It’s the end of an era as Doctor Who Magazine prepares to say goodbye to the Steven Moffat years and also to its own Editor, Tom Spilsbury.

We predict that issue 515 of Doctor Who Magazine will quickly become a collector’s item. Firstly, there’s that glorious multi-Doctor cover.  Secondly, it’s the final edition of the magazine to be produced by Editor Tom Spilsbury after 10 years at the helm of the longest-running TV tie-in magazine in the world (best of luck for the future, Tom). And inside the cover, DWM takes a look back on Steven Moffat’s time as a writer and showrunner for Doctor Who as he prepares to hand over the reigns of our favourite television programme.

The end of the Moffat era

With his last episode due to air at Christmas, DWM asked Doctor Who‘s head writer and showrunner Steven Moffat if he ever thought, back in 2004, when he wrote The Empty Child, that he’d still be writing for the series in 2017?

“No, God, no!” he exclaims. “God, no! I also didn’t think I’d do the showrunning job for more than three years, and I’m here after six series. Yes, I’ve been writing Doctor Who stories since 2004. That’s a hell of a long time. When I wrote The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances, I wondered if I’d ever write another Doctor Who story. I was very keen to, I really wanted to. I remember asking, ‘Would you have me back next year…?’”

So what’s next for Steven after he finishes with the Doctor? He’s staying tight-lipped.

“I’m looking forward to the idea of not having to automatically say no to everything else! Whether that’s writing jobs, or weekends away. I can write different things. I’m looking forward to that, hugely. But I am so glad it happened. I’d have been miserable if I’d never got to write Doctor Who! It’s been amazing. Of course it’s been amazing.”

 ALSO INSIDE THIS ISSUE…

  • PRODUCTION NOTES
    Steven Moffat writes his final column for DWM, and his last-ever Doctor Who words!
  • THE TOP 20!
    A look back at 20 amazing things about the Steven Moffat era of Doctor Who – plus tributes from Russell T Davies, Chris Chibnall, Mark Gatiss and many others…
  • THE EMPIRE OF MARK GATISS
    The concluding part of our all-encompassing interview with actor/writer Mark Gatiss!
  • THE PARLIAMENT OF FEAR
    There’s a brand-new adventure for the Doctor and Bill Potts in Part 1 of a new comic strip story, written by Scott Gray, with art by Staz Johnson.
  • RISE AND FALL
    Reviews of the 2017 series, and the season finale World Enough and Time/The Doctor Falls.
  • TURNED UP TO ELEVEN
    The Fact of Fiction examines the Eleventh Doctor’s début adventure, 2010’s The Eleventh Hour!
  • REVIEWS
    The latest DVD and audio releases are put under the microscope.
  • COMING SOON
    Previews of all the latest Doctor Who CD and book releases.
  • PLUS! All the latest official news, the Watcher’s column, prize-winning competitions, the DWM crossword, the 2017 Season Survey – and much, much more!


Doctor Who Magazine 515 is on sale from Thursday 27 July, price £5.99.

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