Look back at Doctor Who's latest series with the showrunner in the new SFX

The cover of SFX issue 381, and some of the features inside.
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Ncuti Gatwa’s Doctor is on the cover of SFX issue 381 – and in a first, so is Bonnie Langford! (Though you might not recognise her...) 

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Doctor Who

The Doctor and Ruby in front of the TARDIS.

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Inside the mag we have a set visit from the season finale. We also badger quiz showrunner Russell T Davies with nerdy questions as we look back over Ncuti Gatwa’s first season. (Why did Richard E Grant make an unexpected appearance? What was all the fourth wall breaking about? Is that “mavity” thing going anywhere?) 

Plus we pay tribute to the recently-passed William Russell (‘60s companion Ian Chesterton) by presenting an extended interview from the SFX archives. 


Five characters from Borderlands, all looking down a hole.

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Another videogame franchise is making the leap to the big screen. We find out how a dog taking a dump helped director Eli Roth secure the gig (no, really), and speak to actor Florian Munteanu (Krieg). 

Time Bandits

Jemaine Clement as Pure Evil.

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Terry Gilliam’s 1981 classic has spawned an Apple TV+ series, starring Lisa Kudrow. Co-showrunner Iain Morris explains how he helped Flight of the Conchords veterans Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi to adapt it. 

The Umbrella Academy 

The Hargreeves clan standing by a battered van.

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It’ll be school’s out for the Umbrella Academy very soon. We find out what the fourth and final season of the Netflix show has in store from showrunner Steve Blackman, plus stars Emmy Raver-Lampman and Elliot Page. 

In a Violent Nature

The masked killer from In a Violent Nature.

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This unusual twist on the slasher flick shows the murders of its masked killer from a perspective rather like that of a first-person-shooter videogame. We quiz director Chris Nash.

Star Trek: Discovery

Costume designs for the Antedian aliens..

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As regular readers will know, we love showcasing the work of behind-the-scenes talent. In our latest design feature, we speak to Discovery costume designer Anthony Tran about creating the looks of the Antedians, The Selay and more for season five. 

But that’s not all, feature-wise! Now that Walking Dead spinoff The Ones Who Live has belatedly made its way onto UK screens, we catch up with stars Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira. We also speak to novelist China Miéville about his new collaboration with Keanu Reeves, and get Deborah Harkness (author of A Discovery of Witches) to fill in our author questionnaire. 

Red Alert

An angry Wolverine facing off with Deadpool.

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And the big features are just the tip of the iceberg! As ever, our news section, Red Alert, is crammed with insights into yet more movies, TV shows, comics and books. In the spotlight this month: Deadpool vs Wolverine; Snowpiercer’s final season; the latest batch of Futurama episodes; Stingray multimedia event Deadly Uprising; Harley Quinn spinoff Kite Man: Hell Yeah!; Marvel’s new crime novel series, and the latest Mark Millar, Flash Gordon and Misty comics. 


Two pages of film reviews.

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The SFX verdict on A Quiet Place: Day One kicks off 21 pages of searing critical analysis, as we inform you which of the latest films, TV shows, books, comics, audio plays, and video games are worth splashing your hard-earned cash on!

The Doctor and two servants of Sutekh on the cover of SFX.

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Deputy Editor, SFX

Ian Berriman has been working for SFX – the world's leading sci-fi, fantasy and horror magazine – since March 2002. He also writes for Total Film, Electronic Sound and Retro Pop; other publications he's contributed to include Horrorville, When Saturday Comes and What DVD. A life-long Doctor Who fan, he's also a supporter of Hull City, and live-tweets along to BBC Four's Top Of The Pops repeats from his @TOTPFacts account.