultLabs

      December 12th, 2019 - 1:29pm

      Same here.

      The poster and art card aren’t worth keeping by the looks of things either.

    • Blue Box Jackie

      December 13th, 2019 - 11:15am

      Amd then theres me over here buying 2 copies because I nees both sides of the poster.

  • Jordan9364

    December 12th, 2019 - 11:58am

    Not to be negative or anything, but I honestly can’t see many people buying these for much longer, £6.99 for a standard issue like this is way too steep.

    • The Flying Shark

      December 12th, 2019 - 12:41pm

      I agree-£6 for a standard issue is too much anyway, never mind the extra pound for two extra pieces of paper, which let’s face it, is all the free gifts are. They really need to do something about value for money, it CANNOT be denied there is less content in it under Marcus Hearn than there was under Tom Spilsbury. No article runs for more than six pages now and the Fact of Fiction in particular is very rushed-the first 15 minutes of a story may be covered in depth, but the other thirty are skimmed over in two pages as that’s all they’ve got left. Please do some market research about what your readers want, and not just a standard “are you happy with DWM-yes/no” type survey.

    • bryan

      December 12th, 2019 - 12:47pm

      Still good value compared to other comparable mags.

      As to the argument there is Less Content. Surely with More shorter articles there are SAME PAGE COUNT there is MORE Content.

      I like the new approach, when sometimes one article smoothes into the next. But for those who work or need sleep, big chunky 12 page jobs can be a bit of a Bust.

    • Anonymous

      December 12th, 2019 - 12:49pm

      I hope we aren’t just paying for the poster and cards now the price has gone up.

    • Darren

      December 12th, 2019 - 7:54pm

      I’ve always maintained that those choosing to buy from the newsagents, and paying a rising cover price, are subsidising the subscribers who pay half that. Doesn’t seem fair really, does it?

    • The Master

      December 12th, 2019 - 8:41pm

      Perfectly fair, Subscribers are not paying the newsagent mark up, magazine distribution costs and possible no sale returns liability.

  • David Simon

    December 12th, 2019 - 10:50am

    £6.99 !!! its like they trying to stop sales

  • The Flying Shark

    December 12th, 2019 - 10:15am

    I very much doubt that interview will be in depth-remember when DWM’s articles used to run to more than six pages maximum?

  • The Ergon

    December 12th, 2019 - 9:18am

    Nothing beyond Spyfall then. The episodes will trickle out at some point i suppose.

  • Sean Bassett

    December 12th, 2019 - 9:18am

    So…this was the midnight announcement then? Very disappointing. I wish Chibnall would actually look up the definition of what a ‘Spoiler’ is and stop placing these ridiculous embargoes on things that aren’t spoilers at all. There’s absolutely no reason why this DWM cover and info about the issue couldn’t have been revealed on Monday or Tuesday.


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