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UNIT: Revisitations

UNIT turns 50, its audio spin-off returns for a seventh series. The four episodes of Revisitations put Kate Stewart and Osgood up against three different threats, each of which has a history with Doctor Who, UNIT, or both. Chris Chapman kicks things off with Hosts of the Wirrn, a two-parter featuring the insectoids from Robert Holmes’ 1975 serial The Ark in Space.

“The genius of the Wirrn is how nasty and disgusting they are,” says Chris. “But Robert Holmes was very good at making them creatures rather than monsters. They’re not evil – they just want to survive and expand, in the same way that the human race expands and can hurt people by doing so. I wanted to tap into how creepy they can be, but also treat them as having very understandable motivations for what they do.”

The story also introduces a new UNIT recruit, Shana Siddiqui. “Seven series in, it’s always good to give people a jumping-on point, so we thought it might be fun to bring in a new character,” says Chris. “It was also a chance to look at how crazy the UNIT recruitment process probably is, and see that through her eyes. Shana is an entomologist and is brought in to give some new perspective on the Wirrn. I wanted her to be a down-to-earth, normal person who gets involved in a very nasty chain of events as her first exposure to UNIT life.”

David K Barnes’ Breach of Trust introduces the Kalvyri – aliens with purple skin and mouths in their necks – who speak in song.

UNIT: Revisitations features Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave), the Wirrn, Petronella Osgood (Ingrid Oliver) and Dr Chin Lee (Pik-Sen Lim). Art by Tom Webster
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Contents include: • An exclusive interview with Bradley Walsh • Previews of the next four episodes: Rosa, Arachnids in the UK, The Tsuranga Conundrum and Demons of the Punjab • A tribute to Michael Pickwoad, Doctor Who's production designer from 2010 to 2017 • A look back at the origins of UNIT, which made its debut in Doctor Who 50 years ago • DWM investigates the role a military organisation like UNIT plays in Doctor Who • An interview with John Levene, who played UNIT's Sergeant Benton • Members of Series 11's Script and Story Department describe their roles • The Thirteenth Doctor makes her DWM comic strip debut in part one of Warmonger • A tribute to Jacqueline Pearce, who was Chessene in 1985's The Two Doctors and more recently played Cardinal Ollistra in Big Finish's War Doctor audio adventures • The Time Team listens to some Who-related chart hits • Tips from Thirteenth Doctor cosplayers • Our verdict on the first two episodes of Series 11: The Woman Who Fell to Earth and The Ghost Monument • Previews, audio and book reviews, news, The Blogs of Doom, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!