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Doctor Who Magazine Issue 602

Inside this issue!

  • In the run-up to the new series, Millie Gibson talks to DWM about playing companion Ruby Sunday –her most in-depth interview yet!
  • We examine a long-lost interview that First Doctor William Hartnell gave to the Scottish press –
    including some forthright opinions!
  • Davina McCall shares her love of Doctor Who and reflects on her role in last year’s Christmas Special.
  • Script to screen: find out what processes went into bringing creepy puppet Stooky Bill and his family to life in The Giggle.
  • To tie-in with the release of Season 15 on Blu-ray, we present an interview with model-maker Bill Pearson.
  • We visit the set of Henry House – a new series starring many familiar faces….
  • A report from from LA super convention Gallifrey One!
  • Letter from the Showrunner – Russell T Davies on celebrating milestones out of sequence!
  • Time-Space Visualiser – this month: the Trods!
  • Who & Me – DWM contributor Beth Axford on how she became hooked on Doctor Who.
  • Loose Ends – exploring the mysteries of the Sixth Doctor!
  • The Fact of Fiction – a deep dive into the plot of Twelfth Doctor story The Woman Who Lived.
  • The adventures of the Fifteenth Doctor and Ruby Sunday continue in the comic strip!


  • Gallifrey Guardian – packed with all the latest news about the upcoming series!
  • Reviewed – the new Season 15 Blu-ray Collection and all the latest audio releases.
  • Other Worlds – the essential guide to new stories in Doctor Who’s expanded universe.
  • Win Blu-rays and the latest audio releases!

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 602 is on sale Thursday 28 March from and WH Smith priced £7.99 (UK).

Categorised under: Doctor Who Magazine, Magazine



  • F D R

    April 5th, 2024 - 11:20pm

    the next one dwm, 603 has a 16 page supplement and art cards like 600 did but instead of being £ 10.99 it well be £9,99

    • James

      April 6th, 2024 - 2:20pm

      Why do t they just stick to a price like £5.99. And any extra items (supplements, books, diarama, posters etc) you can send away for if you prove your purchase via a picture of the receipt. Would save on the plastic, boxed or paper wrap magazine on sale. I only buy for the magazine itself and nothing more. Only exception is the 50th which I did buy both versions. Feel I’m not alone in this.

      They should also let you subscribe like you can with newspapers. Where by you say do for 12 months and get sent prepaid coupons to redeem in stores. Guaranteed customer for time period and more footfall on the high streets.

  • I’m Batman

    April 4th, 2024 - 10:22am

    Has anyone else not received their subscriber copy still? Not sure if it’s just a post issue or something.

  • Anon

    April 1st, 2024 - 6:20pm

    I have just seen this issue on sale on Amazon. Fine right? Er… £21 for the magazine plus £19 postage! The world really has gone insane…

    • Rex F

      April 2nd, 2024 - 2:15am

      That Marketplace seller is in New York though…

  • Mark @ Terraqueous

    April 1st, 2024 - 1:45pm

    What a fantastic issue.

    I loved the Millie Gibson interview.

    An enjoyable ready throughout!

  • Doctor Stu

    March 29th, 2024 - 6:17pm

    Oh we all know what happens next. Massive massive row within the fandom, awful reviews, plummeting ratings and a severe hatred amongst the fans of yet another hijacked franchise

    • Jamie

      March 30th, 2024 - 4:36pm


    • Golden Pineapple

      March 30th, 2024 - 5:24pm

      If you’re so certain about these Proclamations of Doom, could I have next week’s lottery numbers then please? Ta.

    • Anon

      March 30th, 2024 - 5:43pm

      Cheer up lad…

  • Andy R

    March 29th, 2024 - 10:01am

    I saved my money on the regular mag and brought the first issue of the new dalek model part work. First issue only £1.99.

    • James

      March 29th, 2024 - 5:41pm

      Not seen that. Test Partwork? Those only available in certain areas for breif time to see if worth doing nationally

    • Andy R

      March 29th, 2024 - 8:35pm

      Assume the test was successful as saw it in my WH Smiths. 140 issues making a half scale remote control new series Dalek. Also mutant reveal. First issue comes with the eye piece. Hatchette partwork if that helps anyone.

    • Jason Z

      March 29th, 2024 - 9:41pm

      Found this:

    • JRT!

      March 29th, 2024 - 10:52pm

      There’s a vid on yt about the Dalek. Looks really good!

    • James

      March 29th, 2024 - 10:57pm

      Wow its expensive. Weekly at £12 fron issue 3. Where are you located? Which whs?

    • Andy R

      March 30th, 2024 - 5:49am

      I’m Essex based. They normally locate the part works near the newspapers if anyone is going hunting.

    • James

      March 30th, 2024 - 4:12pm

      Must be a local test partowrk as my local whs can’t find it on the system to stock or to order. Wish they redo the history book partwork and continue them past the 12the Doctor.

    • Andy R

      March 30th, 2024 - 5:03pm

      Also in my local newsagents so on general sale now i assume.

    • booboo

      March 30th, 2024 - 5:09pm

      you might be in one of the test areas, its not on the front page of their website or searchable so still on test probably which is usually 4 issues

    • Canon Fodder

      March 31st, 2024 - 9:39am

      Just looked and it’s on the front page of the Hachette Partworks site now

    • booboo

      March 31st, 2024 - 10:15am

      i can’t see it anywhere on their site?

    • Gareth Pugh

      March 31st, 2024 - 10:37am

      From what I’ve seen on a vlog on YouTube by a guy who runs a channel on partwork model build-ups, what you are seeing in your WHS now *is* the 4 issue Test. He got his copy when visiting Canvey Island and said that from what could tell, the Essex are is one of the test regions.

      Partworks nearly always do a 4-issue test run to see how many ‘bites’ they get. The 4th issue will then usually contain a slip of paper thanking you for demonstrating your interest, that the part-work will now be ‘suspended’ whilst they look at all the data and make their decision. The Figurine Collection (Eaglemoss) and the DW Complete History books (Hachette) did exactly this, and in both cases, the 4-issue test was run about now – March/April – with a view to an Autumn full launch. Be interesting to see how it goes…

    • F D R

      March 31st, 2024 - 10:43am

      First issue is only £1.99. but to get the complete dalek its £1600 – £1700 a few years to put it together and if it is cancelled at any time it will be uncompleted … i am sure i could get something good from doctor who for £1600


    • James

      March 31st, 2024 - 12:23pm

      It’s confirmed to be a test partwork and on sale for 4 issues only.

      Essex area and maybe odd places around the UK. Market to see how sales go and see if any interest. Normally when test partowrks are complete you can contact the publisher with your receipts details and get a refund or a gift. At £12 a week I can’t see it being a huge seller in the current climate. With normal building partworks roughly at least 100 issues be very expensive.

    • Canon Fodder

      March 31st, 2024 - 1:28pm

      Booboo try just typing Dalek Partworks in your search bar and the Hachette Partworks is one of the first options

    • booboo

      March 31st, 2024 - 1:40pm

      Yes but that’s the dedicated Dalek page which isn’t shown or linked to on their main website yet.

  • Haza14

    March 28th, 2024 - 10:25pm

    I’m surprised by all the negativity around the magazine. Might just be the vocal minority but I think the quality has definitely improved since the previous era. They’re obviously getting more access to the set and talent making the show than they did during Jodie’s run when they were having to make do with scraps seemingly. Most months we get an exclusive picture for the cover and in-depth articles/interviews about the shows production, as well as exclusive information. In Jodie’s time most of the information was just press releases we’d already seen online. The new editor is certainly a different style, but I buy for content that I’m interested in, and there is no shortage of that currently. It’s pricey, I agree, but most print magazines are now, and I’d say DWM remains one of the highest quality magazines on the market. It also doesn’t have an advert every other page, which is something I am happy to pay a pound or so extra for, and is a rarity in the current market. Having said that I have also been impressed with SFX recent coverage of the series as well, but DWM will always have wider coverage.

    • The Fishmonger

      March 29th, 2024 - 7:55am

      I agree with you. The new editor made a decision to include himself in some of the content of issue 600, which lead to an inordinate amount of hate against him. And since then people seem to have just decided everything he does is terrible. It really is a thankless task trying to make Doctor Who fans happy. This edition is fine. Good info, good comic strip.

    • Jaykey

      March 29th, 2024 - 8:42am

      I agree too, the magazine has improved. I think it is just popular at the moment to complain about everything. Still thunk DWM is a great read

    • Anomie

      March 29th, 2024 - 9:26am

      Vocal minority seems about right. Some fans just like to complain.

    • Kevin225

      March 29th, 2024 - 1:17pm

      I’m not one to be negative and overly complain and I’m willing to give someone or something the benefit of the doubt and to give change time to bed in. However I can only go with the evidence of my own eyes, which is to say that I barely read anything of Issue 601 (a handful of pages at best) and this is the ONLY time I have ever done this and I have bought (or had bought for me!) every issue of DWM (& specials) since it started. Issue 602 is a slight improvement but not wonderful IMO.

      This magazine is a significant constant of pretty much my entire life and I normally look forward to it arriving every 4 weeks as one of the highlights of the month. I haven’t done that for a few months now (again for the first time EVER). This doesn’t make me negative – it actually makes me quite concerned for the future of something that (this isn’t melodramatic) that I care a lot about. I would love to have 10-15 minutes with the makers to offer some constructive feedback,I really would. The magazine’s access to the show’s production team in the Jodie era clearly is not a patch on the current era, but the actual content of the magazine IMO is vastly inferior.

  • John T

    March 28th, 2024 - 6:29pm

    This is the first issue that I have bought in a couple of years. I went in to Sainsbury’s today not even knowing it was out. I can’t comment on some of the previous issues but I disagree with the negative feedback on this one. I think there’s a fair bit to enjoy here.

    • anonymous

      March 28th, 2024 - 10:50pm

      agreed there have been worse issues especially between 2018 and 2022

  • Timelord63

    March 28th, 2024 - 6:01pm

    Another terrible issue. 7 pages on some puppets that were briefly in last special, 4 page interview with Davina McCall and a bit of a redesign which quite frankly is bland and uninspired.
    Magazine has gone really downhill since new editor took over.

    • DDD

      April 11th, 2024 - 6:59am

      The Puppet interview was the most boring thing ive ever read in this once great magazine. Also whenever they interveiw a guest from the new series you know its going to be gushing and full of praise.

  • The Monitor

    March 28th, 2024 - 5:45pm

    Have others not received their subscriber copy yet. Usually get it Wednesday or Thursday.

    • Kevin225

      March 28th, 2024 - 7:47pm

      Yes, my subscriber copy arrived today. It looks like a slight improvement on the last two issues and seems to have a ‘proper’ interview with Millie Gibson.

    • AlbertoFrog

      March 28th, 2024 - 9:32pm

      Also not received my sub copy. Hopefully it’ll arrive Saturday, otherwise it’ll be next Tuesday, getting on for a week late compared to the usual Wed arrival.

    • I’m Batman

      April 2nd, 2024 - 9:22am

      I still haven’t received mine. Hopefully it comes today and is just some Easter business causing the delay.

  • Bern

    March 28th, 2024 - 1:42pm

    The editor is sadly killing this once great magazine. Self indulgent, over priced tosh.

    • Anon

      March 28th, 2024 - 4:05pm

      Not overpriced really. It’s the average price for this type of magazine. If you don’t like it just stop buying it.

    • PJH1971

      March 28th, 2024 - 5:10pm

      Totally agree, content is not great these days and is well overpriced. Gave up a while back.

    • Timelord63

      March 28th, 2024 - 6:03pm

      I agree? It’s got worse since Jason Quinn took over and they’ve still not done a rundown of the discs in the season 15 boxset as they’ve usually done?

    • Bern Windhow

      March 28th, 2024 - 7:29pm

      Ah yes, you simply aren’t allowed to have an opinion or ask for better from a product you’ve enjoyed for the last 30 years.

      Instead you’re told to stop buying.

      When I want the advice of someone hiding under a cloak of anonymity I’ll ask for it. Until then, I’ll give my opinion on something that is currently the worst it’s ever been.

    • The Fishmonger

      March 29th, 2024 - 8:04am

      What do you think is self indulgent about this issue? Seems like a standard issue to me. The current editor first worked for the magazine in 1999. He’ll try new stuff. Some of it will work, some of it won’t. You’re definitely allowed an opinion, but if you don’t enjoy reading it then I’m wondering why you continue to buy it.

    • Anon

      March 29th, 2024 - 12:03pm

      I didn’t say stop buying it. I said if you don’t like it stop buying it. It’s entirely up to you. But. If you don’t like it and you buy it then why complain? You bought it knowing you don’t like it!

  • Mark Lightfoot

    March 28th, 2024 - 12:35pm

    I enjoy Dr who magazine a lot and the bookazines two ok

  • Andrew

    March 28th, 2024 - 12:03pm

    Next issue another 16 page supplement with a 9.99 price tag . I think it’s time to part company with this magazine.

  • DJS

    March 28th, 2024 - 10:46am

    Cant be bothered to read this anymore. After the dire issues 600 and 601 its become a tiring read. Ive decided to stop even though the comic strip is better than average but ill wait for the omnibus version of that . Nothing in this issue, apart from the Hartnell item and Henry House, compels me to buy this.

    Henry House has a December 2024 release date according to IMDB.

    The Chronicles specials are still excellent though


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