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Cuckoo (comic story)

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Doctor: Seventh Doctor
Companion(s): Benny, Ace
Main enemy: "Thomas Gideon"
Main setting: Lifton, 15 October 1855
Key crew
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Editor: Gary Russell
Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: John Ridgway
Letterer: Janey Rutter
Release details
Printed in: Doctor Who Magazine 208 - 210
Release date: 23 December 1993 - 17 February 1994
Cover date: 19 January - 16 March 1994
Format: Comic - 3 parts
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You may wish to consult Cuckoo (disambiguation) for other, similarly-named pages.

Cuckoo was a Doctor Who Magazine comic story featuring the Seventh Doctor, Benny and Ace. Barring the coda of The Last Word, it was the last in the short run of DWM comic stories set within the continuity of the Virgin New Adventures.

The story explored gender politics, taking advantage of having two independent, sexually-liberated female companions by setting the story in the Victorian era and featuring a sexist character who espoused virulently anti-feminist ideas who was literally a "monster".

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  • The title refers to the British slang cuckoo, meaning something being where it's not supposed to be. In part two, the Doctor refers to the alien fossil in the caves around Lifton as being a cuckoo that needs to be pushed out of the nest of human history, so that Charles Darwin will properly publish The Origin of the Species, rather than being suppressed by Mary Anne Wesley's incorrect assumption that somehow the alien fossil should "fit" into Earth's evolutionary "table".
  • The Seventh Doctor takes a drop of Madeira in Lifton, evoking the scene in The Smugglers where the First Doctor also had some whilst visiting another part of the English coast. The scenes of Ace and Benny wandering around the caves at the beach are also reminiscent of surviving telesnaps of Polly, Ben and the Doctor walking on a Cornish beach in part one of the serial.

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