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Thursday, 4 May 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who Magazine: 512 (Credit: Panini)Issue 512 of Doctor Who Magazine includes an exclusive interview with guest star David Suchet who plays the enigmatic Landlord in this weeks episode Knock Knock
I suppose I so became so associated with Poirot, but when they invited me to Doctor Who, I said yes before I'd even read the script!

Because it's Doctor Who! It's the most iconic series, even more so than Poirot. To have that opportunity was the greatest privilege.
  • DWM previews the next four episodes of the new series: Knock Knock, Oxygen, Extremis and The Pyramid at the End of the World.
  • Interviews with Frank Cottrell-Boyce, the writer of Smile, and Sarah Dollard, the writer of Thin Ice.
  • Lawrence Gough, the director of The Pilot and Smile talks to DWM about his work on the new series.
  • Bill Potts makes her comic strip début in the first part of the new comic adventure by Scott Gray, with art by Martin Geraghty.
  • This issue’s Fact of Fiction delves into the 1966 story The Ark, which took the Doctor, Steven and Dodo into the far future.
  • DWM reviews the latest TV episodes (The Pilot, Smile and Thin Ice) as well as audio and DVD releases in the world of Doctor Who.
  • Previews of all the latest Doctor Who CD and book releases.
  • PLUS! All the latest official news, the Watcher's column, competitions and the DWM crossword!
Doctor Who Magazine 512 is on sale from Thursday 4 May 2017, price £5.99.

The Essential Doctor Who: Robots (Credit: Panini)Also Available

The Essential Doctor Who: Robots

Panini’s series of publications devoted to key aspects of the Doctor Who universe continues with an issue devoted to robots. The Doctor’s deadliest adversaries include mechanical killers such as the Yeti, the Voc robots and the clockwork droids. For more than five decades the series has realised some of our darkest fears about artificial intelligence and mankind’s relationship with its automated servants.

This 116-page bookazine includes interviews with:
  • Chris Boucher (writer of The Robots of Death)
  • Michael Kilgarriff (Robot)
  • John Leeson (voice of K9)
  • Tom MacRae (writer of The Girl Who Waited)
  • Dave Martin (K9’s co-creator)
  • Paul Murphy (director of The Caretaker and Robot of Sherwood)
  • Paul Tams (co-creator of the K9 television series)
  • Kate Walshe (visual effects producer)
The classic story guides include The War Machines, The Web of Fear, The Android Invasion, The Girl in the Fireplace, The Husbands of River Song and many more.

Among the other highlights are The Vampire Planet (an unproduced William Emms story from 1969), the strange story of the Mechonoids, a look at the Out of the Unknown episode that gave us the Mind Robber robots, Douglas Adams’ original notes for the Polyphase Avatron, the rise and fall of Kamelion and the history of robot comic strips.

Editor Marcus Hearn says:
2017 marks the 40th anniversary of K9’s first appearance in Doctor Who, so he looms large in our journey through more than 50 years of the series’ robots. It must be said that most of the mechanical characters we’re featuring aren’t quite as friendly as the Doctor’s dog...
The Essential Doctor Who: Robots is on sale now price £9.99.

Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition 46: Toys & Games (Credit: Panini)Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition 46: Toys & Games

The latest Special Edition of Doctor Who Magazine is devoted to the many Doctor Who toys and games that have been released since the early 1960s.

One hundred pages of all-new content includes surveys of the items produced in each decade, a feature on the rarest Doctor Who toy of all, the untold story of 1965’s Zarbi puppets and a ringside seat at a board-game marathon.

Other highlights include a detailed analysis of Denys Fisher’s 1970s range of Doctor Who toys and exclusive interviews with the people behind the Dapol, Product Enterprise, Character and BIG Chief collectables.

Editor Marcus Hearn says:
It’s been more than 30 years since Doctor Who Magazine devoted an issue to merchandise, so it’s a subject well worth revisiting. This is the most ambitious Special Edition that I’ve worked on, and it was a real labour of love for all of us.
Bursting with new information, discoveries from the archive and specially commissioned photography, this is the surprising story of Doctor Who toys and games – told by the people who make, sell and collect them.

Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition: Toys & Games is on sale now price £5.99 (US: $11.99).