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Vworp Vworp! Magazine Volume #6

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The acclaimed Doctor Who comics and artwork fanzine Vworp Vworp! returns with its sixth issue in November 2023.

Edited and designed by Colin Brockhurst and published by Gareth Kavanagh, this 180-page issue celebrates the genesis of the show in 1963, with a host of features and interviews with talent from both sides of the camera.

With three fabulous covers from Robert Hack (Cover A), Jeff Cummins (Cover B) and Andrew Orton and Colin Brockhurst (Cover C) to choose from AND an exclusive DVD to thrill, get ready for a deep dive into the very best art, interviews and fan scholarship as we rapidly approach the 60th anniversary of Doctor Who on November 23rd.

Highlights of issue 6 include:

  • THE WAIF FROM SPACE – we catch up with CAROLE ANN FORD to discuss her memories of the earliest days of Doctor Who and the joys and frustrations of playing the Doctor’s granddaughter.
  • We take in THE VIEW FROM THE GALLERY, as Andrew Orton painstakingly reconstructs the sets and conditions for the filming of An Unearthly Child sixty years ago in Lime Grove Studios.
  • Exclusive interviews with MARK GATISS and actor BRIAN COX, discussing the making of their 2013 hymn to the Hartnell era, An Adventure in Space and Time.
  • DESPERATELY SEEKING REG – Vworp Vworp!’s editor Colin Brockhurst turns detective, seeking the trail of the very first actor to grace Doctor Who, the mysterious REG CRANFIELD.
  • Who was THE FAMILY WHO? We take a deep dive into the lives of Doctor Who’s first family, the Hartnells, with recollections from his daughter ANNE CARNEY and a rare interview with Bill’s wife, HEATHER HARTNELL.
  • Brand new interviews with vision mixer CLIVE DOIG and the Radiophonic Workshop’s BRIAN HODGSON, two television pioneers who broke new ground working on 1963’s 100,000BC.
  • HUNTERS OF THE BURNING STONE – we go behind the scenes of Doctor Who Magazine’s seminal 50th anniversary celebration comic strip with writer SCOTT GRAY and artist MARTIN GERAGHTY.
  • In-depth, illustrated articles on several of Doctor Who’s 1963 pioneers, including JACQUELINE HILL, ANTHONY COBURN, DAVID WHITAKER, NORMAN KAY, REX TUCKER and FRED RAWLINGS… and much more!

Also, as well as short stories by JOHN DORNEY and JOHN PEEL, issue 6 features three brand new comic strips featuring the First and Fifteenth Doctors:

  • THE NIGHT BEFORE – the Doctor and Susan navigate the strange phenomenon of Beatlemania! Written by Tim Quinn with art by Tim Keable.
  • OVERDUE – a curious history book on the shelves of Shoreditch Library spells danger for the Doctor and Susan. Written by Lance Parkin with art by Faiz Rehman.
  • HISTORY, BANGS AND STINKS – It’s 1963 and there’s a new Doctor at Coal Hill School, just not the one we were expecting! Written by Paul Ebbs with art by Simon Brett.

Our exciting FREE GIFT this issue is a DVD packed with brand new animations and archive features exploring the genesis of the show, intriguing what ifs and sidesteps into the unknown! Expect:

  • A MEETING ON THE COMMON – A dynamic, 18 minute animation of the much loved alternative opening to Doctor Who, as told by David Whitaker in his classic 1964 novelisation Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks. Directed and animated by Mel Meanley, adapted by Ian Winterton and starring Stephen Noonan (the Doctor), Adam Grayson (Ian), Helen Stirling-Lane (Barbara) and Kerry Ely (Susan).
  • WE FLAME TO PLEASE – Ever wondered what Doctor Who getting the Hanna-Barbera treatment would have looked like back in 1966? Wonder no longer, with this lovingly written and animated homage to the golden age of children’s animation from Graham Kibble-White. Join Dr Who on a visit to the Stone Age, complete with repeating background and laughter track, starring Siobhan Gallichan as Dr Who, with Adam Grayson, Helen Stirling-Lane and Stephen Noonan.
  • INTERLUDE ON TOTTER’S LANE – A short drama written by Andy Lane, exploring the consequences of life with the Doctor and why he must never go back to the very beginning. Starring Peter Purves as Steven Taylor and Siobhan Gallichan as the Doctor. Presented as a ‘telesnap reconstruction’.
  • ORIGINAL DOCTOR WHO NOVEMBER 1963 RADIO TRAILER RECONSTRUCTION – A reconstruction of the long-lost original Doctor Who radio trailer. Originally recorded by William Hartnell in advance of the very first broadcast, the trailer offered listeners their very first glimpse of the Doctor. This piece of radio history has been re-recorded by Stephen Noonan using the original script retained in the archives.
  • AN AUDIENCE WITH WARIS HUSSEIN – A career retrospective with Doctor Who’s very first director, the BAFTA and Emmy winning Waris Hussein, in conversation with Matt Charlton. Recorded at VideOdyssey Studios, Liverpool, in 2019.

Order Vworp Vworp! issue 6, price £12.99, from now. Pre-orders open later on 15th November. Ships worldwide from late November onwards.

Categorised under: Books, Graphic novels and comics



  • Gareth Kavanagh

    January 16th, 2024 - 9:03pm

    Thanks for all the kind words, it means a lot.

    This issue has been a little bit of a departure, although we have kept comics in there and, of course some sumptuous new animations which were a joy to work on.

    The mission is evolving for VWORP VWORP! When we started this back in 2008, I was amazed how little had been written about the comics and their fantastic creators. Talents right up there with the best in the world!

    And, back then it was quite the desert. The graphic novels came with no extra notes or interviews. DWM was focused on the new show (quite rightly) and not pausing to consider in-house retrospectives. And, of course the special issues were not a thing. Roll on 15 years and the situation has improved greatly, with this kind of material more regularly featured which should be a thing to celebrate.

    Finally, I think over the initial five issues we’ve pretty much covered the majority of the initial focus on comics and DWM in great deal. We’ve spoken to all the major creators we dreamed of reaching, covered every editor’s era of DWM, brought new strips to life, completed incomplete masterpieces, featured brand new looked in incredible detail at the pre-Doctor Who Weekly era and, uncovered a ton of new facts through our dedicated team of fan scholars.

    Of course research, interviews and conjecture around the comics and DWM will continue to find a home in our pages, and we’re sure there are many other tales to tell. We still want to chat to Grant Morrison and Jamie Delano for sure at some point, for instance! But, I think exacting detail, design flair, art, animation, merchandise, fanzines and fan culture are *also a huge part of our DNA so moving forward, I know there are new areas we want to look at, new missions and new stories to tell. This is so very important if myself and Colin are to continue producing new Vworps that excite us as much as it excites you, our readers.

    And how we look at comics in approaching a new Vworp Vworp! doesn’t have to be linear. In fact, we’ve started discussing an early theme for issue 7 rooted in comics culture which would be a jumping off point for quite the issue.

    So here’s an invite to join us on the next stage of the adventure. We’ll be here as long as you want us and while there’s an exciting tale to tell..

  • Keith millward

    December 19th, 2023 - 12:52pm

    Received my copy today, but the CD appears to be blank. You guys might want to check yours. I’ve email Vworp today to advise

    • Keith millward

      December 19th, 2023 - 12:55pm

      Doh…it’s a DVD! Too much sherry already, sorry

  • Peter C

    December 8th, 2023 - 6:53pm

    Has anyone received their copy yet? I ordered about a month ago with the first two issues omnibus and am still waiting for them.

    • Gordon

      December 8th, 2023 - 8:02pm

      I’m still waiting

    • Welsh Doctor Who Fan

      December 18th, 2023 - 12:52pm

      Hi there,
      My copy arrived today – plenty to read over the festive period and very impressed with this issue

  • Alydon2007

    November 17th, 2023 - 4:55pm

    I usually find each new issue of VWORP VWORP to be a thing of joy, but somehow I can’t get excited at all about this new issue. The purview of the magazine is supposed to be the world of Doctor Who comics, examining in depth what previously had been overlooked apart from the odd article in DWM over the years.

    Yet the last issue had a lengthy feature about the proposed DOCTOR WHO cartoon, which I thought was stretching things a little… but that was a single feature in the magazine. But here in this new issue we apparently have interviews with Carole Ann Ford, Brian Cox, Mark Gatiss, Brian Hodgson, along with features on set design and “pioneers of early Doctor Who”… All well and good, but these are the type of features one would expect in a more general Doctor Who magazine. What’s happened to the focus on Doctor Who comics…? That’s what VWORP VWORP is supposed to be about, and yet there is only one feature listed above that seems to deal with the comics at all…

    I’m afraid to say I may actually give this one a miss…

    • Dave

      November 20th, 2023 - 7:24pm

      I kinda see the point here, but I do think previous volumes have been so exhaustive and thorough that it’s hard to see what could be covered on the subject of Doctor Who comics at this point… without a long hiatus anyway. I think the broadening focus is probably a necessity.

      The previous issues have been so good that I’m rather excited to see how they cover new ground, even if it’s been covered by others previously.

  • MJS

    November 16th, 2023 - 8:24pm

    These Vworp Vworps are works of art. So much work, so much detail. £12.99+7.99 postage is fine.

  • Daniel Seymour

    November 16th, 2023 - 5:51am

    A work of art. I love this series of magazines. Just need to decide which cover now as they are all fantastic.

    Would be great to have PDF versions for sale to back up the paper copies (hint hint :)…Also I think this contains the first Fifteenth Doctor Story to be released in any format, anywhere?

    • davidhhh

      November 16th, 2023 - 1:25pm

      Yep! Shipping kills the deal on most of these small press books and magazines, especially for those of us overseas. I get that they don’t want to cannibalize sales for the print edition, but they’d more than make up for lost sales from overseas buyers if offered downloadable copies.

  • Kevin225

    November 15th, 2023 - 8:31pm

    Is UK postage for this really £7.99? Good news about another issue so soon otherwise!

    • Andrew

      November 16th, 2023 - 10:21am

      Loved the look of these and put a bundle in my basket – I didn’t checkout out in the end because of the postage costs. Never mind.

    • David

      November 16th, 2023 - 11:37am

      but £4.99 if you order two.

    • bryan

      November 16th, 2023 - 2:19pm

      I had to ask myself

      Is £12.99 +postage value.

      Would you or others pay £ 21. For a full DvD and magazine .of course it wouldn’t be free postage. Amazon doesn’t really offer free postage or delivery. You either pay postage on order or yearly/monthly.

      The whole free postage situation has lured us into a space where its almost expected.

      in this case

      DvD £7.99 we pay more for archive DvD from reeltime etc.
      Magazine £12.99 180 colour pages stuffed with artwork and histories Inc articles on AUC which only a fan creation can do, due to ongoing issues with Estate of one of the script writers.

      Shifting packages about around the country ,to delivery to your door,costs money, someone has to pay this.

  • Doug Who

    November 15th, 2023 - 8:10pm

    Very exciting! Always fabulous to see a new issue of this. Wasn’t expecting number six so quickly. DVD looks amazing!

    I think it has to be the everlasting match for me too.

  • bryan

    November 15th, 2023 - 7:55pm

    Fabulous. Instant purchase, we pay £12.99 FOR DvDs alone. 180 pages of Vworp are worth the price of admission.

    Wow Both Magazine and DvD are stuffed to the hilt with Gorgeousness.

    Jeff Cumins Another Target Book Hero. So Everlasting match for me .

  • Rex F

    November 15th, 2023 - 6:17pm

    So they’re moving away from mainly covering the comics and art? Or just doing something a bit different for the 60th?

  • Matt Adams

    November 15th, 2023 - 3:36pm

    I did the Brian Hodgson interview. Lovely chap!


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