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March 3rd, 2021 34 comments

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 562


Highlights of the new issue include:

  • Some of Doctor Who’s most renowned illustrators discuss their techniques: Chris Achilléos, Colin Howard, Martin Geraghty, Stuart Crouch, Anthony Dry and Anthony Lamb all speak exclusively to DWM.
  • Television producer John Lloyd discusses his never-realised 1979 four-parter The Doomsday Contract ahead of its Big Finish release.
  • Meet the collectors committed to acquiring the autographs of their favourite stars.
  • Behind-the-scenes insights into the interactive game The Lonely Assassins, including an interview with one of its stars, Ingrid Oliver.
  • New CG images recreate the sets from the lost episodes of 1967’s The Moonbase. Plus an analysis of the serial’s original studio floorplans and a tribute to its designer, Colin Shaw.
  • Doctor Who guest star Chris Noth talks about working with the Daleks, the art of villainy and why he’s flying the flag for the series in America.
  • Apocrypha investigates The Mystery of the Marie Celeste, a story from the 1970 Dr Who Annual.
  • Reviews of the new Target novelisations Dalek, The Crimson Horror and The Witchfinders.
  • The Fact of Fiction analyses 2012’s Dinosaurs on a Spaceship.
  • The final part of The White Dragon, a new comic-strip adventure for the Thirteenth Doctor.
  • New regular feature Sufficient Data crunches Doctor Who’s numbers.
  • Previews and reviews, news, prize-winning competitions, Time and Space Visualiser and more.

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 562 is on sale from Thursday 4 March £5.99 (UK)

Categorised under: Doctor Who Magazine, Magazine


  • Anonymous

    March 5th, 2021 - 9:52pm

    in the editorial they say sales are down because not many people are in the shops i do hope the magazine dos not get cancelled

    • Coleman

      March 6th, 2021 - 11:15am

      I think they realise it’s just a glitch due to lockdown.
      They know if they whether the storm, things will soon be back to normal.

  • Philip Shaw

    March 4th, 2021 - 4:57pm

    Just got my issue in Sainsbury’s and it continually rang up at £9.99…eventually the assistant saw the price over the barcode and corrected the price.

  • Timelord63

    March 4th, 2021 - 2:00pm

    You wouldn’t know that we’ve still got a Thirteenth Doctor as she’s barely been featured on the covers let alone many articles on her era? And the comic strip is being rested again from next issue!

    • bryan

      March 4th, 2021 - 3:47pm

      Its my biggest bug . Even when there is 1 interview /feature+comic strip. the cover should still be Jodie (or the current Doctor. )

      Its even a BBC low key thing too. With;
      FYI ; There were two Doctor who Novels(shorts with b/w line even has chapter 3 of the Nimon Story as cross publicity)

      Team Tardis Diaries. And The whole Fam are on the cover. But young looking, but we take anything at the moment)

    • Chris Howarth

      March 5th, 2021 - 9:17am

      Because, ironically, that’s not what the readership wants. At the outset of the Jodie run they tried to aim the magazine at modern era fans and it failed. Maybe fans of the current iteration are not people who buy magazines? Given that physical media is sadly on the verge of obsolescence that’s not a surprise.

      The publishers are aware of the demographic that’s still buying and if it’s mainly middle-aged men then that’s who the content has to be aimed at. Otherwise cancellation is certain. The resting of the comic strip is testament to that.

      Do you really think that if Jodie cover issues sold well she wouldn’t be on it every month?

    • Dunc

      March 5th, 2021 - 9:51am

      They do anything on Jodie people complain. They don’t do anything on Jodie people complain. They do something about the older stories people complain, they do something about the modern era people complain. They can’t win.

    • Demdike@CultLabs

      March 5th, 2021 - 11:13am

      If the current production team had something to say or bothered to let the magazine on set as Davies and Moffat did then it may be different. Chibnall has kept everything so quiet that there’s nothing whatsoever coming out from the actors or producers. Chibnall barely bothers to do the production notes page that the other two show runners did every single issue.

    • Anonymous

      March 5th, 2021 - 1:54pm

      It’s not as much of a decrease as you might think – when you take into account that up to 2011 there was a series every year (rather than every 18 months), the series were 3 weeks longer (4 when there was a Eurovision gap – so as-it-airs coverage took an extra issue or so), new Doctor & companion announcements happened basically every year (and they all got covers), and the Sarah Jane Adventures got a cover for each of its first four series.

      Even in the RTD gap year there were fewer new series covers than when there was a series on; but the regular specials, Matt Smith/Karen Gillan announcements and SJA got covers, whereas nowadays in the between-series gaps all there tends to be to report on is one festive special. You can probably (at a generous estimate) account for one or two non-Jodie covers per season that are to do with lack of set access and/or audience interest.

  • Doug Who

    March 4th, 2021 - 1:07pm

    Great issue especially the illustrators article. Cover looks great with no text. I used to do illustrations for fanzines and wish I’d kept it up! For me the best ‘Who’ illustrator will always be Frank Bellamy.

    Sadly the magazine arrived with the spine badly damaged. I wish Panini would post things in card envelopes rather than these flimsy poly bags that offer no protection at all.

    It’s a shame because otherwise their subscription service is fantastic!

    • Darren

      March 4th, 2021 - 6:13pm

      I agree about the plastic bags they send them in. I email them when the magazine is badly damaged and they send a replacement.

    • Doug Who

      March 4th, 2021 - 6:22pm

      Thanks Darren I’ll do that! If this happens a lot you’d think the cost of replacement issues would make them think twice.

    • Darren

      March 4th, 2021 - 7:15pm

      You’d think.
      I’ve been subscribing since the start of the first lockdown, around a 1/3 of the magazines have been damaged in the post. I won’t be renewing once this sub ends, I just can’t bare the waste!

    • Pete X

      March 4th, 2021 - 8:56pm

      How are they damaged? I don’t subscribe to DWM but do to the New Scientist. They come in plastic wrapping. In over 15 years I’ve never had a damaged copy. Even before Covid copies were late, that ‘s rural NE Scotland for you, but never damaged.

    • Darren

      March 4th, 2021 - 10:26pm

      Maybe you have super careful posties, unfortunately mine fold the magazine hard in half and ram it through the postbox unless I get the door first.

    • Doug Who

      March 6th, 2021 - 10:22pm

      Hi Pete,

      I’ve had a couple with bad cover creases (although one seemed to be before it was put in the bag) and a couple with spine creases. This one had several really bad spine breaks and a rip right the way through the whole magazine.

      It’s not my postie who is fantastic, is always careful and never stuffs things through the letterbox. I think its before it gets to him!

      Getting a replacement sent so thanks again for the advice Darren!

  • Demdike@CultLabs

    March 3rd, 2021 - 1:47pm

    I was hoping this might arrive today but sadly not.

    • Alan Silvester

      March 3rd, 2021 - 7:43pm

      Yeah, me too, mate – but, sadly, didn’t arrive here either. Hopefully tomorrow…

    • Demdike@CultLabs

      March 4th, 2021 - 12:56pm

      Yes, it arrived.
      With the cover and half the pages torn in the top left corner. Tear is approx two cm long.

  • Haza14

    March 3rd, 2021 - 11:54am

    Sadly not too much to interest me this month looking at the content listed. But what a fantastic cover!! Can’t wait for the textless version!

  • Dalek Sec

    March 3rd, 2021 - 2:23am

    Is it bad that I just wanna buy this for the cover. Not exactly sure whether what’s inside would be any interesting. But that cover is absolutely delicious.

    • Daz

      March 3rd, 2021 - 8:57am

      Me too.

  • Shaun

    March 2nd, 2021 - 9:40pm

    Hmm – The mystery of the Marie Celeste – as we all know, it’s the Mary Celeste if they’re talking about the ship in The Chase. Perhaps it’s something else!

    • Chris Howarth

      March 5th, 2021 - 9:24am

      Nope, title refers to the story from the last Troughton annual. The article’s one in a series by my mate Steve.

  • The Flying Shark

    March 2nd, 2021 - 7:50pm

    Nnn I hate to be negative but we’ve just had two bookazines specifically about the 1960s and one of them was entirely about Daleks, can’t we have something a little different?

  • Mark belsom

    March 2nd, 2021 - 6:37pm

    Beautiful cover.

  • Jordan9364

    March 2nd, 2021 - 5:06pm

    I’ve seen this guy’s work on Twitter for a while, truly outstanding photo realism – surely one of the best DWM covers we’ve had!

  • Keith Millward

    March 2nd, 2021 - 2:12pm

    So any idea as to what’s happening with The Moonbase?

    • Gordon

      March 2nd, 2021 - 2:33pm

      New CG images recreate sets from The Moonbase. Pretty much the same thing they did with feast of Steven a few months back.

  • Dalekz

    March 2nd, 2021 - 2:12pm

    Lovely cover, they used to get Daleks so wrong at times but they are cool to see!
    Isn’t this the one that had a roll of tape jammed in the front section during shooting at the BBC and the illustrator spotted it in a photo and thought it was part of the design? I remember reading that somewhere years ago.

  • Demdike@CultLabs

    March 2nd, 2021 - 1:28pm


    Can’t wait to see the text free subscriber cover when it drops through the letterbox.

  • Alan Silvester

    March 2nd, 2021 - 1:19pm

    Agree. Can’t wait to receive my subscriber copy without the writing on. Stunning picture.

  • bryan

    March 2nd, 2021 - 1:08pm

    Who ever has made this cover (Gavin Rymil,Rob Seminoff?) is a genius. How you take something 2D from the 60’s and make it 3D for the 2020’s, is simply stunning.

    Looks like more Fablousness from the DWM team , even if I would love to see more Jodie covered (& covers 🙂 )

    • Anonymous

      March 2nd, 2021 - 1:42pm

      The Artist is Anthony Lamb, who does a lot of Dalek models, and has done the 4th doctor big finish covers up until the end of last year’s stuff.

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