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Doctor Who Magazine Issue 597

Highlights include:

  • Previews of the new Doctor Who Specials The Star Beast and Wild Blue Yonder.
  • Tête-à-Tate – Catherine Tate is interviewed (with interruptions from David Tennant!)
  • A preview of The Daleks in colour.
  • Madness in the Air ­­– an extensive set report from the recording of The Star Beast, with contributions from cast and crew.
  • 60th-Anniversary poll results ­– the top 10 revealed.
  • Neil Patrick Harris is the Toymaker – the man behind the returning villain.
  • Letter from the Showrunner – Russell T Davies on the Great Seismic Shifts in Doctor Who­.
  • Production Diary – script editor Scott Handcock files his latest report, direct from Doctor Who’s HQ.
  • Taster Before the Feast – a look forward to tales of Tales of the TARDIS.
  • Liberation of the Daleks Part Fourteen – the adventures of the Fourteenth Doctor conclude in the epic comic-strip adventure written by Alan Barnes and illustrated by Lee Sullivan.
  • The Fact of Fiction unlocks the secrets of the acclaimed Twelfth Doctor episode Heaven Sent.
  • 60 Objects, 60 Years – the final instalment of the series that tells the story of one object from every year of Doctor Who’s history.
  • Gallifrey Guardian – all the latest official news.
  • Other Worlds – the essential guide to new stories in Doctor Who’s expanded universe.
  • Previews, reviews, prize-winning competitions, Time and Space Visualiser and more.

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 597 is on sale Thursday 9 November from and WH Smith priced £8.99 (UK).

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  • Peter C

    November 12th, 2023 - 3:57pm

    How entitled some people are. Just be grateful that we Han an anniversary special and that the series and magazine are both still going. Of course the 50th anniversary is bigger than the 60th, but with different showrunners RTD is getting the chance to put his stamp on the show; if he’d had a chance to do the 50th, then surely he’d have similar ideas as to what he’s doing now. I for one think they could and should have done more with the 50th in terms of including the classic Doctors apart from one small scene.

  • Tardispals

    November 10th, 2023 - 2:44pm

    Thinking of buying this one. Does this magazine have a Big finish offer/ gift?

    • mac

      November 11th, 2023 - 12:48pm

      Just a couple of posters

  • rich

    November 9th, 2023 - 8:23am

    I have loads of posters from DWMs over the years. Never put one in my wall. Who are the posters for? Does anybody appreciate them? Or is it just an extra few quid for nothing?

    • Loobop

      November 9th, 2023 - 10:13am

      i’ve always had at least one poster up in my bedroom starting from my early teen years,either it being video games,tv shows or pop groups i like. Maybe you grew up with the rule of not sticking things on the best wallpaper and it just stuck with you.

    • anon

      November 9th, 2023 - 10:00pm

      One side of the first poster is The meep the other with most of the characters from the 3 specials. Poster 2 has the Day of the Doctor and World enough and Time and the other side of that is the Empty child and Blink.

    • atl

      November 9th, 2023 - 11:09pm

      i would need more rooms then Buckingham palace to put up all the posters i used to like the art cards that would come with the magazine years ago they were small enough so i could have a few of them up at the same time

  • cosmosboy98

    November 8th, 2023 - 12:12pm

    I think its safe to say this isn’t going to be on the same wavelength as the 50th Anniversary mag, which is okay but a little disappointing maybe…

    • AxC

      November 8th, 2023 - 6:26pm

      If you put stock in anniversaries then surely 50th is a more major event that 60th?

      Would you bemoan a lack of 64th anniversary special too? 50, 75 and 100 are fine. Don’t forget they’re also expected to do their own DWM anniversary special too for the mag first being published, and then acknowledge every 100 issues with a special.

      What would you even put in it?

    • rich

      November 9th, 2023 - 8:19am

      AXC, don’t be that guy. It’s a legitimate comment.

    • Whoover_villa

      November 9th, 2023 - 8:36am

      rich: respectfully, AXC’s reply is a legitimate one. The tone isn’t antagonistic and it is strange how arbitrary milestones are celebrated. Even the biggies like the 50th. What’s so remarkable about 50?

    • cosmosboy98

      November 9th, 2023 - 10:00am

      I think AxC’s comment about a “64th anniversary special” is antagonistic and ridiculous, generally anniversaries tend to end in 0s and 5s. It’s interesting as the 20th Anniversary in retrospect (I was not around then!) seemed huge. Having this DWM in hand it’s an incredibly exciting issue in terms of the new episodes, hype and anticipation. But I wouldn’t call the tone of it celebratory, more focused on the new era and exclusive ‘sneak-peek’ content. Which maybe after that being lacking in the last few years, is entirely the right tone to have…

    • Mikk89

      November 10th, 2023 - 8:13am

      quite shocked that for the 60th Anniversary Issue essentially – doesn’t include a Big Finish freebie or something (I recently got the newest Humble Bundle and whilst the majority of the Graphic Novels I had after buying their previous one years ago, £14 for several more Audio Adventures, a massive selection of the Doctor Who: Adventures in Space and Time Role-playing Game (including Source books for Doctors 1-12) it kind of makes up for the lack now, but even if the Christmas Issue offers the BF adaption of ‘The Star Beast’ as a nice little extra bonus, 3 versions of the tale to celebrate Beep the Meep.

  • Kevin225

    November 8th, 2023 - 11:38am

    Hold onto your hats everyone – the 7 December issue is £10.99!

    • Gareth Pugh

      November 8th, 2023 - 12:02pm

      True but you do get quite a lot in the package – another two giant posters plus an extra mag (‘Starbeast supplement’) which I’m guessing will feature the 1979 DWW comic strip of it).

    • demdike@Cult Labs

      November 8th, 2023 - 1:07pm

      When it says two posters is that what it means, two. Or is it simply a double sided one.

      I haven’t received my subscribers copy yet.

    • Kevin225

      November 8th, 2023 - 1:27pm

      Noted/agreed, although I appreciate how sensitive this point might be to a number of regular contributors to this forum! IMO and based on a lunchtime flick through, it looks a really good ‘standard issue’, but with posters included. I do though keep thinking ‘ but it IS the 60th!’ Heaven knows what the cost of it would be if it did include lots of ‘bells & whistles’ too. Perhaps that is why it is what it is (and with Issue 600 just around the corner too)?

    • I’m Batman

      November 8th, 2023 - 2:17pm

      Mine just arrived. It is 2 posters, both are double sided.
      One is Beep the Meep just like last issues cover, and the newly released poster of the Specials.

      Other poster is for each poll winner, so The Empty Child & Blink one side, Day of the Doctor & World Enough and Time on the other.

    • demdike@Cult Labs

      November 8th, 2023 - 4:42pm

      Thanks, Batman.

      My copy turned up at around 3pm. The post round here is really late today.

      Great cover as well. The one shown on this listing is nowhere to be seen with the subscribers copy. Lol.

  • Theforce

    November 8th, 2023 - 10:55am

    Any details of the book azine due the same day for £19.99?

    • atl

      November 8th, 2023 - 11:41am

      its out on the same day as dwm 597 on the panini website if you get them both at the same time you get free P&P and if you use the code WELCOME 10 at the check out you get 10% off the price
      so you can get both for £26.08


  • Golden Pineapple

    November 8th, 2023 - 10:40am

    Any early sightings again, like last month’s issue?

  • beef

    November 8th, 2023 - 9:04am

    when’s it out?

    • Theforce

      November 8th, 2023 - 10:55am


  • Loobop

    November 8th, 2023 - 7:29am

    i expected the price going up again as it comes with poster.

    • Theforce

      November 8th, 2023 - 9:41am


  • Star Lord

    November 7th, 2023 - 11:09pm

    100%, as Snowman says this is just the card/polybag to hold the poster and the magazine cover will be sans text, and quite possibly a different cover entirely.

  • Timelord63

    November 7th, 2023 - 9:19pm

    Big of an underwhelming cover?

    • Snowman

      November 7th, 2023 - 9:31pm

      I’ve got a feeling it won’t be the Cover. Whenever theirs a Poster included the Magazine usually comes in a bag. I should imagine this is the “bag” on display.
      The Actual Cover will have no writing on I bet and could be different.

  • youngj

    November 7th, 2023 - 6:12pm

    I can’t wait to get this magazine as well

  • Lucinda

    November 7th, 2023 - 4:51pm

    So excited for this

  • Lucinda

    November 7th, 2023 - 4:51pm

    Can’t wait to buy this magazine

  • I’m Batman

    November 7th, 2023 - 4:09pm

    Can’t wait


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