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Published on August 5th, 2010 | by Andrew Reynolds

Who-Mongous Praise for DWM

Its time for a hearty pat on the back  for Doctor Who Magazine who were official awarded the Guinness World Record’s certificate for the worlds ‘Longest Running Magazine Based on a Television Series’ this week.

Dez Skinn, the original editor who presided over 22 issues, and incumbent editor Tom Spilsbury received the certificate at DWM’s offices in Tumbridge Wells, Kent.

This award joins Guinness World Record’s already held for Doctor Who for being the ‘Longest Running Science Fiction Series’ and the ‘Most Successful Science Fiction Series.’

The official citation reads;

Guinness World Records Certificate: The longest-running TV tie-in is Doctor Who Magazine (UK), which has run for 31 years. It launched as Doctor Who Weekly on 11 October 1979, and went monthly at issue 44.

The award was announced on April Fools Day this year.

Originally part of Marvel Comics, the magazine was first published as Doctor Who Weekly featuring the Fourth Doctor Tom Baker, and a Dalek on its first cover.

In September 1980 the magazine became Doctor Who Monthly before changing to Doctor Who Magazine in February 1984.

The title was taken over by the current owners Panini in 1995 when the Italian based publisher purchased the Marvel UK catalogue.

The magazine has had over eleven editors over its 31 years with Clayton Hickman, who edited 74 issues between 2002 and 2007, serving the longest.

Among his many Doctor Who credits, Hickman has been a writer for Big Finish audio adventure The One Doctor and Bang-Bang-A-Boom with Gareth Roberts and frequent talking head on several Doctor Who DVD releases.

Issue #424 is available now.

(via Gallifreynewsbase)


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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

5 Responses to Who-Mongous Praise for DWM

  1. avatar Paul Cavanagh says:

    Congratulations DWM!

    It’s little wonder that DWM has endured, where others have fallen. Not only does it support the best TV show there has ever been, it’s also a top-notch quality magazine. Every month we’re presented with a smorgasbord of Who-ey goodness, lavishly presented, meticulously researched, entertainingly written. Keep it up DWM – nobody’s going to take this honour away from you so long as you keep hitting the newstands.

  2. avatar Carn says:

    yeah it’s always really well written and put together. great accompaniment to the show.

  3. avatar Rick714 says:

    It’s says a lot about not only the magazine but the show and the fans especially. That 16 year gap between series would certainly have been lethal to any other magazine of it’s kind, yet with the fans still buying it as well as novels, audios and the like, it stayed afloat. It’s truly amazing and kudos to DWM!

  4. avatar Leosw4 says:

    Great publication.

    I remember when it was announced back in 1979, the excitement I felt.

    Loved the early comic strips, The Iron Legion (Big Finish should adapt this if they can), Star Beast, Dogs of Doom (with the Daleks!!!) and all the others-such incredible graphics. Plus there used to be an occasional back up strip with Kroton, a Cybermen with a soul. Loved him.

    As it moved into the monthly form, Gallifrey Guardian was always an essential source of into on the show and Target novels. Great memories.

    Its matured into a magazine that simply leaves its rivals in the shade.

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