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June 22nd, 2021 42 comments

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 566


Highlights of this issue also include:

  • A CGI reconstruction of the sets from Episode 4 of The Tenth Planet.
  • A tribute to the late Roy Scammell, who performed some of Doctor Who’s most spectacular stunts.
  • The performance that recreated sections of Richard Rodney Bennett’s score for 1964 story The Aztecs.
  • The story of Donald Wilson, and the part he played in the creation of Doctor Who.
  • An interview with the museum owner who restores and exhibits Doctor Who monster costumes.
  • Collectivity meets the fans who love Doctor Who audio cassettes.
  • Apocrypha looks back at the 1978 Target book Doctor Who Discovers Strange and Mysterious Creatures.
  • The Fact of Fiction analyses the 2014 episode Kill the Moon.
  • Sufficient Data crunches Doctor Who’s numbers
  • Previews, reviews, news, prize-winning competitions, Time and Space Visualiser and more.

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 566 is on sale from and WH Smith from Thursday 24 June

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

Categorised under: Doctor Who Magazine, Magazine


  • Timelord63

    June 25th, 2021 - 10:21am

    Another issue no comic strip. And looking at next issues contents still none. I do think after over 40 years they’ve dropped the comic part.

    • Anonymous

      June 27th, 2021 - 5:24pm

      They said an issue or two ago, they’ve had to put the comic on hiatus because of the pandemic. It will hopefully return, but even if it doesn’t, it’s not the Magazine’s fault.

    • Timelord63

      June 30th, 2021 - 11:53am

      Which probably means it’ll never return. They said Doctor Who Adventures was on ‘hiatus’ and bar a one off special it never returned?

  • TheMaster

    June 24th, 2021 - 11:01am

    So has the magazine come out?

    • booboo

      June 24th, 2021 - 11:03am

      should have done unless there is some sort of delay, Pannini sent the PR out today

    • John T

      June 24th, 2021 - 11:34am

      Yes – I picked up a copy at my local Coop this morning.

    • Kevin225

      June 24th, 2021 - 11:35am

      No sign of my subscriber copy in today’s post – has anybody received theirs?

    • Timelord63

      June 24th, 2021 - 12:44pm

      Not come into either WHSmiths or Tesco in Hull city centre today

    • Demdike@CultLabs

      June 24th, 2021 - 2:28pm

      Yeah, it would be nice to actually receive subscriber copies on time.

    • Alan Silvester

      June 24th, 2021 - 6:39pm

      Nope, no subscriber copy received today. Would be really nice to start receiving these on time.

    • Peter C

      June 25th, 2021 - 10:40am

      Still no sign of my subscriber copy this morning.

    • Demdike@CultLabs

      June 25th, 2021 - 7:40pm

      Subscriber copy arrived today. I hope nobody is expecting any sort of quality interview regarding the new series with Jodie and Mandip.

      Do expect questions like “If your TARDIS could dispense anything alongside custard creams, what would it be?”

    • Haza14

      June 26th, 2021 - 2:24am

      Lol! Oh blimey… I do despair a bit! Even when we get access to the current cast and crew, the features are dumbed down.

  • WhereRU

    June 24th, 2021 - 10:54am

    So has it actually come out as WH Smiths here say its Not out?

    • Timelord63

      June 24th, 2021 - 12:43pm

      Not come into either WHSmiths or Tesco in Hull today

  • Dalekz

    June 23rd, 2021 - 5:08pm

    Lovely cover, I love them both so much!

  • Anonymous

    June 23rd, 2021 - 1:31pm

    So, uh, what’s this Tenth Planet reconstruction thing all about?

    • Mac

      June 23rd, 2021 - 3:12pm

      CGI reconstruction of the sets used during the studio.

    • Anonymous

      June 23rd, 2021 - 3:43pm


  • Jake

    June 23rd, 2021 - 6:43am

    Love that cover

  • bryan

    June 22nd, 2021 - 11:12pm

    Only to say. Yay.. Jodie on the cover with Yazz. In a lovely informal picture. Shame there isn’t more back up for Them. All the other articles look like classic who related ( Bar Time Fracture )

    Great cover will look superb textless on subscriber copies

  • Anonymous

    June 22nd, 2021 - 8:32pm

    Oh, love that cover…

  • Timelord63

    June 22nd, 2021 - 5:02pm

    My God! They’re actually featuring the current doctor on a cover? Still no more behind the scenes features on current episodes? Still no comic strip?

    • Anonymous

      June 22nd, 2021 - 5:09pm

      I have no clue why they haven’t said anything behind the scenes on previous episodes. They’ve been out for quite a while now and we still don’t have any details on the production of those episodes

    • Phasergrim

      June 22nd, 2021 - 7:51pm

      They’re not being invited to the set. Moffat and RTD in particular made DWM a priority in terms of exclusives and presence on set. Chibnall had no such inclination. He doesn’t even write his production notes page like the others did.

    • Timelord63

      June 22nd, 2021 - 8:50pm

      But that’s just ridiculous and shows the sheer arrogance of chibnall! The magazine is the ‘official ‘ magazine of the show so they should be granted full access. They need to get the BBC to have a word with chibnall.

    • Anonymous

      June 23rd, 2021 - 12:30am

      Err, no, timelord63. The show is what matters, the magazine is official but it is also subservient to the show. In this age of people demanding all story details be released before transmission i for one love the tightening of the info.

    • Haza14

      June 23rd, 2021 - 10:19am

      Well actually we’re not talking about spoilers here, we’re talking about retrospective commentary on the episodes that have gone out. I also like the fact we know hardly anything before episodes air (although I do think they’ve tightened up too much to intrigue more causal viewers, as a fan I think it’a good!). But the magazine seems starved of content both before and after the episodes air. While the show should always come first, in the RTD and Moffat eras the magazine supported and complimented the show brilliantly. I think it probably took a bit of extra effort for them, but actually they did realise it made the overall brand that bit stronger.

      For RTD especially when he was bringing it back, he identified that strategically, the magazine was key for him to have involved. It creates that dialogue with the fans, and causal viewers were buying the odd copy too! I’d love to know the thought processes behind some of the most recent stories, why Chibnall thinks they’re so significant for the Doctor, what decisions Jodie has taken in her performance etc etc. All of which we used to get an insight into.

      Obviously we’re not entitled to anything at all, they don’t have to provide us or the magazine with anything, but I struggle to see why they don’t, especially after the episodes have aired. It’s only reducing the quality of the overall brand in small ways as far as I can see.

    • Gareth Pugh

      June 23rd, 2021 - 11:37am

      Andrew Pixley has mentioned on a certain forum that he has already begun the prep work on fuller ‘archive’ style making-of articles on Jodie’s seasons for DWM, so it looks like we are going to get the same sort of in-depth coverage of her seasons at some point; personally I wonder if they are nowadays saving this material for a future run of their specials rather than put it in the main magazine. Meanwhile, this ‘gap’ is where the Figurine Collection magazine really comes into its own – in many ways, their 13th Doctor issues are for now the most comprehensive behind the scenes write-ups of many of her stories and I’m really pleased we’ve got those.

    • Haza14

      June 24th, 2021 - 11:04am

      That’s good at least! I’m hoping they continue with the 12th Doctor volumes too. While they’ll be interesting, I still think they’re missing a trick by not having more interviews with the cast and crew. Usually Steven Moffat would do one big interview a year after each season and quite a few small ones throughtout, as well as production notes etc etc. Pretty sure Russell did the same. Even remember they said that sitting down with Russell to do a big interview each summer was becoming a tradition! Times have changed of course, but still think there’s a noticeable difference.

      Maybe they are saving it for specials though, I did notice that the 2021 yearbook had quite a few interviews in it, including Jodie. As I was reading I remember thinking that go back 5 years, these would have just been in one issue of normal DWM, either before or after the NYD special depending on spoiler content.

      I don’t get the figurine collection stuff, so missed out on that content. Nice to know those magazines have stuff in though!

  • the ergon

    June 22nd, 2021 - 3:29pm

    I remember collecting those old music audio cassettes and the quick wear and tear. Either sounding sluggish or unravelling /tearing. I was so thankful when cds came along years later when they rereleased the music soundtracks. I also used to record a lot of off air television stories in the 1980s onto those old TDK D90s (Everyone in the house had to be silent for those 25 minutes) and listen them back later as well as taping them off the telly. This years before their VHS release onto video and before all those lost episodes were released.

    • Doug Who

      June 22nd, 2021 - 4:02pm

      I had copies of ‘The Sea Devils’ and ‘The Mutants’ on audio cassette that were so distorted though copying it was mostly a tortuous hiss!
      I do remember recording season 18 as a teen…the nightmare of hoping there was no noise ruined the enjoyment of the show!
      The article on preserving costumes looks really interesting in this issue – shame there is no BBC permanent exhibition for them now…

    • the ergon

      June 22nd, 2021 - 4:52pm

      I used to hate the continuity announcements spoiling the end of my recording especially the ones in the mid 80s where the announcer would take ages explaining the evenings entertainment then the cherry on the cake ‘and in a moment more dreams come true in Jim,ll fix it’. I had to rerecord over those with no announcement and the end theme tune just playing through.
      i might just buy it this issue for that item on preserving costumes. A lot of those items which sold at auction looked really tatty, so it would be interesting to see any perfect replicas or how they have managed to preserve what there was of them.

    • Dalek Commander

      June 22nd, 2021 - 5:11pm

      Agree the BBC should reopen a permanent exhibition. The Cardiff one was fantastic and I am sure was a good money maker for them.
      Really can’t see why they ended it.

    • booboo

      June 22nd, 2021 - 5:22pm

      actually it wasn’t, visitor number were far less that projected and ended up costing local tax payers £1million plus

    • Doug Who

      June 22nd, 2021 - 5:51pm

      Hi Ergon! Mike Tucker and more recently Neil Cole have done incredible work restoring and preserving old monster costumes. I hope the resources are found to preserve the ones that are still holding on in there.
      Steve Cambden did a fantastic job restoring the Brontosaurus model from ‘Invasion of the Dinosaurs’ too!
      I never went to the Cardiff Experience but it seemed huge and I imagine would have needed enormous footfall year on year to break even.
      It’s a shame something on the perhaps more manageable scale of the unforgettable original BBC Blackpool exhibition can’t be reestablished. If I ever win the lottery – mind you I’d have to actually start doing the lottery first!

    • The ergon

      June 22nd, 2021 - 5:55pm

      I,d liike someone to get the licence and reopen a smaller exhibition in blackpool. The golden mile just isn,t the same now.

    • Dalek Commander

      June 22nd, 2021 - 6:16pm

      That’s a surprise it lost money. It was packed every time I went. A real shame.

    • booboo

      June 22nd, 2021 - 6:26pm

      Brand new building, today’s high commercial expectations and projected visitors numbers just not adding up.

      Find a suitable vacant location run with a bit of nostalgia rather than high end profits and it might just work

  • John Torr

    June 22nd, 2021 - 2:35pm

    Lovely photo on the front cover and some interesting features. Preserving Classic Costumes sounds intriguing. Will definitely be buying this issue.

    • Pete X

      June 22nd, 2021 - 5:12pm

      I’m hoping for an article on how costumes (both monster and humanoid) are being conserved in the face of decaying latex, fading dyes, disintergrating expanded foams, fraying cloth, etc; rather than simply bought at aution or saved from recycling/the skip.

  • Anonymous

    June 22nd, 2021 - 2:22pm

    Yeah! Love 13 and love when the magazine covers our current doctor.


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