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Crimes and Punishment
Doctor: Tenth Doctor
Companion(s): Martha
Main enemy: Medusa, Cyclops, Cerebus, Tauride, Chiffala
Main setting: Ancient Worlds Theme Park, planet Dewyn
Key crew
Publisher: GE Fabbri Ltd
Editor: Claire Lister
Writer: Claire Lister
Artist: Lee Sullivan
Colourist: Alan Craddock
Release details
Release number: 33
Printed in: DWBIT 33
Release date: 12 December 2007
Format: Comic - Part 3 of 3 (4 pages)
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Crimes and Punishment was a Doctor Who: Battles in Time comic story.

Summary Edit

Trapped in a chocolate Aztec pyramid by a green, eye-patched giant and armed with a only a toy Olympic torch souvenir and his sonic screwdriver, the Doctor uses the two to melt a tunnel through the chocolate by magnifying the resonant frequency wavelength of the torch to generate heat. The Doctor and Martha’s escape route takes them to a full-sized replica Sphinx, complete with rampaging mummies and cat-gods.

On their way to shut down the central command computer, the Doctor explains that the green giant is a Chiffala. The Chiffala are a race of small mercenaries who thrive on conflict. They travel the galaxy, joining in any skirmish they find. Crash-landing near the theme park, the Chiffala decided to make his own conflict, re-enacting the most horrific parts of human history with the theme park visitors.

The Chiffala traps the Doctor and Martha in a chamber with two mummies. However, he fails to notice that costumes are swapped when the Doctor uses his sonic screwdriver to disable the robot mummies. Disguised as mummies, the Doctor and Martha make their escape through another hidden chamber and quite literally crash into the Chiffala. They break through a door, which falls on top of the Chiffala and knocks him to the floor.

While the Chiffala is unconscious, the Doctor and Martha take it on a trip in the TARDIS. They leave the Chiffala in a Dark Ages torture chamber, strapped to a table. They promise to return for him in three to six months' time!

Characters Edit

  • Giant bull-like creature a shy species not usually aggressive.
  • From Greek mythology; the very sight of her hair of snakes could turn the viewer to stone.
  • A one-eyed giant from Greek Mytholgy.
  • A three-headed vicious dog from Greek mythology.
  • A brutal race of giant green mercenaries who thrive on and seek out conflict across the galaxy. Violence and ugliness seem to be linked in this race, whose one main weakness seems to be their surprisingly thin skulls, which leave them vulnerable to concussion without their full armour.

Original print details Edit

  • 3/3 DWBIT 33 (4 pages) THE END
  • No reprints to date.

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 Chiffala in this story seems to be of an indeterminable size- towering over a cage of children and yet being crushed by a falling door!

References Edit

  • 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.
  • The Doctor mentions that he has met the Chiffala once before years ago.

Continuity Edit

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