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Your views on everything going on in the hectic world of Doctor Who...

The last issue of DWM took a nostalgic look back at the 1996 Doctor Who TV Movie, and sparked happy memories for many readers...

Happy 20th Birthday!


I just had to drop you a quick email in praise of issue 497 – what a great read! I’ve really enjoyed such fulsome praise for the often-neglected TV Movie. I’m old enough that 1996 seems only about ten minutes ago, so it’s quite extraordinary to realise it’s actually 20 years. I have three overriding memories of the TV Movie...

Firstly, it was the subject of the first ever letter I wrote to DWM. You never published it, but that’s okay, I’m over that now. It’s fine, honest.

Secondly, by sheer fluke, my job sent me to America for a week in 1996 – and it was that week. So, on 14 May, I sat in my hotel room and got to watch the TV Movie on Fox.

And thirdly, a couple of days after I got back to the UK, my brother and flatmate bought the VHS of the movie. A couple of days after that, and still a couple of days before the movie aired here, somebody came round to the flat to ask if she could borrow the video – and it turned out, the woman at the door ended up being the woman I married.


What a treasure trove the TV Movie issue of DWM was, with the excellent Eric Roberts interview and rare photos. I well remember the excitement of watching the movie in 1996. And if I dig hard enough, I can probably find both UK and USA versions of the VHS somewhere in the attic! Thanks to all for a splendid issue.


Thank you DWM for such a wonderful tribute to the TV Movie on its 20th anniversary. The movie was my first memory of Doctor Who and, as tends to happen with the first of anything, remains one of the show’s great stories for me, while Paul McGann has always been my Doctor. I remember excitedly asking my mum if the Master had green eyes and spat acid in ‘the old version’, and watching in awe as this dashing man saved the world using only his brains, and then tried to save his hated enemy’s life, in complete contrast to all the other hero figures of my childhood.

Following the broadcast I avidly read the Eighth Doctor’s comic strip adventures in Radio Times every week, until that too disappeared and my interests wandered into other things. Truth be told, I only watched the return of Doctor Who in 2005 and became a fan once again because I had such fond memories of the TV Movie.

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Contents include: David Tennant and Catherine Tate talk about their new audio adventures as the Doctor and Donna; Steven Moffat on groundbreaking stories; a tribute to Robert Banks Stewart; in an exclusive interview, John Leeson talks about being the voice of K9 ; Sadie Miller remembers her mum, Elisabeth Sladen; The Time Team watch The Time of Angels and Flesh and Stone; comic strip – Witch Hunt part 2, written by Jacqueline Rayner and illustrated by Martin Geraghty; Fact of Fiction studies the Fifth Doctor adventure Four to Doomsday; Missing in Action – a look back at The Evil of the Daleks; plus news, reviews, previews, competitions, a prize-winning crossword and the Wotcha column.