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Two Doctors; one set of questions. William Hartnell and Peter Capaldi reveal what it’s like to play Dr Who...

Back in DWM 347, published in 2004, we presented an interview with the First Doctor, William Hartnell. Of course, Hartnell was the only Doctor that DWM never spoke to, as the actor sadly died at the age of 67 in 1975 – more than four years before the first issue of the magazine was published. However, this rare and treasured interview with the original Doctor came courtesy of Lynn Young, who – in 1965 at the age of 11 – had written to Hartnell, requesting an interview with him for her school project. Hartnell subsequently wrote Lynn a reply, inviting her to send him a list of questions, promising that he would do his best to answer them.

A few months later, on 31 July 1965, having completed two series’ worth of Doctor Who, William Hartnell put pen to paper, carefully replying to each of Lynn’s nine questions.

Now, over half a century later, DWM invited the Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi, to answer the same nine questions, so we can compare and contrast the written responses of the First Doctor with those of the Doctor’s most recent incarnation...

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The biggest issue ever to celebrate 500 editions of DWM! Contents include: Interviews with Tom Baker, Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat; a message to readers from new companion Pearl Mackie; a letter from the Doctor; a 20-page celebratory comic strip, The Stockbridge Showdown by Scott Gray, drawn by a host of guest artists; an exclusive look at Mark Gatiss' 2001 pitch for Doctor Who; Peter Capaldi answers questions once put to William Hartnell; Fact of Fiction on The Day of the Doctor; competitions to win HUGE prizes; a bonus 116-page section looking back at the history of DWM, featuring every single cover and commentary from the editors; plus News, Reviews, Coming Soon, Wotcha... and LOTS of surprises!

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