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Doctor Who Weekly Issue 43 was the magazine’s final weekly edition. Issue 44, published in August 1980, was the ‘1st Great Monthly Issue!’ The page-count increased from 28 pages to 44, while the cover price changed from 12p per week to 30p per month.

“I hadn’t been involved in that decision,” says Alan McKenzie, who was editing Marvel UK’s monthly titles when the change came, taking over as DWM’s editor with Issue 49. “But usually, the reason behind such decisions is financial. There are far fewer costs in producing 12 issues’ worth of content per year than 52. Of course, you also sell a quarter of the number of copies a year, too, but I’m sure the accountants could explain it much better than I!

“At the time I was editing Starburst and the three monthly comics – Rampage, Marvel Superheroes and Savage Sword of Conan. Paul Neary was editing the weeklies. When Doctor Who switched to monthly, Paul was having me look over the text material that made up three quarters of the page count. But after a couple of issues, he suggested that it might make more sense if I took over Doctor Who and he took on the four monthly reprint comics I was doing. So we did a trade.

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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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