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The 238th issue of Doctor Who Magazine was released on 11 April 1996 and removed from British newsstands on 8 May 1996. It was the lone 1990s issue of the publication to be on British newsstands when an episode of Doctor Who debuted on BBC1. Indeed, it was the only such issue since DWM #155's release with Survival until DWM #354's with Rose.

Released in the same month as the television movie, but before the ratings had been tabulated, it was optimistic about Doctor Who's apparent future with Paul McGann.



  • Renaissance - In the first part of a major new feature, Gary Gillatt reports from the set of the new Doctor Who adventure and talks to leading members of the cast and crew...
  • The Quatermass Inheritance - Compiled by The Monitor

Comic content[]



By Andrew Pixley

Telesnap archives[]

Compiled by Matthew Pereira

Interviews / Profiles[]

Shelf Life[]

Reviews by Dave Owen

Regular features[]

  • Gallifrey Guardian
  • Timelines (Letters) - Including 'The Hit Parade'
  • Fluid Links - That's What I Like by Matthew Jones


Editor: Gary Gillatt
Assistant Editor: Scott Gray
Editorial Assistant: Alan Barnes
Designer: Paul Vyse
Production: Mark Irvine & Andrew Parslow
Promotion Manager: Chris McCormack
Art Director: Helen Nally
Managing Editor: Alan O'Keefe
Managing Director: Richard Maskell

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  • Unusually, despite the TV movie introducing a new iteration of the Doctor Who logo, DWM did not continue its typical practice of adopting the new logo to coincide with it; the 'diamond' logo would keep being used until DWM 279.
  • There is an apology on the first page of the magazine which reads: Apologies to Newsagents: We would like to make a public apology to all newsagents concerning the tone and content of a recent subscription offer, which featured in Issue 236 of Doctor Who Magazine.
  • The advert appeared on page 19 of DWM 236 and read as follows:
Transform your life with a single phone call! Subscribe! Avoid the hassle, the loose change, the belligerent newsagent...have Doctor Who Magazine delivered to your door every four weeks for a year AND receive an issue free!