Doctor Who Magazine has been named by Guinness World Records as the world's Longest Running Magazine Based on a Television Series.
It joins Doctor Who, which itself is a record holder, having been named the Worlds Most successful sci-fi series in 2009 as well as being the Longest running sci-fi series.
The magazine was first published on 11th October 1979, and since then has published at least one issue every month, issue 420 being released this week. The award comes as the magazine enjoys one of its most successful periods in its history.
Originally part of Marvel Comics the magazine was first published as Doctor Who Weekly featuring the then current Doctor, Tom Baker, and a Dalek on its first cover. The editor was Dez Skinn who presided over the first 22 issues. In September 1980 the magazine became Doctor Who Monthly before changing to Doctor Who Magazine in February 1984. The title was taken over by the current owners Panini in 1995 when the Italian based publisher purchased the Marvel UK catalogue.
The Magazine has had 11 editors over its long run, the longest serving being Clayton Hickman who edited 74 issues of the magazine between 2002 and 2007. Other long running editors include Gary Gillatt, (69 issues), John Freeman (49 issues), Alan McKenzie (48 issues), Gary Russell (37 issues) and Sheila Cranna (31 issues). Russell is now involved with the production of the current series as Script Editor.
The current editor is Tom Spilsbury who took over the magazine in 2007.