This is one of my favourite Doctor Who episodes ever, for a number of reasons: the scale of it, the tone of it, the Doctor at Christmas… It’s him at his best. He’s on his finest form.
Also this issue:
- Docteur Qui - He was scared of the Sea Devils and performs a Belgian jazz version of the Doctor Who theme tune as part of his act. Life-long fan Bill Bailey tells DWM that it’s a dream come true to be playing Commander Droxil in The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe.
- Time Lord Land Lord - Tenth Doctor, David Tennant was once her lodger, now she’s an armour-clad soldier in the Christmas Special. DWM talks to Arabella Weir about playing Billis.
- The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas - Nine-year-old Maurice Cole, who plays young Cyril Arwell in The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe, tells DWM all about living out a Christmas fantasy with the Doctor – but he still has to find time to do his homework.
- Christmas Holly - Teenage Lily Arwell gets a Christmas that she will never forget when she meets the Doctor in The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe. Actress Holly Earl talks to DWM about confronting monsters and keeping secrets.
- Chocks Away! He was the voice of Mr Smith in The Sarah Jane Adventures but now he’s in front of the cameras as RAF pilot Reg Arwell in the Doctor Who Christmas Special. Alexander Armstrong takes flight with DWM.
- You're asking the Questions ... Doctor Who showrunner, Steven Moffat turns over his regular Production Notes this issue to answer some of the burning questions put to him – via Twitter – by you, the readers!
- Yuletide Who - How many Doctor Who Christmas Specials have there been? More than you might think, as the Watcher points out in his festive Watcher's Guide to Christmas!
- Looking Back - It’s the final issue of 2011 and DWM takes a moment to look back at the events – both happy and sad – that have come our way in The DWM Review Of 2011.
- Yonder the Yeti... Alan Barnes wraps up warm for a Tibetan escapade as he scrutinises the 1967 story, The Abominable Snowmen in Fact of Fiction.
- I'm Asking the Questions... The Watcher is back to tax your brains once more with his annual, fiendishly festive Christmas Quiz!
- 13 – Lucky For Some! DWM’s COUNTDOWN TO 50 reaches Series Thirteen and sees the last remnants of the past being cast off to make way for a new, darker and more frightening version of Doctor Who.
- In With The New! The Time Team relive Christmas past! Emma, Michael, Chris and Will say ‘Hello’ to the Tenth Doctor as he makes his début in The Christmas Invasion and defends the world against the alien Sycorax.
- New For Old? Is it right to recast old Doctors with new actors? Or can no-one ever replace the originals? Toby Hadoke and Johnny Candon once again find themselves at loggerheads as they each fight their corner in A Battle of Wits.
- Beware of Greeks... The Doctor, Amy and Rory come over all classical when they take a trip ancient Greece. But it’s not long before they feel the wrath of the gods, in the first part of a brand new comic-strip adventure, The Chains of Olympus by Scott Gray, with art by Mike Collins.
- Top Of The Pops! It's that time again! DWM invites you to cast your vote for your favourite episodes, CDs, books, DVDs and DWM features in the annual DWM Season Survey.
The magazine's cover reflects one of the earliest covers to feature on the television listings magazine The Radio Times. DWM's editor Tom Spilsbury said:
We felt that such a pastiche suited the retro setting of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special – particularly as we were able to recast the mother and her two children with the characters in The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe. It’s our tribute to the Radio Times Christmas covers of old!"
The two covers can be seen side-by-side on the Radio Times website.