Doctor Who: exclusive The Magician’s Apprentice poster revealed

The Doctor is back and so are designer Stuart Manning's stunning retro posters for you to download...


Doctor Who series nine will land on BBC1 in mere hours and, as if that’s not exciting enough, we’ve something rather special to whet your appetite: a downloadable retro poster for episode one, The Magician’s Apprentice.


Last year designer and dedicated Whovian Stuart Manning created a poster to accompany every single episode, exclusively for They proved so popular that we’ve asked him to the same for series nine. This week’s was inspired by the Doctor’s musical predilections – as Stuart explains.

“I thought it would be fun to base this poster on my original design for Peter Capaldi’s opener Deep Breath,” he says. “So I made the focal point a new profile silhouette of the Doctor, updated with his hoody, shades and ever-increasing Jon Pertwee bouffant, showing how far this Doctor has come from the stern patrician figure seen in his opening story.

“The Magician’s Apprentice got me thinking of playing cards, which was a good way to incorporate the profile with a shot of Missy as the Doctor’s literal flip side.

“The design itself is inspired mostly by US gig posters, drawing on the Doctor’s new electric guitar and reinvention as the universe’s oldest rocker. As the kick-off to a new series, I like to think of this as the first stop on the tour – a big, fun opening riff with the Doctor playing up to the crowds. Gallifrey via Vegas somehow seemed to fit the bill.”

Take a look at Stuart’s design below and click to see a larger version…

Below is Stuart’s original design for Peter Capaldi’s debut episode, Deep Breath.


Doctor Who series nine begins on Saturday 19th September on BBC1 at 7.40pm