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More than half a century on, the lost Second Doctor story The Macra Terror is coming back to our screens – bigger, bolder and scarier than ever.
The colony at night, as realised by artist Graham Bleathman.
The pincers of the new-look Macra.
Illustrating some of the Doctor’s many arm gestures.

The existence, or otherwise, of the Macra has been a subject of heated debate for more than 50 years now.

The inhabitants of the colony – a human recreational settlement on an unnamed planet far from Earth – were conditioned to believe these giant parasitic crustaceans were a myth, until events dramatically proved otherwise.

Then the Macra vanished without trace again when their sole TV appearance was junked by the BBC – only to make an unexpected return to Saturdaynight telly some four decades later, lurking in the fumes beneath the streets of New New York in the 2007 episode Gridlock. And now, 52 years after their debut on BBC1, the Macra are back again. Though possibly not quite the Macra you were expecting…

Right: An animation element by Martin Geraghty and Adrian Salmon of Patrick Troughton’s Doctor.
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Issue includes: • An exclusive preview of the animated Macra Terror • Anneke Wills and Frazer Hines recall the making of the original Macra Terror • A lost Dalek story from 1966 – and the previously untold story of its celebrated writer • A tribute to 1960s Doctor Who producer Innes Lloyd • An interview with Mark Troughton about his famous father • Writer Stephen Gallagher tells DWM about his new take on the 1981 story Warriors' Gate • The second part of an exclusive interview with Season 18’s script editor Christopher H Bidmead • How did the Doctor become such a rebel? DWM investigates how the series changed during the 1960s... • Part Two of Herald of Madness, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends • Cosplayers recreate the Fourth Doctor's Season 18 style • The Fact of Fiction delves into the 2007 story Gridlock • Our verdict on Tom Baker's Doctor Who novel Scratchman and the Season 18 Blu-ray box set • The Blogs of Doom, audio reviews, previews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!