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The 261st issue of Doctor Who Magazine was released on 15 January 1998 and removed from British newsstands on 11 February 1998.

It is notable for being the second issue of the magazine to not have a non-gag comic story. It succeeded DWM 163 and would be followed by DWM 354 and DWM 553 through 555. Unlike its 2005 successor, however, this break in the comic strip was unplanned.



  • The nuts and bolts - Andrew Pixley takes a look at what could have been the most fascinating television study of Doctor Who ever undertaken - a five part series documenting the production of Tom Baker's debut serial Robot
  • Fluid Links - The sound of the suburbs by Matthew Jones
  • Pretty? Vacant! - Grace turned him down, so there's a job going... Travel the worlds! Meet historical people! Make new friends and watch them die! Skimming CVs and checking references Steve Lyons applies himself to the question of what it takes to be a companion to a rogue Time Lord...
  • Crash of the titans - Hardened Quake-head Alan Barnes boots up BBC Multimedia's Destiny of the Doctors CD Rom - and gets his pixels in a twist...

The DWM Archive[]

By Andrew Pixley

The Telesnaps Archive[]

Interviews / Profiles[]

  • Written to the Core - With three popular Fourth Doctor adventures to his credit, writer Chris Boucher has once again come to Doctor Who pre-eminence - his BBC Books novel, Last Man Running, is published later this year. Peter Griffiths meets the man who dreamed up Leela, summoned the Fendahl - and coldly executed all of Blake's 7...
  • Out of the TARDIS: John Levene - Nightmare snakes, Mexican hallucingens and the power of love: when Doctor Who's erstwhile Sergeant Benton subjected himself to the random ravages of the TARDIS tin, he revealed more of himself than we would ever have expected...

Shelf Life[]

Reviews by Dave Owen

Regular features[]

  • Gallifrey Guardian
  • Timelines (Letters)
  • The life & times of Jackie Jenkins


Editor: Gary Gillatt
Assistant Editor: Alan Barnes
Design: Peri Godbold and Gary Gillatt

Additional details[]

  • Back Issues order form on page 20