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The 272nd issue of Doctor Who Magazine was released on 19 November 1998 and had a cover date of 16 December 1998.



  • Holding back the years - Remember the villain who swatted the Daleks aside? The monsters who conspired to reverse all of history? The screaming bats of Desperus? Introducing this issue's epic-length Archive, long term fan Jan Vincent-Rudzki turns back to a story he ranks among the series' greatest ever - and puts The Daleks' Master Plan back on the agenda...
  • With a little help from my friends - As of this month, the Eighth Doctor has appeared in 18 novels, one short story collection, three audio books, one novelisation and 27 instalments of DWM's comic strip. Dave Owen talks to the writers taking the Doctor and his six companions into the future.

Comic content[]

The DWM Archive[]

By Andrew Pixley

Interviews / Profiles[]

  • A life less ordinary - "From a three-month contract, there went the rest of my life!" For this anniversary issue, Peter Griffiths meets the man who, with a track record as a writer, editor, playwright and novelist going back 30 years, knows more about what makes great Doctor Who than any other - Terrance Dicks
  • Out of the TARDIS: Lalla Ward
  • "My God, how did we get away with this?" - "No-one else would touch it!" Peter Griffiths meets the man who directed Doctor Who's first ever episode - Waris Hussein.
  • Mostly armless - Ask the man in the street for the name of Doctor Who's most evil villain and the chances are he'll nominate Davros, inventor of the Daleks. Peter Griffiths talks to the actor who thrice ranted his way into the pentheon of the series' greats - Terry Molloy.

Shelf Life[]

Reviews by Dave Owen

Regular features[]

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


Editor: Gary Gillatt & Alan Barnes
Design: Peri Godbold

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