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May 24th, 2021 29 comments

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 565

Highlights of this issue include:

  • The story behind the discovery of Season 24’s previously unseen footage.
  • An interview with 1980s production secretary Kate Easteal, who shares her memories of producer John Nathan-Turner.
  • Margaret Toley describes her role as secretary to Doctor Who’s story editors in the 1960s and early 70s.
  • An in-depth preview of the new Season 24 Blu-ray box set.
  • Inside the comic-book sequel to the Season 24 story Paradise Towers, with comments from the original story’s writer, Stephen Wyatt.
  • Some of Doctor Who’s key visual effects designers reflect on their time working on the show in the mid-1980s.
  • Collectivity explores the miniature world of Dapol, the company that launched the first range of Doctor Who action figures.
  • A tribute to the late Frank Cox, one of Doctor Who’s first directors.
  • Apocrypha looks back at the 1989 comic strip Who’s That Girl!
  • The Fact of Fiction continues its analysis of 1970’s The Ambassadors of Death.
  • Sufficient Data crunches Doctor Who’s numbers.
  • Previews, reviews, news, prize-winning competitions, Time and Space Visualiser and more.

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 565 is on sale from and WH Smith from Thursday 27 May priced £5.99 (UK). Also available as a digital edition from priced £4.99.

Categorised under: Doctor Who Magazine, Magazine


  • Demdike@CultLabs

    May 27th, 2021 - 10:57pm

    The mag arrived today, it’s great, lots of new info and articles on people not normally interviewed.

    Their selling of the season 24 box set had me very tempted but i think i’ll wait for the standard release as i prefer the less cumbersome packaging.

  • Timelord63

    May 27th, 2021 - 12:56pm

    It’s weird at the moment with DWM as you wouldn’t think there was a series still in production? Most of the covers and content is looking back at classic series. It’s almost like being back in the Wilderness Years with the mag

    • John

      May 27th, 2021 - 2:20pm

      I stopped reading when it was mostly new stuff, enjoying more classic.

    • Mac

      May 27th, 2021 - 6:42pm

      The current show runners don’t like the magazine that much.

      So no exclusives.

      So the editors have to fill the pages with something.

    • Kevin225

      May 27th, 2021 - 8:07pm

      If you get chance there is an recent two part interview on You Tube with the DWM team. They carefully swerve this one IMO by saying that the access given by the RTD/Moffatt production teams were exceptional and not the real norm for licensed magazines and what we have now is still better than other similar magazines. Also they mention that Chibnall likes to play his cards close to his chest and also that he doesn’t think that there is much new to say.

    • Anonymous

      May 28th, 2021 - 1:24pm

      Personally I love that there are virtually no spoilers now. I’d rather not know in advance.

    • Haza14

      May 28th, 2021 - 4:30pm

      @Kevin225 do you know the time stamp when that comment comes up? I think I’ve found the interview but would love to find those comments.

      I get the impression they’re struggling with a lack of access, support and exclusives as well. Maybe it’s just that we were spoiled in the RTD/Moffat eras. I understand people saying they like knowing nothing, and you’ve got to respect it if that’s the way Chris wants to play it, but it would be nice to have some in-depth coverage after the episodes! Retrospective interviews, thought processes behind the stories etc. But we get so little of that now!

    • booboo

      May 28th, 2021 - 4:37pm

      Back in the day interest was kept up without giving anything away, anyone remember who spy and all those fake websites

    • Kevin225

      May 28th, 2021 - 8:52pm

      @Haza14 – I can’t remember the exact timing, but it was in the second part during the Q&A, I recall. There is a mention of the interviews in Page 7 of the latest issues.

  • Timelord63

    May 27th, 2021 - 12:52pm

    Still no comic strip? Does anyone else think they’ve just finally decided to quietly drop it seeing as it was supposedly the most expensive part of the mag? Be nice if they reduced the price seeing as the page count has vastly decreased.

  • Ian Garrard

    May 25th, 2021 - 5:40pm

    I so miss the comic strip, the heart of the mag for me. Shame on the Panini bean counters 🙁

    • Demdike@CultLabs

      May 26th, 2021 - 2:09pm

      The comic strip is an odd one that divides opinion. You enjoy it yet i think it’s a waste of space and never read it.

      I’d never actually noticed that it wasn’t there.

      Does anyone actually get their subscribers copy delivered early anymore? I know i haven’t all year.

    • Timelord63

      May 27th, 2021 - 12:54pm

      Me too though the last few comic strips have been very sub-standard.

    • Kevin225

      May 27th, 2021 - 1:17pm

      I think we need to be mindful that it is what it is at the moment. Would people rather no magazine at all? I don’t think that a price decrease is happening without a smaller magazine. Do people want that too? Quality magazines that still survive are only going to get more and more expensive as they become increasingly niche IMO.

  • Anonymous

    May 24th, 2021 - 8:17pm

    Is the comic strip back yet?

  • Prof Horner

    May 24th, 2021 - 4:07pm

    I think I will give this issue a miss.

    • The Flying Shark

      May 24th, 2021 - 7:23pm

      If I weren’t subscribing, I probably would too. It all looks very bland to me and seeing as even the Fact of Fiction is a classic story this month, it seems the closest thing to new series content is the competition prizes.


    May 24th, 2021 - 2:23pm

    Cracker cover.

  • Matt Y

    May 24th, 2021 - 1:13pm

    I don’t buy every issue of DWM but this is a definitive purchase.

  • Sons of Skaro

    May 24th, 2021 - 12:56pm

    Ooh, nice!
    Love everything 7th Doctor related.
    A beautiful cover.

  • Demdike@CultLabs

    May 24th, 2021 - 12:54pm

    Awesome cover. Look forward to seeing it text free.

  • Daniel Seymour

    May 24th, 2021 - 12:37pm

    Now this is my kind of issue! A feature on Dapol and Season 24 with the best cover design for ages.

  • Auton

    May 24th, 2021 - 11:41am

    Looking forward to the disc by disc guide

  • Anonymous

    May 24th, 2021 - 11:40am

    The Dapol feature should be interesting Booboo?

    • booboo

      May 24th, 2021 - 11:59am


    • Sons of Skaro

      May 24th, 2021 - 12:54pm

      Ooh, nice!
      Love everything 7th Doctor related.
      A beautiful cover.

  • Anonymous

    May 24th, 2021 - 11:38am

    Ace seems interested in the disc by disc guide!

  • Anonymous

    May 24th, 2021 - 11:06am

    What a fantastic cover!

  • Jamiouse

    May 24th, 2021 - 10:22am

    Love that cover!


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