The latest Doctor Who Magazine (Issue 489) is on sale tomorrow and we’ve detailed the issues’ full run down below. It includes the first part of a new 12-page comics strip, “Spirits of the Jungle” by Jonathan Morris, illustrated by John Ross, with colour by James Olfredi.
It’s great to see John drawing the strip – he of course drew every strip that ran in Doctor Who Adventures since 2006, before its move to Panini, but his work on this strip is him delivering full barrel comics goodness in terms of storytelling, in my view. A terrific opening episode.
And let’s not forget that Lew Stringer provides the light-hearted side of things, too, with his “Daft Dimension” strip for the Letters Page. And yes. it is very daft. (Or, for that matter, Adrian Salmon‘s illustration work for DWM’s “Time Team” feature).
Along with a smashing and thoughtful interview with Colin Baker and a fascinating feature on writer Malcolm Hulke (the real “Red Hulke” MI5 was sure), it’s a darn fine issue from the Panini team.
• Doctor Who Magazine 489 is on sale in the UK from Thursday 23rd July 2015, price £4.99, in all good newsagents, comic shops. Check out the magazine’s official website at www.doctorwhomagazine.com, which also features updates on the latest Doctor Who Adventures
THE SIXTH DOCTOR, COLIN BAKER, REVEALS WHY THE TIME HAS COME FOR HIS REGENERATION
The Sixth Doctor never had a proper regeneration story on television – so now Colin Baker has returned to record The Last Adventure for audio production company Big Finish…
“Big Finish came to me, and said, ‘If we write you a really good story, and if we released your seven cats which we’ve kidnapped, which are suspended above this flame getting lower and lower, will you perhaps do this story?’” Colin jokes, “and I reluctantly agreed, and my cats are safe!”
“I did require a little persuasion,” he admits, more candidly. So what changed his mind? “Oh, the idea of a release. A release from the tension of saying ‘no’ repeatedly. And… it’s Big Finish! That’s what changed my mind.”
ALSO INSIDE ISSUE 489…
- UNDER SURVEILLANCE!
DWM tells the remarkable story of writer Malcolm Hulke, the creator of the Time Lords, Silurians and Sea Devils – and why he came under scrutiny by MI5…
- TROUBLED TEEN
Ellis George, the actress who plays cheeky schoolgirl Courtney Woods talks to DWM about travelling in the TARDIS, and what its like to be a teenager starring in Doctor Who.
- TOP OF THE POPS!
The much-anticipated results of the 2014 DWM Season Survey are in! Discover which story from Peter Capaldi’s début season topped the poll, and who won the accolade for best writer, what was the favourite monster, and more…
- THE MONSTER OF PELADON!
The Fact of Fiction takes a close look at the 1974 serial The Monster of Peladon, and digs deep to unearth fascinating new facts about this Third Doctor adventure.
- JUNGLE TERROR!
There’s ghostly goings-on for the Doctor and Clara in a brand-new comic strip adventure, Spirits of the Jungle by Jonathan Morris, illustrated by John Ross.
- HELLO, YOUNG MAN!
Doctor Who‘s showrunner Steven Moffat answers readers’ questions – and comes face-to-face with his 10-year-old self!
- TIS THE SEASON?
Jacqueline Rayner considers what time of year it’s traditional – and best – to watch Doctor Who – and comes to a surprising conclusion…
- THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES
The Time Team fight for space behind the sofa as they watch David Tennant’s penultimate, chilling story: The Waters of Mars.
- ON THEIR WAY…
DWM talks to the people involved in the latest Doctor Who CD releases, including Bonnie Langford, Nicholas Briggs, Lisa Bowerman and Mike Tucker.
- PLUS! All the latest official news, reviews, competitions and The DWM Crossword.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.