The 56th issue of Doctor Who Magazine had a cover date of September 1981.



  • The Hartnell Years
  • Living in the Past

Comic content[]


  • None


  • Archive Feature: Death to the Daleks (retelling by episode, with no credits) (The cover states the Archive is The Ark, which had appeared in DWM#55)
  • Episode Guide: The Highlanders to The Faceless Ones (listing details including dates, episode endings, credits and dates):

Interviews / Profiles[]


  • None


  • None

A4 pin-ups[]

  • None

Also featuring[]

  • Gallifrey Guardian
  • Doctor Who Letters (Letters Page)
  • Matrix Data Bank (2 pages of Questions and Answers)


Editor: Alan McKenzie
Design: Steve O'Leary and Rahid Khan
Consultant: Jeremy Bentham
Production: Tim Hampson and Nigel Bulloch
Publisher: Stan Lee

Additional details[]

  • Special William Hartnell themed issue.
  • The year is not displayed on the front cover.
  • The main cover image is a rare colour photo from TV: Marco Polo. The smaller photo is from TV: The Celestial Toymaker.
  • The Dalek Tapes comic strip appears on the back page in full colour for the first time. Despite announcing "follow the adventures of the Daleks every month in colour!" and "continued next month!", the Dalek strip does not continue next month but in DWM 58. The caption boxes at the start and end are again edited.