The 354th issue, released on 3 March 2005, and was pulled from British newstands on 30 March 2005, was the first issue of Doctor Who Magazine since issue #238 to be released in the same month as a new episode of Doctor Who. Although the magazine had taken on a new look using the RTD logo a couple of issues before, this was the issue on British newsstands when Rose debuted. Nevertheless, because it was replaced by the next issue a mere handful of days after Rose, its articles still considered the new series a future event. Indeed the issue contained one last contest for readers to be able to see Rose prior to the BBC One premiere. It was also the first issue to show a BBC Wales alien on its cover.

Unusually, it shares with only issue #261 the fact that it had no comic story. It thus forced a break between the Eighth Doctor and Ninth Doctor's tenures in the DWM comic strip — the only time there has been a gap between Doctors, discounting COMIC: Doctor Who and the Fangs of Time, in the history of the strip. Instead, editor Clayton Hickman used the space to present a retrospective on the Eighth Doctor, which was liberally illustrated by comic artist Martin Geraghty. Because issue #261's comic absence had been because the comic's creators simply missed their deadline, this is the only issue of the magazine, as of January 2017, to have intentionally not included a comic strip.

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