David Tennant is the Fourteenth Doctor! It may be a year until we see his TV adventures. But the story continues in Doctor Who Magazine issue 584!

We all know by now that David Tennant and Catherine Tate are returning to Doctor Who.  Russell T. Davies, the latest showrunner for Doctor Who, talks to Doctor Who Magazine about how this return happened.

The magazine, on sale now gives an exclusive insight into the tale of the Fourteenth Doctor. During the heart of the Covid lockdown, Emily Cook organised several Tweetalongs with the cast and creatives of old beloved Doctor Who episodes. We all watched in glee, commenting and posting pictures of our favourite moments – including the Blogtor Who team.

One of the special Tweetalong with Russell T. Davies, David Tennant and Catherine Tate and the text conversation that happened at the time led to the return of all three to Doctor Who.  

Speaking exclusively to Doctor Who Magazine, Russell talks of how the conversation began, following Runaway Bride Tweetalong, Catherine’s surprise reaction and how David said he’d do it in a heartbeat, and Russell said “it was his duty to get it done.”


The new DWM comic strip picks up moments after the end of The Power of the Doctor (c) Panini Doctor Who David Tennant Lee Suillivan
The new DWM comic strip picks up moments after the end of The Power of the Doctor. Art by Lee Sullivan (c) Panini

Beneath its cover sporting the return of a classic logo, DWM 584 also tells the very new Doctor’s very first adventure in comic strip Liberation!

But that’s not all! There’s an epic new comic-strip adventure, written by Alan Barnes and illustrated by Lee Sullivan, picks up directly where The Power of the Doctor left off.

DWM editor Marcus Hearn says, “Russell T Davies, our new showrunner, has long admired the DWM strip. And that’s why he’s granted us the honour of telling the Fourteenth Doctor’s first story in an adventure that dovetails with the most recent episode. For the first time in our 43-year history, the strip is now in lockstep with the television series’ continuity.”

Meanwhile Russell T Davies says, “From day one, I wanted to increase ties between the show and the magazine. I love it when we’re in sync! A lot of people will be thinking, David’s not the real Doctor, he’s a trick, an illusion, a flashback. But no. He’s real. And DWM can help us underline that.”


What? What? WHAT?! The Doctor (David Tennant),BBC Studios,Screen Grab
Tennant, Davies, Chibnall and directors Rachel Talalay and Magnus Stone reveal the story behind filming THAT regeneration (c) BBC Studios

DWM 584 is full of more details about next year’s 60th Anniversary too:

  • Meet the New Team – the producers, directors and other crew members of Doctor Who tell us what they’re looking forward to in the 2023 Specials and beyond.
  • Letter from the Showrunner – in the first of his new regular columns, Russell T Davies reveals what brought him back.
  • Production Diary – script editor Scott Handcock provides exclusive updates about forthcoming episodes, direct from Doctor Who’s HQ.
  • Reach up for the Sunrise – David Tennant, Russell T Davies, former showrunner Chris Chibnall, directors Rachel Talalay and Jamie Magnus Stone, and CG artist Ben Pickles describe shooting The Power of the Doctor’s regeneration sequence.
  • The Strip of a Lifetime – Russell T Davies, Scott Handcock, Alan Barnes and Lee Sullivan on creating the Fourteenth Doctor’s first adventure.
  • Liberation – Part One of an epic thirteen part first adventure for the new Doctor!


One of Robert Hack's illustrations for the new edition of Doctor Who and the Daleks (c) BBC Books
Robert Hack talks to DWM about illustrating te new edition of Doctor Who and the Daleks by David Whitaker (c) BBC Books

Also this issue:

  • The Watchers ­– fans who were lucky enough to visit the studio in the 1960s and early 70s recall the thrill of watching the making of Doctor Who.
  • Hack to the Future – an interview with artist Robert Hack about the new illustrated version of David Whitaker’s seminal novel Doctor Who and the Daleks.
  • Collectivity: The TARDIS – meet the fans for whom collecting police-box merchandise has been a lifelong passion.
  • Factory Records – the sets of 1966’s The Power of the Daleks are recreated, providing new insights into this mostly missing story.
  • The Fact of Fiction – Cybermen and Daleks and Torchwood, oh my! A look back at 2006’s Army of Ghosts.
  • Other Worlds – an essential guide to forthcoming stories in the expanded Doctor Who universe.
  • Plus – Previews, The DWM Review, Gallifrey Guardian, prize-winning competitions, Time and Space Visualiser, Sufficient Data and more.


DWM 584 - 10 November 2022
DWM 584 – 10 November 2022

Doctor Who Magazine 584

The new issue is on sale from Thursday the 10th of November, priced £6.99 (UK). DWM 584 can be ordered from the Panini store. You can also buy the digital edition from Pocketmags 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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