Doctor Who: Panel to Panel probes Doctor Who Magazine founder Dez Skinn

Dez Skinn on the cover of the comics magazine BEM (Issue 27), published in March 1980

Dez Skinn on the cover of the comics magazine BEM (Issue 27), published in March 1980

Since today is the 40th anniversary of Doctor Who Magazine, what better way for host Jeremy Bement to celebrate than cover the latest news from New York Comic Con on his hugely enjoyable Doctor Who Panel to Panel podcast – and have a great conversation with the creator of the long-running title, Dez Skinn!

Dez Skinn has worked in publishing industry for over 45 years, on over 80 titles, initially as a comics zine editor then on IPC weeklies such as Buster, Whizzer & Chips and Cor!!, moving to running Marvel UK and launching such titles as Doctor Who Weekly, Hulk Comic and Starburst – the world’s longest running SF and Fantasy Film Magazine. His many credits also include Hammer’s House of Horror and the trade magazine Comics International.

• Dez has documented his career – and the many ups and downs of the world of British comics and magazine publishing – on his own web site at

• Doctor Who: Panel to Panel is available on iTunes and PodOmatic – of listen right here!

Older episodes of Doctor Who: Panel to Panel are archived on the Internet Archive

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. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek 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.

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