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The 217th issue of Doctor Who Magazine was released on 1 September 1994 and removed from British newsstands on 28 September 1994.



  • Doctor Who and Tanni - The recent discovery of one of Doctor Who's earliest surviving rehearsal scripts has shone new light on a familiar serial. Marcus Hearn examines one of the first drafts of The Rescue, and finds a very different story to this month's BBC Video release.
  • Flights through Eternity - When is an historical not an historical? Twenty-six years of television adventure occasionally presented an unusual type of story which until now has been difficult to categorise. Philip MacDonald defines the escriptions. (Note: "escriptions" is printed in magazine)

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By Andrew Pixley

Telesnap archives[]

Compiled by Marcus Hearn

Interviews / Profiles[]

  • The Noblest Time Lady - Lalla Ward can count her marriage to Tom Baker as one of the bittersweet memories of her time as Romana on Doctor Who. Jane Walker asked Lalla to share those memories over tea in Oxford.
  • The Real McCoy: Part Two - Sylvester McCoy has enjoyed the mantle of "current Doctor" for longer than all his predecessors, even though his onscreen tenure was one of the shortest. Last issue, he expressed his passion for the character of the Doctor and the problems of fame. This issue, he talks about Ace's dominance and begins relating his story-by-story Doctor Who memories. Asking the questions: Nick Briggs.
  • Writing Who: Pip and Jane Baker - The partnership of Pip and Jane Baker arrived at Doctor Who with a popular story that introduced one of the Eighties' most innovative villains. Marcus Hearn meets two of the Bakers that made The Mark of the Rani so memorable.

Reviews - Shelf Life[]

Reviews by Craig Hinton

Regular features[]

  • Gallifrey Guardian
  • Beyond the TARDIS
  • Timelines (Letters)
  • The Fanzine Trap (Operated by John Ainsworth


Editorial: Gary Russell & Marcus Hearn
Design: Peri Godbold
Production: Julie Pickering & Mark Irvine

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