Doctor Who News Arthur Darvill, Matt Smith and Karen Gillan waiting for the cameras to roll on Doctor Who Series 7

Published on August 12th, 2012 | by Christian Cawley

Printing Slots and Scheduling

Arthur Darvill, Matt Smith and Karen Gillan waiting for the cameras to roll on Doctor Who Series 7

Doctor Who Magazine announced this week that the next edition of the best selling sci-fi monthly is being put back a week. “Aha,” you might think, “a change in the Series 7 schedule!” – but that’s certainly not what they want you to think.

Rather, the change in publication date apparently stems from a problem with the printing slot. We’ll pass you to @DWMtweets to explain:

Prior to this, the next edition of DWM was set to be published a couple of days before the expected date of broadcast for Asylum of the Daleks, August 25th. The fact  that this is not now happening and DWM has an extra week before being released is unusual given its usual careful scheduling. The more cynical among you might speculate that it could mean one of two things:

  1. The genuinely massive title – promoted as the world’s best selling sci-fi monthly – is being blocked from publishing due to some sort of mixup or admin error. Fair enough, it happens to us all.
  2. Doctor Who Series 7 isn’t kicking off on August 25th and instead is being put back to Saturday September 1st or 8th, resulting in a delay for DWM (and a diplomatic piece of tweeting).  The latter is a far better date, but one which might be too far down the line for anyone hoping to gain any surprises from the opening episode which is being previewed on Tuesday 14th at the BFI and on August 25th at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival.

Of course, you would have to be extremely cynical to think any of that, and we’ve heard from DWM editor Tom Spilsbury that this isn’t the case. Put simply, you’re going to have a DWM shaped hole in your life for a little longer than usual this month…

Ultimately, no scheduling for Doctor Who Series 7 has been official announced by the BBC, as is usual with these things. As a result, all we can do – as ever – is speculate, so sit tight, be patient, and then go mad with Whovian devouring passion when Asylum of the Daleks and Doctor Who Magazine finally come around!

(Thanks to Castellan Spandrell)


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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+.

6 Responses to Printing Slots and Scheduling

  1. avatar Drew says:

    Sounds verrrry fishy–something big is up at DWM!

  2. avatar Sherman O'Neill says:

    DWM was delayed by a week before. Remember, there was a 2 week gap between The Lazarus Experiment and 42, in May 2007, feeding into a delay for the subsequent DWM, which was heavily profiling Human Nature on its cover. So, this is really no surprise.

  3. avatar Chris says:

    I worked in magazine publishing for 15 years and can tell you that missing a print slot is a big, big deal. Usually you’ll try to move heaven and earth to avoid missing it as it usually has a financial and repetitional impact.

    Tom would likely feel rotten about missing the print slot – he’s a pro, and pros don’t like missing print slots. So adding a conspiracy theory on top will be like rubbing salt in the wound.

    • Absolutely Chris – the biggest story here is that sadly, if the broadcast dates are as suspected by many, there will be no DWM to preview the first episode…

  4. avatar Simon B says:

    I can only speak for myself, but the last issue I got of DWM had a huge printing error. I missed out on pages 75 onwards because for some reason it then repeated pages 25 to 50 again. they told me there was an error (and couldnt send me another copy apparently

  5. avatar Paddy says:

    The question that bugs me isn’t so much “Does the DWM delay mean series 7 will be late”, but “If Series 7 is due to start in 12 days, why has the BBC said nothing?”.

    Genuinely, this one’s lost on me. I’m no marketing expert.. but I would expect a returning series of a flagship show to be announced well ahead of time, and by 12 days before the alleged transmission date I would expect mini-trails, press releases, all that guff.

    But perhaps the marketing people know more than I do. Maybe building anticipation of “when’s it coming” is better for grabbing the viewers. Like the old adage of ensuring a club is popular by not letting anybody in.

    I just wish they’d put Who fandom out of its collective misery, one way or the other. We’ve been waiting 8 months – closer to 12 if you ignore the Christmas special – and it’d be nice to know. Plus, the press screenings mean that spoilers will be everywhere.. and some of us don’t have the self-control to NOT look.

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