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Doctor Who Magazine #527 out today

The latest edition of Doctor Who Magazine is out in stores from today, featuring exclusive interviews with a trio of classic Docor Who companions.

Fifty years on from the debut of Second Doctor companion Zoe Heriot in The Wheel in Space, Wendy Padbury reflects on the impact her character had both on and off the show:

“She was a strong character for the period. I didn’t quite realise at the time … She thought she was cleverer than the Doctor, brighter. Zoe would never get offended by the Doctor; she knows she’s the brightest and doesn’t see what the problem is. I’ve met two or three people who became astrophysicists because of Zoe, and that’s quite a thing. It’s amazing how the show has that influence. Extraordinary.”

With Big Finish’s revival of Class marking the return of Seventh Doctor companion Ace to the Doctor Who universe, Sophie Aldred describes the freedom she was offered in the role, despite her youth:

“I know some Doctor Who assistants weren’t happily served by their characters or by their writers, but I was so well served, at that early age, by everyone around me. I was given a lot of chance for my own input, I was allowed to make my own choices about how to play her, and that was amazing, when I think about being 24 and let loose on one of the most-loved programmes on TV. It gave me a lot of confidence, I think.”

Carole Ann Ford – who played the First Doctor’s granddaughter, Susan Foreman – talks to DWM  for the latest installment of regular feature Out Of The TARDIS, during which she reveals who she’d most like to meet:

“Jodie Whittaker. I really would like to meet her. Wouldn’t it be fun?! What would I say to her? “Hello grandma!” Jodie’s got a very strong presence. I saw the moment she arrived [in Twice Upon a Time]… The TARDIS is spinning around in space now, but in my time, in the olden days, you could never have the doors of the TARDIS opening in space while it was in flight.

As well as the usual news, reviews and competitions, Doctor Who Magazine #527 also includes:

  • Back To School: Class cast members Greg Austin, Fady Elsayed, Vivian Oparh and Jordan Renzo, and composer Blair Mowat, talk about the spin-off series’ new audio adventures at Big Finish. 
  • London, 1965! An inside look at Twitch’s viewing marathon which is live-streaming over 500 episodes of Doctor Who’s original 1963-89 run.
  • Glasgow’s Police Boxes: One man’s mission to save the disappearing police boxes from the streets of Glasgow.
  • New Doctors: The third part of DWM‘s series of articles looking back at the ways new Doctors have been introduced to the public.
  • Who, Me: Australian comedian Rob Lloyd tells DWM about his Doctor Who themed show Who, Me.
  • The Man Who Saved The Doctor: A tribute to Graham Strong, the man who made soundtrack recordings of 1960s Doctor Who.
  • The Clockwise War: Part Four of The Clockwise War, DWM‘s new comic strip adventure featuring the Doctor and Bill, written by Scott Gray and illustrated by Martin Geraghty.
  • Time Team: The Time Team takes a virtual trip to Gallifrey, watching three adventures set on the Doctor’s home planet: 1969’s The War Games, 1976’s The Deadly Assassin and 2015’s Hell Bent.
  • The Fact of Fiction: This issue’s Fact of Fiction delves into the 2010 Eleventh Doctor story The Vampires of Venice.
  • Vortex Manipulator: DWM shows you how to make Captain Jack Harkness’ favourite gadget in a simple step-by-step guide.

 Doctor Who Magazine is available to purchase from today, Thursday 28th June, priced £5.99.

[Source: Doctor Who Magazine]