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The first issue of Doctor Who MagazineDoctor Who Weekly, as it was then titled – was published on 11 October 1979. The cover featured an image of the incumbent Doctor, Tom Baker, and one of his deadly enemies: a Dalek! Editor Dez Skinn had initially put together a ‘dummy’ version of the first issue, which featured a solo shot of Tom Baker...

“I adore putting together a dummy for a magazine, simply because you can put anything in you like!” says Dez. “It doesn’t need to make any sense. But what you want to do is give the impression of what it will look like. A visual appearance, rather than any detail. But I’d foolishly not realised that the Daleks were almost as big as the Doctor – to the general public, anyway. And I’ve always believed in aiming magazines at the general public, rather than just at fans. So I thought, ‘Oh my God, I’ve got to have a Dalek on the cover.’ I did have a Dalek back-up comic strip in the first issue, of course. Daleks sell!”

This was the first time that Doctor Who had been licensed into its own magazine, although the Doctor had previously featured in comic strip stories within titles such as Polystyle’s TV Comic, which featured various different children’s characters...

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The biggest issue ever to celebrate 500 editions of DWM! Contents include: Interviews with Tom Baker, Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat; a message to readers from new companion Pearl Mackie; a letter from the Doctor; a 20-page celebratory comic strip, The Stockbridge Showdown by Scott Gray, drawn by a host of guest artists; an exclusive look at Mark Gatiss' 2001 pitch for Doctor Who; Peter Capaldi answers questions once put to William Hartnell; Fact of Fiction on The Day of the Doctor; competitions to win HUGE prizes; a bonus 116-page section looking back at the history of DWM, featuring every single cover and commentary from the editors; plus News, Reviews, Coming Soon, Wotcha... and LOTS of surprises!

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