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The 169th issue of Doctor Who Magazine was current from 27 December 1990 through 23 January 1991. Although the magazine came under new management with this issue — longtime DWM comics stalwart John Freeman moved up to head the editorial team — DWM issue 169 was in many ways a swansong rather than a beginning. It was the final issue to go out under the Seventh Doctor's logo, the last to feature Sylvester McCoy as main cover subject and the last to use Sheila Cranna's layout template. As the cover implied — with its atypical photo of Sylvester McCoy out of costume, its prominent competition having nothing to do with Doctor Who, and its bold question "What Does the Doctor Do Next?" — it was the issue in which DWM formally bid adieu to the hope that McCoy might return to television screens for a new series of Doctor Who.



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Interviews / Profiles[]

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)
  • Dont quote me on this ... (mentions of 'Who' in strange places)
  • Into The Vortex / 'That Was the Who That Was' (Times Past)
  • Untitled Nix View story by Nick Miller (cartoon)
  • Competition: 3 questions to win a Blake's 7 video

Random quote[]

“What did this strange little doctor give you? I saw him. The tooth of a cave bear?”

“It has magical properties.”

“Primitive fiddle faddle.”

“Only the greatest elders of my tribe can bestow them. They are a totem of great power.”

Josiah Samuel Smith and Nimrod from Ghost Light


Senior Editor: John Freeman
Design Gary Gilbert/John Freeman
The Grim Reaper: Dan Abnett
Promotion: Jane Sumner
Production: Mark Irvine
Advertising: Jane Smale
Adviser: John Nathan-Turner
Excelsior: Stan Lee

Additional details[]

  • This issue, priced £1.95 (UK), offers an apology for the price increase on page 3. It features Sylvester McCoy on set of 'British Satelite Broadcasting' BSB's Doctor Who Weekend on the cover. It is the last issue to have the Sylvester McCoy era logo.
  • With no new Doctor Who series announced by the BBC, the magazine now widens its coverage. It followed that this years Reader's Survey, with no new series, was adapted to take into account the scope of merchandise, readers preferences and how much they were prepared to pay.
  • After four years, Andrew Pixley takes over from David Howe writing the Matrix Data Bank.