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October 12th, 2021 62 comments

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 570


Highlights of the new issue include:

  • An exclusive preview of the first episodes of Series 13, with contributions from Chris Chibnall, Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill and John Bishop.
  • Jacob Anderson answers questions in Out of the TARDIS.
  • Costume designer Ray Holman discusses the new-look Sontarans in Series 13.
  • Prosthetics designer Danny Marie Elias describes her work reimagining the Sontarans.
  • A tribute to the late Tony Selby, one of the most memorable guest stars of the 1980s.
  • Collectivity meets fans who are avid collectors of Thirteenth Doctor merchandise.
  • A detailed look at Doctor Who’s most successful – and not so successful – relaunches.
  • Director Alvin Rakoff shares memories of his late wife Jacqueline Hill, who played Barbara in Doctor Who.
  • Apocrypha revisits Storm Warning, Paul McGann’s first Eighth Doctor audio drama.
  • The Fact of Fiction analyses the 2007 classic Blink.
  • The DWM comic strip returns with The Forest Bride, the first part of a brand-new adventure for the Doctor and Yaz.
  • Sufficient Data explores Doctor Who’s big ideas.
  • Previews, reviews, news, prize-winning competitions, Time and Space Visualiser and more.


  • A 28-page supplement on the making of Series 12, written by Andrew Pixley
  • A diorama of the Fifth Doctor’s TARDIS control room
  • Four exclusive art cards
  • A download code for a free Big Finish audiobook!

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 570 is on sale from and WH Smith from Thursday 14 October

priced £9.99 (UK). Also available as a digital edition from priced £8.99.

Categorised under: Doctor Who Magazine, Magazine


  • PedzVW

    October 25th, 2021 - 9:04am

    Please does anyone know if the subscriber cover is different for this one?

    Historically bagged issues have a common cover for newsstand / subscribers but this appears to definitely have a subscribers (virgin) cover)

    Wondered if that was the common cover of=r there are actually 2 versions?

    Thanks in adcance

  • Doug Who

    October 15th, 2021 - 3:42pm

    Quite a different cover for subscribers!

    Liking the new version of the Sontarans very much…more like the ones of old. Nice collection of cards and a free Tom Baker story to boot! Really nice mix of old and new in the magazine generally.

    • The ergon

      October 15th, 2021 - 7:46pm

      I never did much like a blue sontaran doug. More vicious, more warlike is required. Not reduced to ‘militaristic buffoon’ or comedy sidekick.

    • Doug Who

      October 15th, 2021 - 10:12pm

      Yes I think they’ve achieved that ‘nasty, brutish and short’ look most of the originals had with the new ones. I didn’t particularly care for the, as you say Ergon, comedy sidekick they became nor the Doctor’s comments about ‘potato-heads’, because I don’t think the Doctor would (or should) make cheap jokes about physical appearances – even an alien’s!

  • Ron

    October 15th, 2021 - 1:03pm

    What exactly are the 4 Artcards?

    • Gareth Pugh

      October 15th, 2021 - 1:46pm

      A5 (ish) sized head-and-shoulders promo shots of 13, Yas, Dan and Vinder

    • Ron

      October 15th, 2021 - 1:49pm


    • daz

      October 15th, 2021 - 2:43pm

      Just the 4 leads of the series

  • MoDo

    October 14th, 2021 - 5:51pm

    Does anyone know what the DWM discount code is for Big Finish? I’m away from home and not going to get my copy until next week. Sorry if this breaks any rules!

    • Mac

      October 14th, 2021 - 9:55pm

      Well you can wait till next week then can’t you

    • me

      October 15th, 2021 - 2:14pm

      its for a tom baker story . night of the vashta nerada

  • Anonymous

    October 14th, 2021 - 2:05pm

    Just to check, the 28 page supplement on s12 is meant to be on it’s own, yes?

    Just got my copy from WHSmiths and that seems to be missing!?

    Do I need to return it or am I blind?

    • daz

      October 14th, 2021 - 7:45pm

      Yes it is separate.

      Loving the Diarama. My main reason for buying it.

  • Prof Horner

    October 14th, 2021 - 12:20pm

    Does this issue have a tribute to Tony Selby? I won’t be getting my issue till next week.

    • Gareth Pugh

      October 14th, 2021 - 6:48pm

      Prof Horner – yep, and the Tony Selby tribute is quite in-depth at 4 pages long.

  • Daniel

    October 14th, 2021 - 8:07am

    Hiya, what figure scale is the diorama: Eaglemoss or Character Options?

    • daz

      October 14th, 2021 - 9:34am

      Most likely CO as the previous ones have been.

  • Daniel

    October 14th, 2021 - 6:54am

    What is the free Big Finish Story?

    • Jake

      October 14th, 2021 - 7:14am

      Night of the Vashta Nerada, Episode 1 of the Classic Doctors, New Monsters: Volume 2 set.

    • Daniel

      October 14th, 2021 - 8:11am

      Thanks for the response.

  • Demdike@CultLabs

    October 13th, 2021 - 11:28pm

    People seem to be excited by these dioramas. I chuck them in the paper collection. Haha!

    • Coleman

      October 14th, 2021 - 10:45am

      If your not interested in them you should put them on eBay, i bet you’d get a few quid for them. Give someone else some pleasure while you make abit of money.

    • Demdike@CultLabs

      October 17th, 2021 - 7:30pm

      By the time they’ve been posted in a none bendable A-4 envelope i wouldn’t make much. No point really. Anyone who wants them may as well just pay the tenner for the mag.

  • Dalekz

    October 13th, 2021 - 5:36pm

    It’s the 5th Doctors console room! THE 5TH DOCTORS! Roundels!

    • daz

      October 13th, 2021 - 6:10pm

      Whoop. Guess I’m buying this one.

  • John T

    October 13th, 2021 - 12:50pm

    Great to have Andrew Pixley back writing for DWM again. In the Marvel days of this publication the then Editor Gary Russell imagined Andrew’s Detailed Archive writings on the classic series serials to be a pull out partworks that were to be stored separately and this is exactly what I used to do. They are also great for getting signatures on at conventions.

  • Dalek Eye Stalk

    October 13th, 2021 - 11:35am

    Probably won’t bother buying this issue. I only buy DWM occasionally now. The 5th Doctor’s TARDIS cardboard diaroma might have interested me, but I’ve got some of the Dapol TARDIS roundels walls which I use as a diaroma.

  • Anon

    October 13th, 2021 - 11:25am

    Once again with the negative comments. The same people will no doubt be complaining about RTD when the next doctor is announced or when he announces the companions or enemies or dares to to something different. I’m looking forward to this series.

    • RTD v Chibnall

      October 13th, 2021 - 11:41am

      For me personally, RTD is a superb writer, who also writes characters extremely well. Plus he knows how to write exciting drama. Chibnall’s writing isn’t up to standard for TV, but more suited for audio .

    • Dalekz

      October 13th, 2021 - 5:34pm

      I agree a lot of the people now saying wow about RTD will be criticising him when he takes over again fans like to bite the hand that feeds them. Some seem to feel like they own the show but forget it’s for every fan old and young not just one fans personal expectations.

    • Dalekz

      October 13th, 2021 - 5:38pm

      Complainers gonna complain sadly, I’m looking forward to series 13!

    • Nick r

      October 14th, 2021 - 4:13pm

      It’s called freedom is speech not every fan is happy with doctor who now fans like me I only buy the magazine when I want to this one is £9.99 so no thank you this time.

  • Haza14

    October 13th, 2021 - 10:07am

    Sounds great! Can’t wait to read this one! Hope the content with Jodie and Chris is in depth.

    Interesting about the 28 page supplement on Series 12. Would have been nice to have this content within the magazine itself in the months after the series. Great that we’re getting it now though. Andrew Pixley’s stuff is always more retrospective as well anyway than immediate behind the scenes reactions from the cast and crew on each episode. Still hoping they’ll continue the 12th Doctor companions volumes! It’s been well over a year since the last one now I think!

    • bryan

      October 13th, 2021 - 10:40am

      HI Haza14.

      I am always impressed with the fantastic work of Andrew Pixley, And am rather glad its seperate , so I can shelve it with the White Hachette book or the specials. Shame its not a special to go with the other, but Lovely to get it at all.

  • daz

    October 12th, 2021 - 7:22pm

    Do you know which Tardis Diorama we are getting?

    • SamWho

      October 12th, 2021 - 8:52pm

      I’m guessing it’s the current one to tie in with the new series

    • Lewis Bassett

      October 12th, 2021 - 9:42pm

      I like doctor who

    • Tardis

      October 13th, 2021 - 9:22am

      5th Doctor Tardis

  • Aj

    October 12th, 2021 - 6:53pm

    Biggest story ever told….. big words Chibnall! … time will tell.

    • Auton

      October 12th, 2021 - 7:26pm

      My expectations for series 13 are extremely low but I am looking forward to the story focusing on Mary Seacole although it will probably not be as good as the 12th doctor story with her

  • Doctor Stu

    October 12th, 2021 - 4:56pm

    I don’t see how this is going to be the biggest story they’ve ever told, it’s going to be at least a little bit episodic as we’ve got weeping angels and sontarans to independently tackle as well as a new companion to introduce, I just don’t see how they’re going to be able to pull all this off in six parts. Especially with Chibnalls penchant for 50 minutes of nothing happening and then ten minutes of plot and wrap up at the end. Unless its actually 9 parts like we were originally told and the end of the series has genuinely just been split and shown as ‘specials’ throughout 2022 because they know they wouldn’t be able to get a series out next year.

    • BigBen64

      October 12th, 2021 - 6:55pm

      They mean in terms of scale, rather than how long it’ll last for…

      (When they say “biggest story ever told”, be sure to expect universal threat/big scale dangers…)

    • Sam H

      October 12th, 2021 - 9:16pm

      Anyone else feel like this season is the 3rd place playoff at the World Cup? Nice, but get it out of the way so we can get to the main event (RTD and a level of excitement again.. )

    • Daniel

      October 14th, 2021 - 8:09am

      Ive loved Jodie’s era ………much much better than the early Moffatt era (to me Lets Kill Hitler is the worst Doctor Who episode ever made).

  • Doug Who

    October 12th, 2021 - 4:33pm

    Back on TV!

    That takes me back!

    Glad the strip is back but hope it is an improvement on the last time it appeared although of course that may have been due to extenuating circumstances.

    Looking forward to the diorama and art cards too.

  • Dalekz

    October 12th, 2021 - 4:10pm

    Tardis diorama! Art Cards! Inside!…Off to the shops see ya laterz!

  • Bobby Davros

    October 12th, 2021 - 3:54pm

    “This is the smallest season we’ve ever made”

  • Mac

    October 12th, 2021 - 3:32pm

    Wonder if RTD has given a interview?

    Can’t wait for the 60th anniversary.

  • Coleman

    October 12th, 2021 - 2:16pm

    This should have been the cover of the last issue, all the team together. Instead of just John on his own.

    • SamWho

      October 12th, 2021 - 2:47pm

      But if they had done that what would have been the cover for this month? The same again? Dan was the focus last month & this month it’s all three for the start of the series I think that’s the right way to do it

    • Coleman

      October 12th, 2021 - 2:52pm

      Ah, ah. I knew someone was going to say that. No, just have something different for this issues cover. Maybe some Aliens on the cover with Jodie from this series that’s been mentioned on the new trailer?

    • Coleman

      October 12th, 2021 - 3:04pm

      The Flux, Ravages. Sontarans and Weeping Angels surrounding Jodie would do me for this cover.

    • SamWho

      October 12th, 2021 - 3:55pm

      Yeah it would be nice to have some monsters but it’s too early for that because they don’t want to reveal what they all look like yet and you know what they are like with spoilers even if they’ve said the word they don’t want to show them before the episode
      Next month can be monsters month because we will have seen them on tv then this month is fam & last month was new companion makes the most sense to me

    • The ergon

      October 12th, 2021 - 4:13pm

      Is that the correct spelling for the ravages coleman, i only ask as i was thinking of the recent big finish with chris eccleston but that was ravagers and wondering if there was a crossover.

    • Rhys Woodfield

      October 12th, 2021 - 4:13pm

      I’m just thinking back to when I was a kid and how excited I would get from getting some tantalising pics of monsters or anything other than just promo pics we’ve seen dozens of times before on magazine covers like DWM and the Radio Times, now it feels like they’ve taken the secrecy around the series too far and don’t want to generate any real buzz. Even at Comic Con I found it so strange how reluctant they were to generate any excitement other than the casting of some minor actor from Thrones. The showman that is RTD will hopefully bring this back, he knew how to promote!

    • The ergon

      October 12th, 2021 - 4:16pm

      And all new eaglemoss variants to boot.

    • Coleman

      October 12th, 2021 - 5:07pm

      Not sure how it’s spelt ergon, just seen the new trailer where Jodie’s asking for help and mentions the Ravagers. Only a couple of weeks before we find out though.

    • The Fishmonger

      October 12th, 2021 - 5:09pm

      Do we think these Ravagers are the same as the ones in the Big Finish Eccleston stories?

    • Coleman

      October 12th, 2021 - 5:17pm

      Could be Fishmonger. It really depends on how it is spelt though, could be totally different spelling., its great to speculate anyway.

  • bryan

    October 12th, 2021 - 2:07pm

    Hooray. Back on the cover. Back on TV. Back with the comic strip.

    Let’s hope the next issue continues this trend. More Jodie . Brilliant

    • Children of davros

      October 12th, 2021 - 2:21pm

      Agreed! As the great philosopher homer (Simpson that is) once said, “whoo-hoo!”

    • Phasergrim

      October 12th, 2021 - 4:28pm

      28 pages on the making of season 12? That’s not a year and a half late. But still, good to get the comic back, and we love that Back On TV sign

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