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Born Again

The Cybermen and the Second Doctor made their débuts half a century ago, in 1966. But these aren’t the only reasons to commemorate that momentous year…

Fifty years ago, Doctor Who ended. And then it began.

A chapter closed on 26 February 1966, with an episode entitled, not inappropriately, Bell of Doom. It ended after astronaut Steven Taylor stormed out of the TARDIS, appalled by the wandering Doctor’s seeming indifference to the awful Massacre of St Bartholomew’s Day – in which Anne Chaplet, a jeune fille of their mutual acquaintance, was presumed to have met a grisly fate. It ended with the time-and-space-travelling Doctor at last alone in his ship – quite possibly for the first time since he’d departed his home planet in the company of his granddaughter Susan.

“Now they’re all gone,” he mused. “All gone. None of them could understand. Not even my little Susan, or Vicki. And as for Barbara and Chatterton – Chesterton… They were all too impatient to get back to their own time. And now – Steven. Perhaps I should go home, back to my own planet. But I can’t.” His voice drops. “I can’t…”

Doctor Who ended in that moment, when he (and we) thought it was ‘all over’ (to quote football commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme’s famous utterance of later that year). A moment later, he should have closed the doors and dematerialised his ship – destination nowhere. In this way the singular ‘Adventure in Space and Time’, as the Radio Times listings always had it, would have come to an end.

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The bumper 100-page Christmas 2016 issue of Doctor Who Magazine contains a wealth of seasonal goodies including: a huge preview of the 2016 Christmas Special, The Return of Doctor Mysterio, with contributions from writer Steven Moffat and director Ed Balazgette; exclusive interviews with Matt Lucas, who plays new companion Nardole, and guest-star Justin Chatwin; a brand-new Christmas comic strip adventure for the Doctor and Jess: "Be Forgot"; a feature which reveals the Doctor's amazing superhero-like abilities!; The Fact of Fiction looks in-depth at 2006’s Christmas Special The Runaway Bride, with new insights from writer Russell T Davies; a look back at all the things that have happened in the universe of Doctor Who in 2016; The Time Team watch The Sarah Jane Adventures: Death of the Doctor and 2010's A Christmas Carol; a look at how the Doctor Who Pinball Table has been recreated for a new generation; the Watcher's fiendishly festive Christmas quiz; plus previews, reviews, official news and much more!