Daleks, Matt Smith’s farewell and interactive Doctor Who content in this week’s Radio Times magazine

Unlock an exclusive message from Matt Smith and behind-the-scenes footage of our Doctor Who shoot, plus Heston Blumenthal, Monty Don and Lord Lucan's Rory Kinnear

It’s mere weeks until Matt Smith bids a fond farewell to Doctor Who but we couldn’t let him go without one final hurrah – and a Radio Times cover, of course. This week’s magazine marks Matt’s 13th appearance on the cover as the Doctor, matching the record held by his predecessor, David Tennant. And just in time for the arrival of the 13th Doctor. Neat, eh?


And there are plenty more Doctor Who treats in store this week. For those of you who enjoyed our exclusive message from Matt Smith to celebrate the Doctor’s 50th birthday, we’ve got another from the doors of the Tardis plus a sneak peek behind the scenes on our cover shoot. Download the Blippar app and point your phone at the magazine to unlock all the exclusive content. 

As if that wasn’t enough, we’ve got Matt Smith’s final interview reflecting on his last days as the Time Lord and revealing his Hollywood hipster ambitions. One man who predicts a long and successful career for Smith is Steven Moffat who praises his lead Doctor Who actor – along with his Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch – for their wise career choices. 

It’s also a big week for ITV with new drama Lucan – starring Rory Kinnear and former Doctor Christopher Eccleston – hitting our screens. The series is stirring up plenty of fresh controversy over the mysterious high society murder and we spoke to Kinnear, as well as Lord Lucan’s daughter, Camilla Bingham, who believes the drama will do nothing to inform or educate its audience. 

Heston Blumenthal is back with a new series of Great British Food and tells Radio Times why he refuses to stick his name on stuff he doesn’t believe in and only endorses products he has developed, meanwhile presenter Monty Don is calling for more wild meadows to preserve plant and insect species. 

Our Strictly diarist Susanna Reid is still riding high in this year’s competition and reveals her convenient long-term love of spray tan in this week’s magazine, meanwhile New Hidden Killers presenter Suzannah Lipscomb speaks her mind on sexist attitudes towards female historians. 

“When faced with an early death, you realise life is worth living.” That’s just a taster of the extract we’ve got from Professor Stephen Hawking’s autobiography, My Brief History, while for any cricket aficionados, former Australian bowler Jason Gillespie answers our questions. 

Andrew Collins joins the ranks of fans and critics in awe of Irish actress Saoirse Ronan – he profiles the talented youngster and star of Atonement, The Host and How I Live Now in this week’s magazine. Plus, Justin Webb describes the day he came home to a hole in his house, MasterChef’s Monica Galetti explains why she can’t bear to watch herself on telly and we speak to Marina Chapman – the woman who claims she was raised by monkeys. 

And don’t forget – due to imminent festive fun and our bumper Christmas issue, this week’s Radio Times is on sale on Saturday 30 November. That’s SATURDAY. If you haven’t got last week’s issue (listing 30 Nov-6 Dec) fear not, it will still be available in shops until Sunday. Enjoy!