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Published on February 9th, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

Doctor Who Magazine 431

The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine features an exclusive interview with writer MARK GATISS, who lets slip a few details about his new script for Matt Smith’s Series Two (Series 6 to the rest of you; ultimately, Season 32…)

“Doctor Who has been the biggest thing in my life really, and it’s entirely because I was scared stiff of it – but I loved it,” says Mark. “It didn’t traumatise me, and a healthy scare is as important as a good laugh. It’s exactly the same emotion, I think. Steven Moffat said to me, ‘Make a Barret home terrifying like you did in Crooked House,’ but Crooked House was on at ten o’clock at night, this is on at six. You have to find that balance…”

ALSO THIS ISSUE:

THIS CHARMING MAN
The gloves are off! Doctor Who showrunner STEVEN MOFFAT comes out fighting against the critics in this month’s Production Notes, and explains why the show is for everyone, and not ‘just’ for kids…

BIGMOUTH STRIKES AGAIN!
Tegan is back! No-nonsense Australian JANET FIELDING, recently reunited with her former crewmates for brand new audio adventures, reveals how she was persuaded to return – and what she thinks about Doctor Who today! (Just don’t mention the cricket.)

WHAT SHE SAID
The Eighth Doctor’s audio adventures are about to reach an incredible climax! DWM speaks to stars CAROLE ANN FORD, GRAEME GARDEN, SHERIDAN SMITH, NIKY WARDLEY and NICHOLAS BRIGGS about battling the Daleks – and who might die in the process…

BARBARISM BEGINS AT HOME
Cannibalistic old ladies, teenage girl gangs, and something very unpleasant in the basement. It can only be the Seventh Doctor’s adventure in PARADISE TOWERS, analysed in The Fact of Fiction. Ice hot!

THIS NIGHT HAS OPENED MY EYES
Want to take a trip in the TARDIS? Of course you do! Well, now you can, at the brand new Doctor Who Experience, opening at Kensington Olympia this month. DWM presents an exclusive preview of what to expect…

THE BOY WITH THE THORN IN HIS SIDE
Giant heads, blue faces and a whole lot of wood. No longer just a Saturday night in Hoxton – it’s a new adventure for the Time Team, as they travel to witness The End of the World!

THESE THINGS TAKE TIME
Continuing our Countdown to the 50 years of Doctor Who, writer Simon Guerrier looks at First Doctor William Hartnell’s second series – a season that saw the series reach incredible heights of popularity…

THERE IS A LIGHT THAT NEVER GOES OUT
Doctor Who was one of the most-watched shows last year – but just how well did it go against the rest of television? DWM provides the ultimate guide to how the series fared against the competition in 2010 in Public Image.

IS IT REALLY SO STRANGE?
Golden and tank-like or big-bootied and colourful? Toby Hadoke and Jonny Candon go head-to-head as they debate the pros and cons of Dalek design in A Battle of Wits! Will either of them manage to convince you…?

HANDSOME DEVIL
A page full of random journeys, supporting artists, fascinating facts and the Bidmead-ometer… it’s another dollop of Who madness in Wotcha!

PLUS!
All the OFFICIAL news, straight from the Doctor Who studios at Upper Boat; forthcoming CDs and DVDs previewed; the latest CDs and DVDs reviewed; your letters; competitions to win an array of exciting Doctor Who merchandise; our fiendish crossword; and much more!

Leap into Spring with the 84-page DWM 431, available Thursday 10 February, price £4.50!

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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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