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March 29th, 2021 32 comments

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 563

Highlights of the new issue include:

  • An exclusive in-depth interview with Christopher Eccleston – his first with DWM in 16 years!
  • Former showrunner Steven Moffat on writing for the Ninth Doctor.
  • A preview of Ravagers, the new box set of audio adventures starring Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor.
  • Jonathan Morris explores the gaps in our knowledge of the Ninth Doctor – where could new adventures take place in his timeline?
  • Collectivity celebrates the merchandise released in 2005 after Doctor Who’s revival.
  • DWM tracks down some of the real soldiers who formed part of UNIT in the 1960s and 70s.
  • Members of the Doctor Who Restoration Team reveal the secrets of making old episodes look better than ever for their release on Blu-ray.
  • Apocrypha remembers BBC Books’ 2005 novel The Monsters Inside.
  • The Fact of Fiction looks back at 2005’s Father’s Day.
  • Reviews of the Season 8 Blu-ray box set and the new Target novelisations.
  • Sufficient Data crunches Doctor Who’s numbers.
  • Previews and reviews, news, prize-winning competitions, Time and Space Visualiser and more.

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 563 is on sale from and WH Smith from Thursday 1 April

priced £5.99 (UK). Also available as a digital edition from priced £4.99.

Categorised under: Doctor Who Magazine, Magazine


  • Anonymous

    April 4th, 2021 - 11:52am

    There was no comic strip this month. Has the comic ended altogether?

    • Anonymous

      April 4th, 2021 - 3:12pm

      They’re taking pauses with the comic strip from time to time now due to COVID messing things up…

    • Anonymous

      April 4th, 2021 - 11:27pm

      Ah I see and understand. COVID 19 has put the breaks on everything.

  • BadgerLeopard

    March 31st, 2021 - 7:37pm

    This may be something you might not be aware of (if you haven’t received the magazine yet)…

    • Coleman

      April 1st, 2021 - 11:42am

      Ah Mark Benton, i think he’s great.
      Love watching Shakespeare and Hathaway.

  • Graham

    March 31st, 2021 - 12:45pm

    Mine has just been delivered yay early for once

  • Anonymous

    March 31st, 2021 - 11:54am

    Can’t wait to get this and the new cd ones

  • Anonymous

    March 31st, 2021 - 11:53am

    Same here

  • Dalek Eye Stalk

    March 30th, 2021 - 3:01pm

    Might buy this. Haven’t bought a Doctor Who Magazine for a while now. However, being a fan of the 9th Doctor, I think this might be worth getting.

  • The14thDoctor

    March 29th, 2021 - 3:17pm

    How much will this cost at WHSmith?

    • Anonymous

      March 29th, 2021 - 4:03pm

      It’s on the cover £5.99

  • Scott Thomson

    March 29th, 2021 - 3:01pm

    He hasn’t aged a bit! 😉

    • Gary H.

      March 29th, 2021 - 5:22pm

      Take alook at the other photo of Chris on the newest thread!

  • bryan

    March 29th, 2021 - 2:54pm

    BACK on the Cover, BACK as Doctor Who. What an amazing wonderful thing to be happening..

    As someone who moans about lack of 13th Doctor (Jodie Covers) This one I will let them have.

    Its another Trip of a lifetime .

    • The Flying Shark

      March 29th, 2021 - 7:54pm

      I’m the same on the lack of 13, but this is just JOYOUS to see. For me, it’s not just the fact it’s not 13, it’s the way there’s not very much of anything post 2005 really. How many covers and features have we had on the 60s in recent years? This might not be the current Doctor, but I’m very glad to see something a bit more modern back on the front of DWM again.

    • Demdike@CultLabs

      March 30th, 2021 - 2:03pm

      @Flying Shark – It must be due to the current production team that there’s no publicity when there isn’t a series on.
      Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, 2020 were all new series covers but there’s only been two since then and one of those was promoting Revolution. Have a look at this gallery of ALL the magazine covers.
      When Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat were in charge there were new series covers virtually every issue but that all changed when Chris Chibnall took over. Hell, he doesn’t even come up with a production notes column every issue. His predecessors never missed. The magazine can’t interview people if the producer won’t let them.

    • Phasergrim

      March 30th, 2021 - 7:42pm

      Your right, Dem. I knew Chibnall had cut down on the Doctor Who Magazine’s coverage of the current series, not to mention his infrequent and completely lackluster production notes, but looking at that gallery really shows how bad it is. Guys not interested in the magazine at all.

    • Demdike@CultLabs

      March 30th, 2021 - 11:43pm

      Thanks, Phasergrim.
      I’d hazard a guess and say that both RTD and SM have contributed more to the magazine these past few months than Chris Chibnall.

    • Mac

      March 31st, 2021 - 11:16am

      Whoa. Looking at that gallery makes them sale figures rumours look depressingly true.

    • Duff

      April 3rd, 2021 - 12:27am

      Well I suppose it must be pretty intense work to organise the current series under the pandemic so I’m not suprised Chibnall wants to focus on that first and foremost. Hopefully in late Summer, early Autumn we’ll get more 13 covers since the filming might be done so they can talk more often freely about what’s coming up.
      And as for RTD and Moffat contributing, I was already guessing that their workload might not be so intense at the moment and in this issue, Moffat said he added to the issue because he was procrastinating work so that’s true!
      I’d love to see more 13 but you have to look at how feasible that is at the current time. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to want to be more focused on the show than the magazine. That’s what I think anyway.

    • Demdike@CultLabs

      April 3rd, 2021 - 12:06pm

      @Duff – The lack of input from Chris Chibnal and the current team isn’t because of Covid. It’s always been this way since he took over. The secrecy and lack of info i think keeps the show out of the publics thinking which is something the previous show runners never did.

      Russell even took time out to talk to DWM whilst promoting Years and Years recently. I can’t see Chibnall doing the same on his next venture as he barely talks to them now when he’s running the show.

  • Dalekz

    March 29th, 2021 - 1:44pm

    After all this time I don’t really care why he left anymore, I’m glad he’s back in some way though as he’s part of the Who family and I hope he appears for the 60th anniversary.

    • James

      March 29th, 2021 - 3:23pm

      Fingers crossed

  • Deano

    March 29th, 2021 - 1:16pm

    Looks good interesting article on the restoring of the 70s episodes should be fascinating always amazed what they can do today with improving technology

    • mac

      March 29th, 2021 - 2:18pm

      Check out the Doctor Who: The Missing Episodes Podcast. They did a bonus episode on restoring The Daemons with the people that colored it.

  • Matt

    March 29th, 2021 - 12:19pm

    What is he holding in his hand?

    • Gary H.

      March 29th, 2021 - 12:21pm

      A Thermal detonator! (Whoops sorry wrong Franchise).

    • Phasergrim

      March 29th, 2021 - 1:13pm

      A bit of Tardis. He Plays with it at the start of Father’s Day when Rose I telling him about her Dad.

  • Coleman

    March 29th, 2021 - 12:02pm

    Seems like the Ninth Doctors making abit of a comeback.

    • Coleman

      March 29th, 2021 - 12:03pm


    • Anonymous

      March 31st, 2021 - 9:01am

      Coleman you took my idea

    • Coleman

      March 31st, 2021 - 11:44am

      Yes, it’s a big catchphrase of the 9th Doctor. Couldn’t resist really.

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