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The page that has gone upmarket – it’s doing little tubs of coleslaw now. BY THE WATCHER

A History of Doctor Who in 100 Objects…

“That’s life, innit?” muses Bill Potts during her first conversation with the Doctor. “Beauty or chips.” This startlingly bleak philosophical proposition is developed a few moments later when her asseveration that she always wanted to go to university is countered by the Time Lord’s snarky response: “Yeah, to serve chips?”

We’ve been here before. This is far from the first time that Doctor Who has used the hapless chip as a totem of all that is mundane, unambitious and underachieving in the human experience. Consider the case of Rose Tyler, who initially clings to chips as a comforting reminder of home: immediately after her first trip to the future in The End of the World, she makes a beeline for their salty embrace. But by the time we reach the emotionally charged chip shop scene in The Parting of the Ways, they’ve come to represent everything that Rose perceives as unsatisfactory about her former existence. “Get up, catch the bus, go to work, come back home, eat chips and go to bed – is that it?” she wails. “The Doctor showed me a better way of living your life!”

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Contents include: • Previews of the new episodes Knock Knock, Oxygen, Extremis and The Pyramid at the End of the World • Knock Knock guest star David Suchet is interviewed • An in-depth interview with Doctor Who the director of the first two episodes of the new series, The Pilot and Smile: Lawrence Gough • Doctor Who writers Frank Cottrell-Boyce (Smile) and Sarah Dollard (Thin Ice) reveal the stories behind their scripts • Bill Potts makes her comic strip début in the first part of the new comic strip adventure The Soul Garden, by Scott Gray, with art by Martin Geraghty. • It's the end of the world as we know it as The Fact of Fiction delves into the 1966 story The Ark. • DWM reviews of the first three episodes of the new series: The Pilot, Smile and Thin Ice. • Previews, book and audio reviews, news, the Watcher's column, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!