The 60th Anniversary directors reveal the scale and ambition of the new TARDIS console room in DWM 589!

The latest Doctor Who Magazine includes an exclusive interview with all three directors of the forthcoming 60th anniversary specials – Chanya Button, Tom Kingsley and Rachel Talalay. In this revealing feature, they discuss the new TARDIS set.

Chanya Button: “Oh my gosh, it’s enormous. I mean, it’s absolutely beautiful. It’s sort of church-like in scale, and yet it’s also this intimate space that takes you from one place to another – to even larger, wider worlds.”

Tom Kingsley: “So much detail and love and thought has gone into it. You can point the camera anywhere at it and it looks amazing.”

Rachel Talalay: “I was around for the four months watching it being built. My DP [director of photography] and I were having all these conversations about how to light the wall roundels, and things like that, but I just kept thinking, ‘It will never be ready in time…’ So the fact that, in the last couple of days of my contract, we finally got on there, was amazing.”


David Tennant stars in the 60th Anniversary specials. But how? (c) BBC Studios TARDIS Tenth Doctor
What’s behind that door? The new directors know… (c) BBC Studios

Other 60th Anniversary and Series Fourteen coverage this issue:

  • DWM 60th Anniversary Poll – the analysis of the results begins. This issue DWM looks at the rankings of every story from the 1960s.
  • Liberation of the Daleks Part Six – the adventures of the Fourteenth Doctor continue in the epic comic-strip adventure written by Alan Barnes and illustrated by Lee Sullivan.
  • Letter from the Showrunner – RTD on writing Series Fourteen, exciting nights out and the hunt for silver glitter body spray.
  • Production Diary – script editor Scott Handcock files his latest report on the forthcoming episodes, direct from Doctor Who’s HQ.
  • Gallifrey Guardian – all the latest official news, including new cast announcements and executive producer Phil Collinson on Doctor Who’s involvement with Comic Relief 2023.
  • Best Life – Moses Ogundeji reveals what it’s like to work as ‘best boy’ on the new series of Doctor Who.


Doctor Who – S8E9 – Flatline – Picture Shows: Rigsy (JOVIAN WADE) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Adrian Rogers
The Fact of Fiction looks at Flatline, introducing future DC superhero Jovian Wade as Rigsy – (C) BBC – Photographer: Adrian Rogers

Meanwhile, other highlights include:

  • How Cleo Carried On ­­­– Cleo Sylvestre recalls the early years of her career, when she appeared in the 1965 story The Crusade.
  • Tea Time Terror – a look back at The Amazing World of Doctor Who, the 1976 book that’s about to gain a surprising new lease of life.
  • 60 Objects, 60 Years – from the Key to Time in 1978 to a Neo-Cyberman in 1982, the latest instalment of this series tells the story of one object from every year of Doctor Who’s history.
  • The Fact of Fiction – uncovering the secrets of the acclaimed Twelfth Doctor adventure Flatline.
  • Other Worlds the essential guide to forthcoming stories in Doctor Who’s expanded universe.
  • Plus – Previews, The DWM Review, prize-winning competitions, Time and Space Visualiser and more.


Doctor Who Magazine 589 (c) Panini
Doctor Who Magazine 589 (c) Panini

Doctor Who Magazine 589

DWM Issue 589 is on sale Thursday the 30th of March from the online Panini store, WH Smith and other retailers priced £6.99 (UK). Also available as a digital edition from Pocketmags priced £5.99. You can also save with a subscription, as well as receiving exclusive, text-free covers.



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