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The United Nations Intelligence Taskforce made its debut in Doctor Who 50 years ago. The close-knit ‘UNIT family’ of the early 1970s is fondly remembered, but the original concept for the organisation was subtly different…


The inspirational figure of Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (Nicholas Courtney).

On the night of 3 July 1967, Lieutenant Colonel Colin Mitchell – commander of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders – led his soldiers into the city of Crater in the British Middle Eastern colony of Aden. Mitchell’s offensive retook the city from 500 terrorists with only one casualty, while his media savvy ensured that his courageous action was headline news in the United Kingdom. He was soon nicknamed ‘Mad Mitch’.

In the following year Douglas Camfield was assigned to direct the Doctor Who serial The Web of Fear, which included a new military foil for the Doctor. In 1984 Camfield observed in Doctor Who Magazine that “[Colonel Lethbridge- Stewart] was a rather straight-laced, up-and-down bloke when he was first conceived… One way or another, I did a bit of thinking. Could we make him more interesting, younger and more dashing? Someone like Mad Mitch… Perhaps he could be one of those Anglicised Scottish aristocrats found in the Highland regiments?”

Nicholas Courtney, cast as Lethbridge- Stewart, agreed with Camfield. In a 1983 issue of DWM he noted that Mitchell “like all good officers… would lead his men from the front, and never ask them to do anything that he couldn’t do.” Camfield’s feel for the zeitgeist, Courtney’s assured performance and a drive towards realism on the part of producer Peter Bryant were to have long-term repercussions on the direction Doctor Who took in the late 1960s. Fifty years later, we’re celebrating the formation of the organisation that Lethbridge-Stewart went on to command: the United Nations

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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!