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August 18th, 2020 32 comments

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 555


Highlights of the new issue include:

  • The story behind a bizarre and long-lost adventure starring Tom Baker as the Doctor.
  • Derek Jacobi answers questions from the TARDIS Tin.
  • An exclusive preview of the new animated version of Fury from the Deep.
  • How Doctor Who was nearly cancelled in 1970… and how the show was saved.
  • How Doctor Who joined the satellite revolution on Super Channel and UK Gold.
  • The inside story of BSB’s Doctor Who Weekend – 30 years on.
  • The Controversial Continuity of Doctor Who companions, the Silurians, UNIT dating and time travel.
  • The Fact of Fiction explores the 2014 story Mummy on the Orient Express.
  • Apocrypha revisits Continuity Errors, Steven Moffat’s first professional Doctor Who story.
  • A review of The Power of the Daleks Special Edition.
  • Previews and reviews, news, prize-winning competitions, Time and Space Visualiser, The Blogs of Doom and much more!

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 555 is on sale from Thursday 20 August £5.99 (UK)

Categorised under: Doctor Who Magazine, Magazine


  • sick of lockdown

    August 25th, 2020 - 3:06pm

    any one got ther copy from panini yet

    • Anonymous

      August 25th, 2020 - 4:21pm

      Yes. Ordered last Wednesday from the Panini website and arrived yesterday

  • Nick Betts

    August 24th, 2020 - 3:27pm

    My subscription copy is late again. I read my friend’s copy at the weekend but refuse to buy a normal copy from WHSmith again. During the initial lockdown, the postmen were everywhere and were amazing. Now, they are an endangered species in Leamington Spa. As I am working from home, I am aware of the sudden lack of deliveries. There hasn’t been a Royal Mail delivery in my road since Wednesday. Hopefully, I will get a chance to read it from cover to cover soon as there were some good articles in there.

    • Nick Betts

      August 25th, 2020 - 9:05pm

      Well, it has arrived today in mint condition and so I am happy now.

  • Simon W

    August 20th, 2020 - 7:12pm

    I’ve been getting them from my local newsagent for the last 26 years with out a problem then Issue 554 never turned up. Issue 555 should be there tomorrow well thats what is said 2 issues of the same issue are supposed to come in.

    • Deano

      August 20th, 2020 - 7:49pm

      Hi Simon
      I to had been buying from WH Smith’s etc…over the past 30 yrs but since the beginning of this year I started having problems getting hold of a copy so come lockdown I decided to subscribe something I should have done a long time ago saves money and a lot of stress

  • me

    August 20th, 2020 - 1:07pm

    can not get hold of one in the shops so i ordered one on the panini web site dose anybody know how long it might take to be delivered

  • MJS

    August 20th, 2020 - 12:40pm

    Is anyone else’s.copy of this ripped? Just had mine delivered and pages 47-49 have massive rips not visible from outside. 1/3 of page 49 is completely ripped by still in situ

    • Deano

      August 20th, 2020 - 1:43pm

      Yes just checked after seeing your post and mine has rips within the pages you mentioned and 49 has 3 in looks like a manufacturing issue but it doesn’t effect the magazine in general from handling and reading as it’s in the middle and away mostly from any text.
      But if the problem has been identified since it may cause a delay in the shop issues for a few days ?.
      It is something I’ve occasionally noticed at times with Dr Who Magazine.

    • MJS

      August 21st, 2020 - 4:23pm

      Been in touch with Panini. It was a production fault and they are sending a replacement. I normally wouldn’t fuss but a whole chunk of page is torn off!!!!

  • Deano

    August 20th, 2020 - 12:30pm

    Mines arrived safely on release day.
    A lovely cover really nice text free subscription issue.

  • bob hellier

    August 20th, 2020 - 12:22pm

    dr who magazine is not on sale today 20th august as i went to my local newsagent today i wonder when it will be on sale

  • Crosby

    August 19th, 2020 - 8:03am

    I’ve still been able to got my magazine issues from WH Smith’s throughout this pandemic but from the next town as their branch was still opening as I had to go over there anyway but I think that branch was open due to being on the high street and not inside a shopping centre

  • Dalek Eye Stalk

    August 18th, 2020 - 7:08pm

    I see Doctor Who Magazine are using the classic Doctors on the front cover these days and not the latest Doctor. Is that because when Jodie is on the cover sales fall off?

    • Anonymous

      August 19th, 2020 - 7:54am


    • Gordon

      August 19th, 2020 - 10:32pm

      They just had a Jodie era cover on the last issue. None of the articles in this issue are related to the Jodie era so there is no point to have anything of her era on the cover. It’s simple as that

    • dominion

      August 23rd, 2020 - 3:13pm

      Jodie hater posts are very boring…

  • Simon W

    August 18th, 2020 - 11:57am

    Let’s hope this 1 come’s in as there is still now news about Issue 554.

    • JRT!

      August 18th, 2020 - 6:52pm

      You didn’t buy it at WHS the day it came out? Or do you subscribe? I picked up issue 554,and latest Infinity,the day after they came out,Friday July 25th,as I was leaving London. Great mags both.

    • Coleman

      August 19th, 2020 - 8:53pm

      Bought mine weeks ago from Morrisons at Corton Wood near Barnsley.

  • Doug Who

    August 18th, 2020 - 11:18am

    Lovely cover…looking forward to the text free edition. Intrigued by the ‘unseen’ Tom Baker story…always interesting to read about what might have been although thanks to Big Finish we can generally hear it now.

  • Prof Horner

    August 18th, 2020 - 10:24am

    Still no news on the next blu Ray season release. Like the headline The brink of disaster, says it all really.

    • Gareth Pugh

      August 18th, 2020 - 10:43am

      I’m not sure why you think that? The Collection Blu Ray range may have some delays but Chris Roberts has assured people on Gallifrey Base forum that it most definitely is carrying on. And let’s face it, the audience for those are mostly us die-hard fans – we’re not exactly likely to lose interest or drift away if there’s a long gap LOL

    • Anonymous

      August 18th, 2020 - 11:48am

      In 1979 Doctor Who popular Saturday night show . Ten years later it disappeared off the screens totally humiliated and unloved but for a few fans. For years we had put the lie that Doctor Who was minority interest programme until Russell T Davies brought it back to the main stream .

    • Prof Horner

      August 18th, 2020 - 11:53am

      Sorry Anonymous I don’t know why my reply has gone out under your name.

    • Bobby Davros

      August 18th, 2020 - 2:23pm

      We’re in the age of mega viruses, mega recessions, mega explosions and mega Big Finish schedules but the delay in announcing a bluray set is a disaster apparently.

    • Anonymous

      August 18th, 2020 - 3:34pm

      Yeeeeah no multiple people on the team have confirmed that it’s still going and they’re working on the next couple sets. I imagine it’s been the whole, y’know, world wide pandemic delaying things.

    • Anonymous

      August 18th, 2020 - 7:19pm

      Its just a bluray boxset. Get some perspective. Things are being delayed. Documentary interviews have very probably been on hold for months. Just be patient.

    • Gareth Pugh

      August 18th, 2020 - 9:24pm

      LOL Chris Chapman not Chris Roberts – my (half asleep) bad.

    • Gordon

      August 19th, 2020 - 10:35pm

      None of the previous box sets have been revealed by a doctor who magazine Cover so I don’t understand why they would start now.

      I want the next set as much as everyone else but it will happen when it happens

  • Anonymous

    August 18th, 2020 - 9:43am

    Does this come with the Time Lord Victorious comic?

    • Anonymous

      August 18th, 2020 - 9:47am

      Issue 556

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