Doctor Who Magazine 433 comes in a choice of FOUR collectable covers â€“ one each featuring the Doctor, Amy, Rory and River Song. And â€“ spoilers! â€“ in a staggering plot twist, DWM can confirm that ONE of those four characters will DIE in the first episode of the new series, which transmits on BBC One at Easter!
â€œYou see those four different covers for this monthâ€™s Doctor Who Magazine?,â€ says Doctor Whoâ€™s head writer, Steven Moffat. â€œWeâ€™re not lying, weâ€™re not cheating. One of those four people is going to die. The Doctorâ€™s darkest hour is coming.â€
The new issue of DWM features a full and exclusive interview with the programmeâ€™s executive producer and head writer.
â€œShows like Doctor Who should have big, colourful, memorable moments that make you go, â€˜What the hell -?â€™â€ Steven explains. â€œWell this is one of them. If youâ€™re not going â€˜What the hell -?â€™ itâ€™s business as usual, but itâ€™s hard to create a shock in Doctor Who when weâ€™ve already blown up the universe a couple of times! What do you do next? When I came up with this incredible, heart-wrenching twist, I thought, â€˜We kill off one of the leads in the season opener! Whoâ€™s going to stop watching at that point?â€™ It lures you in.â€
You can check the four covers in our gallery below…
ALSO THIS ISSUE:
THE WHOLE OF THE MOON!
DWM previews the incredible opening story of the new season, The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon, and talks to stars MATT SMITH, KAREN GILLAN and ARTHUR DARVILL, as well as writer STEVEN MOFFAT and director TOBY HAYNES!
STEVEN MOFFAT reveals more about the writers heâ€™s chosen to script the first seven episodes of the new season â€“ and drops several tantalising hints along the way! â€“ in PRODUCTION NOTES.
SHH, YOU KNOW WHO…
Go behind the scenes of DOCTOR WHO CONFIDENTIAL, as series producer, GILLANE SEABORNE and producer ZOE RUSHTON give DWM readers a sneak peak of the new season of BBC Threeâ€™s making-of show!
LOST AND FOUND
Ever wonder what Doctor Who would have been like had it continued into the 1990s? DWM has the answer, as it talks to writer ANDREW CARTMEL, and actors SOPHIE ALDRED and BETH CHALMERS â€“ stars of a brand new season of audio dramas of THE LOST STORIES, featuring the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Raine!
WHEN THE WIND BLOWS
THE TIME TEAMâ€™s quest takes them to Number 10 Downing Street, as they watch the Ninth Doctor and Rose encounter flatulent aliens and a space pig in ALIENS OF LONDON!
It was the only TV outing for the Eighth Doctor â€“ but what an outing it was! Grab onto your motorbike and make sure youâ€™re drezzed for the occasion as THE FACT OF FICTION takes a detailed look at the 1996 TV MOVIE!
A BATTLE OF WITS
The TV Movie revealed that the Doctor is half-human â€“ on his motherâ€™s side! But is this revelation quite as shocking as seems? TOBY HADOKE and JOHNNY CANDON weigh up the pros and cons in A BATTLE OF WITS!
It was the most ambitious and important series of Doctor Who to date â€“ 1966/7â€™s Season Four, the series which introduced the Cybermen, killed off the Daleks and featured the first ever regeneration! DWM remembers this pivotal set of stories as COUNTDOWN TO 50 continues!
The Doctor and Amy take a trip to the seaside in the swinging 60s… Or do they? Thereâ€™s a bad trip just around the corner in FOREVER DREAMING, a psychedelic new comic strip by JONATHAN MORRIS, illustrated by ADRIAN SALMON!
EEEEVIL â€“ INFINITE EVIL!
DWM catches up with the Master himself, GEOFFREY BEEVERS, and find out not only about his own performance in 1981â€™s THE KEEPER OF TRAKEN, but also what he thinks about the other Masters…
PLUS! All the latest official news, previews, reviews, competitions, more madness from the Watcher, another prize-winning crossword, and much, much more!
Doctor Who Magazine is available from all good newsagents and supermarkets from Thursday 7 April, price Â£4.50. And whatever you do, DONâ€™T FORGET THAT…!