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The Future Foretold, the Past Explained

David Fisher, author of some of the Fourth Doctor’s most vivid adventures, died on 10 January, aged 88.
The Doctor (Tom Baker) narrowly escapes being sacrificed in Part Two of The Stones of Blood (1978).

Something extraordinary happens 17-and-a-half minutes into the third episode of The Stones of Blood (1978). Until now, we’ve been inside a stone circle, at night, with the eccentric Professor Rumford (Beatrix Lehmann) and the robot dog K9, who’ve been guarding a device built by the Doctor (Tom Baker) in order to transport himself into hyperspace to rescue his companion (it’s a long story). The circle has come under attack from two living monoliths – the stones of the title – but now these ‘Ogri’ have retreated, to ‘recharge’ themselves…

David Fisher in 1989, with the award he won from the Doctor Who Appreciation Society for The Stones of Blood. Photo © Marcus Hearn.
Margaret (Ellen McIntosh) and Ian Craig (John Cairney) in This Man Craig (1966-67).
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Contents include: • An exclusive interview with new executive producer Matt Strevens • Showrunner Chris Chibnall's Production Notes • An interview with Michelle Gomez, who is returning to voice Missy for a new Doctor Who game • Out of the TARDIS returns, with Strax actor Dan Starkey answers random questions • A tribute to the late David Fisher, who wrote four stories for Tom Baker's Doctor • New insights from the designers responsible for creating Doctor Who's 2005-10 logo • Performance artist Richard De Domenici tells DWM about his recreation of a scene from Frontier in Space at London's South Bank • Actor-impressionist Jacob Dudman is interviewed about playing the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors • DWM finds out what happened at a Dalek world record attempt in Milwaukee last year • Christel Dee’s guide to cosplaying a Time Lord • Part five of The Phantom Piper, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Doctor and Bill • The Fact of Fiction explores the 2011 Eleventh Doctor story The Doctor's Wife • Previews, book and audio reviews, news, DWM's Season Survey results, The Blogs of Doom, prize-winning competitions and crossword and much, much more!