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WOTCHA!

The page that turns to face the strange.

A History of Doctor Who in 100 Objects...

#68 BAAL’S BANJO

We’re only a few weeks into 2016, and already that rotten sod the Grim Reaper is having a bumper year. The dismal toll includes not only our own Robert Banks Stewart, but also such giants of entertainment as Terry Wogan, Frank Finlay, Alan Rickman, Ed Stewart, Maurice White, Robert Stigwood, Pierre Boulez... and then there’s the one that shook the world. The shining genius who took popular culture by the scruff of the neck, nonchalantly turned it inside out, and repainted it every colour of the rainbow. The man whose face stared out of front pages across the world when the sad news broke in January.

In the great Venn Diagram of Fandoms, the subsections marked ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘David Bowie’ have always enjoyed a substantial overlap. It’s hardly surprising: if you’re attracted to a TV show characterised by a restless intelligence, an experimental spirit, a whiff of transgression, a flamboyant sense of otherness, and a powerful undertow of compassion and humanity, then you’re just as likely to be drawn to a musician whose work is shot through with the same characteristics. Doctor Who fans are often David Bowie fans, and vice versa.

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A special issue celebrating the 20th anniversary of the 1996 TV Movie! Contents include: interviews with actors Paul McGann, Eric Roberts, Daphne Ashbrook, Yee Jee Tso and Gordon Tipple, and Executive Producer Jo Wright; a feature examining the legacy of the TV Movie; Steven Moffat answers readers' questions; Fact of Fiction – The Power of Kroll; Part One of a new comic strip, Witch Hunt by Jacqueline Rayner, illustrated by Martin Geraghty; The Time Team watch Victory of the Daleks; plus news, reviews, previews, prize-winning competitions and much more.
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