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The 170th issue of Doctor Who Magazine was current from 24 January through 20 February 1991.

Although new editor John Freeman had actually debuted in the previous issue, DWM issue 170 was really the beginning of the "Freeman era". It premiered a new layout template and a bold change in editorial attitude. This was symbolised by the logo, which returned to a variation of the one used to launch the magazine back in 1979. Following an ambiguous send-off for Sylvester McCoy in the previous issue, the editorial team signalled that they no longer expected the Seventh Doctor's era to continue. DWM had entered an era when, for the foreseeable future, they were supporting a television show that had slim chance of returning to active production. The focus was now on the in-depth exploration of all eras of Doctor Who rather than maintaining the increasingly unlikely notion that Sylvester McCoy was somehow still the Doctor.



  • No additional features this issue.

Comic content[]


Interviews / Profiles[]

Preview / Review Off the Shelf[]

Gary Russell dips into fanzines including:

  • Auton: 'Broadsword'
  • Brave New World
  • Frontios
  • Inner Door
  • Kasterborian Nights
  • Purple Haze
  • Chronicle
  • Dark Circus
  • DWB
  • Enlightenment
  • The Fan Zine
  • Five Hundred Eyes
  • The Frame
  • Burn Toast
  • Mandria
  • Metamorph
  • Second Dimension
  • Timestreams
  • The Tomb
  • Skaro 2
  • Who in Review - Convention Reports: from Vision and the Doctor Who Fan Club of America


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)
  • Collector's Corner by David Howe (Merchandise) (Fourth Doctor Dressing Up Costume (from Berwicks Toys Ltd), 3-D Clay Picture (from Remus Play-kits), Dalek Painting By Numbers (from Peter Pan Playthings Ltd), Dalek Kite (from Bowman Jenkins),TARDIS Tuner (from Shortman Trading) The Dalek Oracle (from Bell Toys Ltd), and TARDIS Tins (from Avon Tin).
  • Dont quote me on this ... (mentions of 'Who' in strange places)
  • Into The Vortex / 'That Was the Who That Was' (Times Past)

Random quote[]

“What happened?"

"Something's upsetting their plans - it's our chance to escape."

Jo Grant and Third Doctor, The Claws of Axos


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

Additional details[]

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