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The Witchfinders

The Doctor and her friends encounter paranoia and superstition in 17th-century Lancashire. But something even more dangerous lies beneath the surface…
Yaz (Mandip Gill), the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) and Willa Twiston (Tilly Steel) seek the truth behind the supernatural.

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Sunday 25 November 2018

“Honestly, if I was still a bloke, I could get on with the job and not have to waste time defending myself.”

So far throughout this series, the subject of the Doctor’s gender has been largely incidental to the plot, and rightly so. But The Witchfinders can’t help but bring the issue into focus, given that the early 17th century was a highly unpleasant time to be a woman, even by the less than enlightened standards of British history. For a start, there’s the ever-present threat of being accused of witchcraft and subjected to trial by ducking stool. Plus, as the Doctor so pithily puts it, “If we’re not being drowned, we’re being patronised to death.”

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Contents include: • An exclusive preview of the New Year's day Special: Resolution. • An exclusive interview with Sharon D Clarke, who played Grace O’Brien in the 2018 series • Frazer Hines answers questions from our TARDIS tin • A tribute to Derrick Sherwin, the Doctor Who script editor and producer who oversaw the series’ transition from black and white into colour • Highlights from a previously unpublished interview with Derrick Sherwin in 2014 • Part Three of The Warmonger, a brand-new comic strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends • The Time Team watches Doctor Who’s very first Christmas Day episode, 1965’s The Feast of Steven • An in-depth look at Series 11’s ratings • An in-depth look at Series 11’s ratings • Share your views on the latest series of Doctor Who in our 2018 Season Survey • The Fact of Fiction delves into 1981’s spin-off K9 and Company, starring Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith • Put your Doctor Who knowledge to the test with the DWM Christmas Quiz • DWM's reviews of Series 11 episodes Demons of the Punjab, Kerblam! and The Witchfinders • The Blogs of Doom, reviews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!