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There is sometimes a problem with official magazines in that, perhaps, they are just a little bit biased. They can be far too desperate to sell the products, that we soon get used to the fact that the hotly-anticipated new release will get 10/10 - reading more like a fan love letter, or brochure, than a rational review. Does Doctor Who Magazine follow this naughty trend?
Well, I will rather gladly say it doesn't....squeeeeee!!!! Oh, sorry, that jut came out. Just another word I learnt from the magazine - it's a community that has its little quirks. Not an exclusive one, however - the moment you start reading you feel like you are welcomed. That's down to the fact there are niches in the magazine for everyone - for the person who only watches the show as it airs, for the retro-DVD collector, for the book reader, the audio listener. It caters every fan.
But I digress. I never fully explained why I, ahem, 'squeed'. The reason is that it often does criticise the releases, revealing a dislike for many of the old episodes in its reviews, rather than a rose-tinted glasses view. Likewise, the interviews it features are not at all censored - if an actor had a horrible experience on set, he will jolly well say so!
The sometimes-criticism of 'Who' doesn't ruin the passion for the show, though. It enhances it, creating a lively debate that surrounds a genuine love for the show, channeled through the editors letter, the readers letters page, and the beautifully crafted comics, usually full of in-jokes that show an appreciation for the present show and its history.
To sum this all up - I would recommend this magazine to anyone with the slightest flame of passion for Doctor Who. Squeeeee!!
I've dipped in and out of Doctor Who Magazine through the years, initially when it was Doctor Who Weekly in the Tom Baker years, back into the Peter Davison and Colin Baker monthly issues. I have to admit to losing my way during the McCoy and McGann wilderness years - though I did read a couple of issues and was amazed at how a series that was quite literally not being made was still able to fill each edition so well. Here we are in the show's second golden era and the magazine sets the same high standards as the new series. Equal gravitas is applied to both the new and classic series, as well as full rundowns of all spinoffs, audio, book and DVD releases. Articles are written with intelligence and style, and always provide an insight or trivial fact that you've not heard before. The comic strip is consistent, though I do have misgivings about the standards of some of the artwork. However that is down to personal taste, and for anyone the least bit interested in the show, I couldn't recommend the magazine more.
I joined Doctor Who Magazine with the arrival of the 2006 Christmas special. At that time I was clueless to the world of the Doctor, having not been around at the time of the Classic series. I would love to say since then I've never looked back, but I sadly admit, I cancelled my subscription during the 3rd series (what can I say? I was a Rose fan...), but DWM will always rein supreme, and it finally enticed me back at the start of last year. It's everything a Doctor Who fan could want (and slightly more). It has casting news, product reviews, exclusive interviews and the all important sneak preview for those who want to spoil the next episode for themselves, not that it gives much away, anyway. It's true that the magazine doesn't have too much information about the Classic series, shunning it in favour of the new series, but there is the occasional "Fact of Fiction" article, giving readers a fun and informative breakdown of a Classic serial. I can't think of any part of the magazine I would avoid reading, it's all very witty, and, more importantly, extremely well written, especially if, like myself, you shudder inwardly at wrong punctuation and grammar. The only drawback of the mag is its price, at £3.99 a pop. Although, in fairness, it is a monthly magazine, and definitely worth every penny. Whether you're a newbie looking to educate yourself in the world(s) of the Doctor, or an old school watcher who wants more, Doctor Who Magazine is what you need. No fan should be without it!
The Doctor Who monthly magazine has had it's lean years.Be honest what can they write about when the show was off air for so long? Yet another interview with the guy who played the third Cyberman on the left lost them all but the hardcore Whovians.
All this has turned around since Russell T Davies brought back the series to become a staple of Saturday night viewing.
The magazine gets exclusive access to behind the scenes information and is a very informative publication.
People not enthrauled by the adventures of the Doctor may find it hard to see the interest of a publication like this.
Doctor Who fans have had a bad rap in the past for being geeks but this magazine will show the wide diversity of Who fandom covering the full spread of the population.
The magazine covers all the aspects of filming,Ok lets say most aspects, they do not go into such details as lighting arrangements for scenes etc, but the work of Neil Gorton's millenium studio's is well covered. If you want to know how the brilliant masks are made for the monsters in each episode, chances are it's going to be covered.
The current issues have so much information about the new series that it is only on odd occassions that the classic series episodes get featured, this is fair enough as the majority of readers are buying for information on the current series.
An informative read probably targeted at mid teens and upwards ( there is the Doctor Who Adventures comic for the younger readers)
I have very fond memories of DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE. I remember reading it decades ago, when it was published by Marvel UK and came out each week (and was hence known as DOCTOR WHO WEEKLY). Nowadays DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE is published by Panini Comics, and comes out each month.
Being officially sanctioned by the BBC, which produces the parent programme, one would think that the magazine would only give a positive reflection of the series, but this could not be further from the truth. The magazine is allowed to be independent and thus it is able to give honest opinions on episodes both old and new, and this it most certainly does. My favourite part of the magazine is a section where some of the magazine's writers get together and watch a couple of stories each month from the 'old' version of Doctor Who, and pass their judgment on it. This series has been going for quite a long while now, having started right at the beginning of the series, and worked its way through chronologically.
There is never a shortage of news to be printed in the magazine, and there are also reviews of the peripheral Doctor Who 'world', including audio releases and the ongoing novel series.
I would highly recommend DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE to any fan of the series, old or new.
Marvel's Doctor Who Magazine has been going since 1979! That's a long time for a publication on ANY subject! I've been buying it since issue 1 when it was weekly and cost 12p. It now comes out every month (or, I think, every 4 weeks) and costs £3.40. A big difference, but then it's a very different publication from when it started. Back then little was known about the background to the series, compare that to now with the countless reference works and the sheer wealth of information available to anyone over the internet. Over the years DWM has been a major contributor to this sum of knowledge with, as you might imagine, every conceivable kind of feature on every possible aspect of Doctor Who. This is a magazine that is aware that a large part of its readership know much, much more about Doctor Who than the average man on the street and for that reason many articles take this 'entry-level' knowledge as read, focusing instead on more arcane subjects relevent to the series. It would be unreasonable to expect them to do otherwise, to hope to sustain sales by rolling out yet another Nicola Bryant interview or 'fact-file' on the Daleks, for example. Anyone who is interested can find those kind of features in numerous other places; DWM is a specialist magazine for a specialist market. That may be off-putting, perhaps, but then I'd find picking up an issue of Babylon 5 Magazine (if such a thing exists) daunting as I know nothing about that series. DWM has adapted very successfully over the years - especially when you consider that for 14 of those years the series it covers has been out of production! Despite the above, I do believe that it is accessible for people who don't know the co-ordinates of Gallifrey off-by-heart* as well as offering something of interest for those who do. Just be warned - it isn't the place to go for a 'what was your favourite story' kind of interview with Peter Davison. Do your D
octor Who GCSE first! * 10-0-11-0-0-by-02, I'm afraid.
What do you mean, you thought Dr. Who was dead and gone ? <insert evil laugh> Oh no, he's still alive and well and living on in new BBC novels, new video releases, repeats on UK Gold, a recent new online adventure and a monthly magazine. Dr. Who was first televised in 1963, when the Doctor was played by William Hartnell and he was accompanied by his grand-daughter, Susan (Carole Ann Ford) and two of her teachers, Ian (played by William Russell aka Russell Enoch - more famous in the past few years as Rita's husband, Ted, in Coronation Street) and Barbara (played by the late Jacqueline Hill). Since then, there have been another seven incarnations of the Doctor, played most famously by the wonderfully charismatic and eccentric Tom Baker (I've met him! I know!)for seven years. Colin Baker, Peter Davison, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee and Sylvester McCoy are the other actors who have played the role on TV. There was also a TV movie in 1996 starring Paul McGann and a Comic Relief spoof with Rowan Atkinson (and others) taking the title role. Besides the Doctor himself, the companions over the years have included some well-known faces - Peter Purves, Bonnie Langford, Louise Jameson and Sophie Aldred, for example. Doctor Who Magazine, published by Marvel, covers all of these, featuring interviews with people associated with the programme. There are in-depth analyses of certain eras of the programme, articles about the novels and spin-off projects, letters, quizzes, competitions - and occasionally, even giveaways like posters, trading cards and promotional CDs. I have been a regular reader of DWM (as it's known to its fans) for around five years now and in that time, I feel it has become too pretentious - some of the articles being written at (so it seems) university level, which isolates the younger end of the market. My partner is also a fan, but thinks the magazine is wonderful - but then,
he is more interested in the minutiae of it all. It is obviously a question of what each individual fan is looking for, but this magazine is disappointing for me nowadays. I would love an interview with one of the stars, but those are few and far between now, as the editors seem to think once they have featured, say, Tom Baker, there is no point doing it again for another twelve months or so. However, I am assured there's a new Clin Baker nterview coming up soon - hooray! My partner reads the whole magazine cover to cover each month. I look at the news pages, to find out which Dr. Who actor is appearing in panto or will be in an upcoming episode of Casualty. Then I have a quick browse through the pages for any nice pics of Colin Baker (Yes, I have an unusual taste in men!), before losing interest completely. However, despite my criticisms, it is a good magazine and after all, it is the only magazine dealing exclusively with Dr. Who. The photos are good, the quality of the magazine is high and it is very useful for finding out the latest details on merchandise or conventions. The recent DWM tribute to the late great John Nathan-Turner was wonderful and there is a special devoted to the Jon Pertwee era out soon. Overall, DWM is worth the £3.40, but it isn't as good as it could be.