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Doctor Who Magazine 553 was the issue of the magazine cover-dated August 2020.

It is notable for being the fourth issue of the magazine to not have a non-gag comic story. It succeeded DWM 163, 261, and 354.



  • Director's Commentary
Joe Ahearne interviewed by Nick Setchfield
Graeme Harper interviewed by Paul Kirkley
Richard Clark interviewed by Emily Cook
Saul Metzstein interviewed by Paul Kirkley
Douglas Mackinnon interviewed by Emily Cook
Rachel Talalay interviewed by Emily Cook
Jamie Magnus Stone interviewed by Emily Cook
  • When Susan Met Ace
Carole Ann Ford and Sophie Aldred interviewed by Graham Kibble-White


  • Shoot on Sight

The Doctor Who Directing Masterclass.

  • Whatever Happened to The Likely Lads?

Three Doctor Who fans (one of them being Peter Capaldi) meeting their Doctor Who idols back in the 1970s.

  • The Hudson Tapes

Doctor Who fan John Hudson's recordings of his chat with Jon Pertwee, Terry Walsh, Elisabeth Sladen and George Cormack during production of Season 11.

  • Volcanology

The making of the special edition version of The Power of the Daleks animated recreation DVD and Blu-release, which was due for release in July 2020.

  • The DWM Season Results

Results of fans' favourite moments from the 2020 series of Doctor Who, as well as their favourite merchandise from 2019.

Lockdown Viewing[]

Lockdown Doctor Who viewing recommended by Jacqueline Rayner, based on the theme of A Holiday for the Doctor.


The Fact of Fiction[]




Coming Soon...[]

The Blogs of Doom[]

  • Larry Nightingale


Panini UK Ltd
BBC Studios, UK Publishing
  • Chair, Editorial Review Boards: Nicholas Brett
  • Managing Director, Consumer Products and Licensing: Stephen Davies
  • Head of Publishing: Mandy Thwaites
  • Compliance Manager: Cameron K McEwan
  • UK Publishing Co-ordinator: Eva Abramik

Additional details[]

  • This was the third issue to be worked on remotely, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • This was the first issue since DWM 354 to lack a comic story. As announced in the previous issue, the comic strips took a 3-issue break as a result of the aforementioned pandemic.