Doctor Who Adventures Goes on Hiatus: Will It Return in 2018?

We’re very sad to announce that, some eleven years after its debut, Doctor Who Adventures has gone on hiatus.

DWA was a sister magazine to Doctor Who Magazine and was aimed at a younger audience; however, circulation has apparently fallen too low to continue – although there’s talk that the title will relaunch next year, presumably when Chris Chibnall takes over as the show’s showrunner, and a Thirteenth Doctor is at the helm of the TARDIS.

The original magazine – originally published by BBC Magazines then Immediate Media under license from BBC Worldwide – ran for 363 issues. Following this, it relaunched under Panini UK, and has ran for 24 issues, seemingly admitting defeating when going bi-monthly (considering it was once weekly!). The latest, DWA #24, is on sale this week, but a statement from Panini read:

“We are pausing the publication of Dr Who Adventures magazine and will not be publishing regular issues in the near future. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your loyalty to the magazine, which we greatly appreciate and we hope that you have enjoyed the title as much as we have.  Current subscribers will be contacted in due course with regards to refunds.”

This is especially sad as, in 2008, its 150,763 circulation made DWA one of the top performing titles in the UK. It makes you wonder if (and why) the show isn’t drawing the same number of kids, or if they’re watching but not willing to pick up a magazine about it.

Recently, the magazine has boasted the work of Doctor Who giants like Andrew Cartmel, Russ Leach (a friend of the DWC), and Tommy Donbavand.

We’re really sad to see Doctor Who Adventures go, but over a decade is an incredible achievement, and we’re hopeful that this is just a hiatus – that one day, it shall come back. Yes, one day. After all, Doctor Who has a history of hiatuses.

For now, I’m off to play with my army of Daleks and Cybermen, cover my face with the Davros mask, and hide the Slitheen woopee cushion under chairs.

  • FrancoPabloDiablo

    Used to buy this for my daughter but stopped buying it as soon as I realised she was much more interested in my Doctor Who magazine. Hope it does come back though as surely there is a market for it.

    • Namnoot

      But the thing is you hit it on the head: with DWM there really is little need for DWA at its core. Yes, it has its own comic strip, and the Paternoster Gang stories, so it does have value, don’t get me wrong. But in a world where print magazines are struggling and newspapers are starting to shut down or merge, I really can’t see DWA coming back with Chibnall. I’d rather Panini focus its resources on keeping DWM going.

  • Planet of the Deaf

    No great surprise. Looking at the magazine’s website, it hasn’t been updated since 2016 so still has a prominent photo of Clara, rather than Bill!

    I think the magazine struggled with the more adult “tone” of the Capaldi era. It’s notable they are still using the Paternosters, despite them not appearing in the show since August 2014. That it went bi-monthly at the end of 2016 and they couldn’t even manage producing monthly at a time when S10 was being transmitted showed it was a lost cause…

    • Namnoot

      I don’t think so. This whole “adult tone” thing is a myth. There are kids watching Stranger Things and Game of Thrones, for heaven’s sake. If anything, the magazine could probably have done to become a bit more like DWM … though at that point why not just buy DWM? I think DWA might have survived longer if it hadn’t taken them so long to get North American distribution – and if they didn’t start doing weird things like sending out two issues at a time to North American comic shops. I know it’s not the be all and end all, but every subscriber and retail sale counts. A good chunk of DWM’s sales are to people who buy them in Canada and the US.

      • Planet of the Deaf

        GoT is 15 certificate, so children certainly shouldn’t be watching it!

        DWA is a children’s publication, surely aimed at 8 to 13 year olds say, who wouldn’t be into the more serious tone of DWM perhaps.