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Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars. And amongst them, the Doctor.
It was the end of a mighty era tonight as the Eleventh Doctor faced his final curtain call…
The Name of the Doctor was followed by The Day of the Doctor but this Christmas it was all about The Time of the Doctor as Matt Smith prepared to hand over the TARDIS duties to our new hero, Peter Capaldi. It was a climactic adventure four years in the making as various arcs were tied up to make way for a new Time Lord. But was it a worthy climax?
Christmas in the TARDIS is always an eventful time but this year the drama was pushed to new levels as a menagerie of monsters returned and the Doctor found himself caught up in a terrible battle. Not everyone got out alive as the Doctor was aided by old friends but his fate was already sealed by a timey-wimey trap that started to close around him.
The clock strikes 12 and a new journey has begun but did Matt’s swansong adventure do justice to his tenure as a whole? Our emotions ran high and there were some last minute surprises, but do you agree with Jenna Coleman who has said it was the “perfect” way to say goodbye? Join in the conversation and let us know. Raggedy man, we salute you!
NOTE: This discussion will NOT be spoiler monitored so please do not read the comments if you haven’t seen The Time of the Doctor. You have been warned!
This week marks the eighth anniversary since the release of the first ever issue of Doctor Who Adventures.
To celebrate this milestone, we caught up with editor, Moray Laing, to discover more about the process of producing each edition, its recent record sales and what the future holds for the magazine.
Thanks to Moray for answering our questions – read the full Q&A below and follow him on Twitter @moraylaing_DWA!
The latest issue of Doctor Who Adventures, featuring lots of Ood facts, is on sale now.
Q. Hey, Moray. Firstly, how did your involvement with DWA originally come about?
A. Hello! I was working in children’s magazines as a writer at BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, at the time. After the success of the rebooted Doctor Who series in 2005, we decided to publish a magazine about Doctor Who for the pre-teen market. My initial involvement was coming up with loads of ideas along with the publisher and marketing team about what a young Doctor Who magazine could be about. I’ve always loved Doctor Who – I grew up and practically learned to read with Doctor Who Weekly and the Target books, so I had a clear idea of what we could do with it. Eight years on, I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve done.
Q. What’s a ‘typical’ day at the office like for you in your role as DWA Editor?
A. It varies, but there’s never a dull moment. There’s a lot of reading and planning – and being inspired by what the team constantly produce! It’s great fun putting a magazine together containing monsters! The production of the magazine – like any magazine – has to run like clockwork otherwise we’d never publish a magazine. We have writing deadlines, design deadlines, and the final press day deadlines – that final deadline is the day when the whole issue has to be sent to the printers. We talk about Doctor Who a lot too, because we all love it!
Q. What do you set out to achieve with each new issue?
A. Every issue of Doctor Who Adventures has to be exciting, entertaining and fun. One big adventure for the reader. You want the reader to lose themselves in the facts about the programme, enjoy the comic strip, learn loads of secrets and gain something new from it. Something interactive on the page too – maybe a quiz or something to tick off. Our readers like to make their mark on the page! We get loads of drawings every week – and loads of pictures of their collections of magazines and posters on their walls. We basically want to inspire and entertain children with facts about Doctor Who.
Q. As DWA is aimed at the show’s younger viewers, are there any “guidelines” you have to follow to ensure you achieve these aims?
A. We always follow BBC editorial policy, but like any publisher of children’s magazines, we are obviously very careful about the content we produce. The tone of the magazine has to be pitch perfect for the market, otherwise you’d alienate your audience (no pun intended). There can be some sad concepts in Doctor Who, particularly with regard to loss, so I am always mindful of this when, say, featuring a story about River or Rose. But basically, we like to celebrate the monsters and the adventures and marvel at them, along with the reader.
Q. How many people contribute to the process of putting one issue of the magazine together?
A. You might be surprised to learn we’re a relatively small editorial team – two of us write the magazine, one person designs it and we have a production editor who works on the more technical bits of putting a magazine together! There’s also a publisher and editorial director that I work closely with and beyond that we have production, marketing and advertising departments. We also commission a comic strip – this is brilliant because these are exciting unseen adventures for the Doctor and Clara! And then of course there’s the Alien Babies too, which always makes us laugh and it is very popular.
Q. How much say do the production team and ‘the powers that be’ have in what makes it into each issue?
A. The production team are across everything we publish – we’re dealing with their characters, after all. They’ve always been incredibly supportive of everything we’ve done with the magazine since the launch in 2006. Their biggest involvement every issue is with the comic strip. The BBC like to see what we’re going with the Doctor and Clara, and rightly so! It’s really helpful so that we avoid duplicating upcoming stories.
Q. As DWA is released fortnightly, how far in advance are you planning and creating the forthcoming issues?
A. I love to plan so I have plans across the whole year. We have a Doctor Who gift with each issue and we have them booked up quite far in advance. It makes planning easier, so we can tie it in with the editorial if appropriate.
Q. As DWA turns 8 years old, what factors would you say have contributed to its ongoing popularity?
A. We have all the characters and monsters from a visually strong and exciting series to play with. It’s an exciting brand with a lead character who can evolve and change and take you somewhere different all the time. We stand out in the market and there’s nothing like it.
Q. In recent months you’ve experimented with interactive issues and content. Are there any plans for similiar features in the future?
A. Yes, indeed! We’ve worked with Blippar – a free app that you can download – to create some really great interactive material, which has been great to work with. Want to turn yourself into an Ood and get extra monster pictures? Then Blipp the magazine! We were having this content every issue to start with, but we’ve moved it to every other issue for now. We also did a 3D issue around the 50th anniversary episode which tied in nicely with the story.
Q. DWA achieved record sales last year. How are you planning on maintaining this success?
A. We’ll maintain this by providing readers with great Doctor Who content! We share exclusive secrets from the set – it’s the place for young fans to get all the info they want to know about the series. Obviously, with a new Doctor arriving on our screens soon there will be loads of excitement around this later in the year too. We’re an official magazine and readers know they can rely on us for all the best facts about the show.
Q. Finally, what does the future, and beyond, hold for DWA?
A. We’ll continue to publish a magazine about Doctor Who while there’s demand for it! We’re planning loads of fun and exciting new features for the return of the series later in the year and have got some amazing gifts coming up. We’ve also got a digital version of the magazine (available to download from HERE and HERE), which is great. I would like to think that Doctor Who Adventures will run forever. If only we had a TARDIS – we could pop forward and see for ourselves!
Don’t miss the latest edition of Doctor Who Magazine, which features an exclusive interview with Paul McGann!
Inside this new issue, on sale now, the Eighth Doctor actor reveals how being associated with the show has changed his life and spills the beans on his shock return in The Night of the Doctor (We’re still not over it…).
As well as that, there’s all the latest Series 8 news, brilliant competitions and Steven Moffat answers readers’ questions.
Pick up YOUR copy of Doctor Who Magazine #472 today for £4.99! Miss it and miss out…
Director Derek Martinus has passed away at the age of 82.
Derek worked on 6 Doctor Who serials between the years of 1965 to 1970 which included adventures with all three of the first Doctors.
He helmed The Tenth Planet, which introduced fans to the Cybermen, as well as Spearhead from Space, known for marking Jon Pertwee’s TARDIS debut and for being the first Doctor Who story to be filmed in colour.
Our thoughts are with his friends and family who have described him as “an inspiration”.
Whovians in the US will be able to bring home An Adventure in Space and Time in a 3-disc set from 27th May!
The popular docudrama starring David Bradley – which was aired last year for the show’s 50th anniversary festivities – will be released in a DVD / Blu-ray combo with a bonus disc featuring the first ever serial, An Unearthly Child.
It will have a SRP of $24.98 and you can check out its cover artwork below. What do you think of it?
Two new boxsets featuring David Tennant’s first Doctor Who series will be released in the US over the coming months.
Series 2: Part 1, containing The Christmas Invasion to The Age of Steel, will be available from 8th April while Series 2: Part 2 – with The Idiot’s Lantern through to Doomsday – is expected to follow suit on 13th May.
The 2-disc sets will have a SRP of $19.96 each and will sport “all new bonus material”, which certainly sounds intriguing!
Will you be investing in these repackaged Series 2 DVD collections? Let us know below…
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