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Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition 64

Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition 64

Action Figures 2005-2023

Doctor Who Magazine celebrates the action figures and other articulated toys inspired by the 21st-century incarnation of the series.

Packed with exclusive photography and behind-the-scenes details, this volume surveys collectables based on episodes featuring the Ninth through to the Fourteenth Doctors.

Some of the most popular Doctor Who toys ever produced are pictured alongside lesser-known items and rarities in this lavishly illustrated guide.

DWM Special Edition 64: Action Figures 2005-2023 is on sale from Thursday 3 August at WH Smith, selected supermarkets and online from priced £8.99. A digital edition is also available, priced £7.99 from

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  • cosmosboy98

    October 11th, 2023 - 3:52pm

    Late to the party, but finally reading this and it has to be said it’s a real disappointment. Looking over the many already inaccuracies already identified, there is so much detail left out in terms of which characters had new sculpts (e.g. Ood post Planet of Ood), one off sculpts for regular characters (10th Doc in 42 Spacesuit), improvement and progression of articulation as the line expanded (Sycorax Leader vs Warrior), anomaly figure marketing (the Time Lord being sold as a S4 figure when it’s based on S3), none of this is considered yet of note to an action figure colllector, who is surely the audience of this magazine. I feel a much more interesting (and likely more accurate) way of presenting this would be in release chronology, telling the story of the CO Action Figure Line and how it evovled.

  • Anonymous

    August 10th, 2023 - 9:57am

    i got it today it reminded me of the old argos catalogue hope they will come up with better ideas for the specials

  • Steven

    August 8th, 2023 - 6:14am

    I know the special is about Action Figures but I would have liked some coverage of the Eaglemoss figurines too.

    • Daniel Seymour

      August 8th, 2023 - 7:21am

      Perhaps they are planned for a future special. I would like to see VHS next with full pictures of each sleeve or maybe even the books starting with Virgin New Adventures.

  • Lewis Frisby

    August 6th, 2023 - 6:45pm

    Does anyone know when the next doctor who magazine is out

    • me

      August 7th, 2023 - 11:25am

      the 17th

  • InStock

    August 6th, 2023 - 2:19pm

    Leeds WH Smiths appear to have the stock from every Smiths in the era tons of copies of the special

  • Kevin225

    August 5th, 2023 - 12:44pm

    Has anybody received their Subscriber copy yet please? Saturday post has just arrived and no sign (normally anything DWM related will arrive by now). First World problems and all!

  • Anthony Fagn

    August 5th, 2023 - 8:27am

    I find it annoying that the supermarkets only stock the regular monthly mag. The specials state on the cover to place them next to regular magazine yet they do not. Well Asda and Tesco near don’t anyway. Just as well I pre order this from Panini

    • James

      August 6th, 2023 - 10:16am

      Supermarkets only stock regular titles. As this is their range. Bigger ones used to stock partworks for first few issues. Partworks have slowed down a bit last few years.
      Used to work in a hig newsagents. Always got customers compaling their local superstore had a partook but stopped. Head to your local whs, they are a dedicated newsagents and stock everything. If they don’t have ,any ask to set up a magazine folder. Then you will get your own copy saved aside so you won’t miss out. My local always has the magazine, special issue and allege bookazine issues

    • daz

      August 6th, 2023 - 12:21pm

      Larger Sainsbury’s stock both the standard editions and special editions at the same time.

    • AndyR

      August 6th, 2023 - 2:42pm

      Big tescos had copies so disproves thr theory a little.

    • Drwhofan12

      August 8th, 2023 - 7:14pm

      I got one from Tesco just now and they have a couple left

  • Panametric Relay

    August 5th, 2023 - 1:59am

    The contents are surface level and littered with missing info and errors RE releases, Good Man Goes to War cybermen put in the closing time section, and completely ignores the Witches Familiar B&M set. So I wouldn’t worry if your WHSmiths haven’t put it out or you miss it.

  • Anonymous

    August 3rd, 2023 - 8:25pm

    Horrible cover!

    • JRT!

      August 5th, 2023 - 3:05am

      I like it,lol. What would you put on the cover for a guide to action figures? Just curious.

    • Anonymous

      August 5th, 2023 - 10:03am

      I would have done some kind of big groupshot featuring the best of the best and a good variety. Maybe with the tardis centred. This box effect is dull.

    • Anonymous

      August 5th, 2023 - 11:38am

      The 9th doctor is photographed with the wrong Rose varient for a start…..

    • JRT!

      August 5th, 2023 - 5:28pm

      Ok,your cover sounds a lot better tbh,lol. And yes,totally around the Tardis or Tardis playset.

    • daz

      August 6th, 2023 - 12:24pm

      Nothing wrong with the cover as it matches the cover done for the first figures release (1963 to 2004).

    • JRT!

      August 7th, 2023 - 12:03pm

      Yes,it does match,and like I said,I like the cover. But the other one just sounded like a more fun cover,s’all.

    • Gareth Pugh

      August 7th, 2023 - 6:26pm

      The comment about the wrong Rose with Nine – surely in this particular context, that’s a deliberate creative decision and a bit of artistic licence? I mean, the skull-faced Cyberman never appeared on screen alongside Ten either, but I took this to be a literal interpretation of the concept of ‘Toybox Who’ – you know, where characters who might not in fact literally share space story-and-chronology-wise can, in a kid or a collector’s imagination, be put together (something I see some people say about Big Finish’s approach these days!). I don’t think it’s an accident or an error in this instance…

  • Andyr

    August 3rd, 2023 - 8:01pm

    Couldn’t pick it up the day it was published ? Luckily you have the rest of eternity to pick it up such as tomorrow. Its still only a magazine after all. I live in the styx and my Smiths had it… finished reading it in half an hour. So no body panic.

  • Shaun

    August 3rd, 2023 - 7:38pm

    I happily picked mine up this morning from Sainsbury’s, Heaton Park (Manchester). Such a shame so many other people have not managed a copy from newsagents.

  • RealTime

    August 3rd, 2023 - 12:00pm

    Shame WH Smiths could not be bothered to out the out again..

    • Timmy

      August 3rd, 2023 - 1:44pm

      What do you mean?

    • SW

      August 3rd, 2023 - 2:08pm

      They probably haven’t received them to put out, I work in a newsagents and it didn’t come in today so I called the distributors and they hadn’t received them from the printers

    • Who is Who?

      August 3rd, 2023 - 3:02pm

      it took weeks last time (classic figures guide) to arrive in WH Stiffs

    • This is Who

      August 3rd, 2023 - 3:58pm

      @sw – The distributors are WH smiths or at least they own the distributors who delivers magazines to most shops including WH Smiths.

      Lots of local newsagents used to hate WH Smiths as they used to fail to deliver lots of orders for papers.

      The Leeds branch normal gets the specials on day of release. Unless held up by panini.

      the local branch here is lucky to get one special put out on display a year normal a month after release date. Then the regular issue comes out the send the special back.

      Same with if a special comes out the regular issue gets sent back even if it came out the day before.

      Some branches never put magazines for weeks they just sit in the warehouse as staff get told greeting cards are the main priority or selling lottery tickets.

    • Anonymous

      August 3rd, 2023 - 4:22pm

      Can’t speak for all WH Smiths stores but the one I work in gets it’s magazine deliveries from Menzies like most newsagents and thus the arrival of this and other specials is beyond our control

    • WhoKnows

      August 3rd, 2023 - 4:37pm

      @anonymous – ye and WHO owns Menzies ( formerly John Menzies ) ooh yes a company that goes by Wh Smiths. Wh Smiths bought out Menzies for its distribution capability and rebranded their newsagents.

      So its not beyond Wh Smiths control at all.

      Maybe not all staff are are aware just what Wh Smiths & Son own.

    • Cubby14

      August 3rd, 2023 - 5:55pm

      @WhoKnows WH Smith only bought the retail operation of Menzies in 1998, not the distribution, its still owned by Menzies

    • Whoknows

      August 3rd, 2023 - 6:01pm

      @cubby14 – you sure….. as WH SMITHS no longer have their own magazine distro as they use menzies when the take over happened.

      And Menzies rebranded as part of the take over

    • Timelord63

      August 3rd, 2023 - 6:34pm

      Not out today? What a surprise! Rubbish Menzies as usual failing to deliver.

    • Who is who?

      August 5th, 2023 - 9:27am

      Found one copy in my local WHSMITHS, although spine creased and crumpled

    • James

      August 6th, 2023 - 10:19am

      Smiths news is completely separate. There is no input from the main whs. Whs only has a distributorship to store for all other items sold (books, stationary, cards and drinks/food). Some store still have physical, edia but this is separately supplied by 2 other companies.

  • Loobop

    August 1st, 2023 - 1:55pm

    i’ve always wonder what happened to production of the 9th doctor doll and the 10th doctor with coat doll they both protypes got shown to their actors on the jonathon ross show in their eras yet never got made…well tenth did but minus the coat (which always annoyed me considering 13th got hers included)

    • Shortfuse

      August 3rd, 2023 - 11:57am

      I thought the 12-inch 9th Doctor that was on the Jonathan Ross Show was the walkie-talkie that came with the slitheen.

    • Rex F

      August 3rd, 2023 - 9:07pm

      Shortfuse: I think you’re right, because it wasn’t an action figure (it didn’t have any joints).

  • Golden Pineapple

    August 1st, 2023 - 1:48pm

    No Destroyed Cassandra? It’s a disgrace. Dr Who is dead to me!

  • Moodbeam

    August 1st, 2023 - 12:34pm

    I won’t judge it by this but that is one awful cover. Sure the contents will be brilliant though, DWM do a great job with these types of specials.

    • Anonymous

      August 3rd, 2023 - 2:42pm

      The cover is terrible.

  • I’m Batman

    August 1st, 2023 - 10:01am

    Sorry if this is a stupid question but would subscribers get this sent to them?

    • AC917

      August 1st, 2023 - 10:33am

      If you have bought the subscription that includes specials (£54 per 6 months) then yes…. if it’s just the “regular issues subscription” they offer (£44 per 6 months) then no…

  • Daniel Seymour

    August 1st, 2023 - 9:28am

    Like the previous Action Figure special 1963 – 1996, it looks like this will be great, although I was disappointed they didnt include the TARDISs or playsets and in some cases the packaging art. Perhaps they are planned for a future volume?

    • Who is Who?

      August 3rd, 2023 - 4:25pm

      Missed opportunity with the last guide and now this one. Shame as it should be around the sets and not just the figures.

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