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Doctor Who writer David Fisher passed away on 10 January 2018. Here are your tributes to the man who brought us The Stones of Blood (1978), The Androids of Tara (1978), The Creature from the Pit (1979) and The Leisure Hive (1980)…

A TREASURED WRITER

JACK SNELLING ASHFORD The 10th of January 2018 was a sad day for the Doctor Who community. David Fisher was a treasured writer for the Fourth Doctor and Romana. He wrote brilliantly for Tom Baker, Mary Tamm and Lalla Ward, and his stories were always distinctive. Throughout his career he also worked on other gems, including Dixon of Dock Green and Hammer House of Horror. He was a phenomenal writer and will be missed by fans of Doctor Who and any of his other works.

DERRICK SMITH EMAIL The recent sad news of David Father’s death made me revisit his Doctor Who stories. They are all entertaining but it’s The Creature from the Pit which I want to single out for some special praise.

If you can get beyond Erato’s, er, interesting appearance then there’s so much to enjoy. The hard-as-nails Eileen Way; Geoffrey Bayldon’s wonderful comic turn (his partnership with Tom Baker is a joy); the lush Ealing filming; the gorgeous Myra Francis… the fun just keeps coming! And with Tom on top form throughout the serial, there can be few better ways to spend an hour and a half.

LOUIS HAYWARD EMAIL The Androids of Tara was one of the first Tom Baker stories I ever saw – I had it on a VHS which I bought when I was 13. David Fisher’s memorable addition to the Key to Time stories in the 1978-79 season will always have a soft spot in my heart as it reminds me of my early days delving into Doctor Who’s ‘classic’ series. It was this story that confirmed my infinite passion for a show which has genuinely shaped me as a person. RIP David Fisher. I will find my old VHS and reminisce.

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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!