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May 23rd, 2022 64 comments

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 578

Highlights of the new issue include:

  • An exclusive from Russell T Davies, Doctor Who’s incoming showrunner, on the casting of Ncuti Gatwa.
  • The story of Ncuti Gatwa’s life and career to date.
  • A 1991 interview with Gordon Flemyng, director of the 1960s Dalek movies, published in full for the first time.
  • Jill Curzon, who played Louise in Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D., answers questions from the TARDIS tin.
  • Assistant director Anthony Waye recalls working on Dr. Who and the Daleks and Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.
  • Inside the 4K restoration process for the Dalek movies.
  • CGI recreations of the Dalek city from Dr. Who and the Daleks, revealing how the Shepperton Studios sets were put together.
  • Exclusive previews and disc breakdowns of the forthcoming Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 22 Blu-ray box set and the Blu-ray/UHD Blu-ray releases of the Dalek movies.
  • Ruth Madeley talks about playing Hebe Harrison, the new companion in the Sixth Doctor’s audio adventures.
  • The Fact of Fiction reveals the hidden secrets of Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.
  • Dr. Who & The Mechonoids, a brand-new comic strip adventure for Dr Who and his granddaughter, Susan.
  • Apocrypha revisits Doomcloud, the first Doctor Who adventure that was told twice!
  • Previews, reviews, news, prize-winning competitions, Time and Space Visualiser, Sufficient Data and more.

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 578 is on sale from and WH Smith from Thursday 26 May priced £6.99 (UK).
Also available as a digital edition from priced £5.99

Categorised under: Doctor Who Magazine, Magazine


  • Cardinal Hordriss

    May 28th, 2022 - 2:28am

    Really looking forward to seeing him play the Doctor but I hope his amazing looks aren’t going to be played on too much, companions falling for the Doctor gets very boring very quickly.

  • Sons of Skaro

    May 27th, 2022 - 6:44pm

    The subscribers issue cover uses a slightly different shot where he is more in center of the frame and his arms are by his side.

  • Andy R

    May 27th, 2022 - 10:14am

    Picked up my copy today. Jim Dale and Dirk Bogarde make guest characters in the comic strip along with the mechanoids. Lots of 60s film articles. Even mention of Tennent and Tate returning.

  • Whofan44

    May 26th, 2022 - 8:20pm

    Do we know if there are plans for another collected graphic novel of the comic strips? There must be enough for a new one by now.

  • WhoIsWhere

    May 26th, 2022 - 2:51pm

    Anyone managed to find a copy as yet ?

  • Alan Silvester

    May 26th, 2022 - 11:13am

    Any subscribers received their copy today?

    • Euan Bird

      May 26th, 2022 - 11:31am

      I didn’t unfortunately

    • Kevin225

      May 26th, 2022 - 12:08pm

      Nor me. Last month’s Wednesday was clearly a blip!

    • [email protected]

      May 26th, 2022 - 1:57pm


    • Sons of Skaro

      May 27th, 2022 - 6:46pm

      I’ve received mine today.

  • Billy

    May 24th, 2022 - 12:05am

    Looking forward to this. Tons of Dalek movie goodness. Love ’em or loathe ’em, you can’t deny how huge a part they played in the success of the Daleks during the 1960’s. Me? I love ’em.

  • Anonymouse

    May 23rd, 2022 - 6:44pm

    Looking forward to the “brand-new comic strip adventure for Dr Who and his granddaughter, Susan”. Judging by the cover image of Cushing seems it might look good.
    Presumably permission would have to be sought from Studio Canal and/or Cushing’s Estate – can’t see Panini wanting to pay much for a separate licence so assuming it didn’t cost much hopefully might lead the way for Eaglemoss to pay and produce a Cushing Doctor for the Figurine Collection? (Unless permission has been given for the strip to promote the new Blu Rays and not cost anything – (not too sure how these copyright issues work).

    • booboo

      May 23rd, 2022 - 6:59pm

      I think Eaglemoss is the only way forward to “Cushing Films” merchandise now and i really hope it can happen.

      There is a limit on what they could do but i would certainly be in for it all.

  • atl

    May 23rd, 2022 - 9:11am

    i want to be the first to say it this month. when is it out, i will answer it to.. this Thursday

    • PJH1971

      May 23rd, 2022 - 10:24am


  • the 15th doctor

    May 22nd, 2022 - 8:22pm

    nice to have the new doctor on the cover. but it is more a gay times cover then a doctor who magazine cover

    • Anonymous

      May 23rd, 2022 - 12:10pm

      Not really, being gay has nothing to do with it. Gatwa has never commented on his sexuality as he doesn’t need to. Yes, he has played a gay character but surely you can seperate fact and fiction? I think maybe people are assuming that just because he has a slight ‘camp’ personality, that he is automatically gay. Assumptions like this shouldn’t happen. He might very well be gay, but that shouldn’t matter one bit.

    • Rory

      May 23rd, 2022 - 12:53pm

      To be fair, he is quite hot in that picture.

      If it gets people excited about a hot Doctor then why not?

    • Alan

      May 23rd, 2022 - 2:33pm

      Because this is a children’s show, Rory.

    • Rob W

      May 23rd, 2022 - 4:41pm

      How very dare you, I’m a grown-up.There have been some gay themes in previous stories. We’ve a good while to wait yet to see exactly what the new Doctor’s costume might be, but yes he does look rather buff Rory.

    • Nick

      May 23rd, 2022 - 9:09pm

      And? So what if it does look like a Gay Times cover? There’s a wide market for Dr Who nowadays and its fabulous that people can be more open. I do not want to return to the eighties when the word Gay made people feel ashamed.

    • Rex Farrel

      May 24th, 2022 - 12:10am

      Anon: I’m pretty sure he’s just referring to the look and the pose. (Those mags don’t always exclusively feature gay people on the covers – unless people like Victoria Beckham are going to have a shock surprise from hubby soon…)

    • John

      May 27th, 2022 - 2:56pm

      Homophobic comment of the week goes to……….

  • [email protected]

    May 22nd, 2022 - 6:58pm

    Interesting choice of wording there.

    Every other time it’s been …. ….. is the Doctor.

    Going right back to Peter Davidson is the Doctor.

    • Fox

      May 22nd, 2022 - 7:10pm

      The “…is the Doctor” cover tends to come after they’ve become the Doctor on screen.

    • [email protected]

      May 22nd, 2022 - 7:21pm

      You are quite correct. My mistake.

    • John

      May 23rd, 2022 - 9:18am

      The is the Doctor comes after announcement, not after seen on screen. Paul McGann’s was long before he was on screen.

    • Anon

      May 23rd, 2022 - 11:46am

      Matt Smith had two covers. Who is and Matt Smith is…

    • Evan Robert Marshall

      May 23rd, 2022 - 6:26pm

      Just to clarify, since the New Series started each new Doctor after Eccleston has only had the traditional ‘…is the Doctor’ cover *after* the regeneration. For David Tennant he didn’t get to have an intro cover before that as the obvious focus was on the Ecclestone series being on TV. Once Parting of the Ways had been broadcast, Tennant then got his ‘…is the Doctor’ cover.

      Smith, Capaldi and Whittaker all had intro covers followed by ‘…is the Doctor’ once they appeared on screen. Seems like they’re sticking to that tradition with Gatwa.

  • Dave Ross

    May 22nd, 2022 - 3:53pm

    Think I might start buying this again

  • Dalekz

    May 22nd, 2022 - 3:30pm

    The Doctor will have to wrap up better than that if he visits Telos again lol
    Great cover, I look forward to his Doctor’s costume reveal thats always a great moment seeing the new Doctor’s outfit.Looking forward to 14, gonna miss 13 tho!

  • Mrs Croot

    May 22nd, 2022 - 2:07pm

    Just me or is Ncuti very Giorno Giovana in his outfit?

  • Loobop

    May 22nd, 2022 - 12:55pm

    i expected this issues cover or at least a feature being about david tennant and catherine tates return,maybe david tennant is busy fully working on his 6 pack ready for his cover photo.

    • Robert Sienicki

      May 22nd, 2022 - 2:54pm

      Nah, they had to do Ncuti cover as he was revealed as the next Doctor. Tennant and Tate will probably be on the next cover, because there is still some time before marketing for Centenery kicks in.

    • Rex Farrel

      May 22nd, 2022 - 3:42pm

      The poor guy’s already had his (very understated) announcement overshadowed by the return of Tennant and Tate – it would have been a real kick in the teeth for DWM to do the same. But at least the return of Rusty makes it look like DWM might get some decent production coverage again.

    • Fox

      May 22nd, 2022 - 7:23pm

      I don’t think it’s been overshadowed at all. There was more buzz for Ncuti’s announcement than Tennant and Tate returning. The former has 3.5x the likes on Twitter and was front page news.

    • Rex Farrel

      May 24th, 2022 - 12:31am

      I hope you’re right, Fox. The announcement was comparatively low key and around the Internet the usual places quickly moved on to Tennant and co. almost exclusively. Presumably when 10 has finished filming and Ncuti is costumed and out and about it’ll swing back the other way, but to be old news in under a week at least looked a bit mean.

  • The ergon

    May 22nd, 2022 - 12:30pm

    Just had a wonderful sunday morning chatting to sylvester mccoyand the really lovely sophie aldred. I did mention the tegan and ace reveal and what they thought of tcuti and yasmine. She told me some personal things which i cannot divulge but she thinks going forward it willj be phenomenal. Sylvester wasnt as forthcoming when i speculated what might happen for the 60th. Best sunday ive had in a long time. Both wonderful people . Got some eight photos and signatures.

    • Coleman

      May 22nd, 2022 - 12:58pm

      Where you at the HorrorConUK at the Magna centre in Rotherham ergon?

    • Coleman

      May 22nd, 2022 - 1:02pm

      On by the way ergon, how did you get some Eight Signatures. Was Paul Mc Gann their aswell?

    • Coleman

      May 22nd, 2022 - 1:33pm

      It’s ok ergon, I’ve found it

    • The ergon

      May 22nd, 2022 - 3:34pm

      No. Coleman just got back after listening q and a sessions at the elsecar heritage with sophie and sylv. Centre. It was heaving. Got advance tickets at the eleventh hour to get to front of qieue and just as well as the queue was a mile long. People in cosplay. Loads of people in star wars outfits with chewbacca and krsanntan, sandpeople and storm troopers etc.. Its my first con and only really went because i missed the sheffield one. Cosplay comps,wrestling allsorts. Glad i went. But it was costly with photos and signings.

    • Coleman

      May 22nd, 2022 - 4:10pm

      I had to Google Comic con on 22nd of May in England, and Elsecar came up.
      Wished I’d known about it I would have gone.
      Been to the Heritage centre a few times, they have some good Toy fairs a couple of times a year.

    • The ergon

      May 22nd, 2022 - 4:51pm

      Just checked the flyers. Mcganns at leeds comic con coleman not rotherham. And other guests are paul kasey, ian mcelliney from jodies second season finale and patricia quinn who played belacz in dragonfire. Theres comic cons all over these days. I might be tempted to go to the sheffield one in october now ive got the con bug.

    • The ergon

      May 22nd, 2022 - 5:00pm

      Wish i had a chest like ncutis. Looking at my photos with sophie you could see my middle aged spread a little under my jumper. Wish id held my stomach in a bit. Not that im that overweight.

    • The ergon

      May 22nd, 2022 - 7:13pm

      That should have been spelt ‘right’ signatures not ‘eight’. Rushing my sentences again.

    • Coleman.

      May 22nd, 2022 - 8:22pm

      Yes, Comic cons are all over the place now. When I googled Local Comic Cons for today, Two came up. One at Elsecar and the other was the Horror con UK at the Magna Centre, Rotherham. That was just for today.
      I thought it was that one you had been too at First.

    • the Ergon

      May 22nd, 2022 - 8:55pm

      I wouldnt have even known if an old mate hadnt seen and got advance tickets. His girlfriend couldn,t go so phoned us and i thought why not? I was a little apprehensive and nervous about what i might say but it was very informal(I expected heavy security) and you could approach them easily at their separate tables and they were very pleasant and mostly accommodating especially Sophie. The Photos were £20 and the personalised autographs £10. I only took £60, so that went there. loads of Ace laminated cards and the same for Sylvesters. I had to ask one of the girls if i could borrow 1 of sylvesters cards which had all the monsters from his seasons for sophie to sign, as Sylv had already kindly signed a Curse of Fenric card for me with Haemovores and Nicholas parsons etc..but he had no problem with that. Talking about the new series though i forgot to ask about their favourite stories and scenes. Overall though best £60 ive spent in a long while. It was a double whammy getting them both together.

    • 76 Totter’s Lane

      May 22nd, 2022 - 9:26pm

      When you say Sophie Aldred told you some personal things, I appreciate you won’t divulge them, but could you just say roughly what area they were about? I’m very curious.

    • the Ergon

      May 23rd, 2022 - 10:00am

      All i will say his she told me that your going to love the centenary special. No other reveals. Thats all i can say.

    • Rob W

      May 23rd, 2022 - 4:46pm

      You’ve got a lovely chest the Ergon.

    • The ergon

      May 23rd, 2022 - 5:26pm

      Haha!,Well thanks for the compliment rob but i prefer to keep it under wraps all the same. Paunches dont seem to be all the rage at the moment.

  • JR

    May 22nd, 2022 - 12:22pm

    I think Doctor Stu and Sons of Skaro should admit that it’s not Ncuti’s chest they have a “problem” with.

    • Doctor Stu

      May 22nd, 2022 - 12:55pm

      Not really. In the slightest. I’m gay. Any exposed chest is not a problem for me. Just thought that Doctor who magazine would be the ones to have a better picture of him rather than the same old one that’s being used everywhere. But like I’ve been told, there are probably very few hi res images that exist this soon of him. Love the accusations oozing from you though

    • Sons of Skaro

      May 22nd, 2022 - 2:31pm


    • Sons of Skaro

      May 22nd, 2022 - 2:33pm

      My comment was meant in jest. But, oh well

  • Doctor Stu

    May 22nd, 2022 - 10:27am

    Why do we have to have this exposed chest Doctor picture everywhere? This wasn’t done for any other Doctor.

    • Doug Who

      May 22nd, 2022 - 10:33am

      If you’ve got it, flaunt it! I can’t say I mind at all!

      Looking forward to this issue very much.

    • booboo

      May 22nd, 2022 - 10:34am

      there are probably very few other hi-res images right now and this is the one most people are using and the most recognisable.

    • Coleman

      May 22nd, 2022 - 10:40am

      Yeah, If Jodie Whittaker ever appeared on the front of DWM looking like that, I think their might be a few complaints.

    • Tim Lord Victorious

      May 22nd, 2022 - 11:15am

      Not from me lol

    • Sons of Skaro

      May 22nd, 2022 - 12:19pm

      Only problem is when I get my subscribers copy, it’ll be just that picture with no caption.

    • Loobop

      May 22nd, 2022 - 12:57pm

      If you worried of being talked about ask for your issue to be put in brown paper bag and wear dark glasses lol

    • Bobby Davros

      May 23rd, 2022 - 12:40pm

      Self service checkouts are your friend.

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