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New Adventures in Space and Time

Matt Strevens is working alongside Chris Chibnall to bring Series 11 to the screen. Although he’s the show’s new executive producer, this isn’t the first time Matt has worked on Doctor Who…


A glimpse of the new Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) in the atmospheric promotional image released on Tuesday 20 February.

Matt Strevens is looking very dapper. “There you go,” he says, whipping open his suit jacket to reveal the designer label inside. “Well,” he adds with a self-deprecating laugh, “you’ve got to make an effort, haven’t you?”

Matt is in Liverpool with his fellow executive producer Chris Chibnall and co-executive producer Sam Hoyle, promoting Doctor Who at the lavish Showcase event hosted by BBC Worldwide. There is a palpable air of anticipation among the overseas broadcasters who have gathered to learn more about Series 11. Although this is Matt’s first public engagement as executive producer, he’s had quite a while to get used to the scrutiny the show receives. “I knew Doctor Who was a phenomenon, but now we’ve got a new Doctor coming in the attention is huge,” he says. “I’ve come to realise the sheer scale of the operation, and how much the show is loved. I don’t want to sound stuffy, but Doctor Who is an institution. There’s a whole world surrounding the series, both present and past. The biggest revelation for me was the sheer scope of that – you need a production hat, an administrative hat, a branding hat… I feel like a crazy milliner at times!”

Matt’s personal history with Doctor Who goes way back to his childhood. “I’ve got very vague memories of watching Jon Pertwee,” he says, “but my first formulated memory of the show is watching the regeneration from Pertwee to Tom Baker. And then, as far as I remember it, Tom jumps out from the TARDIS and he’s wearing lots of different costumes. One of them’s a Pierrot… is that right? When was the regeneration… 1974?”

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Contents include: • An exclusive interview with new executive producer Matt Strevens • Showrunner Chris Chibnall's Production Notes • An interview with Michelle Gomez, who is returning to voice Missy for a new Doctor Who game • Out of the TARDIS returns, with Strax actor Dan Starkey answers random questions • A tribute to the late David Fisher, who wrote four stories for Tom Baker's Doctor • New insights from the designers responsible for creating Doctor Who's 2005-10 logo • Performance artist Richard De Domenici tells DWM about his recreation of a scene from Frontier in Space at London's South Bank • Actor-impressionist Jacob Dudman is interviewed about playing the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors • DWM finds out what happened at a Dalek world record attempt in Milwaukee last year • Christel Dee’s guide to cosplaying a Time Lord • Part five of The Phantom Piper, a new comic strip adventure featuring the Doctor and Bill • The Fact of Fiction explores the 2011 Eleventh Doctor story The Doctor's Wife • Previews, book and audio reviews, news, DWM's Season Survey results, The Blogs of Doom, prize-winning competitions and crossword and much, much more!