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As I'm sure you know, Doctor Who is a science fiction show on BBC. I do not watch it but I know quite a bit about it as my nephew is a huge Doctor Who fan! He is currently staying with me for a little holiday. He has a large collection of Dr Who things, one part of which is lots of these magazines. We bought one for him for while he is staying here and he's been reading it a lot ever since!
My nephew informs me that Doctor Who Adventures usually costs £2.10 although the current issue is £2.99 (complete with a 'free' gift). My nephew (quite rightly) pointed out that the gift is hardly free if the magazine price goes up! He does however seem very pleased with his purchase and his free gift and happily handed over his pocket money to the man in the shop.
I have the current issue in front of me now (issue 179) which is dated 12th-18th August so I will base my review on this edition. Flicking through all of his other issues (he brought his whole Doctor Who Adventures collection to my house) they all look to have a similar layout and are of varying thickness. Many of them came with a free gift and the price of each issue does seem to vary although £2.10 is the most common.
~ Issue 179 ~
The cover is bright, colourful and eye-catching. I'm no Dr Who fan but I do think this would catch my eye in the shop.. and I spotted it fairly quickly when we were looking for it on the shelf. This issue came inside a plastic bag with a set of Dalek playing cards.
The cover shows three Dalek's as well as a couple of smaller pictures of different characters. The BBC logo is in the top left corner and it states that the magazine is full of secrets every week. My nephew pointed out that £2.10 is quite expensive for a weekly magazine, and I have to say I agree with him. Consequently, he does not buy every issue but enjoys the ones he does buy.
Looking through the magazine, it is obvious that it is aimed at child Dr Who fans, as it is full of brightly coloured pictures and not a lot of words. There are a number of posters within the magazine as well as jokes and puzzles.
There is a 'Tech Talk' double page spread on the eleventh Dr's Sonic screwdriver and how this compares to the tenth. We were in a toy shop today and saw the latest sonic screwdriver so my nephew made a start on his Christmas list! He was telling my mam about it, and as she is no Dr Who fan and knows he already has a sonic screwdriver, she asked my nephew why he needed another one. He told her that they are not the same and proudly got his magazine out to prove it to us. He also gave us an in-depth description of the eleventh Dr's sonic screwdriver.
The magazine is 34 pages long and has kept my nephew entertained for quite a while today.. and no doubt tomorrow as well as he never tires of Dr Who (I don't think he's talked about anything else all day!)
There are a couple of comic strips too which my nephew read and enjoyed independently. He also shared some interesting facts with us too (such as Dalek's are frightened of Jammy Dodgers). The magazine also came with a large sheet of stickers (one of which was the Dr and a jammy dodger!) which my nephew has enjoyed sticking in various places this afternoon.
The pages of the magazine are good quality, thick and shiny like you expect for a magazine. There are a couple of adverts in the magazine, including Dr Who related ones and Enid Blyton too. These are at the front and back of the magazine and do not detract from the main content. The magazine came with an insert to encourage you to subscribe and get each issue half price. Doctor Who Adventures is available to buy in newsagents.
All in all I think this is a good magazine for Dr Who fans although it is probably slightly overpriced for what you get. My nephew doesn't seem to mind though and happily spends his pocket money on it when he gets some. He loves this magazine and I can see him collecting it for a while longer yet!
Thanks for reading!