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Illustration by JAMIE LENMAN

In 1965 poor old Katarina didn’t have a very happy Christmas. Just four episodes into The Daleks’ Master Plan (1965-66), the historically displaced TARDIS traveller was sucked out of an airlock, saving the others from a desperate criminal while viewers had barely begun opening their Advent calendars. While the Doctor, Steven and Sara got to enjoy a notorious Christmas Day comedy runaround three weeks later, and viewers were gleefully unwrapping their Anti-Dalek Fluid Neutralisers, she was presumably still floating through the vacuum of space. As if to emphasise how keen everyone was to move on, writer Terry Nation simply marked her exit in the script with “SPEECH HERE TO COVER THE CHARACTER OF THE GIRL”.

There was more indignity to come when all five episodes featuring Katarina were wiped, meaning that for many years there was a bare 50 seconds of (dialogue-free) footage to judge her on. The continuity of Katarina’s short tenure also made it extremely difficult to work her into any kind of spin-off media, with the result that many people have tended to overlook the fact that she even existed.

This is why it’s so thrilling to find Katarina finally taking centre stage in Daughter of the Gods, which, considering the timing of its release, is almost like the Christmas present she never got.

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EXCLUSIVE PREVIEWS OF THE NEW SERIES OF DOCTOR WHO! Highlights of this issue include: • An exclusive interview with showrunner Chris Chibnall, plus his latest Production Notes. • The directors of Series 12 speak exclusively to DWM. • Exclusive previews of the first two new-series episodes: Spyfall Parts One and Two. • Tosin Cole answers questions from the TARDIS Tin. • An Advent in Space and Time: six decades worth of festive Doctor Who TV and radio highlights. • DWM revisits the ‘Doctor Who pantomimes’ of the 1980s. • The final part of a candid interview with former script editor Andrew Cartmel. • Broadcaster Ian Collins recalls playing a Haemovore in 1989’s The Curse of Fenric. • The Fact of Fiction explores the 2012 Christmas Special The Snowmen. • Doctor Who Magazine’s annual Christmas Quiz. • Part Four of Mistress of Chaos, a new comic-strip adventure featuring the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends. • An exclusive preview of the Season 26 Blu-ray box set. • Audio and book reviews, previews, news, prize-winning competitions and much, much more!