1982 saw both DWM and the TV show it covered increase in popularity, on the back of a new Doctor and a younger and fresher approach to stories.

The comic strip regenerated the Doctor, the 4th doctor pondering his future in The Neutron Knights and beginning the 5th Doctor's reign in the epic Tides of Time, which had a story arc centred around the village of Stockbridge, carrying onto stars fell on Stockbridge and TheStockbridge Horror.

Tim Quinn and Dicky Howett's Doctor Who? cartoon begins and DWM wins an Eagle Award for Best Comic Magazine.