Out Now: DWM #499 Looks at the History of Book Cover Art!

As the art of the Target books is celebrated in a new exhibition – and a new batch of novelisations are reissued – DWM tracks down the men who painted Doctor Who.

DWM speaks to Chris Achilleos, the first regular artist on the range, establishing a new visual style for Doctor Who

“I didn’t need direction – I knew how to do a cover. I was always very aware that a book cover needs to be attractive – almost interactive, in a way – so that you’re drawn to pick it up in a shop. I still think they work as good punchy covers.”

Target book fan and modern-day Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss has much affection for the artwork:

“The Three Doctors was my first and perhaps still my favourite. The incredibly evocative orange and green luridness of Omega’s deadly fingers, the Doctors themselves in grave monochrome. I still get a Proustian rush from seeing these images.”

You might’ve noticed the DWC has interviewed Achilleos too, and he told us:

“You had to encapsulate the whole story in the picture on the cover. It’s not an easy thing to do, and that’s what I try very hard to achieve on any book cover, not just Doctor Who, and also stay faithful to the author’s description of things – the characters, whatever was portrayed… This is a miniature poster to attract the attention of people passing by so you have to make it very attractive and punchy, and make it stand out from the rest and that’s what I was good at.”

As you can see, one of Chris’ favourite Target paintings – Genesis of the Daleks – also adorns the front of this latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine.

Also in DWM #499:

  • She’s A Pearl: Doctor Who’s executive producer Brian Minchin tells DWM about the operation to reveal the identity of the Doctor’s new companion…
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: DWM investigates what it is to be immortal in the Doctor Who universe.
  • A Night to Remember: Ahead of a very special Fact of Fiction next issue on The Day of the Doctor, DWM looks back at the most unexpected Doctor Who story of all time…
  • Back in the (Sister)Hood: We ask Clare Higgins, High Priestess of the Sisterhood of Karn, if Ohila could be the Doctor’s mother?
  • The Witch Is Familiar: … in the third part of our brand-new comic strip adventure, Witch Hunt, written by Jacqueline Rayner and illustrated by Martin Geraghty.
  • Drezz for the Occason: Jacqueline Rayner also talks about the challenges of dressing her boys up as the Doctor, in her column, Relative Dimensions.
  • And Doctor, I Married Him: An increasing number of couple are incorporating Doctor Who into the most important day of their lives. But why? DWM investigates…
  • Sexy Fish Vampires: There’s something fishy going on under Venice, as the Time Team watch The Vampires of Venice
  • Gateway to the Universe: The Fourth Doctor, Romana, Adric, and K9 try to find a way out of E-Space in this month’s Fact of Fiction on 1981’s Warriors’ Gate
  • Dream World: Russell T Davies return to BBC Wales with his production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream...
  • Coming Soon: DWM previews all the latest Doctor Who CD and book releases.

All this, plus the latest official news, reviews, competitions and The DWM Crossword.

Doctor Who Magazine #499 is on sale from Thursday 28 April 2016, price £4.99.