As revealed by GallifreyNewsBase, Doctor Who Magazine has been awarded the title of “Longest Running Magazine Based on a Television Series” by the Guinness Book of Records.
This is of course highly superb news, not just for the fact that the magazine has earned some much deserved recognition for its longevity (a testament to its undoubted quality) as it enters its 31st year but also for everyone who has been involved with the magazine from the legendary Dez Skinn who setup Doctor Who Weekly back in 1979 to the current steady reign of Tom Spilsbury.
Lest we forget, Doctor Who Magazine kept the Doctor Who beacon burning during the 1989-2003 period when there was no news of any new series. While the 1996 episode starring Paul McGann was originally expected to launch a new series this sadly was not to be, yet DWM remained positive, and continued for a further 8 years to provide a remarkable amount of material based on the activities of fandom and the original run of the series.
It is not a leap of faith to suggest that without Doctor Who Magazine, our favourite series would be very different today, if it had even come back at all.
Congratulations to everyone involved!
And don’t forget – issue 420 is out now with a choice of covers!