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Doctor Who Magazine
Doctor Who Weekly 1.jpg
Doctor Who Weekly issue 1, cover dated 17 October 1979
Editor Tom Spilsbury
Categories Science fiction television
Frequency Monthly
Circulation 36,151 (ABC figure as of 14 February 2014)[1]
First issue 17 October 1979 (496 issues as of 4 February 2016)
Company Panini Comics
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Website Official website
ISSN 0957-9818

Doctor Who Magazine (abbreviated as DWM) is a magazine devoted to the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. Its current editor is Tom Spilsbury. It is currently recognised by Guinness World Records as the longest running TV tie-in magazine.

History[edit]

Officially licensed by the BBC, the magazine began life as Doctor Who Weekly in 1979, published by the UK arm of Marvel Comics. The first issue was released on Thursday 11 October with a cover date of 17 October and priced 12p.

The magazine moved from weekly to monthly publication with issue 44 in September 1980, becoming Doctor Who (the tagline "A Marvel Monthly" was not part of the name, but simply a description which appeared on many of Marvel UK's monthly titles at that point) and a cover price of 30p. The title changed to Doctor Who Monthly with issue 61 and The Official Doctor Who Magazine with issue 85 in February 1984. It became The Doctor Who Magazine with issue 99 in April 1985, and simply Doctor Who Magazine with issue 107 in December 1985. The magazine has remained under that title ever since, although an exception was made for issue 397 in June 2008 when the cover only featured the words Bad Wolf following transmission of the Doctor Who episode "Turn Left" on Saturday 21 June. In 1990 the magazine started appearing once every four weeks (13 times a year). Despite the BBC discontinuing production of Doctor Who in 1989, the magazine continued to be published, providing new adventures in the form of comics. The television programme was revived in 2005, providing a new generation of fans which the magazine was seeking to attract.

Originally geared towards children, DWM has grown into a more mature magazine exploring the behind-the-scenes aspects of the series.[citation needed] Due to its longevity, it is seen as a source of 'official' and exclusive information, sharing a close relationship with the television production team and the BBC. In 2006, however, it lost its exclusivity when BBC Worldwide launched its own comic, Doctor Who Adventures, aimed at a younger audience.

DWM is now published by Panini Comics, which purchased the title along with the rest of the Marvel UK catalogue in 1995. Panini has begun to digitally restore and reprint older DWM comics in trade paperback format. Nineteen volumes have been printed so far: two featuring the comics adventures of the Fourth Doctor, one with the adventures of the Fifth Doctor, two featuring the Sixth Doctor, two with the adventures of the Seventh Doctor, four focusing on the Eighth Doctor, one with the adventures of the Ninth Doctor, three featuring the Tenth Doctor, and four collecting the adventures of the Eleventh Doctor. Panini also published a one-shot magazine-format reprinting of the complete Ninth Doctor strips in 2006 and most of the Tenth Doctor and Martha Jones strips in 2008. DWM issue 426 reported that the series had been postponed; it eventually resumed with the publication of "The Crimson Hand" in May 2012.

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 417 (January 2010)

DWM's 400th issue was published in September 2008, and the publication celebrated its 30th anniversary in October 2009. In April 2010, it was confirmed in issue 420 that Doctor Who Magazine now holds the Guinness World Record for "Longest Running Magazine Based on a Television Series."[2]

In April 2011, Panini Comics released a new monthly magazine titled Doctor Who Insider; although it was made in Britain the magazine was published for North America. It was announced on 27 January 2012 that Doctor Who Insider had ceased publication after nine issues. Doctor Who Insider returned for a special edition issue in November 1, 2012.

Content[edit]

DWM features an ongoing comic starring the current incarnation of the Doctor, though for a period between 1989 and 1996, when the series was off the air, it featured previous Doctors. Notable writers and artists who have worked on the comic include John Wagner,[3] Pat Mills,[3] Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Dave Gibbons,[3] Mike McMahon, John Ridgway and Ian Edginton. Selected stories from the comic were also reprinted in North America by Marvel Comics. Supporting characters that have crossed over from the comic to other spin-off media include Frobisher, the shape-changing companion of the Sixth and Seventh Doctors; Abslom Daak, the Dalek Killer; the Special Executive, who would later appear in Marvel's Captain Britain; and the villainous Beep the Meep.

The magazine has also featured other comics over the years, most notably "Doctor Who?", a humorous look at the series by Tim Quinn and Dicky Howett. This was principally a three-panel comic strip, though occasionally page-long parodies were featured. A currently running strip, and Doctor Who?'s spiritual successor, is a single-panel strip "Doctor Whoah!", by 'Baxter'. Embedded into the Galaxy Forum letters page, it lampoons a recent episode, DVD release of stories or other such event by showing alternative, exaggerated and expanded versions of Doctor Who scenes. For example, after the broadcast of "Partners in Crime", the strip portrayed the Doctor's arrival on the "Planet of the Hats", referred to in the episode. The strip is known for its characters who are depicted as having no pupils in their eyes. Between 1989 and 92 "The Comic Assassins" was a series of parody strips by Steve Noble and Kev F. Sutherland.

In the 1990s a secondary serious comic was featured on the inside cover; for many issues this was "The Cybermen", a series of tales set on Mondas prior to the events of The Tenth Planet, explaining the back-history of the Cybermen. The TV Century 21 comic "The Daleks" was also resurrected, continuing the story from where it had left off by showing the Daleks attacking Earth; it was drawn in the same style as the 1960s original.

Other regular features of the magazine include the news section "Gallifrey Guardian", which has run since nearly the beginning of the magazine; the letters page "Galaxy Forum" which - as well as containing the "Doctor Whoah!" strip - features a small section called "Ask DWM!" where readers' questions about the show are answered; reviews of television episodes and merchandise (in "The DWM Review", known for a time as "After Image", "Off the Shelf", and "Shelf Life"); the "Time Team", which involves four fans watching every Doctor Who story in order from the beginning; and, since production restarted on the series in 2004, a regular column "Production Notes" by the show's executive producer. From 2004 to 2009 the column was written by Russell T Davies, and since January 2010, Steven Moffat has taken over the page, although other writers and production staff have from time-to-time written the column. Also, on the final page of magazine, there is a section called "Wotcha!" (compiled by 'The Watcher'), a comedy page with such recurring features as, 'A History of Doctor Who in 100 Objects', 'Supporting Artist of the Month', a spoof 'Top Ten', the 'Stockbridge English Dictionary' (a variation on a game from I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue) and a true or false quiz "The Six Faces of Delusion". Prior to this, the slot was taken up by a page called "Who on Earth is...", featuring a short interview with someone previously (or currently) involved in Doctor Who (say, a member of the cast).

A single-page 'opinion' column has often been part of the magazine's mix – past columns have included "Fluid Links" by Matt Jones, "The Life and Times of Jackie Jenkins" by 'Jackie Jenkins', "It's the End... But" by 'The Watcher' and "You Are Not Alone" by Jonathan Morris as Neil Harris. The current column is "Relative Dimensions" by author (and former "Time Team" member) Jacqueline Rayner.

The format has changed over the years, but the news, letters, reviews, and comic strip have all been present consistently since the early 1980s.

The magazine also features interviews with the cast and crew of the television show (including the old episodes), and reports from the set of the current series, written by Benjamin Cook or Jason Arnopp. The behind-the-scenes stories of all of the 1963–1989 episodes have been documented in Andrew Pixley's "DWM Archive", and detailed analysis of certain significant serials are covered in "The Fact of Fiction", usually written by former DWM editor Alan Barnes or David Bailey. "The DWM Review" is currently written predominantly by Graham Kibble-White, former editor Gary Gillatt, Vanessa Bishop, and Matt Michael. Previous reviewers include the late Craig Hinton (who went on to write Doctor Who novels), and Gary Russell, who subsequently became the magazine's editor.

In 2004 Russell T Davies offered to let the magazine write and publish the official regeneration scene from the Eighth to the Ninth Doctor as part of its ongoing comic strip prior to the relaunch of the TV series. Although work was done on this storyline, then editor Clayton Hickman and writer Scott Gray eventually turned down the offer as they felt they couldn’t do such an important event justice under the constraints imposed by the TV series' continuity.[4]

Editors[edit]

Editor Duration Issues Range Total
Dez Skinn 1979–1980 1–22 22
Paul Neary 1980–1981 23–48 26
Alan McKenzie 1981–1985 49–96 48
Sheila Cranna 1985–1988 97 & 107–136 31
Cefn Ridout 1985 98–106 9
John Freeman 1988–1992 137–185 49
Gary Russell 1992–1995 186–222 37
Gary Gillatt 1995–2000 223–254, 256–292 69
Sophie Aldred 1997 255 1
Alan Barnes 2000–2001 293–312 20
Clayton Hickman 2002–2007 313–386 74
Tom Spilsbury 2007–incumbent 387-incumbent 110*

* Ongoing (up to Issue 496)

Doctor Who Magazine Specials[edit]

From 1980 to 1996 Doctor Who Magazine released an irregular series of Doctor Who Magazine Specials, with an increased page count, covering various topics, as well as including various comics, some original.

  1. Doctor Who Weekly - 1980 Summer Special (Summer 1980, 52 pages): Collects the comics The Iron Legion and K9's Finest Hour, and includes features on Day of the Daleks, Cybermen and the 4 Doctors up to that date.
  2. Doctor Who - 1981 Summer Special (Summer 1981, 52 pages): Collects the comics Timeslip and Business As Usual, and includes features on the Zygons, the companions, John Nathan-Turner, UNIT, the TARDIS, and "the most frightening episodes of the last seventeen years".
  3. Doctor Who - 1981 Winter Special (Winter 1981, 52 pages): second part of the comic strip Skywatch-7 and an original comic called Minatorius, includes features on The War Machines, Evil of the Daleks, Philip Hinchcliffe, Barry Letts, the Panopticon, Boris the Spider (a special effects article previously published in Starburst issue 26, September 1980), and an interview with Sue Malden.
  4. Doctor Who Monthly - 1982 Summer Special (Summer 1982, 48 pages): Collects the original comics The Fabulous Idiot and A Ship Called Sudden Death, and includes features on Invasion of the Dinosaurs, Time-Flight, The Robots of Death, the Time Lords, and pin-ups of Tom Baker, Peter Davison and Janet Fielding.
  5. Doctor Who Monthly - 1982 Winter Special (Winter 1982, 48 pages): Includes features on The Invasion, Frontier in Space, the Doctor Who Annuals, the BBC Radiophonics Workshop, Doctor Who conventions, and interview with Jon Pertwee, and a colour poster of the Third Doctor.
  6. Doctor Who Monthly - 1983 Summer Special (Summer 1983, 48 pages): Collects the comics Junk-Yard Demon and Abslom Daak...Dalek Killer, and includes an original text story called Catalogue of Events and a feature on "The Next 20 Years" of Doctor Who.
  7. Doctor Who Monthly - 1983 Winter Special (Winter 1983, 48 pages): Includes features on Verity Lambert, John Wiles, Innes Lloyd, Peter Bryant, Derrick Sherwin, Barry Letts, Philip Hinchcliffe, Graham Williams and John Nathan-Turner, and a comic of An Unearthly Child.
  8. Doctor Who Magazine - 1984 Summer Special (Summer 1984, 48 pages): Includes an interview with Chris Crouch, and features on Doctor Who records, novels, non-fiction books, foreign books, annuals, fanzines, comics, confectionery and conventions.
  9. Doctor Who Magazine - 1984 Winter Special (Winter 1984, 48 pages): Includes features on The Aztecs, The Web of Fear, Terror of the Autons, State of Decay, The Visitation and The Twin Dilemma, and an interview with Peter Moffatt.
  10. Doctor Who Magazine - 1985 Summer Special Classic (Summer 1985, 52 pages): Collects colourised reprints of the comics The Iron legion and K9's Finest Hour.
  11. Doctor Who Magazine - 1985 Winter Special (Winter 1985, 48 pages): Includes a features on The Claws of Axos, Monsters and Aliens and the Jon Pertwee era, and interviews with Dudley Simpson and Katy Manning.
  12. Doctor Who Magazine - 1986 Summer Special (Summer 1986, 48 pages): Includes features on Marco Polo, The Highlanders, the Target novels and Doctor Who villains, interviews with Hugh David and Adrienne Hill, and a pin-up of William Hartnell.
  13. Doctor Who Collected Comics (September 1986, 44 pages): Collects the comics The Shape Shifter and Polly the Glot.
  14. Doctor Who Magazine - 1986 Winter Special (Winter 1986, 48 pages): Includes features on The Talons of Weng-Chiang, the Tom Baker era, Sarah Jane Smith and Gallifrey, a Fourth Doctor episode guide, interviews with Linda Bellingham, Chris Boucher and Michael Jayston, and a pin-up of Mary Tamm.
  15. Doctor Who Magazine - 1987 Autumn Special (Autumn 1987, 44 pages): Includes features on the TARDIS, the Seventh Doctor's title sequence design, the Doctor's costumes, the Daleks, special effects, sets and K9, and interviews with Julia Smith and June Hudson.
  16. Doctor Who 25th Anniversary Special (November 1988, 52 pages): Includes features on William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Doctor Who publications, special effects and marketing, and an original text story The Scream of the Silent.
  17. Doctor Who Magazine 10th Anniversary Special (October 1989, 52 pages): A Special dedicated to the tenth anniversary of Doctor Who Magazine. Includes features on Doctor Who Magazine, Black orchid, the Sontarans, the Daleks and K9, interviews with Nicholas Courtney, Colin Baker and Tim Coombe, and pin-ups of Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy.
  18. Doctor Who Magazine - 1991 Summer Special (July 1991, 52 pages): A Special dedicated to the various locations used in Doctor Who. Includes a new comic Seaside Rendezvous, features on Doctor Who locations, an interview with Sophie Aldred, and pin-ups of Terror of the Zygons, The Time Warrior and Resurrection of the Daleks.
  19. Doctor Who Magazine - 1991 Winter Special (November 1991, 52 pages): A Special dedicated to UNIT. Includes an original comic The Man in the Ion Mask, an original text story Listening Watch, and various features on UNIT merchandise, the creation of UNIT, UNIT credits, UNIT dating, and Day of the Daleks, interviews with Mike Yates and Colin Baker, a UNIT poster, and an afterword by Nicholas Courtney.
  20. Doctor Who Magazine - 1992 Holiday Special (August 1992, 52 pages): A Special dedicated to Sarah Jane Smith. Includes an original comic City of Devils, original text stories Playtime and Fond Memories, various features on Sarah Jane Smith, including features on Elisabeth Sladen, Sarah Jane Smith's non-television adventures, The Hand of Fear and K9 and Company and an afterword by Elisabeth Sladen.
  21. Doctor Who Magazine - 1992 Winter Special (November 1992, 52 pages): A Special dedicated to the Time Lords. Includes the original comic Flashback, and features on Gallifrey, The Invasion of Time and The Ultimate Foe, and pin-ups of The Three Doctors and The Five Doctors.
  22. Doctor Who Magazine - 1993 Summer Special (June 1993, 52 pages): A Special dedicated to the Daleks. Includes an original comic Bringer of Darkness', and features on the Daleks, Remembrance of the Daleks and The Chase.
  23. Doctor Who Magazine - 1993 Winter Special (November 1993, 68 pages): Includes features on each of the seven Doctors, the various "other" Doctors, the companions of all the Doctors, a year-by-year account of televised Doctor Who from 1963 to 1989, the Virgin New Adventures, Doctor Who comics, a chronology showing how the New Sdventures and Doctor Who Magazine comics 'interweave', Doctor Who canon, Doctor Who monsters and Doctor Who villains.
  24. Doctor Who Magazine - 1994 Summer Special (July 1994, 52 pages): Includes original comics Are You Listening? and Younger and Wiser, features on Doctor Who's credits, An Unearthly Child, Survival, and interviews with Virginia Wetherell, William Hartnell, Lisa Bowerman and Sylvester McCoy.
  25. The Dalek Chronicles (August 1994, 108 pages): Collects all the Dalek comics from TV Century 21.
  26. The Age of Chaos (October 1994, 92 pages): An original comic story The Age of Chaos, written by Colin Baker.
  27. Doctor Who Magazine - 1994 Winter Special (December 1994, 52 pages): A Special dedicated to Robert Holmes: Includes an original comic Plastic Millennium, a comprehensive look at Robert Holmes' stories, and features on two unmade stories entitled The Space Trap and The Aliens in the Blood.
  28. Doctor Who Magazine - 1995 Summer Special (July 1995, 52 pages): A Special dedicated to The Key to Time. Includes an original comic The Seventh Segment, features on The Ribos Operation, The Stones of Blood, the Six Segments and the Quest.
  29. Doctor Who Magazine - 1996 Spring Special (February 1996, 52 pages): A Special dedicated to Peter Cushing's Doctor Who from the 1960s movies. Includes an original comic Daleks versus the Martians, features on Peter Cushing, Dr. Who and the Daleks, Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D., and an interview with Jill Curzon.
  30. The Doctor Who Movie Special - (May 1996, 36 pages): A Special dedicated to The TV Movie. Includes features on the story so far, the Doctor, the Master, the TARDIS and the future of Doctor Who, and an interview with Daphne Ashbrook.

Special editions[edit]

From 2002 Doctor Who Magazine began producing an irregular series of "Special Editions" – stand alone magazines themed around a specific topic and carrying a much higher page count than the regular magazine. Previously, the magazine had released seasonal and irregular one-shot special editions with various titles.

  1. The Complete Fifth Doctor (March 2002, 68 pages): A detailed look at the complete run of Fifth Doctor stories and their various spin offs. This included in-depth articles on the production the seasons and updates on DWM 's original Archive features on the serials (by Andrew Pixley), a short essay on a specific aspect of each of the TV stories (by various fan/writers) and detailed overviews of the Fifth Doctor's appearances in comics (by John Ainsworth), novels (by Matt Michael) and audio plays (by Gary Gillatt; authorships of these features are consistent across the range of original TV programme's Complete _ Doctor volumes).
  2. The Complete Third Doctor (July 2002, 84 pages): A detailed look at the complete run of Third Doctor stories and their various spin offs. This included in-depth articles on the production of each of the seasons covered and Archive updates on each serial, a short essay on a specific aspect of each of the TV stories and detailed overviews of the Third Doctor's appearances in comics, novels and audio (in this case, strictly radio) plays.
  3. The Complete Sixth Doctor (September 2002, 68 pages): A detailed look at the complete run of Sixth Doctor stories and their various spin offs. This included in-depth articles on the production of each of the seasons covered and Archive updates on each serial, a short essay on a specific aspect of each of the TV stories and detailed overviews of the Sixth Doctor's appearances in comics, novels and audio plays.
  4. The Complete Second Doctor (January 2003, 84 pages): A detailed look at the complete run of Second Doctor stories and their various spin offs. This included in-depth articles on the production of each of the seasons covered and Archive updates on each serial, a short essay on a specific aspect of each of the TV stories and detailed overviews of the Second Doctor's appearances in comics and novels.
  5. The Complete Eighth Doctor (July 2003, 84 pages): A detailed look at the Eighth Doctor and his various spin offs. This included a detailed archive feature on the making of the 1996 TV movie, a look at the history of Doctor Who in the intervening years following the end of the TV show and a detailed overview of the Eighth Doctor's appearances in comics, novels and audio plays.
  6. We Love Doctor Who (November 2003, 84 pages): Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the first broadcast of the TV show readers of Doctor Who Magazine had been asked to vote for their all-time favourite aspects of the show in various categories. This magazine published the results and essays on the most popular TV stories, books, comics, writers and contributors.
  7. The Complete First Doctor (January 2004, 100 pages): A detailed look at the complete run of First Doctor stories and their various spin offs. This included in-depth articles on the production of each of the seasons covered and Archive updates on each serial, a short essay on a specific aspect of each of the TV stories and detailed overviews of the First Doctor's appearances in comics and novels.
  8. The Complete Fourth Doctor – Volume One (July 2004, 84 pages): A detailed look at the run of the first four seasons of Fourth Doctor TV stories. This included in-depth articles on the production of each of the seasons covered and Archive updates on each serial, plus a short essay on a specific aspect of each of the TV stories.
  9. The Complete Fourth Doctor – Volume Two (October 2004, 84 pages): A detailed look at the final three seasons of the Fourth Doctor TV stories. This included in-depth articles on the production of each of the seasons covered and a short essay on a specific aspect of each of the TV stories and Archive updates on each serial, plus a detailed overview of the Fourth Doctor's appearances in comics and novels.
  10. The Complete Seventh Doctor (February 2005, 100 pages): A detailed look at the complete run of Seventh Doctor stories and their various spin offs. This included in-depth articles on the production of each of the seasons covered and Archive updates on each serial, a short essay on a specific aspect of each of the TV stories and detailed overviews of the Seventh Doctor's appearances in comics, audio plays and novels. There was also an errata section correcting some errors in the previously published volumes.
  11. The Doctor Who Companion – Series One (July 2005, 100 pages): A guide to the production of the first series of the revived TV show. This included a detailed look at the production of each of the episodes by Andrew Pixley, articles on aspects of the design work on various episodes, a look at some of the special effects, a profile of the Ninth Doctor and the original series pitch with annotated notes by show runner Russell T Davies.
  12. In Their Own Words – Volume One 1963–1969 (November 2005, 100 pages): A chronological commentary on the making of the TV series in the 1960s by those involved in its production. This is collated from extracts of interviews previously published in Doctor Who Magazine with the individuals concerned.
  13. The Ninth Doctor Collected Comics (April 2006, 100 pages): A reprint of all the Ninth Doctor comic strip stories published by Panini Comics. This includes:
  14. The Doctor Who Companion – Series Two (August 2006, 108 pages): A guide to the production of the second series of the revived TV show. This included a detailed look at the production of each of the episodes by Andrew Pixley and the original second series pitch with annotated notes by show runner Russell T Davies.
  15. In Their Own Words – Volume 2 1970–1976 (November 2006, 100 pages): A chronological commentary on the making of the TV series in the first part of the 1970s by those involved in its production. This is collated from extracts of interviews previously published in Doctor Who Magazine with the individuals concerned.
  16. In Their Own Words – Volume 3 1977–1981 (April 2007, 100 pages): A chronological commentary on the making of the TV series in the latter part of the 1970s and start of the 1980s by those involved in its production. This is collated from extracts of interviews previously published in Doctor Who Magazine with the individuals concerned.
  17. The Doctor Who Companion – Series Three (August 2007, 132 pages): A guide to the production of the third series of the revived TV show. This included a detailed look at the production of each of the episodes by Andrew Pixley and an overview of the development of the series by show runner Russell T Davies.
  18. In Their Own Words – Volume 4 1982–1986 (November 2007, 100 pages): A chronological commentary on the making of the TV series in the 1980s by those involved in its production. This is collated from extracts of interviews previously published in Doctor Who Magazine with the individuals concerned.
  19. The Tenth Doctor Comics (April 2008, 100 pages): A reprint of most of the Tenth Doctor and Martha Jones comic strip stories published by Panini Comics. This includes:
    • "The Woman Who Sold the World" (Doctor Who Magazine issues 381–384, written by Rob Davis, art by Mike Collins)
    • "Bus Stop!" (Doctor Who Magazine issue 385, written by Rob Davis, art by John Ross)
    • "The First" (Doctor Who Magazine issues 386–389, written by Dan McDaid, art by Martin Geraghty)
    • "Death to the Doctor!" (Doctor Who Magazine issue 390, written by Jonathan Morris, art by Roger Langridge)
  20. The Doctor Who Companion – Series Four (August 2008, 148 pages): A guide to the production of the fourth series of the revived TV show. This included a detailed look at the production of each of the episodes by Andrew Pixley and an introduction by show runner Russell T Davies.
  21. In Their Own Words – Volume 5 1987–1996 (November 2008, 100 pages): A chronological commentary on the making of the TV series in the latter part of the 1980s, the events following the initial cancellation in 1989, and the making of the TV Movie in 1996. This is collated from extracts of interviews previously published in Doctor Who Magazine with the individuals concerned.
  22. 200 Golden Moments (May 2009, 148 pages): To mark 200 television stories with the broadcast of "Planet of the Dead", at least one 'golden moment' was chosen from each story, with an essay to celebrate the chosen scene.
  23. Sarah Jane Smith (October 2009, 100 pages): A guide to the production of The Sarah Jane Adventures, covering holiday special "Invasion of the Bane", the first and second series, and the Comic Relief special. This included a detailed look at the production of each of the episodes by Andrew Pixley and an interview with Elisabeth Sladen who played Sarah Jane.
  24. In Their Own Words – Volume 6 1997–2009 (February 2010, 116 pages): A chronological commentary on the events following the TV Movie in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and the making of the revived series from 2005 to 2009. This is collated from extracts of interviews previously published in Doctor Who Magazine with the individuals concerned.
  25. The Doctor Who Companion – The Specials (April 2010, 100 pages): A guide to the production of the 2008-2010 specials starring David Tennant, from "Planet of the Dead" to The End of Time, plus the Proms special "Music of the Spheres" and the animated episode "Dreamland". This included a detailed look at the production of each of the episodes by Andrew Pixley.
  26. The Doctor Who Companion – The Eleventh Doctor Volume One (October 2010, 100 pages): A guide to the production of the first half of the recently aired 2010 series, from "The Eleventh Hour" to "The Vampires of Venice". This included a detailed look at the production of each of the episodes by Andrew Pixley.
  27. The Doctor Who Companion – The Eleventh Doctor Volume Two (December 2010, 100 pages): A guide to the production of the second half of the recently aired 2010 series, from "Amy's Choice" to "The Big Bang", plus DVD extras "Meanwhile, in the TARDIS". This included a detailed look at the production of each of the episodes by Andrew Pixley.
  28. Sarah Jane Smith – Volume Two (April 2011, 116 pages): A guide to the production of The Sarah Jane Adventures, covering the third and fourth series. This included a detailed look at the production of each of the episodes by Andrew Pixley.
  29. The Doctor Who Companion – The Eleventh Doctor Volume Three (September 2011, 84 pages): A guide to the production of the next five Eleventh Doctor episodes, from "A Christmas Carol" to "The Doctor's Wife", plus the 2010 Doctor Who Prom, "Doctor Who Live" and the Comic Relief mini-episodes "Space / Time". This included a detailed look at the production of each of the episodes by Andrew Pixley.
  30. The Doctor Who Companion – The Eleventh Doctor Volume Four (December 2011, 84 pages): A guide to the production of the next six Eleventh Doctor episodes, from "The Rebel Flesh" to "The Girl Who Waited", plus the specially-made sequence that introduced the National Television Awards. This included a detailed look at the production of each of the episodes by Andrew Pixley.
  31. The Doctor Who Companion – The Eleventh Doctor Volume Five (April 2012, 84 pages): A guide to the production of the next four Eleventh Doctor episodes, from "The God Complex" to "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe", plus the interactive attractions The Doctor Who Experience and The Crash of the Elysium. This included a detailed look at the production of each of the episodes by Andrew Pixley.
  32. The Sarah Jane Companion Companion - Volume Three (August 2012, 84 pages): A guide to the production of the fifth and final series of The Sarah Jane Adventures, including outlines from the unmade stories, contributions from Russell T Davies, and a previously unpublished interview with Elisabeth Sladen.
  33. The Doctor Who Companion - The Eleventh Doctor Volume Six (December 2012, 100 pages): A guide to the production of the next five Eleventh Doctor episodes, from "Asylum of the Daleks" to "The Angels Take Manhattan", plus DVD extras "Night and the Doctor", 'Script to Screen' winners "Death Is the Only Answer" and "Good as Gold", the 2011 Children in Need feature, and the online mini-series "Pond Life". This included a detailed look at the production of each of the episodes by Andrew Pixley.
  34. The Missing Episodes - The First Doctor (March 2013, 100 pages): A guide to the missing episodes of Doctor Who from the First Doctor's era, collecting the available telesnaps for stories with missing episodes (covering Marco Polo, The Crusade, The Savages, The Smugglers, and The Tenth Planet).[5]
  35. The Missing Episodes - The Second Doctor Volume One (July 2013, 116 pages): A guide to the missing episodes of Doctor Who from the Second Doctor's first six stories, collecting the telesnaps for the missing episodes (covering The Power of the Daleks, The Highlanders, The Underwater Menace, The Moonbase, The Macra Terror, and The Faceless Ones).
  36. The Missing Episodes - The Second Doctor Volume Two (December 2013, 132 pages): A guide to the missing episodes of Doctor Who from the Second Doctor's remaining stories, collecting the available telesnaps for the missing episodes (covering The Evil of the Daleks, The Abominable Snowmen, The Ice Warriors, The Web of Fear, Fury from the Deep, and The Wheel in Space).
  37. The Official Guide to the 2013 Series (April 2014, 132 pages): A guide to the production of the next nine Eleventh Doctor episodes, from "The Snowmen" to "The Name of the Doctor". This included a detailed look at the production of each of the episodes by Andrew Pixley.
  38. The Year of the Doctor: The Official Guide to Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary (August 2014, 100 pages): A guide to the production of 50th anniversary special "The Day of the Doctor" and 2014 Christmas special "The Time of the Doctor", plus the online mini-episode "The Night of the Doctor", the drama-documentary "An Adventure in Space and Time", the online spoof "The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot", and the 2013 Doctor Who Prom, including a detailed look at their production by Andrew Pixley. It also included an overview of various other TV and radio tie-in programmes for the anniversary.
  39. The 2015 Yearbook (December 2014, 100 pages): A look back at the worlds of Doctor Who in 2014, with brief features on the twelve episodes from "Deep Breath" to "Death in Heaven", and articles and interviews on the show's reception, events, merchandise, and fandom.
  40. The Art of Doctor Who (April 2015, 100 pages): Features on the art of the series across its various media over its history.
  41. The Music of Doctor Who (August 2015, 84 pages): Features on the music of the series over its history.
  42. The 2016 Yearbook (December 2015, 100 pages): A look back at the worlds of Doctor Who in 2015, with brief features on the thirteen episodes from "Last Christmas" to "Hell Bent", and articles and interviews on the show's reception, events, merchandise, and fandom.

Doctor Who - 50 Years and The Essential Doctor Who[edit]

For the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who in 2013 three "bookazines" were published under the Doctor Who - 50 Years banner, featuring articles on the Doctor, his companions and the Daleks. These continued into 2014 and beyond, renamed The Essential Doctor Who. So far 9 issues have been released from the combined titles, with the latest release published in October 2015.

  1. Doctor Who - 50 Years: The Daleks (May 2013, 116 pages): Analysis and review of all the stories featuring the Daleks up until that point, also featuring behind-the-scenes articles.
  2. Doctor Who - 50 Years: The Companions (August 2013, 116 pages): Articles on each one of the Doctor's companions, also featuring interviews with their respective actors.
  3. Doctor Who - 50 Years: The Doctors (October 2013, 116 pages): Articles on each of the Doctors up until that point, featuring interviews and analysis.
  4. The Essential Doctor Who: Cybermen (March 2014, 116 pages): Analysis and review of all the stories featuring the Cybermen up until that point, also featuring behind-the-scenes articles.
  5. The Essential Doctor Who: The TARDIS (June 2014, 116 pages): Analysis and review of all the stories that promenantly feature the TARDIS, also featuring articles on the many designs of the console room.
  6. The Essential Doctor Who: Alien Worlds (October 2014, 116 pages): Encyclopedia-like list of all the alien worlds visited by the Doctor (note that only planets visited in the television series and not any spinoff material are covered).
  7. The Essential Doctor Who: The Master (March 2015, 116 pages): Analysis and review of all the stories featuring the Master/Missy up until that point, also featuring interviews and behind-the-scenes articles.
  8. The Essential Doctor Who: Monsters (June 2015, 116 pages): Encyclopedia-like list of all the monsters and aliens encountered by the Doctor (note that only monsters encountered in the television series and not any spinoff material are covered).
  9. The Essential Doctor Who: Davros and Other Villains (October 2015, 116 pages): Articles on each of the Doctor's main adversaries, also featuring interviews with their respective actors and behind-the-scenes analysis of the episodes they feature in.

Doctor Who - The Complete History[edit]

Beginning on 9 September 2015, Panini is publishing a fortnightly partwork documenting the production of every Doctor Who TV story. Content in the partwork is largely based on Andrew Pixley's Archive features which were initially published in Doctor Who Magazine throughout the 80s, 90s and early 2000s and continue in numerous special editions (see above), however a considerable amount of new material is written especially for the books. The planned 80-part work will be published in a multi-volume hardback form, in association with the BBC and Hachette.[6] Each part features 2-4 stories (with the exception of the 1 part for the 8th Doctor, which will cover the movie). As is common with part-works, the volumes are not being released in chronological order by broadcast date, but in an order chosen "to reflect the variety and breadth of the series."[7]

Comic Strip: Collected editions[edit]

Panini has been collecting the comic sections of the magazines into a number of trade paperbacks.

Due to its comparatively short run, the Ninth Doctor comic strips collection was first published as a magazine format Special Edition (issue 13, above).

Doctor Who Classics[edit]

In January 2008, IDW Publishing, an American comic book company, launched Doctor Who Classics, a monthly comic book series reprinting digitally colourised Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctor strips from the early issues of DWM.[8] The series was collected in trade paperbacks. The Dave Gibbons Collection was also released in an oversized hardback edition.

Other reprints[edit]

The DWM comic strip has also been reprinted in other formats:

  • From October 1984 to August 1986, Marvel Comics published a monthly comic book series in America that reprinted the Fourth Doctor strips and some of the Fifth Doctor strips. For the purposes of the comic book, the strips were colourised.
  • In 1989, Marvel published a graphic novel entitled Doctor Who: Voyager which reprinted the Sixth Doctor strips that originally appeared in DWM 88 to 99, again colourised. As with the comic book, the graphic novel was compiled for American readers.
  • Between 1992 and 1994, Marvel UK published Doctor Who Classic Comics, which reprinted Fourth and Fifth Doctor strips from DWM, as well as strips featuring earlier Doctors from comics such as TV Action. Doctor Who Classic Comics ran for 27 issues, plus a 1993 Autumn Special which reprinted and completed the unfinished Seventh Doctor story "Evening's Empire" from DWM 180. The stories in Doctor Who Classic Comics were colourised.
  • In 1993, Virgin Publishing published a graphic novel entitled Doctor Who: Mark of Mandragora which reprinted the Seventh Doctor stories that originally appeared in DWM 159–162 and 164–172, as well as the text story "Teenage Kicks" by Paul Cornell originally published in DWM 163. The strips were colourised.

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