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Doctor Who Magazine covers (Photos: BBC Worldwide)

Welcome to the Doctor Who’s Day roundup, a cosmic collection of temporal titillations related to the frequently threatened universe of Doctor Who.

We begin this week with heartfelt congratulations for the 500th issue of a hugely important publication that has been there for the fans for nearly 40 years. In the days before social media, websites, Doctor Who Confidential and DVD extras, Doctor Who Magazine was the only way fans could read more about the actors, technicians and writers who worked on the show, bringing in specially written comic strips and exclusive interviews too. It started as Doctor Who Weekly in 1979, before moving to the now familiar monthly publication schedule a year later, and has been a constant companion for Whovians ever since.

Although some treat their collection with more reverence than others:

Doctor Who Magazine has also been recognised by Guinness World Records as the longest running TV tie-in magazine, an apt honorific, given that it supports the longest-running science fiction TV show in the world. And after some speculation as to how to best commemorate such a huge achievement, the front cover of the 500th issue has been revealed:

Which is, of course, based on the very first issue, complete with free transfers:

So congratulations all round. It’s clearly time to get a new 500 issue diary…

Here’s what else has been going on in space and time this week:

• John Barrowman takes a tumble:

• Time Lord technology becomes real, again:

• Speaking of which, here’s a fascinating read on how Doctor Who has portrayed female scientists over the last 53 years.

• Doctor Who: The Fan Show talks to Sarah Dollard, writer of “Face the Raven”:

Russell T Davies asked David Tennant’s help in interpreting Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and why?

“When I embarked on this production, I scrolled down my phone to seek the advice of the greatest expert in Shakespeare I know, David Tennant. Sadly, he wasn’t free to appear in this production—he would have made a great Moth—but he suggested some brilliant jokes. When you see the gag with Bernard Cribbins and a handpump, that’s copyright DT.”

• Cowboys, robots and the mechanical Turk, and the problems of driving a horse through a mirror:

• Catster pulls together a comprehensive look at all the cats who’ve been in Doctor Who, from the Cheetah People to the Leonians, and of course, these little tykes:

• Titan Comics and Doctor Who writer Paul Cornell are releasing a new limited series Third Doctor comic.

• A compilation of the Twelfth Doctor’s greatest insults:

• There’s a TARDIS Index Files special on the Ood:

• AND a Doctor Who: The Fan Show on a similar topic:

Karen Gillan is missing her buds:

Blast from the past! When I had long hair and these boys by my side on a daily basis.

A photo posted by Karen Gillan (@karengillanofficial) on

• Although she did meet up with Arthur Darvill and a very excited Michelle Gomez recently:


A photo posted by Arthur Darvill (@rattyburvil) on

• A very effective makeup tutorial on getting the look of the Flood, from “Waters of Mars”:

• They may look small, but you can get a surprising amount in them:

Doctor Who needs you for the TV Choice awards:

• This is cool, a fan-made edit of the Doctor’s speech from “The Zygon Inversion” with a minds-eye view of the terrible events he is referring to:

9 life lessons you can learn from Doctor Who, including …

• Poor Brisbane:

Toby Whithouse explains the Doctor explaining the Bootstrap Paradox:

• Come on, we’ve all done it:

• And finally, let’s go out with not one, but two remarkable musical moments. The aptly named YouTuber GuyWithAnAmazingHat has recorded an a capella version of the 2005 Doctor Who theme, and it’s REALLY good:

And at the other end of the scale (although still really good) there’s this version played on a Tesla coil:


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By Fraser McAlpine