Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Two New Doctor Who Special Edition Magazines Out Now

Panini has released two new special editions dedicated to various aspects of Doctor Who.

Details for both Doctor Who Magazine Special: Toys and Games and The Essential Doctor Who: Robots can be found below:


The latest special edition of Doctor Who Magazine is devoted to the vast range of Doctor Who toys and games that have been released since the early 1960s.

The publication is bursting with new information, discoveries from the archive, and specially commissioned photography, and features the story of Doctor Who toys and games as told by the people that make, sell and collect them.

Editor Marcus Hearn says:
“It’s been more than 30 years since Doctor Who Magazine devoted an issue to merchandise, so it’s a subject well worth revisiting. This is the most ambitious Special Edition that I’ve worked on, and it was a real labour of love for all of us.”
One hundred pages of all-new content includes surveys of the items produced in each decade, a feature on the rarest Doctor Who toy of all, the untold story of 1965’s Zarbi puppets and a ringside seat at a board-game marathon. Other highlights include a detailed analysis of Denys Fisher’s 1970s range of Doctor Who toys and exclusive interviews with the people behind the Dapol, Product Enterprise, Character and BIG Chief collectables.

Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition: Toys & Games is on sale now at WH Smith and all good newsagents, price £5.99.

The Essential Doctor Who: Robots


The latest in Panini's lavish series of publications dedicated to aspects of the Doctor Who universe, The Essential Doctor Who Issue #10 is a 116-page bookazine taking a look at some of the Doctor's deadliest mechanical adversaries such as the Yeti, the Voc robots and the clockwork droids.

Editor Marcus Hearn says:
“2017 marks the 40th anniversary of K9’s first appearance in Doctor Who, so he looms large in our journey through more than 50 years of the series’ robots. It must be said that most of the mechanical characters we’re featuring aren’t quite as friendly as the Doctor’s dog…”
The special publication also includes interviews with:
  • Chris Boucher (writer of The Robots of Death)
  • Michael Kilgarriff (Robot)
  • John Leeson (voice of K9)
  • Tom MacRae (writer of The Girl Who Waited)
  • Dave Martin (K9’s co-creator)
  • Paul Murphy (director of The Caretaker and Robot of Sherwood)
  • Paul Tams (co-creator of the K9 television series)
  • Kate Walshe (visual effects producer)
Classic story guides featured include The War MachinesThe Web of FearThe Android InvasionThe Girl in the FireplaceThe Husbands of River Song and many more.

Among the other highlights are The Vampire Planet (an unproduced William Emms story from 1969), the strange story of the Mechonoids, a look at the Out of the Unknown episode that gave us the Mind Robber robots, Douglas Adams’ original notes for the Polyphase Avatron, the rise and fall of Kamelion and the history of robot comic strips.

The Essential Doctor Who: Robots is on sale now at WH Smith and all good newsagents, price £9.99.

[Source; DWM]