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The 255th issue of Doctor Who Magazine was current from 31 July through 27 August 1997.



  • What if? - Having survived Survival, Doctor Who's fortunes took an upward turn in the early eighties. Here, Dave Owen refreshes our memories of those great days...
  • 27 up - In preparing What if?, Dave Owen drew upon the expert testimony of Doctor Who's leading lights circa 1989 - so here is the story behind the story of Seasons Twenty-Seven and Twenty-Eight...
Both articles include details on several unproduced stories including: Earth Aid, Ice Time, Crime of the Century, Alixion, Night Thoughts, Animal, Illegal Alien, A School for Glory, Avatar and Hostage.
What if? additionally includes details of: Network.
  • Out of the vaults - The first of a major three-part DWM series: Richard Molesworth opens up the fabled BBC film and video archives to compile the definitive account of what lies within...
  • Robots: Part 5 Buddha and Trickster - in the penultimate part of the survey of the many influences to have borne down on Doctor Who, Steven Cartwright looks to Stevenson, Conradd, Buddha, Ballard, Burgess, legend, lore and more...

Comic content[]

The DWM Archive[]

By Andrew Pixley

The Telesnap Archive[]

Compiled by Matthew Pereira

Interviews / Profiles[]

Shelf Life[]

Reviews by Dave Owen

Regular features[]

  • Gallifrey Guardian
  • Timelines (Letters)
  • The life & times of Sophie Aldred


Editor: Sophie Aldred
Flunkeys: Gary Gillatt, Alan Barnes
Art drones: Michael Yeowell, Gary Gillatt

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