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The Doctor takes Bill to a distant planet in the far future, which is home to colonists from Earth. It looks beautiful…but where are all the people?
Bill Potts comes face to face with her first robot.

The last time DWM spoke to Frank Cottrell-Boyce, back in 2014, he said, “I’ve checked my emails every day for the last ten years, hoping that someone was going to ask me to write Doctor Who.” That was just prior to the broadcast of In the Forest of the Night, Frank’s first script for the series. Thankfully, the call to write a second didn’t take quite as long to arrive.

“Brian Minchin [executive producer] just called and asked me if I wanted to do another one,” says Frank when DWM catches up with him a few weeks before the broadcast of Smile, the second episode of Doctor Who’s 2017 series. “I said yes before thinking whether I could or whether I had any ideas. But this time, I was already thinking about something very close to Doctor Who…”

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New series preview issue! Contents include: an exclusive interview with Pearl Mackie who plays new companion Bill Potts; previews of the first three episodes of the 2017 season – The Pilot, Smile and Thin Ice, with exclusive interviews with writers Steven Moffat, Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Sarah Dollard; Doctor Who's producers Nikki Wilson and Peter Bennett reveal the behind-the-scenes secrets of the making of the show; 1983's Terminus is put under the spotlight in The Fact of Fiction; The Time Team watch 2011's The Curse of the Black Spot; showrunner Steven Moffat introducers the writers of the 2017 series in his latest column; brand new comic strip action as the Doctor and Jess have a showdown with the Master in Doorway to Hell; plus previews, reviews, official news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!