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October 12th, 2020 32 comments

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 557

Issues containing Monstrous Beauty are available to order from

Highlights of the new issue include:

  • An exclusive look at the new animated YouTube series Daleks!, featuring interviews with the cast and crew members.
  • Voice artist Nicholas Briggs explains how he brought the Emperor Dalek to life.
  • Doctor Who’s 50 scariest moments, with comments from Maxine Alderton, Chris Chibnall, Frazer Hines, Steven Moffat and more.
  • Ray Holman’s guide to the creatures he designed and dressed for Series 12 – with never-before-seen sketches from the Doctor Who Costume Department.
  • The second part of Time Lord Victorious: Monstrous Beauty, a new comic-strip adventure for the Ninth Doctor and Rose.
  • A new regular feature on memorabilia looks at how to collect the Doctor Who Annual.
  • The Fact of Fiction continues its exploration of the 1964 story Marco Polo, plus interviews with Carole Ann Ford, Philip Voss and production assistant Penny Joy.
  • Apocrypha rediscovers the 1987 comic-strip The World Shapers.
  • Reviews of new books The Monster Vault and The Knight, the Fool and the Dead.
  • Previews and reviews, news, prize-winning competitions, Time and Space Visualiser, The Blogs of Doom and more!

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 557 is on sale from Thursday 15 October £5.99 (UK)

Categorised under: Doctor Who Magazine, Magazine


  • Anonymous

    October 19th, 2020 - 12:55pm

    Still have not received mine which is so weird as they have never been this late for me before?

    • Graham

      October 19th, 2020 - 7:43pm

      Mine hasn’t arrived yet either and like you mine have either been on time or day after

    • Kevin225

      October 20th, 2020 - 1:26pm

      Mine arrived eventually yesterday (Monday). Never been this late before, although our post deliveries are a little up the creek in our area these days anyway….

  • Demdike@CultLabs

    October 16th, 2020 - 4:36pm

    Love this issue – continuing with more Marco Polo features and the 50 scariest moments. Loads of great pics of Daleks and Mechanoids from this new animated series too.

  • Deano

    October 16th, 2020 - 1:06pm

    My subscription issue arrived today loving the cover

  • Mrs Croot

    October 15th, 2020 - 6:02pm

    DWM: We are contributing to TLV with this 3 part comic!
    People who don’t normally buy: Hope it’s collected as not buying this for…
    DWM: As you can see here, it is separate from the magazine.
    People who don’t normally buy: Ah cool, I’ll get this then because it’s separate.
    DWM: And remember…
    People who don’t normally buy: Hey! This looks like it’s part of the magazine! I thought it was going to be separate!
    DWM: … no refunds!

    • Mrs Croot

      October 15th, 2020 - 6:03pm

      I do normally but it anyway but think they would have made more money with people who don’t by making the strip separate.

    • Anonymous

      October 15th, 2020 - 6:26pm

      Your right there Mrs Croot. I bought it as did several people I know. All of us are very annoyed. I know of five people who have said they won’t buy the rest of the magazines and one who has said he won’t buy any of the magazine specials anymore either.

  • Anonymous

    October 15th, 2020 - 12:15pm

    They kept this Issue very quiet up until the actual release. Despite trying various avenues by email, I could get no information from anyone on this Issue. Now I know why – The ‘supposed’ 2nd Part of “Monstrous Beauty” only run’s to 8 pages & is glued in. Not even bothering to put it in the middle stapled. I am not happy with this at all! When the original advertising blurb was released it made it seem like it would be 3 separate Comics. I find this rather underhand.

    • Anonymous

      October 15th, 2020 - 12:24pm

      Only bought last magazine on the understanding it would be 3 separate comics. Very very annoyed. Not going to buy it now. If its collected fine. If not equally fine. Really really not happy

  • Kevin225

    October 15th, 2020 - 12:13pm

    After a good run over the last couple of months, bit of a shame that there is no sign of my subscribers copy so far this week. Have others received their copy?

    • Anonymous

      October 15th, 2020 - 1:34pm

      Hi Kevin
      Same here perhaps tomorrow or Saturday just how it is sometimes.

    • Demdike@CultLabs

      October 15th, 2020 - 2:09pm

      I too am a subscriber Kevin and my copy also hasn’t arrived.

  • Demdike@CultLabs

    October 15th, 2020 - 11:31am

    Hope the new regular feature on memorabilia is a replacement for cosplay.

  • Basil Funkenstein

    October 12th, 2020 - 3:02pm

    What day/date is this released?

    • Gareth Pugh

      October 12th, 2020 - 3:52pm

      Basil, it’s out this Thursday, October 15th

    • Basil Funkenstein

      October 12th, 2020 - 4:02pm

      Brilliant Gareth. Thanks for your reply.

  • Gareth Pugh

    October 12th, 2020 - 2:21pm

    Correction – issue 559 (but I got the ‘on sale December’ bit right at least!!).

  • bryan

    October 12th, 2020 - 1:58pm

    so some help for the Confused.

    The NEW comic Strip BAD BLOOD is a 13th Dr comic strip? yes have I got that right.

    Monstrous Beauty part two and Three are in the magazine pages or like last month a seperate comic?

    Does my Sub copy come with Monstrous Beauty, either internally or Seperate. ? or do we have to buy a seperate Mag from FP.

    sorry if this is obvious.

    • booboo

      October 12th, 2020 - 2:03pm

      We are all in the same boat, replies on twitter suggest its “in” the magazine, ie part of it rather than separate, but I’ve yet to see (unless anyone can correct me) a definitive answer from DWM

      was part one of the Comic smaller than the magazine?

    • Anonymous

      October 12th, 2020 - 2:04pm

      When they say Bad Blood I think it’s a reference to how there are vampires in Monstrous Beauty (which’ll be the only comic strip in the magazine)…

    • bryan

      October 12th, 2020 - 2:06pm

      Same size as the mag, BooBoo. and very nice . would they have two comic strips internally?

    • booboo

      October 12th, 2020 - 2:08pm

      could be then this has been designed to be “removed” via staples? I’m not up on these things but it would put me off buying to be honest if its not separate .

    • Gareth Pugh

      October 12th, 2020 - 2:18pm

      As far as I can tell/interpret, ‘Bad Blood’ (as the anonymous poster says) is not a title so much as a headline for the cover, referring to the fact that Monstrous Beauty features vampires (hopefully that’s not too much of a spoiler, assuming anyone wanting to read part 1 has done so by now….) And ‘new comic strip’ perhaps isn’t meant to be taken as ‘a brand new story starts this issue’ but ‘new’ as in ‘previously unpublished instalment [of the current comic strip, that’s already begun]’.

      I must admit, it seemed a bit strange having the TLV guide and articles inside the main mag last time and part 1 of Monstrous Beauty in the separate supplement; in a way, having all 3 parts in the mag itself, and the TLV guide stuff as a separate mag to keep handy across the TLV project to keep referring back to, might have made more sense? Dunno. I imagine it *WILL* get collected in a Panini GN in the not-too-distant future.

    • Anonymous

      October 12th, 2020 - 2:18pm

      I think bad blood is just part two of monstrous beauty.

    • Gareth Pugh

      October 12th, 2020 - 2:21pm

      Oh yes, sorry, I just remembered- DWM said on social media a couple of months back that 13th Doc comic strips would resume in issue 558 / on sale in December, so this won’t be referring to a new 13th Doctor strip, no.

    • Anonymous

      October 12th, 2020 - 4:36pm

      Have to say boo boo I’m in two minds about this. I do recall in the last issue getting concerned when it said something about making an event for the first part by having it seperated from the mag. Soon as i read that my heart sank.

  • Anonymous

    October 12th, 2020 - 1:34pm

    Well that’s annoying. Decision time… do I bother buying the mag for the strip or just wait and see if its collected? They really should have said it wouldn’t be separate for all three or I wouldn’t have wasted my money on the first issue. Very very annoyed.

  • Phasergrim

    October 12th, 2020 - 1:18pm

    “Issues containing Monstrous Beauty are available to order from
    Does this mean the issue I get from my newsagents won’t contain Monstrous Beauty?

    • booboo

      October 12th, 2020 - 1:19pm

      no most newsagents don’t do mail order

  • DalekAgent

    October 12th, 2020 - 12:59pm

    It looks like the comic is in the magazine itself rather than a separate supplement like last time, i would of preferred it like that but oh well

    • booboo

      October 12th, 2020 - 1:06pm

      so would most people i think

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