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January 4th, 2022 15 comments

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 573

Highlights of the new issue include:

  • DWM charts the history of digital effects in Doctor Who from the 1970s to the most recent episodes.
  • Dave Bannister and Andrew Robertson from VFX company DNEG describe their contributions to Flux.
  • Digital matte artist Jim McCarthy discusses his work on Doctor Who in the 1980s.
  • Interviews with the people who brought us some of the first Doctor Who computer games.
  • The second instalment of a two-part feature in which Ray Holman explains the background to his costume designs for Series 13.
  • An interview with Frances White, who played Cassandra in 1965’s The Myth Makers.
  • Composer Segun Akinola discusses the musical juxtaposition of romance and Daleks in the New Year’s Day Special.
  • Tributes to renowned Target cover artist Chris Achilléos, who died on 6 December, and writer Bob Baker, who died away on 2 November.
  • The Fact of Fiction revisits 2010’s The Beast Below.
  • Public Image analyses the ratings for Flux.
  • The Doctor Who Magazine Christmas Quiz answers.
  • Previews, reviews, news, prize-winning competitions, Time and Space Visualiser and more.

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 573 is on sale from and WH Smith from Thursday 6 January

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

Categorised under: Doctor Who Magazine, Magazine


  • Michelle Drayton-Harrold

    January 26th, 2022 - 11:05pm

    I’m not a regular reader but I was very grateful to see such a wonderful feature about the late Chris Achilleos. His art for the Target bookcovers were, like all his work, phenominal. My bookcase is filled with his artbooks and I had the pleasure of inviting him as a guest to Albacon 91 in Glasgow. He is greatly missed.

  • Demdike@CultLabs

    January 13th, 2022 - 3:33pm

    Look forward to the Fact of Fiction on The Romans in the next issue. One of my top three Hartnell stories. It’s just so much fun.

    As for this issue. I don’t think i’ve ever seen as many Chibnall ‘current series’ features as there are in this issue.

  • Coleman

    January 7th, 2022 - 4:11pm

    Like the cover on this one. On page five theirs abit about the Robot and Fourth Doctor CO Set out mid January but with no RRP as yet. Same page, also mentions the New Ten piece Tom Baker Vinyl were he’s signed every copy.
    Also page Four as an small but interesting piece on Angela Bruce.

    • Coleman

      January 13th, 2022 - 9:12pm

      I also like the Chris Achilleos feature with quite a few pieces of his original Artwork on show.

  • me

    January 6th, 2022 - 7:58pm

    the next one is £6,99 does anybody if this is a price hike or another poster

  • whofan44

    January 5th, 2022 - 5:25pm

    Has the comic strip gone on break again? I can’t see it listed in the list the mag includes

    • Timelord63

      January 6th, 2022 - 6:38pm

      Yes, there’s no comic strip yet again. Thought they could of managed more than three issues of its return seeing as it’s been reduced to just 6 pages. At least they could of run a text story which is what I thought they’d do when not running the comic strip.

    • whofan44

      January 6th, 2022 - 9:47pm

      I think previously they have actually acknowledged that there is no comic but this time they just seemed to have not included a comic and think people will not notice. I do hope it returns again soon as it rather is the main selling point of the mag for me.

    • Timelord63

      January 6th, 2022 - 10:43pm

      No, there’s no mention whatsoever of there being no comic strip. Looking at next issue preview doesn’t look like it’s back next issue either.

  • Kenny

    January 4th, 2022 - 10:00pm

    Wonder if they will announce next Blu-ray?

    • Kevin225

      January 6th, 2022 - 1:39pm

      No mention of the next Blu Ray. Subscriber copy has arrived today.

  • Doug Who

    January 4th, 2022 - 5:07pm

    Great cover!

    I do wish ‘Who’ perhaps wasn’t quite so caught up in the digital spectacle of the ‘Hollywood Blockbuster’ and could use the technology to develop it’s own distinctive aesthetic. I liked the way ‘Village of the Angels’ used it to create the ‘dreamscape’ much more than the Flux Marvel-style light show for example. I’m sure the article will be interesting nonetheless and digital effects have undeniably transformed the show.

    Nice to see the Achilleos tribute. Those Target covers will never be forgotten and I loved his illustration of the ‘Gorgon in pearls’ for that Chetwynd Hayes short story collection.

  • Dalekz

    January 4th, 2022 - 4:52pm

    Doctor Who has never looked better than it does right now!
    “Eve of the Daleks” looked awesome because of it’s direction and lighting but also it’s effects both digital and practical.
    I love how the Dalek’s “Mini-gun” looked when firing and the building colapse at the end looked great to the Tardis spinning in the sky at the end and catching the light as it turned.
    The 13th Doctor turning into an angel is probbably one of the best SFX shots in WHO!

  • bob hellier

    January 4th, 2022 - 10:17am

    when is it available

    • booboo

      January 4th, 2022 - 10:23am

      out Thursday in shops

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