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Published on January 14th, 2011 | by Meredith Burdett

Doctor Who Unlimited

Over the years, Doctor Who has always been slightly less widespread in the USA then it has in the UK. Hardly surprising seeing as it used to take such a long time for new episodes to reach that part of the globe.

Weeks after they were transmitted and diagnosed to death on the internet, American fans were just getting round to seeing them. In the last few months however, due to the popularity of the show, the BBC have been recognising that American fans want the show as fast as possible and such have been screening new episodes faster and have even aligned the DVD releases for the US and the UK so that fans can get there hit of who all over the world on practically the same day.

Off the back of this, America will be receiving its very own version of Doctor Who Magazine called Doctor Who Unlimited!

The monthly release will be 44 pages long and will feature different content to that of our UK version. Not much is known about the publication at the moment, a release date has not been confirmed (you can bet it’ll be this year though) and it’s unknown whether it’ll have a regular comic strip. The only thing that has been mentioned is that there will be more fan interaction but what that means is anyone’s guess.

This news only goes to show the growing popularity of Doctor Who in the USA as it breeds the confidence to launch a standalone magazine. As ever, Kasterborous will keep you in the loop with any details.


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What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!

4 Responses to Doctor Who Unlimited

  1. avatar johnoed says:

    I’d hate to be a pessimist but – a new physical paper magazine aimed at an American audience in today’s market – why don’t they just hire me to flush their money down a toilet. A) Any die hard fan of Doctor Who has been willing to shell out the import price of the UK magazines for years. B) A website called Magazine Death Pool announces when another paper publication has gone out of business. In 2009 367 magazines closed and in 2007 573 closed. Now is not the time to start a paper magazine.

  2. Hi John

    Your figures seem to suggest that magazine closures – a problem as prevalent in that industry as pub closures are in the hospitality industry – are reducing.

    If DWM is indeed the biggest selling sci-fi magazine in the world as they are now claiming then it makes sense for a US-only magazine to be launched now rather than previously.

    Furthermore the popularity of fanzines proves that fans around the world are willing to pay for a physical product that they can keep rather than one that they can download, lose, and perhaps have to pay for again to get a replacement.

  3. avatar Rick says:

    I don’t miss an issue of DWM. The mag is nothing if not comprehensive in touching on all things Who-related and I have no idea what a second magazine could bring to the table that’s fresh and interesting.

    That being said, I’ll be curious to see what they come up with. Don’t know if I’ll buy it—but….if they need an artist to work on the comic strip, I’m available for that. :)

  4. You’ve got our vote!

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