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John Lucarotti.

■ Sometime in the 1950s, British émigré John Lucarotti won a Canadian national competition for best radio play… whereupon he quit his day job as an advertising copywriter and flew to Mexico, where he spent a year writing radio and TV plays in the sun. There, he acquired an interest in the Aztecs – whose highly cultured Mesoamerican civilisation had flourished in the region throughout the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, before being brought to a violent end by the Spanish conquest of 1519-21.

■ When Lucarotti’s former Canadian Broadcasting Corporation boss Sydney Newman became Head of Drama at the BBC, he recommended Lucarotti as a writer on a certain children’s sci-fi serial he’d dreamed up… which was how Lucarotti came to write the fourth Doctor Who serial, the sevenpart Marco Polo (1964). During the production period, story editor David Whitaker asked Lucarotti for another ‘past times’ proposal… which was how Lucarotti came to be commissioned to write a second four-part serial under the title The Aztecs on Tuesday 25 February 1964.

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Contents include: · An exclusive interview with the new Doctor, Jodie Whittaker · DWM asks what the casting of Jodie Whittaker means for the future of Doctor Who. · Go behind the scenes with monster makers Millennium FX, with never-before-published imagery from the making of the last series. · DWM talks exclusively to former showrunner Russell T Davies about his illustrations for the forthcoming collection of Doctor Who poetry, Now We Are Six Hundred. · Nicholas Briggs reveals the secrets of giving voice to the Cybermen. · Discover new information about a classic adventure as the 1964 First Doctor story The Aztecs goes under the spotlight in The Fact of Fiction. · DWM pays tribute to the late Trevor Baxter, who played Professor Lightfoot in 1977's The Talons of Weng-Chiang, with contributions from Tom Baker, Louise Jameson, Christopher Benjamin, Lisa Bowerman and more. · A brand-new comic strip adventure continues for the Doctor and Bill The Parliament of Fear, written by Scott Gray and illustrated by Staz Johnson. · A sneak preview of the forthcoming book on the history of Doctor Who in the USA: Red, White and and Who. · Legendary guitarist Hank Marvin talks about his latest recording – the Doctor Who theme! · Previews, book and audio reviews, news, the Watcher's column, prize-winning competitions and much, much more.

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