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Doctor Who Magazine #517 out today

The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine is out today, and this month celebrates 30 years of Sylvester McCoy’s Seventh Doctor.

The magazine features an exclusive in-depth interview with McCoy, who reflects on his time in the iconic role.

Speaking on how he approached taking on Doctor Who alongside fellow newcomer, script editor Andrew Cartmel, McCoy says:

“And so we both went in and we started from the beginning. A lot of people didn’t like that. But then we didn’t know that we were breaking rules. And I think we were also blessed by the fact that we didn’t have all that baggage of the past to get in the way…

“Steven Moffat said to me that we changed it… that we turned it into something that is reflected in the present, in the twenty-first-century Doctors. I remember when he said that to me, I thought, ‘Wow! I mean that wasn’t the intention.’”

This month’s issue also includes a tribute to the late actress Deborah Watling, who played the Second Doctor’s companion Victoria from 1967 to 1978. Included in the magazine are remembrances from Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant and Frazer Hines, as well as a previously unpublished interview with Watling from 1990.

As well as the usual news, previews, reviews and competitions, this month’s issue of Doctor Who Magazine also features:

  • Victor Pemberton Tribute: Remembering the late Doctor Who writer and story editor Victor Pemberton.
  • Gail Bennett: An interview with original American Doctor Who superfan Gail Bennett.
  • Fury From The Deep:  This month’s Fact of Fiction explores 1968’s Fury from the Deep, the last story to feature Deborah Watling as Victoria Waterfield.
  • The Parliament Of Fear: Part Three of our brand-new comic strip adventure, The Parliament of Fear, featuring the Doctor and Bill; written by Scott Gray and illustrated by Mike Collins.
  • Dominic Glynn: The composer recalls writing and recording the score for 1989’s Survival.
  • The Time Team: The Time Team continues its mission to watch every episode of Doctor Who with 2012’s The Doctor’s Wife.
Doctor Who Magazine #517 is on sale from today, Thursday 21st September, priced £5.99.