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Doctor Who Magazine Issue 598

A bumper edition of Doctor Who Magazine including a 32-page mini-mag of the original Star Beast comic strip and double-side poster. The issue also includes a special offer to download a free audio drama featuring the Fifth and Seventh Doctors.

This issue’s features include:

  • Exclusive previews of new episodes The Giggle and The Church on Ruby Road with Russell T Davies.
  • Mum and grandma of new companion Ruby (alias Michelle Greenidge and Angela Wynter) on joining the show in this year’s Christmas Special.
  • The final interview with much-loved national treasure Bernard Cribbins.
  • The Diary of the Meep! A minute-by-minute account of the irrepressible Miriam Margolyes’ journey to becoming the Meep.
  • Further Than We’ve Ever Been Before ­­– DWM’s Emily Cook on the set of Wild Blue Yonder to discover its VFX secrets.
  • A very special comic strip adventure featuring the Fourteenth Doctor and Donna…
  • 80s director Andrew Morgan remembering his time on Doctor Who.
  • A glimpse behind the scenes on 60s Doctor Who.
  • Letter from the Showrunner – Russell T Davies is in the festive spirit, and even lets a few secrets about the next series slip.
  • Production Diary – script editor Scott Handcock on how production on Doctor Who has reached its busiest point yet!
  • The Fact of Fiction – all you could ever want to know about the 2015 series finale Hell Bent.
  • Gallifrey Guardian – all the latest official news.
  • Other Worlds – the essential guide to new stories in Doctor Who’s expanded universe.
  • Reviews – The Underwater Menace animation, Frazer Hines’s Evil of the Daleks and action figures!
  • The fiendishly festive DWM Christmas quiz!

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 598 is on sale Thursday 7 December from and WH Smith priced £10.99 (UK).

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  • Theforce

    January 3rd, 2024 - 4:06pm

    ISSUE 599 comes out tomorrow any details as YET ?

    • MDS

      January 3rd, 2024 - 5:14pm

      Contents of DWM 599 include: Ncuti Gatwa and David Tennant * Behind the scenes on The Giggle * Ruby Sunday * Russell T Davies * The new TARDIS * The new sonic screwdriver * Blue Peter * Meet the Crew * Sophie Aldred * Extras * A Good Man Goes to War * Fifteenth Doctor comic strip

      According to the Panini Site

    • TheForce

      January 3rd, 2024 - 7:54pm

      And any news on ISSUE 600

  • Whofan44

    December 11th, 2023 - 9:29pm

    Am I just sort of picky on this sort of thing but does it bother anyone else that the comic strip in this does not seem to have its own title?

  • Alan Silvester

    December 7th, 2023 - 10:50am

    Can anyone confirm, is the copy shown above the subscriber copy? This is what I have received today, but was expecting a “clean” cover – just the logo. Is this the actual subscriber copy, or have I been sent the wrong copy? Thanks.

    • Gareth Pugh

      December 7th, 2023 - 11:14am

      Because it comes in a paper envelope (bundling it with the poster and the bonus Star Beast comic) shop copies and subscriber copies are the same – because even shop copies don’t need loads of text on the actual mag inside, the paper envelope does that job. So, yes, what you see IS what subscribers are getting (ie, with some text). My sub copy is certainly that.

    • Alan Silvester

      December 7th, 2023 - 2:10pm

      Brill. Thanks for the clarification, Gareth.

  • Joe

    December 6th, 2023 - 4:38pm

    Do we know if shop bought copies will have the clean cover yet like other recent special issues have in their bags?

    • Andy R

      December 7th, 2023 - 7:53am

      Yes, it has the clean cover from shop brought versions.

      Also has a 14th Doctor strip so the collected Liberation of the Daleks is not the complete 14th.

    • Rory

      December 7th, 2023 - 9:24am

      @andy, have to say I was expecting that with Liberation being a bookazine format. Rush release that to capitalise on the 60th, then produce a complete 14th for the graphic novels collection.

      Would help them to recoup some of the costs of producing the strip as there will inevitably be some double dipping.

  • MJS

    December 6th, 2023 - 11:16am

    Best issue in AGES! Lots to enjoy. I appreciate it’s not everyone’s cup of tea (and yes loads gets spoiled in the internet) but there’s loads of good stuff that people post, from this mag, just prior to release so that ruins it a bit too. It has it’s exclusives but within hours social media have it everywhere

    • booboo

      December 6th, 2023 - 11:20am

      Maybe sales would be better and therefore a lower price if the clickbait x’ers (twitterers) didn’t spread all the juicy bits over social media before the mag has even hit the shops.

    • Mac

      December 6th, 2023 - 6:39pm

      booboo – that would mean the x’ers getting a life.

  • Whoobags

    December 6th, 2023 - 9:13am

    The new Fourth Doctor comic strip collection is the complete run, which includes both the previous editions at approx £15 each, so works out about the same price. Had they re-released them individually, they’d probably be more than £15 for each volume.

    Good value, I’d say, and they look beautiful. Only moan is I wish they’d come out in hardcover, too.

  • IheartMelissaBenoist

    December 5th, 2023 - 8:07pm

    How come the “is” isn’t emphasized? Isn’t usually on the covers when a new Doctor’s era begins?

  • Anthony Fagn

    December 5th, 2023 - 6:21pm

    At this rate issue 600 will be 20 quid.. what the hell?

    • MJS

      December 6th, 2023 - 11:13am


  • Anon

    December 5th, 2023 - 5:21pm

    I like to see contents. Thats a really good cover for 15th. Would like to know if theres an exclusive interview with the bloke this issue?

    • Anon

      December 6th, 2023 - 3:24pm

      Managed to bag a copy of the mag early today at local morrissons.

  • Loobop

    December 5th, 2023 - 4:54pm

    if the poster this issue is 14th i think i’ll just get that off ebay,nothing else interest me this issue enough to pay £10.99 for the whole package.

    • TonyB

      December 6th, 2023 - 11:30pm

      The poster is 12th, then 13th and inside at its largest is 15th and Ruby

  • atl

    December 5th, 2023 - 4:17pm

    you’re right bryan and over the last 12 months the magazine has got a lot better and having the odd reprint is nise and a lot of people don’t have the older stuff i personally would like some of the things from the 60s and 70s reprinted annuals ect

  • Doug Who

    December 5th, 2023 - 4:01pm

    Iconic cover! Looking forward to it.

  • GallifreyStands

    December 5th, 2023 - 1:47pm

    I believe its £10.99 for this edition as it as The Star Beast reprint as a separate magazine additional to the main magazine,

    • Dave

      December 5th, 2023 - 3:20pm

      its honestly like they trying to stop people buying the magazine, the prices are insane especially for “gifts” nobody really wants.

    • atl

      December 5th, 2023 - 3:29pm

      id rather have The Star Beast reprint then another poster

    • bryan

      December 5th, 2023 - 3:48pm

      I do think there are many people who have never seen the Star Beast comic strip. As it was 1979/1980,so a singular reprint is most welcome.

      I know the original £15 4th Doctor Graphic is long sold out, and the new £29.99 is beyond many at this time. As the magazine is £7.99 an extra £3 is not so excessive.

      DWM is unique in being a single issue content, SFX and others are derivative of movies and TV. And get support from advertisers that don’t see DWM as a place to advertise. If we wish to keep a unique magazine we have to support it.

    • Kevin225

      December 5th, 2023 - 7:54pm

      bryan – I 100% agree.

    • AxC

      December 5th, 2023 - 11:38pm


      Have you *seen* what Panini charge compared to SFX for advertising?! They made a rod for their own back.

    • More then 2 alphabets

      December 6th, 2023 - 8:29am

      I feel like some people are missing the point here and are quick to judge DWM based on other magazines.

      I cant think of any other franchise that has a dedicated monthly adult(not that kind) magazine that has existed for decades. I don’t see “harry potter monthly” or “resident evil monthly” anywhere. Doctor who magazine is a dying brand, there’s no lie about that, it exists in a very small universe of regular printed content. Sadly all the “news” is on social media before it hits stands so they have to do what they can to get buyers, its inevitable that the price will increase.

      The fact that the show has been on off in terms of TV content volume for years means that regular new content isn’t really there. Sadly, as Doctor Who goes into its new era and is regenerated again, that popularity means the £ rise for hiring new writers/editors, the comic book section in itself is a major investment. The seasoned veterans of the magazine become a higher cost as they know their name carries weight.

      EVERYTHING is going up, blu ray pre orders have gone up this week, not doctor who but general – most of what I saw on HMV was £14.99 , has now become £16.99. Big Finish is becoming a very selective affair for some people, its not to be evil or money grabbing, sadly this is the world right now. Costs have risen so sadly hard choices are to be made. I supported the magazine for years and then one day I noted that im paying £6.99 for nothing so i stopped, when RTD returned I bought again for his letter but 10 months later, its just not worth the expense, its tough as im a dedicated, long term fan but i have to invest my “who money” into something that is of a higher quality which is big finish audios, the truth is, i will read the magazine maybe once (and rarely cover to cover) but those CD’s sit pride of place and the app means I can listen to my favourites whenever i want

      If you want it and can afford it then great but sadly, we need to spend on what’s most important! I dont see the Magazine going away over night and RTD pushing for the “canon” 14th doctor story in the comic is proof theres still intent but lets be honest, maybe 3-5 years left? Thats potentally another £300-£500 investment over the coming years, is it worth it? The choice is yours…….

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