The countdown to the launch of Series Three starts with the new issue of Doctor Who Magazine and the guys at Panini Towers have sent us all the details:
“This issue, producers Julie Gardner and Phil Collinson are given a grilling – not by DWM, but by their own colleagues! Find out whether Michael Sheen is going to be the Eleventh Doctor, why Julie Gardner’s windows have been nailed shut, and what the bathrooms are like in the TARDIS.
Meanwhile David Tennant asks Phil and Julie… “Are the Zarbi coming back?” “Phil, you’d better take that one!” laughs Julie. ” Well, we have agonised, actually, whether or not to bring back the Zarbi.” Phil replies.� “Which ones were the Zarbi?” asks Julie. “The Zarbi were in a story [The Web Planet] in like 1965 or something,” Phil explains. “They were great big giant ants, which were actually ballet dancers in black tights, with a fibreglass ant on top of them. They would look rather marvellous in colour, it’s true to say, but I can exclusively reveal that we are not going to be bringing back the Zarbi, I’m sorry David. He’s lobbied hard for them, but we just think they’re going to be too frightening for young children.” Perhaps they could feature in Torchwood? “Yes, I’ll take them!” pipes up Julie. “Phil, hand me your Zarbi!”
Also this issue, there’s a full preview of Episode 1, Smith and Jones, with brand new photographs and information on the Doctor’s first meeting with medical student Martha Jones. Meanwhile, their alter egos David Tennant and Freema Agyeman record vocals for the new Doctor Who cartoon, and have a go at drawing themselves exclusively for DWM. The Infinite Quest is given a full preview, with design drawings and exclusive backstage photos andinterviews.
Plus: Doctor Who’s longest-serving crewmember, director Graeme Harper, tells DWM about bringing back the Cybermen, working with six different Doctors,
and what’s in store for his two latest episodes, 42 and Utopia; former series script editor Terrance Dicks chats about his new novel Made of Steel and gives his views on the return of Doctor Who; writer Stephen Greenhorn gives a few hints about his new episode The Lazarus Experiment; and the Black Guardian and Turlough answer questions in the Matrix Data Bank.
Meanwhile the end of the world approaches, as the Doctor and the Brigadier try to stop the invasion of Upper Wardleswick in the devastating final part of the new comic strip, The Warkeeper’s Crown. Who will survive the final battle?
On top of all this, there’s a FREE Doctor Who CD from Big Finish Productions, all the latest reviews in Off the Shelf, a Space Cake in Production Notes, and more exclusive news in Gallifrey Guardian – including three new episode titles, and one very important piece of information which was all true and correct when we went to press, but is, um, not actually true and correct anymore. And it’s printed on four different pages. See if you can spot it…”
DWM 380 is on sale from Thursday 1 March 2007, priced �3.99.