Radio Times: 50 years of Doctor Who covers

Doctor Who series eight hits screens next month. Take a nostalgic look at some of the Radio Times magazine covers that have featured The Doctor in the past 50 years.

  • Doctor Who first appeared on the cover in 1964

    Doctor Who first appeared on the cover in 1964

  • The Dalek cover, also in 1964, was the 2nd cover).

    The Dalek cover, also in 1964, was the 2nd cover).

  • 18 January 1968

    18 January 1968

  • 1 January 1970

    1 January 1970

  • 19-25 November 1983

    19-25 November 1983

  • 25 - 31 May 1996

    25 - 31 May 1996

  • 22 - 28 November 2003

    22 - 28 November 2003

  • 30 April - 6 May 2005

    30 April - 6 May 2005

  • 23 - 29 November 2013

    23 - 29 November 2013

  • 7 - 13 December 2013

    7 - 13 December 2013


Radio Times has so far released 51 issues of the magazine with Doctor Who on the cover.

The first, from November 1964, featured William Hartnell, the first actor to play the Doctor in the long-running BBC sci-fi show. The most recent featured incoming Doctor, Peter Capaldi, in May.

Radio Times’ 2005 Vote Dalek! cover was named the Cover of the Century by the Professional Publishers Association last year, after winning a the public vote.

The magazine used to be owned by the BBC’s commercial arm BBC Worldwide and is now part of Immediate Media. It will celebrate the next series launch on 23 August with an interview with Capaldi.

The Radio Times website also has a Doctor Who mini-site, with news, reviews and interviews, as well as a complete episode guide for every series of the show.


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