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Myth Makers: Doctor Who Magazine



“We’re here at the Copthorne Hotel in Windsor,” says Sophie Aldred, in an uncordoned-off corner.

If anything is indicative of this DVD and the Myth Makers catalogue as a whole it’s that scene, the opening for the Volume 4 section (we’ll explain how this all works shortly). “We’re here…” she says, as if a velvet rope has been lifted, the first-person plural communicating the communal effort required to make such an expedition. But, in truth, the set-up has all the radiance of a corporate video, and that’s what these productions are – Doctor Who corporates, covering every section of the business with instant enthusiasm.

This release is rooted in last summer’s celebrations for 500 Glorious Issues of DWM, but in a shrewd realisation that more equals more, Reeltime Pictures has accompanied its new documentary with three previous productions, which celebrated the magazine’s 10th, 20th and 25th anniversaries. These are designated as separate ‘volumes’ on the menu screen.

In terms of the Doctor Who industry, a feature on DWM puts us some distance away from head office, but it’s always more fun out here by the gates. Then again, I would say that, because it’s where I work.

The three-and-a-half-hour double package commences with producer Keith Barnfather and host/director Nicholas Briggs presenting a ten-minute induction. It’s a low-wattage scene with both men yakking in an edit studio, a freeze-frame of Tom Spilsbury – all explaining hands behind them. Luckily Briggs has a gift for modulating excitement out of mediocrity, and guffaws heartily when trailing a funny cameo to come from John Levene.

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Contents include: An interview with actor and Doctor Who fan Rufus Hound; Showrunner Steven Moffat answers readers’ burning questions; a feature by Steve Lyons investigates the weird world of the supernatural in the Doctor Who universe; the feature 'Crack of Doom' finds out more about Big Finish’s audio box set Doom Coalition 4; Toby Hadoke pays tribute to Rodney Bennett, the director who oversaw three very different productions during the early years of Tom Baker’s tenure as the Doctor; the original Master returns for new comic strip adventure 'Doorway to Hell' part two, by Mark Wright, with art by Staz Johnson; 'The Fact of Fiction' examines 1972's 'The Mutants'; The Time Team rewatch the 2011 series opener 'The Impossible Astronaut'; plus Previews, book and audio reviews, news, the Watcher's column, the annual season survey poll, prize-winning competitions and much more!