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The Fifth Doctor meets River Song and has some very unusual adventures…

The latest Doctor Who episodes and products reviewed by our team.



She may be an archaeologist, with a doctorate from Luna University and a sonic trowel to prove it, but the one place we haven’t seen River Song do much digging around in is her own past. Until now.

It isn’t entirely metaphorical digging, either: The Diary of River Song: Series Three begins with our shovel-wielding heroine up to her hips in an open grave. “That’s a very deep hole you’re standing in”, someone observes. “You don’t know the half of it”, sighs River. Yeah, so what’s new, sweetie?

Much of the action in opening instalment The Lady of the Lake revolves around Terminus Prime – aka ‘the euthanasium’, an unholy hybrid of Dignitas and Disneyland where you can choose the heroic, romantic or thrilling last stand of your dreams (and earn clubcard points into the bargain). It’s a typically witty script from Nev (Dead Ringers) Fountain, through which River strides like a cat toying with a succession of mice – always two steps ahead of everyone, even when she’s walking behind them. Alex Kingston, naturally, brings all the sass, and a good deal more. It’s not just about the lols, though. Set in the aftermath of the Doctor’s raid on Demon’s Run, this is also a story about belonging, and family – which may be exactly what River has found, after a fashion, in the form of a fanatical death cult with an oddly familiar line in resurrections.

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Contents include: • An exclusive interview with new executive producer Matt Strevens • Showrunner Chris Chibnall's Production Notes • An interview with Michelle Gomez, who is returning to voice Missy for a new Doctor Who game • Out of the TARDIS returns, with Strax actor Dan Starkey answers random questions • A tribute to the late David Fisher, who wrote four stories for Tom Baker's Doctor • New insights from the designers responsible for creating Doctor Who's 2005-10 logo • Performance artist Richard De Domenici tells DWM about his recreation of a scene from Frontier in Space at London's South Bank • Actor-impressionist Jacob Dudman is interviewed about playing the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors • DWM finds out what happened at a Dalek world record attempt in Milwaukee last year • Christel Dee’s guide to cosplaying a Time Lord • Part five of The Phantom Piper, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Doctor and Bill • The Fact of Fiction explores the 2011 Eleventh Doctor story The Doctor's Wife • Previews, book and audio reviews, news, DWM's Season Survey results, The Blogs of Doom, prize-winning competitions and crossword and much, much more!