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The Tenth Planet Episode 4

The First Doctor’s fatal clash with the Cybermen is missing its final episode. But why should we care?



29 October 1966

Early on, DWM was mad for William Hartnell. Each week esteemed Who-historian Jeremy Bentham would obsess over those early adventures with the Sensorites and the Zarbi and Richard the Lionheart. Thirteen long years passed between the broadcast of the First Doctor’s final story and the advent of Doctor Who Weekly and in the interim Hartnell passed away, but his episodes – and the last one in particular – have remained a source of fascination for the magazine’s readership ever since.

Issue 108 – dated January 1986 – marked the arrival of the year in which 1966’s The Tenth Planet is set. A coincidence for sure, but Hartnell is there on the cover, standing back-to-back with the then-current Doctor, Colin Baker. Inside, there’s an interview with Derek Martinus who directed the story. “I quite liked the old boy,” said Derek commenting on how Hartnell could be difficult. “He warmed to me, and I to him.”

I don’t know what you make of William Hartnell. There’s no doubt that his legendary status, conferred by originating so many aspects of the Doctor’s character, was consolidated by circumstance.

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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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