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David Bradley on being the Doctor: ‘It’s absolutely thrilling’

This month’s issue of Doctor Who Magazine, out tomorrow, features an exclusive in-depth interview with the latest actor to take on the role of the First Doctor, David Bradley.

Bradley, who will be seen alongside Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor in this year’s Christmas special Twice Upon A Time, previously played William Hartnell in the 50th anniversary docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time.

On returning to Doctor Who to portray the part that Hartnell originated back in 1963, Bradley says:

“I was playing the guy who was playing the Doctor, but now I’m the Doctor… It’s absolutely thrilling.”

The cover for the new edition of the publication, revealed earlier this week, features Bradley in character as the First Doctor. The actor was first seen in the role in the closing moments of Doctor Who Series 10 finale The Doctor Falls.

As well as news, reviews, previews and competitions, the latest edition of Doctor Who Magazine also includes:

  • Fright Knight: Sir Derek Jacobi talks to DWM about bringing back his version of the Master for Big Finish’s new series of audio adventures.
  • Dedicated Followers: DWM meets Jared Garfield and Lily Travers, the actors playing Ben and Polly in Twice Upon a Time.
  • Ben Zen: In a previously unpublished interview from 1997, Michael Craze reflects on the time he spent playing Ben Jackson in Doctor Who from 1966 to 1967.
  • Doc Martin: In what turned out to be his final interview, Trevor Martin discusses playing the Doctor in the stage play Seven Keys to Doomsday. Elsewhere in this issue DWM pays tribute to his long career.
  • Dressing The Doctor: Costume designer Hayley Nebauer explains how she created the First Doctor’s 2017 look.
  • Annual Report: BBC Audio is reviving stories from the Doctor Who annuals. Readers Peter Purves and Matthew Waterhouse are in the studio…
  • 54 First Dates: What’s so special about the 23rd of November? And what else has happened on Doctor Who’s big day? DWM investigates…
  • The Phantom Piper: A brand-new comic strip adventure for the Doctor and Bill in part one of The Phantom Piper, written by Scott Gray and illustrated by Martin Geraghty.
  • The Time Team: The Time Team continues its mission to watch every episode of Doctor Who with 2011’s The Almost People.
  • The Fact Of Fiction: Uncovering the details hidden in the 2007 episode The Lazarus Experiment.
  • The Blogs Of Doom: DWM’s brand-new column begins…
Doctor Who Magazine #519 is out tomorrow, Thursday 16th November, priced £5.99.