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The 405th issue of Doctor Who Magazine was current from 5 February through 4 March 2009. Following David Tennant's admission that he would leave the role of the Tenth Doctor at the end of the year, this issue served as the cover debut for his successor, Matt Smith, in his first promotional picture precluding his arrival as the Eleventh Doctor.


Who is Matt Smith? - Matt Smith gives his first interview about being the Eleventh Doctor.


  • Matt Smith is the Eleventh Doctor! - It's the news everyone's talking about - so let's hear from the man himself! Matt Smith, the Eleventh Doctor, chats exclusively to DWM! Words and interview by Benjamin Cook.
  • Casting the Eleventh Doctor - Casting director Andy Pryor talks exclusively to DWM about helping to choose the Eleventh Doctor.
  • Reality TV - Daleks! Cybermen! Yeti! Autons! Slitheen! And that's to name just a scant few of the many monsters to have invaded Earth over the last five decades. So how come hardly anyone seems to remember these events in the Doctor Who universe? Jonathan Morris considers this peculiar problem of public perception...
  • Susie Cues - Over the past three years, Susie Liggat has worked on some of the most well regarded Doctor Who stories ever - and now she's ready to tell her story. Dan Berry asks Susie about her stint as producer of Doctor Who, and her life in the world of television...

Profiles / Interviews[]

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, Matt Michael, Dave Owen and Andrew Pixley

TV Reviewed[]

DVDs Reviewed[]

- Illustration by Ben Willsher

Books reviewed[]

Audios Reviewed[]


Issue previews[]

  • DWM 405

Regular features[]

  • Letter from the Editor
  • Production Notes - New head writer Steven Moffat writes exclusively for DWM, to tell us about the joys and anxieties of New Doctor Day...
- Illustration by Ben Morris
  • Gallifrey Guardian - All the latest news from every corner of the Doctor Who universe...
  • Public Image - Over 13 million viewers watch The Next Doctor!
  • Galaxy Forum
  • You are Not Alone - Dear Matt Smith - Neil Harris welcomes the new man in the TARDIS...
  • Who on Earth is... - Lizo Mzimba - The BBC's Entertainment Correspondent on Kirsty Wark, David Beckham, and Matt Smith...