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November 3rd, 2021 18 comments

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 571 Skaak Cover

Available to order from

This issue is available with three variant covers featuring Swarm, Azure or Skaak!


Highlights of the new issue include:

  • Three variant covers to collect – Swarm, Azure and Skaak.
  • The latest Production Notes from showrunner Chris Chibnall.
  • An exclusive preview of the final episodes of Series 13, with contributions from Chris Chibnall, Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill and John Bishop.
  • Interviews with Sam Spruell and Rochenda Sandall, who play Flux supervillains Swarm and Azure.
  • Production designer Dafydd Shurmer discusses the sets he created for Series 13, with previously unseen concept art and other exclusive images.
  • Writer and director Pete McTighe describes the making of the trailer for the new Season 17 Blu-ray box set.
  • A look back at The Five Faces of Doctor Who repeat season, on the 40th anniversary of its BBC2 screening.
  • The second instalment of a two-part feature looking at Doctor Who’s most successful, and not so successful, relaunches.
  • The Fact of Fiction analyses the 1984 story Planet of Fire.
  • The second part of The Forest Bride, a brand-new comic-strip adventure for the Doctor and Yaz.
  • Sufficient Data explores Doctor Who’s big ideas.
  • An exclusive preview of the Season 17 Blu-ray box set, complete with a disc-by-disc guide of special features.
  • Previews, reviews, news, prize-winning competitions, Time and Space Visualiser and more.

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 571 is on sale from and WH Smith from Thursday 11 November
priced £5.99 (UK). Also available as a digital edition from priced £4.99.

Categorised under: Doctor Who Magazine, Magazine


  • TimelordTim

    November 20th, 2021 - 5:12pm

    Shopping trip to Aberdeen today, first in quite a while, the Doctor Who stock (between 2pm and 4pm) was as follows.

    WH Smiths (Union Street):
    1x DWM571 (Skaak cover)
    1x DWM Chronicles Issue 3 – 1983
    2x DWM Chronicles Issue 2 – 1975

    WH Smiths (Bon Accord Centre):
    2x DWM571 (1x Skaak cover, 1x Azure cover)
    2x DWM Chronicles Issue 3 – 1983

    B&M Kittybrewster:
    8x Big Chief Dalek Invasion Mini Bobble Set (on the bottom shelf but in the same general area in toy aisle that the Doctor Who stuff usually is)
    No figure packs from the past wave available anymore.

    I was really surprised to see the 1975 Chronicles issue and picked up a copy myself (this was a 3rd copy, the two mentioned above were still there after my purchase)!

  • Alan Silvester

    November 12th, 2021 - 5:16pm

    Have to say, a bit disappointed with the “Weeping Angel” subscriber cover. Would have preferred some kind of amalgamation of the other 3 covers. But then my cynical side sees it as a Panini ploy to get us to fork out more money for one or more of the other covers! Think I’m going to be reviewing several of my magazine and “collections” subscriptions in the New Year…

    • Peter C

      November 13th, 2021 - 1:09am

      Agreed. I was under the impression subscribers would get one of the three released, without the writing as per usual. Disappointing cover as you say, both the actual Weeping Angel and the pose. I would have much preferred any of the other three covers, my favourite is the Sontaran. It is clearly a ploy to try to make people buy multiple copies for each cover, they’ve done it before, but I think even then they kept the main cover or variant of it as the subs cover, not having subscribed until early last year, not 100% sure of that, but each advert in the mag for subscribing would show the main cover and the same cover for subs without writing. Feel a bit short changed looking at the three main covers now. At least it arrived on time though!

  • NickD

    November 12th, 2021 - 5:16am

    An easy choice with the Sontaran. I must admit the new monsters right back to Jodie’s debut have been mostly rather lacklustre. Although I loved the designs from Demons of the Punjab story.

  • Dalekz

    November 4th, 2021 - 1:06am

    What a choice!
    Creepy skeleton Man
    Creepy skeleton Woman
    War loving Baked Potato
    Only Doctgor Who could give us these covers which is why I love doctor who!

    I’m getting the Potato man one!

    • The ergon

      November 4th, 2021 - 10:16am

      Im torn between azure or the sontaran myself dalekz

  • Shaun

    November 3rd, 2021 - 9:28pm

    I love that the pips on his collar are like Classic Sontaran spaceships.

  • Coleman

    November 3rd, 2021 - 7:01pm

    Just guessing, but I wonder if all three Villains will be on the Subscriber Edition.

    • Doctor Stu

      November 3rd, 2021 - 7:11pm

      Don’t subscribers just get a random cover sent to them?

    • Coleman

      November 3rd, 2021 - 7:35pm

      I’ve never Subscribed to Dr Who Magazine Stu, so was just guessing.

    • dan

      November 3rd, 2021 - 10:05pm

      Previously when it’s been a choice of more then one cover there is usually a subscriber only cover too

    • Anonymous

      November 10th, 2021 - 8:11pm

      Coleman, it’s a weeping angel

    • Coleman

      November 11th, 2021 - 4:06pm

      Thanks Anonymous. With their being three different covers I thought they might do something different for the Subscribers.

  • The ergon

    November 3rd, 2021 - 5:57pm

    Might indulge this month with fact of fiction being planet of fire. I know its not a big fan favourite but it was one of the first stories i recorded when we got our first vhs recorder back in the eighties. I have a soft spot for the story and i love the music and lanzarote locations.


      November 3rd, 2021 - 7:31pm

      It’s a very underated story, in my opinion. Not the best ever, but deserving of more credit.

    • The ergon

      November 3rd, 2021 - 8:47pm

      It has its fair share of faults like most classics 76 totterslane but it has some fine cliffhangers and it gives us the beautiy that is peri brown. My favourite classic companion.

  • Demdike@CultLabs

    November 3rd, 2021 - 5:48pm

    Is there any mention of what the subscribers cover will be?

    • Luskentyre

      November 5th, 2021 - 1:20am

      I’m guessing it’ll be a random cover – but without text.

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