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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


  • Maff

    April 8th, 2020 - 2:05pm

    Got it in Tesco Aberdare this morning and have already made the diorama. Quite tricky to cut out console and chair but it looks great on my bookshelf with my 5″ Talons 4th Doctor, Harry and the Brigadier (even though they weren’t around at that point!)

    • Maff

      April 8th, 2020 - 2:08pm

      Ps….when constructed it’s nearly 3 foot long!

  • me

    April 6th, 2020 - 12:18pm

    i bought one from last week.never used them before. not arrived yet and no email .i know things are a bit slow with coved 10.does anybody know how long it might take

    • West Sussex

      April 6th, 2020 - 1:15pm

      Staff shortages and the processing of Royal Mail post in some areas is causing a Knock on affect for different ares receiving post.
      Plus I don’t think everywhere is having daily delivery’s ?.
      I have a subscription with Panini and didn’t get mine until today so
      hopefully your get yours in the next couple of days.

  • John T

    April 5th, 2020 - 7:00pm

    For anybody who doesn’t want to venture out to buy this or didn’t get this as a new subscriber I note that Forbidden Planet are advertising this for sale online as an individual purchase. I ordered from there last week when it said they expecting them on 5th April although that’s today ( a Sunday) so might be a bit later. Hope this helps.

  • Another disappointed subscriber

    April 5th, 2020 - 11:00am

    Yes I didn’t get mine like others gutted they should have fulfilled subscription orders first before supplying retailers as it would appear they have been available in the supermarkets & WH Smith and yet many didn’t receive them through the letter box.
    Very bad after being promised a copy as a new subscriber but even worse for long term subscribers who didn’t receive there’s either ?.

  • Mrs Croot

    April 3rd, 2020 - 9:23am

    Does anyone know if it has reached any northern Ireland stores yet?

    • jvm2701

      April 3rd, 2020 - 8:29pm

      I got a copy in Bells newsagents in Kings Square in Gilnahirk today.

    • Mrs Croot

      April 4th, 2020 - 4:58pm

      Thanks Mr Meharg. Getting it from TESCO though, but thanks.

  • Anonymous

    April 2nd, 2020 - 11:27pm

    Got my copy this morning at my local Asda.

    • Anonymous

      April 4th, 2020 - 6:39pm

      I wish I’d done that made the big big mistake of subscribing for the first time since buying in 1992 and it never arrived so now without a copy

  • Doug Who

    April 2nd, 2020 - 2:00pm

    Finally subscribed and very glad I did because this is a stunning issue!

    As a Fourth Doctor fan I was always going to be pleased but this is fantastic. The poster magazine is just wonderful and so redolent of those 70’s ones. The diorama, poster and cards are lovely imaginative extras. All that and great content too!

    All this and a lovely illustrated cover and nice paper stock too!

    Well done and thanks to everyone at DWM for a brilliant edition.

    • Kevin225

      April 2nd, 2020 - 8:58pm

      My subscription copy arrived at 4:30pm this afternoon which was a nice surprise. I’ve not been the biggest fan of the magazine in the last year or so, but I think we should all get behind DWM, especially at the moment. Found out today that a sports related magazine I’ve read for 31 years since issue 1 is finishing. Nothing lasts forever…

  • Timelord63

    April 2nd, 2020 - 11:41am

    Damn! Corona! Not received my copy yet 🙁

    • John

      April 2nd, 2020 - 12:05pm

      Same here:{

    • Darren

      April 2nd, 2020 - 4:21pm

      Me neither

    • Dean Wells

      April 2nd, 2020 - 7:33pm

      Thought I didn’t have mine again today but it turned up on the doorstep (literally) at 2.30pm.
      One of the most impressive issues in years.

    • Anonymous

      April 2nd, 2020 - 7:46pm

      Managed to find it in digital form for free on the internet. Also, the next issue will have an article on the Doctor Who Lockdown rewatches, a tribute to David Collings and the Fact of Fiction will explore the Caves of Androzani. I’ve just received that little preview from DWM in my inbox (I love being a subscriber except for the times when DWM is delayed)…

    • Anonymous

      April 3rd, 2020 - 12:14pm

      Waste of time that was as someone who can’t get out for 12wks due to high risk of infection I decided to subscribe which included current issue 550 but it never arrived as of today so I’ve cancelled my subscription very disappointed when others have had there’s and also picking up in the shops.☹️

    • booboo

      April 3rd, 2020 - 12:17pm

      Maybe deliveries are at little slower for some right now

    • Alan Christison

      April 4th, 2020 - 2:48pm

      Any other long term subscribers still to receive their issue. I am based in Scotland.

    • dissapointed subscriber

      April 5th, 2020 - 8:49am

      yes didnt get mine either (north london). Didnt arrive Wednesday (normal delivery date) nor Thursday-Satutday and NONE in 5 nearby supermarkets I went to. (WHSmith a write off as closed everywhete) Absolutely gutted. eBay prices around 2.5 times cover price. Madness

  • The Outcast

    March 29th, 2020 - 2:02am

    That Diorama sounds cool, might try and pick this up.

  • Thomas Haynes

    March 27th, 2020 - 4:16pm

    Hi my name is Tom Haynes and I wanted to know is it this month is out or is it this month , please let me know kindly regards
    Tom Haynes

    • Mr Pedantic

      March 28th, 2020 - 10:48pm

      clue is in the last line just above the photo. on sale Thursday 2nd April.

  • Anonymous

    March 25th, 2020 - 7:42am

    The collectors cards look like they’re in the style of the 1970s weetabix cards. Brilliant!

  • thedoctor1104

    March 24th, 2020 - 3:45pm

    I’ve have subscribed to this for the first time and my address is incorrect on the confirmation email. I have changed this information on my account but I am wondering if I need to ring them so it changes for when they ship my order

  • dazzleshell

    March 24th, 2020 - 3:33pm

    I hope this could be the start of Doctor Who Magazine doing Diorama Specials every now and then. Especially with Series 13 not on air til Autumn 2021.

    Gives me a reason to buy the magazine again.

  • Ian Bridge

    March 24th, 2020 - 3:24pm

    Will long term subscribers get this version of the magazine or do we have to order it again?

    • Anonymous

      March 24th, 2020 - 9:08pm

      They say on Twitter that it is the same version for subscribers, yes.

  • Anonymous

    March 24th, 2020 - 2:52pm

    Be prepared for distribution delays, various magazines and TV listing magazines have been delayed today. It’s just the way things will be for a while. All future books, CDs and DVD or bluray could also be delayed or possibly temporarily cancelled so be prepared for disappointment in the coming months

  • Anonymous

    March 24th, 2020 - 1:43pm

    If this is gonna be whsmith only i wont be able to get it cos the local one is shut!

    • James

      March 24th, 2020 - 1:54pm

      Don’t know about mine here in Bedford.

    • OllieMSM

      March 26th, 2020 - 4:43pm

      It’s for everyone 🙂

  • Dalek z

    March 24th, 2020 - 1:38pm

    I’m not leaving the house!
    But look at that console room model you need that!
    I’m not leaving the house!
    But look at that console room model you need that!

  • Totalbritish25

    March 24th, 2020 - 10:54am

    Hey booboo do you know which stores will get this that are open like Tesco or asda I just rang wh smiths are so far there open for know it looks like

    • booboo

      March 24th, 2020 - 11:09am

      i don’t, Wh Smiths are classed as newsagents so can open (for now) but not sure on supplies

    • Jaykeys22

      March 24th, 2020 - 12:50pm

      I wouldn’t worry too much, as long as it is being distributed and you get it from a local supermarket/newsagent shop, you should be able to get it. Haven’t heard of any magazines not publishing at moment.

    • SamWho

      March 24th, 2020 - 1:55pm

      I’m sure if there are any problems they might keep the issue on sale for longer till after it’s safe and maybe sell it online or something

  • Mrs Croot

    March 24th, 2020 - 10:38am

    Do we deserve this? Has god recognised us as pure Doctor Who fans. This is heaven!

  • Doctor…Who?

    March 24th, 2020 - 9:24am

    Booboo, is the diorama 5″?

    • booboo

      March 24th, 2020 - 9:32am

      don’t know will ask

    • booboo

      March 24th, 2020 - 1:10pm

      it is 5″ scale

    • Anonymous

      March 24th, 2020 - 11:56am

      If it is I will get it

    • Doug Who

      March 24th, 2020 - 1:10pm

      Just seen that is is in scale with the 5″ figures!

      Hope every one is safe, well and staying home as much as possible.

    • Doctor…Who?

      March 26th, 2020 - 8:22am

      3-D I hope and not just one side of the console

  • Timelord63

    March 24th, 2020 - 9:12am

    Has anyone entered the code and its coming up as invalid?

    • Dav McKenzie

      March 24th, 2020 - 12:09pm

      Yeah. I had the same problem.

      Try this link; (I got it from Twitter on @ DWMtweets feed)

  • Anonymous

    March 24th, 2020 - 8:41am

    Shame the Tardis backdrop is not the classic console room would have got this not the horrible wooden one!

  • Michael Parsons

    March 24th, 2020 - 7:12am

    regarding one of the comments above regarding how is this latest issue going to be obtained last night new measure were introduced and is going to affect the way we can get to a shop my local news agent is open so next Thursday should be ok as the prime minister said you can have a walk and my getting to a news agent requires a 4 mile walk i am also out of work and getting my money from a post office is going to be difficult so these issues once were simplistic are now a major issue michael parsons

    • Timelord63

      March 24th, 2020 - 9:07am

      A lot of people will have to subscribe now as it looks like WHSmiths have shut in light of yesterdays news

    • booboo

      March 24th, 2020 - 9:23am

      not sure on that, newsagents if they are classed as that apparently can open and are on the list as can the post office many of which are inside wh smiths stores now.

      maybe today some one will say if their stores are open.

    • The Ergon

      March 24th, 2020 - 10:43am

      You should beable still pick up from your local supermarket even with the restrictions of a essentials once a week shop.

  • Anonymous

    March 24th, 2020 - 6:26am

    I love the magazine and the classic series but…. come on… series 12 just aired, Jodie is our current Doctor, can we please talk about the current era for a bit. Interviews and thought pieces and the like. I don’t really like the fact we are going straight back to the classic era when series 12 has a lot of potential for interviews and the like.

    • SamWho

      March 24th, 2020 - 8:05am

      Yes this is a great shame they didn’t really do it with series 11 too after it aired they don’t seem to be able to interview the current people like they used to only short bits here and there
      It makes sense to do something special for issue 550 & it looks awesome I love it but why not the series 12 version of these things

    • MJS

      March 24th, 2020 - 10:25am

      Because the next big event is the release.of season 14 on blu ray. It’s gearing everyone up for that.

    • The Flying Shark

      March 24th, 2020 - 3:13pm

      I agree, I adore this era but simultaneously, we’ve just had a new series and all they’ve done with it in terms of features is interviews with Sacha and Jo. What about new interviews with the main cast, some set reports, other minor cast members like the lone Cyberman or a new John Barrowman interview? Maybe they could even do the fact of fiction on a new episkde, even though admittedly I like to wait a couple of years before a current Doctor’s stories are archived in this way? Season 14 has been in DWM lots of times. How about letting the new stuff be appreciated?

  • Totalbritish25

    March 24th, 2020 - 3:10am

    How am I going to be able to get this cause ever store that would carry this is closed except Tesco this should really be available online by it self and not in a subscription cause going to the store to get this is not going to be possible with the new lockdowns

    • J45ON96

      March 24th, 2020 - 8:22am

      That’s all up to the publisher. To be 100% honest, I’d recommend subscribing, particularly to support the magazine during the times like this where people can’t get it from the shops.

    • Totalbritish25

      March 24th, 2020 - 9:31am

      I would but when you don’t really have the fund to for 6 issues the one of in a while is what I like, like this one

    • J45ON96

      March 24th, 2020 - 11:12am

      It’s just unfortunate timing, really, then. It’s not a priority purchase, to be completely realistic.

  • Anonymous

    March 24th, 2020 - 2:19am

    okay, but why are they celebrating 1976 but including a 1977 style poster? make it make sense.

    • J45ON96

      March 24th, 2020 - 8:19am

      It’s discussing the upcoming Blu-ray release of Season 14, the 1976-1977 broadcast season, which was mainly shot in 1976. Much easier for the sake of brevity to refer to the subject matter in as short as possible terms, especially on the cover.

  • Anonymous

    March 24th, 2020 - 1:11am

    Bad timing. Unless your a subscriber

    • J45ON96

      March 24th, 2020 - 8:24am

      Not a lot they can do about that, to be honest. They have a release schedule, and most likely had this issue prepped and either set for delivery, or already sent out to newsagents for this week. It’s unfortunate, but plenty of other places, companies, magazines, etc. are in the same position.

  • Anonymous

    March 23rd, 2020 - 11:35pm

    Do you know if after 6 months of the subscription you can cancel so all you pay is £32.50 for the 6 issues and the specials

    • J45ON96

      March 24th, 2020 - 8:25am

      Yes, of course. You go onto the account and end the subscription, you can do it anytime after you take it out, so it doesn’t automatically renew

    • Fezmeister

      March 24th, 2020 - 9:14am

      The ad DWM tweeted says that the minimum subscription period is one year, indicating there’s two £32.50 payments to be made.

  • Anonymous

    March 23rd, 2020 - 11:24pm

    With everything that is going on at the moment. People will have to wait for WH Smith to reopen. That also includes the new paperback version of Tom Baker’s doctor who book. All this will blow over soon, if people would think, what would The Doctor do.

  • Doctor Mysterio

    March 23rd, 2020 - 11:15pm

    I think I’d rather there was just one version of the magazine, please. No subscriber only covers or what have you.

    • Anonymous

      March 24th, 2020 - 1:15pm

      This isn’t a deluxe issue.

    • Gareth Pugh

      March 24th, 2020 - 1:54pm

      Yes, this isn’t an alternative ‘Deluxe’ issue – this is more like 544 last October, where there is only one version and it is £9.99

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