DWM 598

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The 598th issue of Doctor Who Magazine was cover dated January 2024.

This issue featured incoming Doctor Ncuti Gatwa on the cover in costume for the first time after his debut on issue 578 and thus continued the trend of having "is the Doctor" written on it.

This was the first issue in over a year to not feature a part of the comic story Liberation of the Daleks [+]Loading...["Liberation of the Daleks (comic story)"], which began in issue #583 and ended in the previous issue. The comic story of this issue would be set between the TV episodes The Star Beast [+]Loading...["The Star Beast (TV story)"] and Wild Blue Yonder [+]Loading...["Wild Blue Yonder (TV story)"].




  • Preview: The Giggle - Jason Quinn previews the final instalment of the 2023 specials, heralding the return of the Toymaker and the Fourteenth Doctor's regeneration into the Fifteenth.
  • Preview: The Church on Ruby Road - Jason Quinn previews the 2023 Christmas Special: the first full adventure for the Fifteenth Doctor and introducing a new companion, Ruby Sunday.
  • Extras Terrestrial - In the first part of a new deep dive, Robbie Dunlop looks into the acting agency that supplied many of the extras that appeared in 1960s Doctor Who.
  • The Diary of the Meep - Emily Cook writes a diary of her time lodging with Miriam Margolyes as she records her lines as the Meep in The Star Beast [+]Loading...["The Star Beast (TV story)"] in October 2022.
  • Further Than We've Ever Gone Before - Emily Cook goes behind the scenes on Wild Blue Yonder [+]Loading...["Wild Blue Yonder (TV story)"] to discover the technical expertise needed to provide its many varied special effects.
  • The DWM Christmas Quiz

Galaxy Forum[[edit]]

Readers discuss reactions to Destination: Skaro [+]Loading...["Destination: Skaro (TV story)"], Tales of the TARDIS, and building a Doctor Who collection.

Letter from the Showrunner[[edit]]

Russell T Davies' Doctor Who-inspired 12 Days of Christmas returns, providing hints and reveals towards Ncuti Gatwa's era of the show - just like it did the previous year.

Production Diary[[edit]]

Scott Handcock provides an update as filming starts on Series 15 and the post-production of the 2023 specials and Series 14 from 16 October to 1 November 2023.

Time and Space Visualiser[[edit]]

  • This Month In... 1982

Monday 4 January: The Fifth Doctor's era begins with the airing of Castrovalva [+]Loading...["Castrovalva (TV story)"] Part One, moving the show away from Saturdays for the first time in its history, while Scottish fans get to catch the episode as early as 3:30 pm due to scheduling conflicts.

Comic strip[[edit]]

  • Untitled [+]Loading...["Untitled (DWM 598 comic story)"]
Story: Alan Barnes
Art: Lee Sullivan
Colours: James Offredi
Lettering: Roger Langridge
Editor: Marcus Hearn

Memory Worm[[edit]]

1980s director Andrew Morgan is tested by Alistair McGown on how much he can remember of his history with Doctor Who.

The Fact of Fiction[[edit]]

  • Hell Bent [+]Loading...["Hell Bent (TV story)"]



Other Worlds[[edit]]

Additional information[[edit]]

This issue is accompanied by a free download of the 2016 Novel Adaptations audio story Cold Fusion [+]Loading...["Cold Fusion (audio story)"], a supplement reprinting the entirety of the Doctor Who and the Star Beast [+]Loading...["Doctor Who and the Star Beast (comic story)"] 1980 comic story, and a double-sided poster.


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