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Android of Death (comic story)

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Android of Death
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Doctor: Tenth Doctor
Main enemy: Quarsians, Destructor Unit J7
Main setting: Sartor
Key crew
Publisher: GE Fabbri Ltd
Editor: Claire Lister
Writer: Jason Loborik
Artist: Lee Sullivan
Colourist: Alan Craddock
Release details
Printed in: DWBIT 36
Release date: 23 January 2008
Format: Comic - Part 3 of 3 (4 pages)
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Android of Death was a Doctor Who: Battles in Time comic story featuring the Tenth Doctor.

Opening narration box Edit

The Quarsians have created an evil android double of the Doctor...

Summary Edit

While the Tenth Doctor is refusing to explain to the Quarsians (and the android Doctor) what he's done to the ship's engine, there is a sudden explosion. The Doctor and Nadia make their escape to the TARDIS. There, the Doctor explains that he used the Sartor diamond crystals like a dam in the Zortron energy stream to overload the crystals' energy-storing properties, creating an overload to the engines which will take the Quarsians months to fix.

Back at control they find the android Doctor has transmatted down before the Quarsian ship left and has settled in. It warns the others that the Quarsians may send a duplicate Doctor! The two Doctors' identities become confused; even Nadia is unsure which is the real Doctor.

One Doctor produces Nadia's sonic disruptor, which the other Doctor claims must have been swapped. The real Doctor, however, is able to prove who he is by producing all manner of things from his pockets (including jelly babies and a 500 year old diary) — one thing that the Quarsians couldn't duplicate: the contents of a man's pockets! The android Doctor, now unmasked, identifies as Destructor Unit J7, and is determined to carry out his function of destroying the base, everyone and everything.

The Doctor allows the android to start his destructive work, offering him one of Sartor's crystals (taken from the ship). As the android blasts away at the crystal, the Doctor hurries everyone out of the control centre, just before the crystal explodes, destroying the control centre and the android. The Doctor waves goodbye as he leaves the colonists to build a new, improved force field, harnessing the qualities of their precious stones. The Doctor is one Diamond Geezer!

Characters Edit

References Edit

Species Edit

  • The Quarsians are clumsy, green, upright walking blobs, with eyes on protruding stalks.

Planets Edit

  • Nadia was lead scientist of the colonists on the planet of Sartor.

Technology Edit

  • The Quarsians are experts at android construction, from crude storm trooper soldiers to facsimile copies of people.
  • Kamini, an army lieutenant and the sister of Nadia, was killed during the first attack by the Quarsians, then duplicated by their android technology.

Notes Edit

  • Supporting the series of collectible Doctor Who trading cards, the magazine carried a regular four-page, individually titled comic strip of the Tenth Doctor's adventures.
  • The artwork and colours were bold and bright, reflecting the tone of the magazine and, as did Doctor Who Adventures, reflected the appeal to readers younger than those catered to by Doctor Who Magazine.
  • The Battles in Time comic strip sought to reinforce the association of its Doctor with the one seen on screen with "props" from the TV series: blue/brown suit, sonic screwdriver, psychic paper and his intelligent glasses.

Original print details Edit

  • 3/3 DWBIT 36 (4 pages) THE END
  • No reprints to date.

Continuity Edit

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