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Project: Meantown

Doctor Who ’s executive producer Brian Minchin tells DWM about casting the new companion...
Brian Minchin ponders anagrams...

On 13 April 2016, we started Series 10 in top-level secrecy – and if we’ve got this right, we’ll just have caught you all by surprise. In a locked-down studio, Project Meantown is underway! Scroll back a few hours...

At 22:32 an actress is leaving the stage door at Shaftesbury Avenue, waving off her colleagues as she’s done every night. This time it’s different, though. Instead of turning right she goes left, heading into a dark Soho alley. There, she sneaks unnoticed into a blacked-out Mercedes. Inside, a BBC Wales driver, a Doctor Who script, and, I dunno, some Welsh cakes I hope. All the driver knows is that the person he’s collecting is called Meantown. With her secret identity in place, the new companion makes the journey from Theatreland to a Cardiff full of Daleks and corridors and explosions, all in top secrecy in the dead of night.

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Contents include: A celebration of the classic Target Book covers, including interviews with artists Chris Achilleos, Jeff Cummins and Andrew Skilleter; executive producer Brian Minchin on casting the new companion; an interview with actress Clare Higgins, who plays Ohila, leader of the Sisterhood of Karn; an in-depth look at immortality in Doctor Who; The Fact of Fiction examines two pivotal adventures – Warriors' Gate and The Night of the Doctor; The Time Team watch The Vampires of Venice; a guide to Doctor Who weddings; comic strip – Witch Hunt part 3, written by Jacqueline Rayner and illustrated by Martin Geraghty; Relative Dimensions discusses cosplay for kids; a review of The Complete Series 9 box set; plus news, reviews, previews, competitions, a prize-winning crossword and the Wotcha column.