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June 22nd, 2020 31 comments

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 553


Highlights of the new issue include:

  • Newly discovered interviews conducted at the heart of production on Death to the Daleks and Planet of the Spiders.
  • The Doctor Who directing masterclass, featuring exclusive interviews with directors Joe Ahearne, Richard Clark, Graeme Harper, Douglas Mackinnon, Saul Metzstein, Jamie Magnus Stone and Rachel Talalay.

  • An exclusive preview of the Power of the Daleks Special Edition, including a selection of rare colour photos from the original 1966 production.
  • The previously untold story of three young Doctor Who enthusiasts at the dawn of fandom in the early 1970s. One would go on to play the Doctor…
  • Carole Ann Ford and Sophie Aldred compare their Doctor Who experiences.
  • The results of DWM’s annual season survey.
  • The Fact of Fiction explores the 2013 episode Cold War.
  • The final instalment of DWM’s lockdown viewing, with a guide to stories available on DVD and streaming services.
  • A look at The Night Walkers, the landmark 1969 comic strip that depicted the Second Doctor’s regeneration.
  • Big Finish previews and reviews, news, prize-winning competitions, Time and Space Visualiser, The Blogs of Doom and much more!

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 553 is on sale from Thursday 25 June £5.99 (UK)

Categorised under: Doctor Who Magazine, Magazine


  • Anonymous

    June 27th, 2020 - 6:00pm

    Anyone still waiting on there subscription copy?

  • Deano

    June 25th, 2020 - 12:48pm

    Mine has arrived on day of release for the 1st time since subscribing in March but the last 2 issues have only been a day late so very pleased with there service considering all the disruption in the delivery service at the moment.
    An absolutely lovely cover by far the best for a while.

  • Demdike@CultLabs

    June 25th, 2020 - 11:14am

    Following a quick skm through this looks another good issue.

    Love the textless subscriber cover.

  • Mac

    June 23rd, 2020 - 12:44pm

    I’m hoping we get more news on the Out of Time series

    • Anonymous

      June 23rd, 2020 - 6:35pm

      listen to the big finish podcast

    • Mac

      June 24th, 2020 - 11:10pm

      Well I know Colin and Peter are involved but I don’t want to pre-order the series without having the full facts

  • James17

    June 23rd, 2020 - 10:34am

    Wait, August issue? It’s not even July yet, how is it so off the date? I know the dates on magazines are usually a few weeks from the actual date, but still, were in June and this is saying August

    • booboo

      June 23rd, 2020 - 10:42am

      its “magazine” thing, i believe its classed as “current” until the end of August at which time unsold stock can be returned, or that used to be the case some years ago not sure if that still happens?

    • Whorules

      June 23rd, 2020 - 11:21am

      That still happens boo boo and the last issue had July on the cover, they are always a month or so ahead.

  • Dalek z

    June 23rd, 2020 - 12:42am

    That’s a great story, I’ve always liked that one a lot.

  • James17

    June 22nd, 2020 - 6:42pm

    I’m jealous of those who get the textless cover of this, it looks beautiful!

  • Anonymous

    June 22nd, 2020 - 6:35pm

    When is this out in the shops please?

    • RJ

      June 22nd, 2020 - 6:41pm

      This Thursday

  • Andy R

    June 22nd, 2020 - 4:30pm

    Love the cover and more intrigued by the content. Death to the daleks set tour ? Unseen behind the scenes photos ?
    Also mentions the night walkers… so TV Comic reprint of the strip ? The ice warriors are coming back ? What did we think of the last season ?
    Normally everyone more concerned that the cover is photoshopped properly rather then if its worth reading.

    • Gareth Pugh

      June 22nd, 2020 - 6:41pm

      I think ‘Ice warriors return’ is a reference to the Fact of Fiction being about Cold War from Season 7? And yes over the next 3 issues, they are reprinting TV Comic’s final 2nd Doctor story, exactly as you say.

    • The Flying Shark

      June 22nd, 2020 - 7:17pm

      The Night Walkers won’t be a reprint, it’ll just be the Apocrypha feature which looks at obscure Doctor Who stories from anything but TV basically, and the Ice Warrior feature will be the Fact of Fiction on Cold War.

    • Bobby Davros

      June 22nd, 2020 - 10:47pm

      I’d love to see the Abslom Daak strips reprinted in glorious colour now that the normal strip is taking a rest.

    • Gareth Pugh

      June 23rd, 2020 - 12:31am

      The Flying Shark – not sure if you read the editorial in the last issue but Marcus Hearn did say they will be reprinting the Night Walkers to cover the 3 month layoff of the regular 13th Doctor strip (to save on costs as the current pandemic has battered its sales with WHS closing etc. Could be worse, Classic Pop has completely audiences publication for 3 months.

    • Mrs Croot

      June 23rd, 2020 - 6:43pm

      In the last issue, it said “It’s the final straw for the second doctor”, implying regeneration. There was also a picture of the second doctor regenerating. Does this mean this issue will have all 6 pages, or will it be spread an issue (2 pages of TV comic was 1 part) a month, covering the three months?

    • Gareth Pugh

      June 26th, 2020 - 10:32am

      Well, I stand corrected – the Night Walkers coverage is only as a two-page article about it in the regular ‘Apocrypha’ strand. Funny, I could have sworn they said they were reprinting the actual strip. Hey-ho!

  • AT

    June 22nd, 2020 - 4:06pm

    This is a great cover, a huge improvement on last months!

  • Prof Horner

    June 22nd, 2020 - 2:23pm

    Yes great cover ! It would be nice if if season 11 was next blu Ray release. Even better season 6.

    • Hi

      June 22nd, 2020 - 2:37pm

      There is a rumor that at the end of the year we are ether going to see season 2 or season 11

    • Bobby Davros

      June 22nd, 2020 - 4:50pm

      It’s a shame that hardly anyone is still alive from the cast or crew of S11. Franklin and Levene are going to be lonely on that sofa.

    • The Ergon

      June 22nd, 2020 - 4:57pm

      Theres no rule on who joins them though, so they could just get Katy to sit, discuss and laugh along with ‘her Boys’.

    • The Ergon

      June 22nd, 2020 - 4:59pm

      And theres the other sofa to fill.

    • daz

      June 22nd, 2020 - 6:28pm

      This makes me hope the Season 11 set is announced tomorrow just before subscribers get their copy as the magazine will cover it.

      Wishful thinking I know.

    • James17

      June 22nd, 2020 - 6:40pm

      I would love to see them get Sean Pertwee in on the Sofa, they got Elizabeth Sladen’s daughter, why not Pertwee’s son? It would be awesome to see what he thinks of the show.

    • The Ergon

      June 22nd, 2020 - 8:42pm

      I,d love old and new doctors looking over, discussing and summing up each others seasons. Imagine Tom watching season 24.

    • daz

      June 22nd, 2020 - 9:14pm

      Slightly off topic… I recently re-watched ‘Bo Selecta’ and Sean is on an episode of Series 1. This is back in 2002 and kept telling Avid Merrian “No Questions about my Dad”.

      But yes. I would love him to be on the Set in some way. I hope we get Jon’s 100th Birthday Podcast Tribute featuring Sean too.

      I’ve always wondered if they asked him to play 3rd in ‘An Adventure In Space and Time’ before Gatis stepped in?

  • The

    June 22nd, 2020 - 2:09pm

    What a fabulous cover. I literally watched this Saturday morning, and loved the story. Seen it so many times since original VHS release.

    Looking forward to this issue


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