DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE, which began life as DOCTOR WHO WEEKLY in 1979, has clocked up 502 issues as of July 2016. In recent years, I've been buying fewer copies (it is published monthly).
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Having started reading it in the 1980s, I am wondering now, just what is there left to say about DR. WHO? Sure, they occasionally reveal a lost interview (i.e. Jon Pertwee in a 2013 issue), but for the most part, it seems a redundant magazine in most respects. Just my view, of course, as it no doubt sells.
Obviously, the issues published now cover current happenings with occasional features on the classic era. It all feels like filler at times, though. Of course, that's a sign for me to stop reading, I admit. And I will do that now. It's said everything it can possibly say about classic Who (everyone imaginable has been featured/interviewed and I doubt there are countless lost interviews out there). And I am not sure how much stuff a monthly magazine can publish about a TV series that has fewer episodes than ever and hasn't even aired full seasons in recent years.
This is a problem with many shows, I suppose. I stopped reading STAR TREK MAGAZINE (mainly due to erratic publishing schedules) but some of that has seemed like filler in recent years; again, there's only so much a monthly/bi-monthly magazine can say about a show/franchise with a limited number of movies/episodes.
And it's one of two reasons why I didn't renew my membership to the official fan club for THE PRISONER (the other being controversies associated with the club): the series ran for 17 episodes. And the official magazine of the fan club, published quarterly, has had more filler than ever in recent years: they're reviewing episodes they've already reviewed countless times already and they are so short of new material - understandably - that some magazines were light on THE PRISONER content and had features such as a 5-page article on a fan club member's wedding!
Getting back to DWM, though, again it's a sign for me to get out (been reading too long!), but they're gonna have to make sure they attract new readers. At least two other people I know, of a similar age, are dropping the magazine for reasons similar to mine.