Doctor Who Magazine Issue 508, out now from all good UK newsagents, has a grab bag of treats on offer for fans of 1970s Doctor Who – and great comics. Not only does it include a terrific free gift – a re-presentation supplement of “*Sub Zero“, a cracking Dalek story first published in Countdown and TV Action back in 1972, written by Dennis Hopper, drawn by Gerry Haylock – but there’s the start of a smashing new comic story, too, also set in the 1970s from Mark Wright and Staz Johnson. Don’t turn to the last page and spoil the surprise!
In this special issue, the DWM team also brought together Jo Grant actress Katy Manning with one of her biggest fans, Doctor Who writer and actor Mark Gatiss. Mark remembers the first time he saw Katy on screen in her début adventure, 1971’s Terror of the Autons…
Mark: “I remember it as if it were yesterday. I have very, very particular memories of those first few stories. I was so frightened of that little troll doll –”
Katy: “It’s still pretty ghastly. (Shudders) It had pointed teeth, and the way it walked –”
Mark: “I was four years old. Your early memories tend to be either something amazing, or something very traumatic. Usually traumatic.”
Katy: “But it was an extraordinary episode. I loved it as an introduction, because Jo was quite different. She was just ordinary, really. She had no special talents. You watch Jo, literally straight out of school, saying, ‘I didn’t say I passed,’ [in response to the Doctor’s ‘I thought you took an A-level in Science?’] – which I thought was a great line to give anybody!”
Mark: “It’s absolutely true to say that everybody has their Doctor and their time, and I just can’t remember there not being a time when Jon and Katy were it for me. I revisit them often, especially in trouble times – or on wintery afternoons. Like I did the other day. ‘Ooh, I think I might have a glass of sherry and a mince pie, and watch Planet of the Daleks, because it’ll make me feel good.’ I know I sound like I’m about a hundred years old –”
Katy: “Leave that to me. (Laughs) But she was very young, Jo, which was so lucky, because I got to grow up. The writers were very clever. They saw I was growing up, so Jo grew up with me.”
Mark: “And I grew up with Jo.”
ALSO INSIDE THIS ISSUE…
A free Doctor Who comic, *Sub Zero, featuring the Third Doctor and the Daleks, originally presented in Countdown/TV Action in January – February 1972
The Daleks steal an atomic submarine and launch its missiles at Sydney, Australia. They plan to establish a base in the ruins, convert the survivors into Daleks, then destroy the rest of the world!
TERRANCE DICKS INTERVIEWED!
A chat with Doctor Who’s masterful writer, genius script editor, prolific novelist and creator of the Time Lords.
DOCTOR WHO IN THE 1970s!
An exploration of how Doctor Who reflected the real world during the 1970s.
Vworp back to revisit what was happening during a single month in Doctor Who history: November 1977.
DOORWAY TO HELL!
Part One of a brand-new comic strip adventure, set in 1973, written by Mark Wright and illustrated by Staz Johnson.
THE BRAIN OF MORBIUS!
1970s Doctor Who meets Gothic horror, as the TARDIS lands on Karn in this issue’s Fact of Fiction.
THE DWM REVIEW!
A look back of the 2016 Christmas Special The Return of Doctor Mysterio, plus all the latest audio releases.
A look ahead to all the latest Doctor Who CD and book releases, coming soon.
AND! All the latest official news, competitions, and answers to The Watcher’s Christmas Quiz.
• Doctor Who Magazine 508 is on sale now in all good UK newsagents (and some run by Zygons), price £5.99.
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.