Out Now: Doctor Who Magazine #515

It’s a time for change, not only for Doctor Who, but also Doctor Who Magazine – as the next issue will be Tom Spilsbury’s last as editor!

The magazine looks back at the last several years of Doctor Who, with outgoing showrunner, Steven Moffat leaving the show this Christmas.

With his first contribution to the show written in 2004, The Empty Child/ The Doctor Dances (but screened in 2005), did he expect to still be writing for the series some thirteen years later?

“God, no! I also didn’t think I’d do the showrunning job for more than three years, and I’m here after six series. Yes, I’ve been writing Doctor Who stories since 2004. That’s a hell of a long time. When I wrote The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances, I wondered if I’d ever write another Doctor Who story. I was very keen to, I really wanted to. I remember asking, ‘Would you have me back next year…?’”

So what’s next for the writer?

“I’m looking forward to the idea of not having to automatically say no to everything else! Whether that’s writing jobs, or weekends away. I can write different things. I’m looking forward to that, hugely. But I am so glad it happened. I’d have been miserable if I’d never got to write Doctor Who! It’s been amazing. Of course it’s been amazing.”

Also inside this issue:

  • Production Notes Bids Adieu:Steven Moffat writes his final column for DWM, and his last-ever Doctor Who words!
  • The Top 20: A look back at 20 amazing things about the Steven Moffat era of Doctor Who– plus tributes from Russell T Davies, Chris Chibnall, Mark Gatiss, and many others…
  • The Empire of Gatiss:The concluding part of an all-encompassing interview with actor/writer Mark Gatiss!
  • The Parliament of Fear:There’s a brand-new adventure for the Doctor and Bill Potts in Part 1 of a new comic strip story, written by Scott Gray, with art by Staz Johnson.
  • Rise and Fall:Reviews of the 2017 series, and its finale, World Enough and Time/The Doctor Falls.
  • Turned Up to Eleven:The Fact of Fiction examines the Eleventh Doctor’s début adventure, 2010’s The Eleventh Hour!
  • Reviews:The latest DVD and audio releases are put under the microscope.
  • Coming Soon:Previews of all the latest Doctor Who CD and book releases.

PLUS! All the latest official news, the Watcher’s column, prize-winning competitions, the DWM crossword, the 2017 Season Survey – and much, much more!

Doctor Who Magazine #515 is on sale from Thursday 27 July.

  • Rick714

    Shame on DWM for not including Eccleston on the cover. How soon we forget.

    • The Dean Martin Association

      I’m guessing that’s because the Doctors featured on the cover are those who were specifically written for during the Moff’s era?

      • Rick714

        I’m sure—although considering he wrote Empty Child/Doctor Dances for Eccleston and even Time-Crash, a little Davison and Eccleston visual nod would have been nice. Still, lovely cover.

        • The Dean Martin Association

          That’s a very good point!

  • Rick714

    And I think the Moff probably has the record for working with/writing for the most Doctors ever. Including Time-Crash, he’s had the 1st, 5th, 8th, War, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th and the Curator/4th. Wooo!

    • Philip

      Due to Name and Day, can we say that Moffat’s the only person to have written for all 13 Doctors (including War)?

      • Rick714

        It’s kind of a technicality with the flashbacks….but they’re being used in the moment ….so close enough— i’m in! 🙂