Panini UK has announced today that the current editor of Doctor Who Magazine, Tom Spilsbury, will be stepping down later this month after ten years in the role.
Spilsbury first joined DWM in 2003 as deputy editor, before taking over as editor in 2007 with Issue 387. His time as the longest-serving editor of the magazine to date has seen him accept the Eagle Award in 2012, as well as accept a certificate from the Guinness Book of Records in 2016 on behalf of DWM, which achieved the world record as longest-running magazine based on a television series.
Taking over from Spilsbury as editor will be Marcus Hearn, a long-standing writer for DWM who previously co-edited the title in the 1990s. Hearn has also recently been the editor for the DWM Special Editions as well as the spin-off title The Essential Doctor Who.
Tom Spilsbury said of his departure:
“After 10 years as editor of Doctor Who Magazine, it’s time for a change – both for me, and for the magazine. As the newly regenerated Second Doctor said in The Power of the Daleks, way back in 1966, ‘Life depends on change and renewal’, and I’ve made it a policy to always pay attention to my Doctor.
“Of course, it’s been a very difficult decision for me, to give up a job that I love so much. DWM has always been a part of my life – virtually my earliest memory of life on this planet was of my Dad buying a copy of issue 1 for me, way back in 1979, when I was just three years old. It was 2003 when I got the job of a lifetime as DWM’s assistant editor, and four years later, I finally got the top job.
“It’s been simply amazing to have had the honour to be producing the magazine over such a successful and eventful decade in Doctor Who’s history. However, having taken charge of 129 editions, including the 400th and 500th issues, it’s time for someone else to have a go in the driver’s seat.
“Marcus Hearn is a brilliant editor, and DWM is the greatest magazine in the galaxy. I’m so looking forward to being able to read it each month without already knowing what’s going to be in it! And I truly hope that I’ll still be around in the year 2054 to enjoy issue 1000, even if it’s beamed directly into our heads by then…”
“This magazine is unique, and it’s a unique honour to be entrusted with it. We’re all grateful to Tom for his unparalleled dedication. I’d like to build on his achievements, and I can’t wait to start working with my colleagues at Panini. A new chapter is about to begin for the television series, and this will be a new chapter for DWM too.”
“Tom’s contribution to the magazine over the past 14 years has been immense and we will miss his passion and knowledge of the brand which is second to none. Marcus brings a fresh approach to the magazine as well as a wealth of experience in magazine publishing.”
Spilsbury’s final edition of DWM as editor will be Issue 515, on sale from Thursday 27th July 2017.