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It’s the new frontier of fandom – let’s meet the giants of Doctor Who podcasting.

Paul Cornell, who’s written for Doctor Who in pretty much every medium, is a massive podcast fan. “It’s kind of amateur radio that at its best is akin to ‘real’ radio,” he says. “it’s like having a mate in the room with you.”

For someone who’s been active in fandom since the 1980s, Paul says he finds the form exciting because “It’s where a new living, breathing criticism of Doctor Who is happening, and it’s a much more liberal one than you find on the internet.”

Right now, the most lauded and listened-to Doctor Who podcasts are coming out of North America and Canada. It begs the question, is there something about the format that’s inimical to British fan culture? “Well, there is a cynicism – or at least an irony – at the heart of Britishness, which would play ill to a podcast audience,” reasons Paul. “You wouldn’t really get people listening to a negative rant, so there has to be an element of open-minded positivity about this stuff.”

Enthused by the movement, Paul launched his own podcast in 2015. It eats into his time and makes him no money, but “I just wanted to join that community.” The Cornell Collective comes out monthly (details at and features the man himself, in discussion with friends from the worlds of science-fiction, comics and Doctor Who.

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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!