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Following Gary Gillatt’s departure, Alan Barnes became sole editor of DWM in the spring of 2000, with Issue 293. Looking back, what does Alan think about the covers from his solo tenure?

DWM 299 is a big favourite, although I daresay that anyone under 30 won’t get it!” says Alan. “‘Hello boys!’ was the tagline of a notorious 90s Wonderbra ad campaign – supposedly, it caused traffic accidents. So putting it with a cheesy old shot of the Drahvins from Galaxy 4 just made me laugh. I’m sure no-one had ever put the Drahvins on a cover before and I’m certain no-one will again. We didn’t have the technology or time to do convincing colourised Photoshop montages back then, so [designer] Peri Godbold gave the skyline behind an orangey tint, just to pull their heads from the background. I did another ladies’ lingerie-inspired coverline four issues later – ‘Victoria’s secret!’ on DWM 303. It wasn’t as good, though. Never repeat a joke!”

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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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