Comic Relief is a British charity organisation. The BBC is one of the main supporters of Comic Relief and airs TV specials during Red Nose Day. A donation campaign is held every other March with the sale of variant Red Noses a key feature of the fundraising.
Comic Relief Comic (1991)
On 16 February 1991 Fleetway Publications for Comic Relief, an operating name of Charity Projects Ltd, published a ‘Comic Relief comic’, a sixty-page, full colour, multi-character, linked series of strips featuring too many characters to mention, by over fifty credited writers and artists.
The art for the Doctor Who pages was by John Ridgway and the overall plot was by Richard Curtis, Neil Gaiman and Grant Morrison. (The script for these pages may have been by John Freeman, who is one of the credited writers and was editor of Doctor Who Magazine at this time.)
The strip told of the Doctors arriving to save the day with a supply of Red Noses for the Treen colony, when Dan Dare runs out and the Mekon isn’t happy!
Characters included Ice Warrior, Draconian, Cyberman, Sontaran, the TARDIS, Doctors 1-7, and companions K9, Leela, Susan, Tegan, Victoria and Ace. A Dalek was heard to say ‘EX-TERM-IN-ATE’ and the TARDIS arrived to the ‘Diddly dum’ Doctor Who theme tune.
- Lenny Henry wrote an introduction inside the front cover and Elitta Fell was credited with a last minute thanks
- ISBN 1-85386-258-4 priced £1.50 (UK) with all profits going to Comic Relief.
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