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Published on June 17th, 2006 | by Christian Cawley

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Doctor Who Magazine 371

It’s that time of month again…

Get ready for another Abzorbing issue of Doctor Who Magazine!

This issue Peter Kay tells DWM about how he came to play the Abzorbaloff in Saturday’s episode Love & Monsters:

Doctor Who Magazine 370“It’s not like anything I’ve done before – which is great! It were last June that I wrote to Russell [T Davies], and I didn’t hear back til September, and he mentioned this Blue Peter competition to design a monster. ‘I’m trying to make the episode special,’ he said. ‘Would you be interested? I’d love you to do it.’ I immediately rang him back – he were watching Cash in the Attic – and said, ‘I’d love you to do it!’ We originally discussed me playing Elton, but I said, ‘I’d love to do something different, cos I’ve always played this UFO-spotter type – a bit nerdy, kind of.’ I did a thing in Coronation Street, and they’re very similar parts. I’ve not got a problem with that… but really, let’s be honest, if you’re going to be in Doctor Who, you either want to be Doctor Who or a baddie! Know what I mean? And Russell said, ‘Why not? Have a go.’ I said, ‘I won’t let you down.’ And I’ve loved it. I’ve absolutely loved it!”

Also this issue there’s a look at the making of Love & Monsters; the script-to-screen journey of The Idiot’s Lantern; and The Impossible Planet’s director James Strong writes his own production diary on making the story.

Plus there are previews of Fear Her, and Billie Piper’s departure from the series in Army of Ghosts and Doomsday – and the Doctor and Rose conclude their latest comic strip adventure in the final part of F.A.Q.

There’s also some exclusive DVD news in Gallifrey Guardian, Russell T Davies takes readers backstage at the BAFTAs, the Time Team watch State of Decay and Warriors’ Gate, and all the latest previews and reviews, competitions, readers’ views, and the results of the Off the Shelf Awards!

DWM 371 is on sale from Thursday 22 June, priced £3.99.

Thanks to DWM Deputy Editor Tom Spilsbury

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About the Author

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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