The latest Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition goes behind the keyboard to discover the secrets of Writing Doctor Who


How does an episode of Doctor Who evolve from an initial idea? Since 1963 many producers and editors have applied their own philosophies and working methods to the pre-production of this complex series. This Special Edition explains how the show’s narratives are constructed while examining the careers of the show’s leading writers. Illustrated with previously unseen script pages from the BBC archive, alongside many other rare documents and photos, DWM Special Edition 57: Writing Doctor Who reveals the stories behind the storytellers.


Steven Moffat
DWM: Writing Doctor Who talks to former showrunner Steven Moffat about the challenges of writing the show

Highlights of Writing Doctor Who include:

Steven Moffat – One of the show’s most prolific writers between 2005 and 2017, Steven Moffat describes how to write for the Doctor

Evolution of a script – A guide to the process and sequence of events that brings an episode from an original vague idea to a final filming script

Lost Stories – Some Doctor Who scripts wound up never actually being filmed. DWM looks at some of the most intriguing roads not travelled

This Special Edition also explores the lives and work of some of the show’s greatest writers, including

  • David Whitaker (Seasons 1-7)
  • Terry Nation (Seasons 1-17)
  • Terrance Dicks (Seasons 6-20)
  • Robert Holmes (Seasons 6-23)
  • Douglas Adams (Seasons 16-17)
  • Christopher H Bidmead (Seasons 18-21)
  • Eric Saward (Seasons 19-22)
  • Andrew Cartmel (script editor, Seasons 24-26)
  • Russell T Davies (Series 1-4)
  • Steven Moffat (Series 1-10)
  • Chris Chibnall (Series 3-present)


Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition 57: Writing Doctor Who (c) Panini Steven Moffat
Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition 57: Writing Doctor Who (c) Panini

Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition #57: Writing Doctor Who

The latest Special Edition is on sale from Thursday the 29th of April, priced £6.99 (UK). DWM Special Edition 57: Writing Doctor Who can be ordered from the Panini store. You can also buy the digital edition from Pocketmags (£4.99) or take out a subscription via the official site. You can also find it in WH Smith and all good newsagents.



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