Doctor Who Magazine 448 interviews William Russell

William Russell in DWM 448

Original companion William Russell features in the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine, in which he recalls the days working on the show in 1963, leaving and of course his thoughts on the new show (not to mention William Hartnell…)

Sixties action hero William Russell talks to DWM about his role as science teacher Ian Chesterton, companion to the First Doctor in the very earliest days of the series:

“William Hartnell never forgave me for leaving,” he reveals. “He couldn’t understand it, which was nice in a way. He said to me, ‘What’s the matter with you? You’ve got three kids, you’ve got a job, we’re having a great time – what more do you want?!’

“‘I want to do a play, Bill.’ He didn’t understand that. Maybe he was right. But he never forgave me for jumping ship.”

Doctor Who Magazine 448 interviews William RussellALSO THIS ISSUE:

FREE AUDIO ADVENTURE! DWM, in association with Big Finish Productions, is proud to present an exclusive brand new audio adventure starring WILLIAM RUSSELL. THE REVENANTS, written by Ian Potter, features the First Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan and is available FREE to all readers this issue!

POLL POSITIONS The votes have been counted and the winners of DWM‘s annual poll can now be announced! Find out which stories, actors, authors and directors came out on top in 2011. And where did YOUR favourite come in the race for the most popular Doctor… ?

THE OTHER HALF Author NEIL GAIMAN, writer of the acclaimed 2011 episode THE DOCTOR’S WIFE, talks exclusively to DWM about writing the story and reveals the secrets of the scenes you DIDN’T see…

SAYING GOODBYE Doctor Who‘s commander-in-chief, STEVEN MOFFAT, writes exclusively for DWM in PRODUCTION NOTES and tells of the sad day on which Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill recorded their very last scene as departing companions, Amy and Rory. Have your hankies ready!

TIMELASHED GLEN McCOY, author of 1985’s time-twisting Timelash, talks to DWM about writing the Sixth Doctor’s infamous adventure and his early career in television.

A NEW BEGINNING It’s 1982 and the Fifth Doctor takes the helm of a crowded TARDIS and navigates the series into a new era as our voyage through five decades of Doctor Who continues with 1982’s Season 19 in COUNTDOWN TO 50.

DEFENCE OF THE REALM DWM goes behind the scenes of the making of a brand new Doctor Who spin-off audio drama series from Big Finish Productions. COUNTER MEASURES features characters from 1988’s REMEMBRANCE OF THE DALEKSand DWM talks to actors PAMELA SALEM, SIMON WILLIAMS and KAREN GLEDHILL who reprise their roles after more than 20 years!

COMIC STRIP CAPERS The Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory get involved in some very organised crime on an alien world as they embark on a brand new adventure, THE CORNUCOPIA CAPER, written by SCOTT GRAY and drawn by DAN McDAID.

FALL OF THE SHADOW As the hunt for the Key to Time comes to a dramatic climax, the Fourth Doctor, Romana and K9 face the ultimate forces of darkness in THE ARMAGEDDON FACTOR. THE FACT OF FICTION examines this universe-stopping six-part adventure from 1979 and uncovers dozens of fascinating new facts…

LOST OR FOUND? As well as all broadcast episodes of Doctor Who, there are a multitude of scripts and story ideas that never made to the screen. Some of these are now being produced as audio dramas, but it would be have better to let the stories rest in peace and make brand new adventures for the Doctor instead? TOBY HADOKE and JOHNNY CANDON debate the pros and cons in A BATTLE OF WITS!

FLASHBACK TO THE FIFTIES! THE TIME TEAM slick their hair back and join the Doctor and Rose in post-war London where the alien Wire is riding the airwaves of the nations TV broadcasts. Join Chris, Emma, Will and Michael as the bathe in the warm glow of 2006’s THE IDIOT’S LANTERN.

OFF THE RECORD! The cunning Watcher challenges readers with The Six Faces of Delusion, outs another Supporting Artist of the Month and examines Doctor Who‘s use of the definite article in A History of Doctor Who in 100 Objects – all crammed into this issue’s WOTCHA!

PLUS! All the latest official news, TV and merchandise reviews, previews, competitions, a prize-winning crossword and much, much more!

Do you, like Ian Chesterton, have an enquiring mind, and a very sensitive ear? Then you can’t afford to miss Doctor Who Magazine 448 – out this Thursday, 31 May for just £4.50!


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