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Issue 403


The Next Doctor himself, actor DAVID MORRISSEY, talks exclusively in Doctor Who Magazine about his role in the forthcoming Christmas Special...

Was David surprised at the reaction to his casting?
“I wasn’t expecting that level of interest, really, but it’s come thick and fast,” Morrissey admits. “I don’t think you can be aware of the world of Doctor Who until you’re in it, really, and I hadn’t been aware of what a huge show it is – not in the sense of people’s interest, how deep that goes. And I was quite surprised by the amounts of texts and emails I got from people asking me if I was the next Doctor...”

Also in DWM 403...

DWM has an exclusive look at the forthcoming Christmas Special, featuring brand new photos and tasty tidbits from the cast and crew!

... or is it? The Doctor takes Majenta to one of his favourite places in the universe in Part One of a brand new comic strip, THE STOCKBRIDGE CHILD by Dan McDaid with art by Mike Collins.

Doctor Who’s executive producer Russell T Davies counts down to the big day and reveals some surprising secrets about next year’s Specials...

RUSSELL TOVEY, star of the 2007 Christmas Special, Voyage of Damned, on Kylie, internet forums... and being the next Doctor!

The mysterious WATCHER returns to challenge and perplex with his ever-popular (and utterly fiendish) Christmas Quiz!

Neil Harris has a few unconventional suggestions to enhance your season viewing while waiting for The Next Doctor to come on TV in YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

The Fact of Fiction looks back to when to the Cybermen first crashed their way into the Tenth Doctor’s world as it examines 2006’s RISE OF THE CYBERMEN/THE AGE OF STEEL!

All the news that isn’t fit to print is in THE SPACE-TIME TELEGRAPH!

The Time Team don their shades and head back to the rock and roll years, as they continue their quest by watching 1987’s DELTA AND THE BANNERMEN!

At last! Discover the winners of Doctor Who Magazine’s annual season poll. What was the best story? Who were the best guest stars? And just who did you decide made the Greatest Contribution to Doctor Who in 2008? All is finally revealed!

DWM takes a fond look back over the year that was and remembers some of the (frankly bonkers) events that made 2008 a year to remember!

PLUS! All the latest news, reviews, previews competitions and more!

This splendidly festive edition of DWM 403 is out now, price £3.99. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without it!
Out on: 11th December 2008 Priced: £3.99

In Their Own Words 5

For almost 30 years, Doctor Who Magazine has documented the making of this unique television series, interviewing every major player, be they actors, directors, producers, designers, writers... even monsters! This Special Edition gathers together the best of these interviews, as the cast and crew themselves recall their part in the history of Doctor Who, making for a frank, forthright, and insightful memoir – in turns funny, poignant, and surprising. To illustrate their story, DWM has selected hundreds of amazing pictures – iconic images from the BBC archives, alongside less familiar shots from private collections.
In Their Own Words – Volume 5 covers one of the most creative and innovative periods in the history of the series, beginning with the first appearance of the Seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy. It follows the events of the late 1980s, when the Doctor was redefined as being ‘more than just a Time Lord’ and a Machiavellian figure who was prepared to use his companion, Ace, as a pawn in his fight against evil. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, find out why powers at the BBC decided to end the run of the UK’s longest running science-fiction show – and how a new series of novels, a Children in Need Special, radio adventures and made-for-video productions filled the gap left behind by the TV series. And discover how the series made its comeback with Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor in the 1996 TV Movie – as Doctor Who simply refused to die.
Paul Cornell, author of the highly acclaimed Doctor Who stories Father’s Day (2005) and Human Nature/Family of Blood (2007), writes exclusively for the special on how the Sylvester McCoy era inspired him:
“I have a romantic attachment to the experimental nature of this era, to how much Andrew Cartmel [script editor] and his team were trying new ideas. To how young everyone was. I was captivated at the time by the ‘dark Doctor’ stuff, as in love with it as I was with the work of Alan Moore and Frank Miller, the zeitgeist beside which this direction made such sense. I waited urgently to see how the legend developed. I hung on the asides and hints, and filled in the gaps with my imagination. It was only the second time a production team had looked at Doctor Who since it began, and said ‘let’s try it in an entirely different way’.”

Out on: 20th November 2008
Priced: £5.99