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The 167th issue of Doctor Who Magazine was current from 1 November through 28 November 1990. The first Brief Encounter story appeared, a series of extremely brief short stories ran frequently in the magazine until issue 214.



Comic content[]


  • A Brief Encounter by John Lucarotti and illustrated by Colin Howard. Though untitled in this issue, it gained the title The Meeting from its reprint in the 1997 Doctor Who Yearbook. Because the feature debuted in this issue, and readers were unfamiliar with the prose masthead, some contemporary readers thought that Brief Encounter was the title of the story, a name by which this particular tale still is referred.


  • None this issue

Interviews / Profiles[]

Previews / Reviews - Off the Shelf (by Gary Russell)[]

Page Pin-ups[]

Also featuring[]

  • Matrix Data Bank (Questions and Answers)
  • Beyond the TARDIS (Who is doing what by Dominic May)
  • Gallifrey Guardian (News)
  • You on Who (Letters)
  • Data Coils (now incorporating pen-pals and events listing)
  • Doctor Who? by Tim Quinn and Dicky Howett
  • Untitled Nix View story by Nick Miller (cartoon)
  • Dont quote me on this ... (mentions of 'Who' in strange places)

Random quote[]

“For you the sentence is harder ... you have to live"

Taiyn <sic>, Abslom Daak - Dalek Killer


Additional details[]

  • Priced £2.25 (UK), this bumper fifty-two-page issue included a special tribute feature to the late Graham Williams; Brief Encounters was the start of a new short prose series and a free flexi-disk with the track 'Abslom Daak - Dalek Killer', composed by Dominic Glynn, Martin Smith and Andy Grant was selotaped to the cover (a big black square).
  • Colin Howard provides the cover illustration of the Daleks anew.
  • The comic strip Darkness Falling is a three page special prelude to the upcoming The Mark of Mandragora story.
  • Next issue DWM 168 is trailed as "New format: More pages: More Who every four weeks!"
  • This issue included a free FlexiDisc which included three tracks of music: Terror in Totters Lane, The Trial (excerpt), and The Slaves of Kane.