BBC Doctor Who Magazine Issue 500 from Panini

Panini Magazines is excited to publish the 500th edition of the official BBC Doctor Who Magazine.

The official publication of the hit BBC television series celebrates 500 editions with its biggest ever issue. The magazine began life as Doctor Who Weekly in October 1979, before becoming a monthly publication the following year. Contributors have included Doctor Who’s head writers Steven Moffat and Russell T Davies, and the title has interviewed every Doctor and companion to appear in the TV series over the years.

The Doctor himself – actor Peter Capaldi – is interviewed inside the issue and says: “When I was growing up, the same publications would print the same pictures over and over again. But then suddenly Doctor Who Magazine will produce something from the 60s that you’ve never seen. To me, that’s magic. The magazine caters to a whole range of ages and interests, and so many of your readers are so creative. It’s one of the things I love about Doctor Who, that it stimulates creativity in people. They may go off and become writers, or actors, or artists – and the magazine is part of that. As an examination of the nature of television production, it gives people a clear idea about the processes involved, both now and historically. You have very clever, very detailed articles for those who are of a scholarly bent… But also Doctor Who Magazine has a great artistic flavour to it. It’s about endeavour.”

Editor Tom Spilsbury says, “As a reader of the magazine since Issue 1 in 1979, it’s thrilling to be able to bring the 500th edition to life. Here’s to the next 500!”

Panini UK’s managing director Mike Riddell says, “It is a privilege for Panini to be entrusted with publishing Doctor Who Magazine and we are proud to have reached the 500 milestone.”

BBC DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE 500 is on sale from Thursday 26th May 2016, price £9.99!

Doctor Who Magazine
Cover Price:    £9.99
Frequency:    4 weekly

BBC Doctor Who Magazine is published by Panini under licence from BBC Worldwide Ltd, the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). BBC Worldwide exists to support the BBC public service mission and to maximise profits on its behalf. It does this through investing in, commercialising and showcasing content from the BBC around the world, in a way that is consistent with BBC standards and values. The business also builds the reach and reputation of the BBC brand overseas and champions British creativity.

About Panini:

The Panini Group, with headquarters in Modena, Italy is the world leader in the collectables and trading cards market. Panini is also one of the leading publishers of children’s magazines and books, comics, manga and graphic novels, in both Europe and Latin America. In addition to this Panini is involved in substantial multi-media programmes. In 2014 the Panini Group sales exceeded 750 million Euros (900 million USD) with sales in over 120 countries, supported by 12 subsidiaries and over 1000 employees worldwide.

For further information, please contact:
Jessica Tadmor, Head of Marketing
Panini UK, Brockbourne House, 77 Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 8BS., Tel: 01892 500100