The new issue of Doctor Who Magazine, out on Thursday 28th June, comes with two alternative covers depicting television's Number One villain - The Master (see a preview of the covers below). Choose between Derek Jacobi andJohn Simm, both of whom speak exclusively to the Magazine about breathing new life into the Doctor's old nemesis...
"I've tried to explain to my son that his dad is going to be, like, the epitome of evil," John Simm laughs, "but if I say, 'I have a fight with Doctor Who,' and ask him who he wants to win, he'll say Doctor Who! It's one of those opportunities, though, to impress your son in a massive way, and that was just too good to turn down. Julie Gardner was trying to find something for me to do in it, and I kept saying, 'Look, I'm not being painted blue!' And then Julie and Russell T Davies said, 'What about the Master?' As soon as they said that, I was like, 'You're kidding? Oh yeah!' I got really excited about it, but I just had to sit on the news. I wanted to tell people, 'I'M GOING TO BE THE MASTER!!!' But it was a secret. Hmft."
Also this issue, there's a preview of the devastating climax to Series Three, Last of the Time Lords, as the Doctor, Martha and Jack struggle to save the Earth from the Master's clutches.
Plus showrunner Russell T Davies tells the story of how he resurrected the Master ("Did you hear me say that I didn't like the Master, and didn't want him back? Well, I was lying!") and DWM visits a haunted house to find out how Blinkwas brought to our screens. Meanwhile, there's a look at the darker side of the Doctor's nature, as we wonder whether his punishment of the Family of Blood is a sign of things to come... Oh, and we go all Smash Hits as we speak to top pop group McFly (honestly!) and look back at Doctor Who's many celebrity cameos. Meanwhile, the Doctor and Martha uncover the secret of the High Goliax in the conclusion of our comic strip adventure, The Woman Who Sold the World.
There is also Production Notes from writer Steven Moffat, a Matrix Data Bank where three defeated villains face the wrath of Sir Alan Sugar, the results of the 2006 Off the Shelf Awards, and a visit to Sea Base Four for those creatures of the inkiest depths, The Time Team. Not to mention the usual audio and DVD previews, reviews of the latest episodes and the newest merchandise, and more exclusive news hotfoot from BBC Wales.