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Doctor Who Magazine #522 out now

Today sees the release of the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine, featuring an exclusive interview with Terry Nation’s agent in the 1960s – and Steven Moffat’s mother-in-law – Beryl Vertue.

The producers discusses her longstanding association with Doctor Who – one that started even before the first episode was broadcast – as well as her memories of the Dalek craze of the 1960s:

“The Daleks were really the beginning of the BBC handling merchandise. None of us really knew what we were doing, so one might say we invented it.”

In addition to the usual news, reviews and features, this month’s edition of Doctor Who Magazine also includes:
  • Brad Ashton: The comedy writer recalls his friendship with Dalek creator Terry Nation and the role he played in The Dalek Outer Space Book.
  • Terry Nation’s Dalek Empire: How did the Daleks become so popular in 1964? And why did they suddenly disappear three years later?
  • Walking Daleks: The BBC’s archive gives up its Dalek secrets – including details of the prototype toys that were never manufactured.
  • Peter Capaldi: Previously unpublished quotes from the last four years reveal a new side to the man who played the Twelfth Doctor.
  • Susan Calman: Comedian, Strictly Come Dancing favourite and now Doctor Who writer – Susan Calman discusses her love for the Time Lord in this exclusive interview.
  • Emma Freud: The organiser of Comic Relief’s ‘Breakfast with the Doctors’ event explains how she managed to unite seven Time Lords, two companions and a showrunner.
  • Cosplay: In the first part of a new regular feature, Christel Dee presents a guide to recreating Ace’s jacket.
  • Public Image: A detailed survey of Doctor Who’s television ratings during the Peter Capaldi years.
  • New Earth: This issue’s Fact of Fiction explores the 2006 story featuring the Tenth Doctor and Rose.
  • The Phantom Piper: Part Four of The Phantom Piper, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Twelfth Doctor and Bill.
Doctor Who Magazine #522 is out from today, priced £5.99.