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More Colour Pages!

Issue 85 was published at the start of 1984 – and added even more colour pages to the magazine. With the Fifth Doctor’s third season airing on TV, DWM was able to feature some topical images for its covers over the next few issues, tying in with the episodes broadcasting at that time. Did editor Alan McKenzie find it easier to get the photography he needed from the BBC than his predecessors had?

“The BBC Picture Library would keep us supplied with images, usually cleared for use by John Nathan-Turner,” Alan explains. “Our writers were also able to supply archive images, which was better for us at the time, as the Picture Library would charge us a ‘research’ fee to supply the pictures, and that could put quite a dent in our budget.

“As for the extra colour pages, that wouldn’t have been at my instigation. Our production team was always finding ways to get better deals out of our printers, so it’s likely that the extra colour came as part of some kind of package.”

Issue 85 also saw the magazine renamed The Official Doctor Who Magazine, rather than Doctor Who Monthly.

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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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