This month (Saturday 23 May, to be precise), SFX marks its 25th anniversary. Yes, it's a quarter of a century since issue one hit the shops! Celebrate with us by picking up a copy of issue 327 – our second put together entirely in lockdown, working from our separate homes. Gal Gadot is our cover star, as we look forward to the release of Wonder Woman 1984. We've also got a little bonus for you: free downloads of our 116-page Ultimate Sci-Fi Quiz Book and SFX issue one! Below we run down just a few highlights of the issue; alternatively, you can get a feel for the contents by skimming through this digital preview.
As ever, please stay safe while lockdown continues. While some outlets remain closed, you should be able to find the mag when you visit your local supermarket to stock up on supplies, or visit a post office branch where magazines are also sold. Alternatively, you can order a copy online – in the UK, the price (including P&P) is the same as buying it in the shops. Please note: postal disruption means that your issue may take longer than the usual five days to reach you via Royal Mail.
Wonder Woman 1984
The Amazon heroine is set to return to our screens in August (fingers crossed...), with an adventure set in the era of deely-boppers and legwarmers. In a 12-page feature, we speak to director Patty Jenkins and stars Gal Gadot, Kristen Wiig, Chris Pine and Pedro Pascal.
We've been spoilt for choice with unusual superhero shows recently, but with its giant cockroaches, cannibalistic butts and dimension hidden within a donkey, Doom Patrol's a strong contender for the weirdest of the lot. With the series about to return for its second season, we find out what's in store from showrunner Jeremy Carver.
With cinemas shuttered in the US, this animated Scooby Doo movie has gone direct to VOD over the pond. Still no word on when and how we'll see it in the UK, but in the meantime we've spoken to director Tony Cervone, and snagged the BIG EXCLUSIVE from voice-of-Scooby Frank Walker, who reveals the contents of his dream Scooby sandwich. The Pulitzer is in the bag.
Designing Doctor Who
Doctor Who production designer Dafydd Shurmer was kind enough to share hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos from his work on series 12. Last issue we picked out some of our favourites and asked him to talk us through them. Now we present the second half of this 16-page extravaganza, which includes insights about sets such as the ruins of Gallifrey, Villa Diodati and the Gravraft.
Carole Ann Ford
Speaking of Doctor Who, original companion Susan is back, in a new Big Finish audio drama about her role in the Time War. We chat with Carole Ann Ford, and look back over her time as the Doctor's granddaughter.
The 1995 movie of Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin's comic featured on the cover of SFX issue one, so what better time for a retrospective feature? Director Rachel Talalay and star Lori Petty tell us about struggles with the studio, wearing 35 different wigs, and kangaroo schlong.
And that's not all, features-wise! We also explore the production design of Noughts + Crosses, look at the final season of She-Ra And The Princesses Of Power, quiz Robbie Amell about his role in Amazon show Upload, and interview author M John Harrison.
And the big features are just the tip of the iceberg! Our news section, Red Alert, is routinely crammed with insights into yet more movies, TV shows, comics and books. Projects in the spotlight this month include the new Netflix series of Snowpiercer, "lost" Tom Baker Doctor Who "The Doomsday Contract", and the forthcoming Dune movie.
The SFX verdict on Alex Garland show Devs kicks off 18 pages of searing critical analysis, as we inform you which of the latest TV shows, books, comics, audio plays and video games are worth your time (and hard-earned cash)!
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