DWM: The Early Years

18th May 2010 • Blog Post by Seb Patrick •

I always thought it was a shame that, although the classic “so-and-so is The Doctor!” covers have become a Doctor Who Magazine tradition ever since the Peter Davison (sorry, Davidson) one in 1981, the previous four Doctors never got their chance to have an equivalent. I mean, imagine how great it would look to have all eleven alongside one-another! Better than it does with the first four conspicuously absent, anyway.

But! It seems I was wrong! Because I – like many of you, I’m sure – was previously unaware of the first volume of Doctor Who Magazine, which started up alongside the series in 1963 (originally known as Doctor Who Monthly), before being cancelled six months prior to the launch of Doctor Who Weekly in 1979. At a recent car boot sale, however, I found a stack of old mags from the ’60s and ’70s, and among them were a number of issues of the original DWM – including all the “first appearance” covers of Hartnell, Troughton, Pertwee and Baker T! I’ve finally got round to scanning them, so for the first time, you can put together a full set* of “… is the Doctor!” covers! Enjoy!

* er, not counting Sylv, as his announcement cover simply said “The New Doctor!” You’re on your own for that one.

Seb Patrick once met Paul McGann, who immediately pretended to be Mark McGann. He writes for Den of Geek, BBC America, Film4 and the official Red Dwarf website, among others. He owns over thirty toy Daleks and wishes the Dapol factory tour was still open.



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