65,260 Pages


The 53rd issue of Doctor Who Magazine had a cover date of June 1981. This would be the last time Tom Baker appeared on the cover as the current Doctor before leaving the role.



  • Photo-feature: Monster Gallery 5: The Invaders
  • Doctor Who Exhibitions

Comic content


  • None


Interviews / Profiles



  • Season Review and Season Survey

A4 pin-ups

Also featuring

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


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

Additional details

  • The year is not shown on the front cover.
  • The cover images show the Fourth Doctor from TV: State of Decay and the smaller image is from TV: Image of the Fendahl.
  • Matrix Data Bank is a two page extended feature this issue.
  • The Dalek Tapes reappear as a back-up comic strip. This time the four pages are printed unedited, but still in black and white.
  • Steve Parkhouse takes over from Steve Moore as the regular comic strip writer for the Doctor's adventures.