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December 8th, 2020 34 comments

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 559

Highlights of the new issue include:

  • An exclusive preview of the New Year’s Day Special, featuring contributions from Jodie Whittaker, John Barrowman, Chris Noth, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Chris Chibnall, director Lee Haven Jones and costume designer Ray Holman.
  • The latest from showrunner Chris Chibnall in his Production Notes.
  • A behind-the-scenes look at the trailer for the Season 8 Blu-ray box set, with writer and director Pete McTighe, Katy Manning and Stewart Bevan.
  • Christmas with the Doctor – a fresh look at stories that were broadcast during the festive period between 1963 and 1989.
  • What did missing 1965 episode The Feast of Steven actually look like? DWM’s CGI recreation offers some clues.
  • The strange story of the 1964 record I’m Gonna Spend My Christmas with a Dalek.
  • Interviews with the team behind the immersive theatre experience Time Fracture.
  • The final instalment of a two-part article exploring David Whitaker’s influence on the Daleks.
  • The Fact of Fiction analyses the 2014 Festive Special Last Christmas.
  • Apocrypha rediscovers the bizarre 1965 comic strip A Christmas Story.
  • The DWM Christmas Quiz!
  • The first part of The White Dragon, a new comic-strip adventure for the Thirteenth Doctor.
  • Previews and reviews, news, prize-winning competitions, Time and Space Visualiser, The Blogs of Doom and more.
  • PLUS a giant, double-sided poster!

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 559 is on sale from Thursday 10 December

£6.99 (UK)

Categorised under: Doctor Who Magazine, Magazine


  • Dark Arts Time Lord

    December 17th, 2020 - 8:59am

    Still haven’t received my subscriber issue yet. Looks like I’ll be waiting two and a half weeks again, like I did last month.

    • Anonymous

      December 17th, 2020 - 9:38am

      Same here! Hopefully it might arrive today…

  • Josh

    December 16th, 2020 - 10:56am

    What size is poster

  • Deano

    December 14th, 2020 - 3:53pm

    Arrived safely on day of release which was nice although I did receive an update on the next issue with an apology regarding the previous issue delay.

  • TARDISWonder001

    December 11th, 2020 - 8:23am

    I should point out that the offer code for the Tenth Doctor Adventures Volume 2 cd boxset on the back of the magazine works for the CD version only and NOT the download.

    Just to let the download fans know…

  • Anonymous

    December 10th, 2020 - 8:33pm

    It’s terrible to think subscribers have not even received last issue yet. This issue is a bit pointless for a lot of people. Cannot really blame Royal Mail after 28 days

    • Anonymous

      December 17th, 2020 - 9:38pm

      How is it pointless? If they are subscribing then they want this issue.

  • Graham

    December 10th, 2020 - 12:14pm

    Yay mine has just been delivered at least not late this month

  • The Watcher

    December 9th, 2020 - 9:02pm

    it says new action figures on the cover. does that refer to the b&m sets or something new?

  • doctor who home

    December 9th, 2020 - 4:03pm

    I feel we’ve already done the Christmas repeats article before as well as the Go Goos one, they both feel like already written pieces for DWM, I know its going to happen after all these years but I swear we had one on the Christmas omnibuses in 2017?

    • The Flying Shark

      December 10th, 2020 - 9:05am

      And we had articles on David Whitaker’s Dalek stories in 2018,…I know times are tough but it is annoying to see so many reused articles

    • doctor who home

      December 11th, 2020 - 2:48pm

      Thats exactly how I felt last mont, I swear I’ve read the story of the Dalekmania toys about three different times in recent memory, i just find it hard to believe we cant be deep diving into other doctor who content, we have a gigantic expanded media, there’s new books and audios out every month and it’d be great to get more 2005-onwards content, even with the merchandise we barley scratched the surface :/

    • The Flying Shark

      December 18th, 2020 - 8:08am

      And also it very much annoyed me how, despite being wildly popular and featuring on the cover, the 5″ range was neglected to one small box out about the David Tennant variants.

  • Daniel Seymour

    December 9th, 2020 - 7:30am

    Whats this Back on TV: Christmas with the Doctor? As well as the new special are they at last showing reruns of the classic series on BBC ONE? Not that I would watch them as I own every story on DVD and download where I can, but it would be great for younger fans to see the classic series and even though they will be repeats would be quality TV.

    • Gareth Pugh

      December 9th, 2020 - 9:30am

      Daniel – I’m guessing here until I get my copy – but they usually put ‘Back on TV’ on the cover when there’s new episodes about to air so I reckon that flash will just be referencing the NYD special (and the coverage about it inside the mag). ‘Christmas with the Doctor’? Not sure – if I had to guess from the specific episodes the thumbnail photos have been picked from, perhaps a feature looking back at other broadcasts of DW that happened over the Christmas and New Year period?

    • Gareth Pugh

      December 9th, 2020 - 12:27pm

      Yes, here you go – from the Panini blurb I think:
      Christmas with the Doctor – a fresh look at stories that were broadcast during the festive period between 1963 and 1989.

    • Anonymous

      December 17th, 2020 - 9:39pm

      They tried showing classic repeats and nobody watched.

    • John

      December 18th, 2020 - 8:45am

      Anonymous – you have any evidence to back that up?

      The number of people watching on other channels would seem to disaghree with you, otherwise Britbox wouldn’t be showing it. If I recall the repeats on BBC2 had healthy figures.

  • MJS

    December 8th, 2020 - 6:01pm

    I only got my last issue last week. Let’s hope there’s no issues with this one!!

  • Demdike@CultLabs

    December 8th, 2020 - 5:45pm

    My mag arrived this morning.

    Although i don’t pin up posters there is a fantastic one of Captain Jack and the TARDIS with the magazine.

    Looks another strong issue content wise at first glance.

    • Alons-y

      December 8th, 2020 - 6:23pm

      Anything Big Finish related?

    • Demdike@CultLabs

      December 8th, 2020 - 11:17pm

      Just the usual reviews, Alons-y

  • Mavic Chen

    December 8th, 2020 - 5:37pm

    it says recreating the feast of steven. what could that possibly hint at? an animation? uclan reconstruction? David bradley thing?

    • Gordon

      December 8th, 2020 - 6:42pm

      It’s a recreation of the sets

  • Anonymous

    December 8th, 2020 - 2:39pm

    It’s out on the 10th and only announced on the 8th
    That’s cutting it very fine

    • Gareth Pugh

      December 8th, 2020 - 3:13pm

      I think they usually only reveal the cover on the Tuesday 2 days before though?

    • Mrs Croot

      December 8th, 2020 - 4:02pm

      Normally a Monday

  • The Outcast

    December 8th, 2020 - 2:20pm

    New action figures? Does this just refer to the 12/Davros, Ace/Imperial B&M sets, or something else?

    • Anonymous

      December 8th, 2020 - 2:40pm

      Let’s hope ones planned for 2021

    • The Fishmonger

      December 8th, 2020 - 7:30pm

      They did a small article about the Ace and 12/Davros sets in the last one, so hopefully news about future ones.

    • booboo

      December 8th, 2020 - 7:42pm

      people have already received their subscription copies so anything major would have been all over the internet by now

  • Anonymous

    December 8th, 2020 - 2:14pm

    Brilliant cover

  • Dunc

    December 8th, 2020 - 2:09pm

    Mine came this morning.

    • Alons-y

      December 8th, 2020 - 2:24pm

      Is there any Big Finish news or deals? I’m waiting for mine! 🙂

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