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September 14th, 2021 32 comments

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 569

Highlights of the new issue include:

  • An exclusive interview with John Bishop, in which he discusses growing up with Doctor Who, shooting the new series, and answers questions from DWM’s TARDIS tin.
  • The second and final part of Black Powder, a brand-new adventure for the Thirteenth Doctor and Yaz, written by Joy Wilkinson.
  • New insights into the Second Doctor’s missing episodes from fans who remember watching them.
  • A detailed look at Doctor Who ‘orphaned’ episodes.
  • How did 1972’s The Sea Devils threaten the entire series’ future? The untold story is revealed.
  • Apocrypha revisits Wartime, an independent short film from 1988.
  • Collectivity investigates how the BBC’s VHS releases transformed the world of Doctor Who fandom.
  • How the alien world of 1967’s The Macra Terror was created by Doctor Who’s production team, featuring new CGI models by Gavin Rymill.
  • The Fact of Fiction continues its analysis of the 1968 classic The Web of Fear.
  • Meet the team behind the new Doctor Who Atlas.
  • Sufficient Data explores Doctor Who’s big ideas.
  • Previews, reviews, news, prize-winning competitions, Time and Space Visualiser and more.

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 569 is on sale from and WH Smith from Thursday 16 September

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

Categorised under: Doctor Who Magazine, Magazine


  • Demdike@CultLabs

    September 17th, 2021 - 2:25pm

    I was hoping for a proper interview with John Bishop. Not an Out of the Tardis.

    Such revealing series 13 questions – What’s Your favourite pizza topping? Who would you most like to meet?

    I miss the days of Russell and Steven and the access they gave to proceedings. Let’s hope the next showrunner is like them.

  • bryan

    September 15th, 2021 - 1:54pm

    For anyone wondering. My DWM came today ( early Wednesday is rare for me) .

    This is Episode 2 . The follow up to issue 568. More articles on those who were there. Tis time watching The Patrick Troughton years. Covering the missing stories. Web of fear FoF part 2 . Sets for Macra Terror. Part 2 of 13th Doctor Short Trips story. A sea Devils story that I am sure we have heard before.but says never before known.

    It’s brilliant. The cover looks superb restless .works much better IMHO.

    Oh and exciting news on……ah that would be telling.

    Next issue. 84 pages + 28 page new series supplement

    • bryan

      September 15th, 2021 - 1:56pm

      Textless not restless

    • ChrisP

      September 15th, 2021 - 2:32pm

      Just got my subscription copy.
      Looks like a good read.

    • JRT!

      September 20th, 2021 - 5:26am

      Oh Bryan,you big tease! Exciting news?! Yeah,maybe for some,lol! Unless…..nah,doubt it. lol

  • Bunter

    September 15th, 2021 - 12:25pm

    Each to their own, but it’s pretty bizarre that some people won’t even consider buying this issue simply because of the cover. Will ‘Fact or Fiction’ or the reviews section somehow be worse this month because of the cover design? (which I like, by the way). Is it too much to cite the saying “Never judge a book by its cover”? DW fans are much better than style over content.

    • Coleman

      September 15th, 2021 - 12:56pm

      Hello Bunter, I can only give my personal opinion on this cover matter. But as well as been a long time collector I’ve always been a bit of an impulse buyer. I buy magazines purely on impulse, I won’t subscribe to them just to make sure I get every issue. I’m literally walking around a supermarket and if something shouts out to me I’ll buy it, somehow I can’t see this issue doing that.

    • A4geek

      September 15th, 2021 - 1:29pm

      I got my subscriber copy today and the cover looks great.

  • Anonymous

    September 15th, 2021 - 11:18am

    Seems I’m in a minority. I LOVE this cover. Clean and simple with a cool colour palette. I’m personally put off by the photoshopped composites often used. To each their own!

  • Erotan

    September 15th, 2021 - 7:00am

    Awful cover. Looks like some cheap TV listings mag. Think I’ll skip this issue.

  • Children of davros

    September 14th, 2021 - 8:21pm

    Why are people always so critical? It’s just a magazine cover

    • J45ON96

      September 14th, 2021 - 11:32pm

      Honestly, the negativity is just boring me at this point, no wonder I’ve been disconnecting myself from interacting with other fans.

    • Children of davros

      September 15th, 2021 - 9:44am

      I feel the same way Jason. I used to comment on YouTube videos but the constant abuse I received for being positive means I don’t bother now. Trouble is it means yet another positive voice has been silenced.

    • Chris Howarth

      September 15th, 2021 - 10:11am

      But you’re being negative now. Your enjoyment on something is not dependent on the opinions of others. Or at least it shouldn’t be.

    • Children of davros

      September 15th, 2021 - 10:28am

      Trouble is Chris that when I posted a comment such as I enjoyed this episode or that actor the torrent of vile personal abuse became to much to cope with. It makes no difference to my enjoying who or indeed anything else. I still love who. But there are two sets of fans now (or at least they tend to generally fall into two categories) that are so intransigent in their views and so aggressive in their comments that interacting with them is both pointless and deeply upsetting. The constant negativity these days, not just in who fandom but across the board (I’ve friends who say it’s just as bad in star trek, star wars, marvel, game of thrones, etc) that it just wears you down.

    • Coleman

      September 15th, 2021 - 10:49am

      Sorry for having an opinion. I don’t really see it as being negative. If I like something I say so, if I don’t like something I also say so. Why should I lie about it?

    • Children of davros

      September 15th, 2021 - 11:10am

      Relax Coleman, your view isn’t a problem. It’s just a general comment on fandom as a whole, not specifically about this item. Besides your opinion is expressed in a non-aggressive way. You are just giving an opinion not demanding everyone else agrees or using offensive language/slurs as the type of fans I’m talking about do.

    • Coleman

      September 15th, 2021 - 11:56am

      Thanks Children of Davros. I don’t particularly like all the negatively on social media either. But I believe it’s good to give an honest opinion on something. After all we can’t like everything. Theirs lots and lots of Who Merchandise I thinks great.

    • Coleman

      September 23rd, 2021 - 11:16am

      I’ve seen this copy in the shops a few times recently, especially Corton Wood Morrisons.
      I’ve stuck to my guns and not been tempted to purchase it.
      When I’ve walk past it, ive had no interest.

  • Timelord63

    September 14th, 2021 - 2:26pm

    I’m crossing my fingers WHSmiths or Tesco get this in on Thursday as they’ve not been getting a lot of magazine deliveries lately due to the driver shortage. Still waiting for them to get Sight & Sound Magazine in which was published last Thursday!

    • James

      September 14th, 2021 - 6:56pm

      Bedford WHSmith always reliable. On the day on the shelf.

  • Doctor Stu

    September 14th, 2021 - 12:13pm

    What’s wrong with the cover XD Johns a silver fox

  • Prof Horner

    September 14th, 2021 - 12:11pm

    I was hoping they may have news of the next Blu ray collection release.

    • Auton

      September 14th, 2021 - 12:40pm

      They will probably announce the next blu Ray this month then the next magazine will have more stuff about it. The disc by disc info is usually more sooner to the release of the blu Ray boxset

    • Bobby Davros

      September 14th, 2021 - 2:39pm

      Season 17 innit?

    • Auton

      September 14th, 2021 - 3:27pm

      Yea season 17 is almost 99% confirmed

    • Gordon

      September 14th, 2021 - 6:09pm

      Probably too soon for an official announcement. Chris chapman just finished filming last week and Matthew sweet was filming what looked like the conversation set on Sunday. Peter Crocker was also asking yesterday on twitter if anyone had lalla ward on swap shop so I think it’s not quite ready for an announcement. Maybe in another week or 2. If anything disc related will be announced in the magazine I suspect it will be galaxy 4. It’s supposed to be out in less than 8 weeks time after all

  • Andy R

    September 14th, 2021 - 11:56am

    Never judge a book (magazine) by its cover… 🙂

    • Coleman

      September 14th, 2021 - 12:09pm

      True Andy R, Im sure theirs alot of good content inside even though the covers not the best.
      But I do love a good cover, whether it’s magazines, DVDs, Blu-ray’s, CDs or whatever.

  • Coleman

    September 14th, 2021 - 11:36am

    To be honest I never expected to see a Dr Who cover with just John on. Maybe John with the rest of the team and the Doctor.
    Might just be me, but it doesn’t seem very Dr Who. ( Ah well).

    • Coleman

      September 14th, 2021 - 11:47am

      Might give this one a miss. First mag in a long time were I havnt thought, wow great cover I’ve got to get. this.

    • Bobby Davros

      September 14th, 2021 - 2:44pm

      He looks like he’s sitting bored outside the fitting room while his wife is trying out some dresses.

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