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Published on August 9th, 2006 | by Christian Cawley

DWM 373

Not only is there a new DWM special, but the regular fix of Doctor Who magazine is due out soon…

And it looks like – as with last year – there is still plenty to talk about in the “close season”…

Doctor Who Magazine begins a no-holds-barred interview with the man at the very top ­ executive producer and head writer Russell T Davies. Russell chats to DWM about the impact of Series Two, the imminent coming of Torchwood The Series, and the Doctor Who spin-off that never was…

DWM379“The greatest thing for me is that Doctor Who is no longer a phenomenon,”

Russell tells DWM. “The first year was brilliant, and exhilarating, but terrifying, because it felt so mad to have Doctor Who back, being the BBC’s flagship drama. Everyone was talking about it. And it was awful to think that it might be a flash in the pan. We were all determined for the second year ­ especially with David Tennant on board, cos Chris Eccleston had been so brilliant ­ that we couldn¹t let it expire. Not that it would have been David¹s fault, but what if the show had dwindled naturally, with his face on it? To see the climax get one-and-a-half-million more viewers than last year makes you think, yeah, we¹ve done it. The fear and the wonder of it being a one-off hit has gone now. I think we¹re guaranteed that Doctor Who will last, and last as a brand…”

Also this issue, Russell writes an exclusive and revealing article detailing the secrecy surrounding Billie Piper’s departure, Freema Agyeman’s casting as Martha, and the shock arrival of Catherine Tate as the Runaway Bride…

Meanwhile, DWM reunites Noel Clarke (Mickey Smith), Camille Coduri (Jackie

Tyler) and Shaun Dingwall (Peter Tyler), for a chat about their characters’

thrilling exit in Doomsday; Murray Gold speaks out about scoring the music for the series; the second part of the brand new comic strip adventure The Futurists; The Time Team looks back over the entire Fourth Doctor era as well as the festive special K9 & Company; plus all the latest news in Gallifrey Guardian; reviews in After Image and Off the Shelf, and a bumper DW Mail.

DWM 373 is on sale from Thursday 17 August, priced £3.99.

As always, thanks to DWM Deputy Editor Tom Spilsbury.

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About the Author

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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