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February 1st, 2021 46 comments

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 561


Highlights of the new issue include:

  • Exclusive interviews with some of the authors of the upcoming Target novelisations: Robert Shearman (Dalek), Mark Gatiss (The Crimson Horror) and Joy Wilkinson (The Witchfinders).
  • A celebration of the classic Target books.
  • Target collectors discuss their hobby.
  • Inside the making of the trailer for the Season 24 Blu-ray box set, featuring contributions from Sylvester McCoy, Bonnie Langford and writer/director Pete McTighe.
  • Patrick O’Kane discusses his portrayal of Ashad, the Lone Cyberman, in Series 12.
  • An interview with editor Rebecca Trotman, who won a BAFTA for her work on Ascension of the Cybermen.
  • Family, friends and colleagues pay tribute to acclaimed Doctor Who writer Philip Martin.
  • The evolution of the scripts that would eventually become Vengeance on Varos, Philip Martin’s first Doctor Who story.
  • A Review of the Daleks! YouTube series.
  • Public Image looks at the ratings for Revolution of the Daleks.
  • The Fact of Fiction analyses the 1978 serial Underworld.
  • The third 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 double-sided Target wallchart and a new and exclusive Target book! *

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 561 is on sale from Thursday 4 February
£9.99 (UK)

Categorised under: Doctor Who Magazine, Magazine


  • Anonymous

    February 6th, 2021 - 5:04pm

    its a ok mag this month but £4 extra for a poster and a book witch is basically a advertisement for bbc books is a bit much

    • Anonymous

      February 6th, 2021 - 8:35pm

      I think most fans would disagree. This is a monumental moment in DWM and Target fandom.

  • Coleman

    February 5th, 2021 - 6:06pm

    Managed to pick up a copy of this today at Cortonwood Morrisons nr Barnsley.
    If anyone’s still after acopy they had two left still.

  • James

    February 4th, 2021 - 5:59pm

    Why do they always plug the subscription? With all the stuff being taken into the net why not help the shops more? Have an option to get the magazines in a shop by sending subscription coupons like newspapers do?

    Where possible support your local newsagents/shops

    • booboo

      February 4th, 2021 - 6:03pm

      they need the direct income and guaranteed sales to keep in business, escpcially now, happens with all magazines and always has.

    • James

      February 4th, 2021 - 8:17pm

      They still could as subscribers would be sent coupons to use to pay for the magazine instores

    • booboo

      February 5th, 2021 - 9:10am

      that would sort of defeat the object of low cost direct subscriptions.

      I Understand about keeping people going to shops but these subs have been done by all magazines for years now so not sure why its suddenly an issue.

  • Anonymous

    February 4th, 2021 - 5:49pm

    The best DWM ever. Worth £100.
    If you can’t see why that poster is not worth £50 for one side, £40 for the other, £6 for the mag and £4 for the book, then you have missed a 45 year sentient adventure thru true Who. I now need to buy a least one more copy, possibly two. Sealed, framed poster one side, framed poster the other side.
    What a truly high moment for fandom..

    • Anonymous

      February 4th, 2021 - 6:21pm

      Some interesting omissions from the poster, and yes I get they can’t show every cover used but it’s still interesting what they did and didn’t use. Book looks great n the shelves!

    • Anonymous

      February 5th, 2021 - 9:32am

      Yes, with Auton Invasion’s three covers, we can only have two of them.
      I like the idea of a sampler book. That’s a first. Also its suitably thin, appropriate for Target.
      I never open sealed DWMs as a rule but this is a must. I’ll get another copy.
      For me, the best DWM ever. Been buying on release since 103..

  • Anonymous

    February 4th, 2021 - 2:12pm

    Plenty of copies in sainsburys. The book is nice and features a short 3 page ‘story’ by Jonathan Morris that means it can be taken as a target book if you want. Personally I just think it looks great on the selves

    • Mac

      February 4th, 2021 - 6:14pm

      None near me, which is very strange. I’ll have to look next week now.

  • Dunc

    February 3rd, 2021 - 11:28am

    Thanks to the wall chart I now realise how many more target books I still need to get.

  • Gareth Pugh

    February 3rd, 2021 - 10:17am

    Subscriber copies have started hitting the mats today; I’ve read on Gallifrey Base the Target book is indeed a sampler containing the opening chapters of each of the upcoming wave of. new Target novelisations.

    • A4geek

      February 3rd, 2021 - 11:14am

      Sure is. Got mine this morning so looking forward to getting stuck in.

    • Daniel Seymour

      February 3rd, 2021 - 12:51pm

      Bit disappointed its a sampler only, seeing as I was going to get all the books anyway once they were released. Hardly an ‘exclusive book’……..more a readers digest sampler. I was thinking it may have been more fun for the book to contain novelisations of Time Crash and other Children in Need minisodes which are considered canon..

    • Anonymous

      February 3rd, 2021 - 1:28pm

      That’s what I’d hoped for Daniel. I’m still going to get this issue for the book (I no longer buy the magazine regularly) but I don’t think I’ll read it as I have the books ordered and I’d rather just read them in full. It’s more of a curio for the selves than a book to read. And the cover is nice so I’m reasonably happy to get it. Still it would have lovely to have an adaptation of time crash or my favourite space/time instead of a sampler.

    • Deano

      February 3rd, 2021 - 2:28pm

      Yes I received mine which was a very pleasant surprise I don’t recall ever having received a copy early since subscribing back in March so very happy and with a free book which I totally forgot all about.

    • MJS

      February 3rd, 2021 - 5:00pm

      It IS disappointing it’s only a sampler, but it.dod say book, not novelisation which they usually use when referring to a target book, so i kind of thought it wouldn’t be a novel. Oh well!
      It is still a lovely little thing and will look nice on the Target shelf

  • MJS

    February 2nd, 2021 - 7:14pm

    I think it’s safe to assume it’s a “sampler” boom. The images on the cover are all from upcoming Target releases. 13 fro The Witchfinders, 4 from Pirate Planet and 11 is reversed from Crimson Horror

    • MJS

      February 2nd, 2021 - 7:15pm

      Book. Not boom!

    • Coleman

      February 2nd, 2021 - 7:59pm

      The auto corrects a nightmare it’s always changing stuff I write. Usually check it about 3times now before I post. (It still manages to squeeze something in I never wrote).

  • Demdike@CultLabs

    February 2nd, 2021 - 12:25pm

    I imagine the poster might feature small images of every Target book release on one side.

    • Anonymous

      February 2nd, 2021 - 12:29pm

      It’s saying wallchart so I think it might as you say feature he covers but be a bit of a guide/tick off chart

    • Coleman

      February 2nd, 2021 - 5:57pm

      Really looking forward to the wallchart now, if it’s like I suspect a chart showing off the covers of the previous books Target books.

    • Demdike@CultLabs

      February 3rd, 2021 - 2:51pm

      Got that one right about showing every book cover on the poster.

      Educated guess as they did it with every magazine cover to celibrate 500 issues or whatever the anniversary was a couple of years ago.

  • Anonymous

    February 2nd, 2021 - 10:43am

    I wish they would give fans the opportunity to have their artwork used for the front covers, some of them are fantastic

    • Demdike@CultLabs

      February 3rd, 2021 - 2:53pm

      Some of them aren’t though so i guess they’d get loads of vitriol on social media for not having covers from people who can barely draw.

  • Anonymous

    February 2nd, 2021 - 10:33am

    Oh, there are 2 extras! 🙂 Double wow!

  • Anonymous

    February 2nd, 2021 - 10:32am

    Ooh, extra! 🙂

  • The Spell

    February 1st, 2021 - 9:21pm

    I assume from the cover that the book will be a sampler containing extracts, rather than a standalone novel.

    • Master of M

      February 2nd, 2021 - 4:48pm

      That’s my take on it, but don’t know for sure.

  • Dalekz

    February 1st, 2021 - 7:43pm

    Oooh a book inside, I love extras!

  • Kone112

    February 1st, 2021 - 7:23pm

    I might be missing something here. But what’s on the wall chart.

    • Anonymous

      February 1st, 2021 - 7:28pm

      Doesn’t say yet

  • Anonymous

    February 1st, 2021 - 6:41pm

    A target book guide perhaps?

  • OnTarget

    February 1st, 2021 - 5:44pm

    Hopefully not as padded as the last issue with the ‘world cup’ stuff

    • Tardis

      February 1st, 2021 - 8:10pm

      Totally agree

    • Mac

      February 1st, 2021 - 8:59pm

      Yeah. 50 years of The Master and that’s what they come up with

  • Coleman

    February 1st, 2021 - 5:33pm

    Will their be 2 versions of this magazine, like they’ve done in the past, with a normal version at £5.99 without the book?
    I’ll buy this version with the book. (Just curious).

    • BigBen64

      February 1st, 2021 - 5:40pm

      Judging by how this is the only version they’ve advertised, I’d think not.

      If they’d be doing a deluxe edition, they’d say something in the previous magazine.

      But this is the only way of getting Issue 561.

    • The Flying Shark

      February 1st, 2021 - 5:44pm

      No, just the one 9.99 issue with the book and wallchart

  • Anonymous

    February 1st, 2021 - 5:08pm

    Doctor Who and the library of time? Is this a newly written story?

    • JL

      February 1st, 2021 - 5:22pm

      Judging by the cover art, it looks related to the upcoming target book releases

    • Anonymous

      February 1st, 2021 - 5:29pm

      I’m guessing it might have samples from some books in the new wave

    • Alberto Frog

      February 1st, 2021 - 6:07pm

      Yes, there might be a framing story, leading into snippets of the new books.

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