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Doctor Who Magazine Issue 603

Doctor Who is back on TV!

Inside this issue

  • Previews of the new episodes broadcast this month. Russell T Davies talks Space Babies and The Devil’s Chord and we take a quick peek behind the scenes of Boom with writer Steven Moffat and exec producer Joel Collins.
  • Meet the Beatles: John, Paul, George and Ringo (alias Chris Mason, George Caple, Philip Davies and James Hoyles) and their producer George Martin (Ed White)…
  • …and to celebrate the Beatles appearance on opening night of the new season, we also look back at the relationship between the band and Doctor Who over the years…
  • Jinkx Monsoon discusses her role as the malevolent Maestro.
  • Can we get any answers from Anita Dobson about her character, the mysterious Mrs Flood? Worth a try!
  • We also speak to the equally intriguing Susan Twist about her roles in last year’s episodes and her involvement in the forthcoming season…
  • Letter from the Showrunner – Russell T Davies considers the scheduling of the new episodes and welcomes new readers!
  • Script to screen: discover the intricacies involved in bringing ‘Jimbo’ – the robot from Wild Blue Yonder – into being.
  • A tribute to the work of the late Sid Sutton who, among many other career highlights, designed the Doctor Who titles in the 1980s.
  • We test the memory of Matthew Waterhouse, who played companion Adric.
  • Time-Space Visualiser – how second Doctor Patrick Troughton made a partial comeback in the late seventies…
  • Loose Ends – tying up some dangling threads from the 1960s
  • The Fact of Fiction – a scene-by-scene look back at an earlier opening night: 2007’s Smith and Jones.
  • The concluding part of Mancopolis – our comic strip featuring the Fifteenth Doctor and Ruby.


  • An exclusive comic strip supplement featuring TIMESLIP – the memorable multi-Doctor comic strip by former DWM editor Paul Neary. This also includes an essay on the story by Gary Gillatt and a chat with Dez Skinn who came up with the original idea for the strip.
  • Two art cards to celebrate the new season!


Doctor Who Magazine Issue 603 is on sale Thursday 25 April from and WH Smith priced £9.99 (UK).

Also available as a digital edition from priced £8.99.

Categorised under: Doctor Who Magazine, Magazine



  • MIKK89

    May 2nd, 2024 - 6:58pm

    I Didn’t See Anything on the Bag, But Does thus contain a free Doctor Who Big Finish Audio Code? Noticed they would usually do this with “Premiereing Episode Preview”/Special Issue like this, which would usually be the only reason I buy these now

  • bob de bwilder

    April 30th, 2024 - 8:48pm

    i would not be surprised to learn that the editor is now designing the covers himself as well. looks terrible, like someone’s first go at photoshop.

  • JP2000

    April 29th, 2024 - 6:16pm

    Still haven’t received my subscriber copy yet!!

  • The Monitor

    April 28th, 2024 - 5:59pm

    As a subscriber, I am miffed not to get that stunning outer bag. I nearly bought the mag again thinking at least the cover will be different plus I will get the bag, but alas every gets the Beatles cover, so there is less incentive to be a subscriber. I had to buy 600 again to get the bag, but can’t keep doing this.
    A few years ago I remember getting a card insert of the outer bag as a subscriber. Not unreasonable today really if the have done this before.

  • Peter

    April 27th, 2024 - 9:24pm

    Nice use of the OHMSS tagline, there.

    • Moxxofbalhoon

      April 28th, 2024 - 8:22pm

      I KNEW I’d heard that somewhere before! Thank you!!

  • John T

    April 26th, 2024 - 2:46pm

    Some fans may be interested to know that the current issue of SFX Magazine has around 12-16 pages dedicated to the new series of Who. There are also 2 Classic series Art Cards and a 15th Doctor and Ruby Poster as well. The Art Cards are Lee Bindings art work for the Series 15 and 24 The Collection Sets.

    • The Monitor

      April 28th, 2024 - 5:52pm

      Quite a few similar looking SFX covers recently. I hesitated yesterday as thought this looked like something we already had, but it’s clearly May 24.

  • Gerry Quinn

    April 25th, 2024 - 2:08pm

    Gutted that the cards weren’t in my subscriber issue. Did anyone else have this problem?

    • Pierss

      April 25th, 2024 - 9:40pm

      Hey mine arrived today – both cards and the time slip comic. Contact panini they are really good at addressing issues.

    • Gerry Quinn

      April 26th, 2024 - 10:00am

      Thanks Pierss. Will do

    • anon

      April 30th, 2024 - 5:55pm

      Is there a list anywhere of the recent last few issues that have had the Boxsets Art Postcards with them?

  • F D R

    April 25th, 2024 - 1:12pm

    like all doctor who fans i never like to complain …but when i buy doctor who magazine i would like it to be in stereo ..not ..mono angry face emoji

  • beef

    April 25th, 2024 - 12:05pm

    looks like a complete design overhaul, I like it

  • Dave

    April 25th, 2024 - 10:07am

    When did he slag off previous Doctors?

  • Kevin225

    April 25th, 2024 - 9:47am

    Nicer cover than the subscriber one IMO. A weird darker lettering throughout much of the issue – don’t know if a printing issue or a new ‘house style’?

    • demdike@Cult Labs

      April 25th, 2024 - 1:50pm

      That’s the ‘bag’ part that holds the mag, cards and supplement. The cover is the same as the subscriber one.

      Which incidentally i really don’t like. It looks like cheap cosplay with those fake Beatles..ugh.

    • Anon

      April 26th, 2024 - 2:58pm

      Fake Beatles? Why be angry about them using actors to play actor roles. Or do you expect the real Beatles to be in the episode? Good luck with that!

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