Take a tour of Ncuti Gatwa’s TARDIS with the new issue of SFX

The cover of SFX issue 374, and some of the features inside.
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Fifteenth Doctor Ncuti Gatwa is an SFX cover star once again for issue 374. Below we run down some of the highlights of the issue. UK readers, don't forget: you can use this store locator to find a stockist near you.

Doctor Who

The Doctor and Ruby inside a Goblin ship.

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Across 26 pages of Doctor Who feature coverage, we look behind the scenes of the recent specials – and forward to Ncuti Gatwa’s first series. First of all, we chat with the actor himself, and co-star Millie Gibson. We also talk to production designer Phil Sims about the stunning new TARDIS interior, and how they went about creating the Meep and the Wrarth Warriors. Finally, rounding off the 60th anniversary coverage we’ve been running throughout 2023, we look back at some of the show’s most memorable merchandise.

A Ghost Story for Christmas

The mummy from "Lot No 249".

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Mark Gatiss’s latest addition to the festive chiller strand was an adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1892 short story “Lot No 249”. In the latest of our regular design features, we look at the making of its mummy. 


Hawkwing, Zelda, and "Tiger" Ninestein.

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Gerry Anderson’s quirkiest puppet show debuted 40 years ago. We speak to his son Jamie – torch-bearer of the Anderson legacy – about Ninestein, Zelda, Kate Kestrel and co.

The Exorcist

The deformed face of the possessed Regan.

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The classic possession horror turned 50 on Boxing Day. We run down the A-Z of everything you need to know about the William Friedkin film (yes, you guessed it, V is for vomit). 


The eye vacuum trap from Saw X.

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Yet another franchise marking a significant date is Saw, which clocks up 20 years in 2024. We look back over two decades of wince-inducing traps in the company of producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules and editor/director Kevin Greutert. 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

James Marsters standing by a microphone.

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Long-time readers will know that Buffy is close to our hearts, and now we’ve finally got an excuse to cover it again! We talk to Amber Benson, Juliet Landau and James Marsters about returning to the fold for Audible’s original audio drama Slayers.

And that’s not all, features-wise: we also look back at cult movie Killer Klowns from Outer Space with director Stephen Chiodo and actor Grant Cramer; profile Clarke Award-winning novelist Ned Beauman; and get fantasy novelist Sebastien de Castell to fill in our author questionnaire. 

Red Alert

A family of four looking at a sinister stain in their emptied pool.

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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: YA TV show Percy Jackson and the Olympians; Haunted swimming pool movie Night Swim; adult animated series Hazbin Hotel; and new Hellblazer, X-Men, Avengers, Timeless and Power Pack comics. 


Wonka looking at an Oompa Loompa inside a bell jar.

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The SFX verdict on Wonka 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!

Ncuti Gatwa's Doctor standing in front of the TARDIS, holding his sonic screwdriver.

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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.