DWM 407

April 3, 2009

The leading feature in this month’s issue of Doctor Who Magazine is the 10 pages of preview features, four of which consist of an interview with Michelle Ryan, for 11 April’s Doctor Who special Planet of the Dead.

The episode has a lot more ‘sci-fi’ in it than Gareth’s previous Doctor Whos or Sarah Jane Adventures. “But you need to approach a totally imagined setting with equal thoroughness as a historical or contemporary one,” he points out. “I’ve never done that for TV before, so it was a real challenge, but every Who script throws new problems at you that nobody’s encountered before.”

Also featured is what promises to be a very controversial interview with Christopher H Bidmead, script editor of Doctor Who’s 18th season. In the interview, Bidmead explains why his episodes were so much better than what came before, after, and much later on.

Russell,” he continues, “who I shouldn’t call Russell, as I don’t know him and have never met him, is what I call a first-draft writer. He sits down in the heat of the moment and churns out something that’s delightful and inventive and wonderful. But writing’s not about that. It’s about going back into that script, and cutting it, and shaping it. The problem is, Russell will put a first-draft script into the studio, because he can. He’s in charge!”

In his column You Are Not Alone, Neil Harris ponders the culture of tabloids gaining “exclusive” celebrity Doctor Who rumours.

Also, readers are asked to rate all 200 (technically) Doctor Who stories, the second part of Mortal Beloved, Who On Earth Is… Daniel Kaluuya, the first part of a quick guide through the history of Doctor Who, as well as The Fact of Fiction: Castrovalva, Sheridan Smith in Out of the TARDIS, The Time Team looking at The Happiness Patrol, and the usual reviews, news and production notes.


DWM 406

March 5, 2009

DWM 406 is released today.

The main article is a feature about the spin-off show featuring the Daleks that almost aired in America in 1967. There is also a two-page interview with David Tennant about Comic Relief (he is hosting part of the Comic Relief telethon this year).

There are two more interviews in the magazine. The first is Gareth Roberts’ four-page interview, discussing his work on Doctor Who in the past, as well as on Planet of the Dead. The last interview takes the “Who on Earth Is…” spot, with Colin Baker.

There is also a two-page obituary to John Scott Martin; The Fact of Fiction: Logopolis; the first part of the comic strip Mortal Beloved; You Are Not Alone; and the Time Team looking at Remembrance of the Daleks.

One noticable difference was a removal of the cover page of The DWM Review section, instead moving the start of the first review and the main illustration to this page and having an abbrieviated contents at the bottom.