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April 26th, 2021 17 comments

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 564


Highlights of this anniversary issue include:

  • What the Eighth Doctor Did Next – a guide to the adventures that took place after the TV movie.
  • A revealing interview with the actor who was very nearly cast as the Eighth Doctor.
  • The second part of an exclusive interview with Christopher Eccleston.
  • Director Joe Ahearne recalls working with Christopher Eccleston on the 2005 series.
  • The life and career of Christopher Baker, who briefly appeared as the Doctor in The Brain of Morbius.
  • A rundown of surprising references to Doctor Who in American TV series and films.
  • Collectivity looks at the merchandise released to tie in with the 1996 TV movie.
  • Apocrypha remembers the 2005 novel The Monsters Inside.
  • The Fact of Fiction begins its analysis of 1970’s The Ambassadors of Death.
  • Millie McKenzie discusses her Doctor Who-inspired clay creations.
  • Sufficient Data crunches Doctor Who’s numbers.
  • Previews, reviews, news, prize-winning competitions, the DWM poll, Time and Space Visualiser and more.

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 564 is on sale from and WH Smith from Thursday 29 April priced £5.99 (UK). Also available as a digital edition from priced £4.99.

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  • Deano

    May 1st, 2021 - 1:13pm

    Received my subscription copy today lovely cover very pleased.

  • pupbenny

    April 27th, 2021 - 11:57pm

    ‘I didn’t want people whistling my costume’ I’ve never heard that phrase, what does it mean?

    • aow

      April 28th, 2021 - 11:10am

      I was wondering about that too. Every definition of ‘whistle’ I can find online is ‘to utter a shrill note’ as you would expect. It seems likely they meant to put ‘whistling at my costume’ — as in he wanted it to be functional, not something that would draw attention — which fits with the leather jacket

  • David Callinicos

    April 27th, 2021 - 3:39pm

    If only we could have an HD version of the TVM

  • Anonymous

    April 27th, 2021 - 12:05pm

    I presume the 60 Panini on the front means it’s their 60th Anniversary
    Used to love collecting there sticker albums and trying to fill them. Back then, most years I collected the Football albums but I also remember owning a album on cars and even one on Dinosaurs. Argh the good old days.

  • Anonymous

    April 27th, 2021 - 7:50am

    25 years, wow time flies. Paul was my first doctor. I missed the first transmission on BBC1, but caught a repeat that christmas. Paul was underrated as the Doctor. Bring Back Paul McGann.

  • Phil

    April 27th, 2021 - 1:08am

    Paul is an excellent Doctor, it’s a shame the BBC doesn’t better utilize him in a live spin off series: Classic Doctors: The 8th Doctor. Fans would enjoy this immensely:) even if they sold rights back to the U.S. and allow them to produce.

    • Anonymous

      April 27th, 2021 - 8:06pm

      Definitely needs to have a live action spin off series. An animated min-series in collaboration with big finish would be quite cool too!

  • Dalekz

    April 26th, 2021 - 10:03pm

    Flipping hell 25 years, I remember watching his movie in 1996 on a square CRT TV while sitting on my bed in reach of the few Doctor Who VHS tapes I owned then.

  • Jordan9364

    April 26th, 2021 - 8:40pm

    Always great to see Paul McGann take center stage. Still holding out for an Eighth Doctor mini TV series or something. Luckily he hasn’t aged much, but that won’t always be the case.

  • Alan Silvester

    April 26th, 2021 - 2:23pm

    The subscriber’s cover will look stunning. I really love the 8th Doctor – thank god “Big Finish” have given him so many great stories and companions.

  • Doug Who

    April 26th, 2021 - 12:36pm

    Handsome! Very much looking forward to reading the Paul McGann interview. Sounds fascinating just from the strapline (presuming it comes from the interview).

    Love ‘The Ambassadors of Death’ too!

    • Prof Horner

      April 26th, 2021 - 12:45pm

      Yes it’s a great cover. I love The Ambassadors of -DEATH! Too.

    • Gareth Pugh

      April 26th, 2021 - 1:34pm

      Do you mean the ‘I was crushed’ bit? I think that’s to do with the article they’re running with a guy who didn’t get to be the 8th Doctor in the end (see inside back cover of last issue) rather than part of the Paul McGann article?

    • Doug Who

      April 26th, 2021 - 4:14pm

      Yes Gareth, after I read a bit more I realised I may have made the wrong assumption on that one!! Just as long as it doesn’t refer to David Burton! I’m sure it will still be a great read anyway…

    • Gareth Pugh

      April 26th, 2021 - 5:55pm

      Yes, I’m wondering if its Harry Van Gorkum – the US actor supposedly in the ‘final two’ with PM – supposedly the preference of either Universal as co-makers or Fox as the network agreeing to carry the Movie? We’ll see… as you say, I’m sure it will be a great article!

    • Anonymous

      April 26th, 2021 - 7:28pm

      I like Ambassaddors too! 😀

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