The 403rd issue of Doctor Who Magazine was current from 11 December 2008 through 7 January 2009. It humorously lampooned the magazine's tradition of announcing a new actor as the Doctor by billing that David Morrissey "is the next Doctor", referring to the title of the 2008 Christmas special, The Next Doctor. This also subtly disproved him as the Tenth Doctor's actual successor, since Morrissey played only a pastiche of the Doctor in the special, Jackson Lake.


David Morrissey is The Next Doctor! - Stand by for the one, the only... and the best! The new Christmas special previewed - inside!


Special Christmas features[]

  • 2008 Season Survey Results - It's time to announce the winners at last! What were your favourites from the last series of Doctor Who? Ladies and gentlemen, we proudly present the DWM Awards... (Results compiled by Peter Griffiths)
  • 2008 Review of the Year - Jason Arnopp looks back at the year when Donna Noble boarded the TARDIS full-time, Davros guest starred at the proms and Doctor Who became even more popular than it is already. Impossible you say? Well have a read of this...
  • Special Christmas Toy Reviews (see Reviews)
  • Space-time Telegraph (Compiled by Sorvad)
  • Christmas Quiz


The Time Team[]

- Compiled by Michael Pritchard
- Illustration by Adrian Salmon

Comic content[]

- Story: Dan McDaid
- Pencil Art: Mike Collins
- Inks: David A. Roach
- Colours: James Offredi
- Letters: Roger Langridge
- Editors: Tom Spilsbury and Scott Gray

The Fact of Fiction[]


All the latest Doctor Who DVDs, books and CDs reviewed...

- Reviewers: Vanessa Bishop, Gary Gillatt and Matt Michael

Regular reviews[]

DVDs reviewed[]
- Illustration by Ben Willsher
Books reviewed[]
Audios reviewed[]

Special Christmas toy reviews[]


TV previews[]

DVD previews[]

David Darlington tells us what to expect from the DVD of this 1989 story featuring the Seventh Doctor...

Book previews[]

David Darlington chats to the authors of the latest BBC novels...

Audio previews[]

The Sixth Doctor meets an old friend in his latest adventure on audio... David Darlington investigates.

- Illustration by Rob Davis

Issue previews[]

You Are Not Alone[]

- Neil Harris curls up on the sofa to play a festive game...

Regular features[]

  • Letter from the Editor
  • Production Notes - Showrunner Russell T Davies writes exclusively for DWM - and presents his annual Twelve Days of Christmas!
- Illustration by Ben Morris
  • Gallifrey Guardian - All the latest news from every corner of the Doctor Who universe...
  • Who On Earth Is... - Russell Tovey - He's been tipped as the Eleventh Doctor! Will the real next Doctor please stand up?
  • Galaxy Forum
  • Letters
  • And You Texted Us To Say...
  • Doctor Whoah - by Baxter
  • On This Month 15 years ago - Tom Spilsbury fishes out his copy of DWM 208, from December 1993