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March 23rd, 2020 86 comments

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 550


Please note the console room diorama is 5″ scale

You can subscribe at and enter the code DWP50 to get the offer by 5.00pm ON TUESDAY 24 MARCH

Some people are having problems with the code, you can also try THIS LINK

Issue 550 of Doctor Who Magazine is part of a bumper package that includes a poster magazine, a TARDIS control-room diorama, six 1970s-style collectors’ cards, a stunning Talons of Weng-Chiang poster and a download code for a four-part Big Finish adventure starring Tom Baker and Louise Jameson.

The retail price for this unique issue is £9.99, but a new offer from publisher Panini includes the issue as part of a six-month subscription with massive savings on cover prices. The offer includes issues with exclusive, subscriber-only covers, DWM Special Editions and FREE DELIVERY TO YOUR DOOR. There’s never been a better time to subscribe to Doctor Who Magazine!

For a limited time only, you can receive a six-month subscription to Doctor Who Magazine and its Special Editions for just £32.50. If you take out a new subscription by 5.00pm ON TUESDAY 24 MARCH, you can receive issue 550 as part of this special offer.

Editor Marcus Hearn says:

“We all need our spirits lifting at the moment, and hopefully the extra-special issue 550 will help. Free delivery for subscribers is another bonus that will make things easier for a lot of our readers in these difficult times.”

To take advantage of this limited-time offer, simply head to and enter the code DWP50. The 30% discount is open to UK direct debit subscribers only and is valid from 23 March to 23 April 2020. Minimum subscription term is one year. There are two payments of £32.50 during the first year of subscription. Subscriptions are charged at £37 per six months following the first year of subscription.

Issue 550 celebrates Doctor Who’s mid-70s classics. Highlights include:

  • Showrunner Chris Chibnall and former producer Philip Hinchcliffe – together at the Doctor Who studio!
  • Director Michael E Briant describes the making of his 1977 classic The Robots of Death.
  • Sadie Miller remembers her mother, Sarah Jane Smith actress Elisabeth Sladen.
  • The Doctor Who Magazine review of Series 12 – every episode from Spyfall to The Timeless Children!
  • A diary and scrapbook of 1976-77 – the extraordinary months that spanned the broadcast of Season 14.
  • A new presentation of Dr Who and the Hell Planet, a 1976 short story by Terrance Dicks.
  • A review of the new, animated version of The Faceless Ones.
  • How Robert Holmes reimagined the Time Lords for his 1976 story The Deadly Assassin.
  • The Fact of Fiction explores the 2006 story Tooth and Claw.
  • A look at Exploration Earth: The Time Machine, a 1976 schools programme starring Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen.
  • Updates on Doctor Who luminaries, past and present, with Time and Space Visualiser.
  • Public Image analyses the ratings for the final episodes of Series 12.
  • Part Two of The Piggybackers, a new comic-strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends.
  • Big Finish previews and reviews, news, prize-winning competitions, The Blogs of Doom and much more!


  • 1977-style poster magazine
  • TARDIS control-room diorama
  • Talons of Weng-Chiang music-hall poster
  • Six collectors’ cards
  • Four-part Big Finish download

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 550 is on sale from Thursday 2 April 2020m £9.99.

Categorised under: Doctor Who Magazine, Magazine


  • ChrisP

    April 21st, 2020 - 1:07pm

    Ordered mine on the 8th from panini
    Arrived today woohoo
    Looks fantastic
    Have to hide it until children are in bed so they don’t play with the console diaorama

  • me

    April 18th, 2020 - 4:32pm

    finally got mine today good magazine .only 16 days late but i suppose with the way things are now i am lucky to get it at all but on the plus side only 12 more days until the next one… hopefully

  • sick of lockdown

    April 13th, 2020 - 2:17pm

    things are slow now .but they are still taking off bank holiday monday you would have thought they would have liked to have gone to work .i know i would

  • me

    April 13th, 2020 - 12:54pm

    ordered mine from on the 1st april the day before it came out and still nothing i know things are slow right now with covid 19 butt things seems to have stopped

  • eoghan daly

    April 12th, 2020 - 5:48pm

    ordered this off paninis website the day it came out, hasnt been dispatched yet, do you know if they are still dispatching, i emailed last week and havent got a reply yet.

    • Anonymous

      April 13th, 2020 - 9:24am

      I ordered on Thursday April 10th from them and paid for next day delivery but I haven’t got it yet. Getting quite concerned now. I contacted them last night but I can’t find anywhere else to contact them.

    • Anonymous

      April 13th, 2020 - 1:34pm

      I also Ordered a copy on 5/4/20 – I will be emailing them if it hasn’t dispatched by Sat 18/4/20.

    • Anonymous

      April 13th, 2020 - 2:50pm

      I’ve been emailing them for four months about a subscribers copy that arrived damaged. Not had any response at all from enquiries by email or Twitter. Very poor. I’d be interested to know if anyone on here gets a response.

    • Anonymous

      April 13th, 2020 - 6:07pm

      I just got a reply from panini their but they could not locate my order even though I gave them the correct order number.

    • Anonymous

      April 14th, 2020 - 1:24am

      When I contact them it will be a simple case of ‘mess me around’ & they will find I’ve had the money refunded through Paypal & I’ll just have to not have the magazine!

    • eoghan daly

      April 14th, 2020 - 1:36pm

      i guess if anyone gets an update off panini whether or not theyre dispatching orders it would be appreciated if you could let us all know what the story is 😉 just worried now itll be like this all over again for Mays issue!!

    • eoghan daly

      April 15th, 2020 - 4:50pm

      if it helps anyone i got an email saying it was in fact dispatched 7 days ago just never got sent dispatch note, they said allow 5-7 days but due to easter maybe a little longer!

    • Anonymous

      April 15th, 2020 - 5:40pm

      Mine just turned up in the post! Wasn’t expecting it because they hadn’t sent a Dispatch email?

    • eoghan daly

      April 17th, 2020 - 4:24pm

      despite being told in an email saying mine was shipped last week i received an email saying theyve no record of my order?? I feel like just asking them to cancel my order and wait till next month and order issue 550 and 551 together to save on postage!!!

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