The new issue of Doctor Who Magazine hits shelves tomorrow, with Russell T Davies recalling how Damaged Goods – newly adapted as a Big Finish audio – influenced his reinvention of the TV series…
“It kind of shows the promise that I didn’t know was there with Doctor Who,” Russell says of his two-decade-old novel. “Because Doctor Who – the ‘classic’ Doctor Who that I grew up loving – didn’t, famously, blow up the world. Invasions and monsters would tend to limit themselves to the gardens of UNIT, or a country house. It’s interesting, that sequence in Damaged Goods with the train blowing up, which then led to me destroying the entire city – that kind of liberated me, and then I carried that into Doctor Who. So I was thinking ‘Right, you can have a spaceship crash into Big Ben, you can do anything you like…'”
ALSO INSIDE ISSUE 486…
DAMAGED GOODS – THE AUDIO VERSION!
DWM talks to the cast of the new audio of Damaged Goods, including Sylvester McCoy, Yasmin Bannerman, Michelle Collins, Denise Black, Peter Barrett, Daniel Brocklebank, Richard Hope and the script-writer of the adaptation, Jonathan Morris.
CAROLE ANN FORD IS TAKEN BACK IN TIME!
Carole Ann Ford reminisces about being the Doctor’s very first companion, as she looks through fascinating scrapbooks containing rare and unique clippings that were compiled by the original producer of the series, Verity Lambert.
DWM reveals the history of how Doctor Who was brought to home video, and talks to the people responsible for the early releases. Plus, never-before-printed information on what the censors thought of the episodes…
BARRY NEWBERY REMEMBERED
A tribute to the late Barry Newbery, the man who designed many classic Doctor Who stories during the 1960s and 70s.
Discover fascinating new facts about the 1966-67 Second Doctor adventure The Highlanders in The Fact of Fiction.
DOCTOR WHO ADVENTURES
Go behind the scenes of the children’s magazine Doctor Who Adventures, as DWM chats to editor Jason Quinn about his plans for the relaunched title.
BLOOD AND ICE!
Clara sees double while the Doctor makes a chilling discovery! Blood and Ice – the brand new comic strip written by Jacqueline Rayner and illustrated by Martin Geraghty – continues…
STEVEN MOFFAT ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS!
Steven Moffat answers readers’ questions, and talks about the casting of Game of Thrones star Masie Williams in Doctor Who.
PLUS! Reviews and previews; Relative Dimensions; Wotcha!; The DWM Crossword, prize-winning competitions, official news and much more!
Doctor Who Magazine 486 is on sale from Thursday 30 April 2015, price £4.99.