Its time for a hearty pat on the backÂ for Doctor Who Magazine whoÂ 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 whoÂ presided over 22 issues,Â 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 withÂ Gareth Roberts and frequent talking head on several Doctor Who DVD releases.
Issue #424 is available now.