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Comic stories have appeared in all but two issues of Doctor Who Magazine. Since its earliest days as Doctor Who Weekly, the publication has been home to many types of strips, but the most durable has been the one featuring the then-current televised Doctor. This "main strip" has usually been told in a multi-part format. Beyond these continuing adventures of the Doctor, the magazine has at different times printed comic adaptations of classic science fiction stories, reprints of original science-fiction stories from American comic book anthologies, reprints of strips originally printed in Polystyle or City Magazines publications, and original strips not featuring the Doctor which were nevertheless set in the Whoniverse.

Overview Edit

In 1979, Marvel UK wrested control of the license to produce Doctor Who comics from Polystyle. Editor Dez Skinn immediately changed the style of the comic strip by hiring youngsters who were principally comic book artists, rather than the cartoonists and illustrators who had been in charge of Polystyle's output. With soon-to-be-luminaries like Dave Gibbons, Pat Mills and John Wagner working on the main strip and Alan Moore, Steve Moore, Steve Dillon and Steve Parkhouse initially handling the back-ups, Skinn instantly brought modern — and more American — sensibilities to the comic Doctor Who world.

At the same time, those early issues of Doctor Who Weekly brought American comic strips in front of British eyes by having a long series of reprints taken straight from Marvel's long line of American science fiction anthologies. Called variously "Tales from the TARDIS" and "Time Tales", the non-Whoniverse backup strips of those early issues involved a few panels of the Fourth Doctor framing a Marvel US adaptation of a classic science fiction story or an original strip taken from a Marvel US science fiction anthology of the 1950s or 1960s. Borrowed as they were from Marvel US, they featured the talents of Marvel legends Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, Chris Claremont, and even Stan Lee himself. Skinn also resurrected the long-out-of-print Dalek Tapes stories that had originally appeared in TV Century 21. For a time, Doctor Who Weekly regularly had three or four different strips in each issue.

Skinn's successors rather quickly ended the non-Whoniverse material, and made reprints of 1960s material increasingly sporadic. But the non-Doctor original back-ups remained well past the time the magazine became Doctor Who Monthly. These backups, however, dried up at about the time the Sixth Doctor debuted. By the end of the 1980s, the magazine generally ran only the main Doctor Who strip. However, there were rare instances when a Polystyle comic made its way into print during the 1990s. These occasional reprints ended entirely by the dawn of the 21st century. In the 1990s DWM temporarily ran a series of comic strips featuring past Doctors in lieu of the then-current Seventh Doctor, but from 1996 it once again featured exclusively the current Doctor.

Today, Doctor Who Magazine exclusively publishes a single original comic strip per issue. As has been the case since 1979, most stories are serialised and told over the course of several issues, with the occasional single-chapter standalone. Originally published in black and white, the comic strip has been published in colour since the early 2000s.

Reprints Edit

Many of the comic strips have been reprinted a number of times in, or as, various publications, including as a series of mini-comics given away free in multi-packs of crisp snacks.

Doctor Who Magazine material was first reprinted in America via the Marvel Premiere anthology series in the early 1980s. When sales proved favourable, a new title, Doctor Who (1984), was launched. Though cancelled just shy of its two-year anniversary, the title managed to reprint almost all of the Fourth and Fifth Doctors' DWM runs. It also offered some prominent American artists, such as Dave Cockrum and George Roussos, an opportunity to offer pinup and cover artwork of Doctor Who subjects. Like many DWM reprints, Doctor Who (1984) presented its reprints in colour. Towards the end of 2007, IDW Publishing picked up the option to again reprint colourised versions of DWM comic strips in a monthly American series entitled Doctor Who Classics, reprinting stories up to the early Seventh Doctor era, plus a two-volume standalone, Grant Morrison's Doctor Who, reprinting Morrison's output from DWM. IDW also published several omnibus trade paperbacks featuring DWM strip reprints. The reprints ended with IDW's loss of their license to publish Doctor Who comics.

In the UK, Panini undertook a long project to digitally restore all Doctor Who Magazine comics, and faithfully reprint the comics from their original masters. In most cases, this has meant the first monochromatic reprinting of most DWM strips. It has also offered the creative teams an opportunity to add explanatory notes and original concept artwork. These large-format volumes have to date covered most of the history of DWM from 1979 onwards.

Doctor Who Magazine's comic strips have also been a key feature of hardback publications like the series of Doctor Who Yearbooks, Doctor Who annuals and Doctor Who Storybooks, as well as numerous special, seasonal issues of DWM itself.

Main strips by issue Edit

DWM Title Doctor Featuring Collected In
1-8 The Iron Legion 4th The Iron Legion
9-16 City of the Damned 4th The Iron Legion
17-18 Timeslip 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th K9 The Tides of Time
19-26 The Star Beast 4th K9, Sharon The Iron Legion
27-34 The Dogs of Doom 4th K9, Sharon, Daleks The Iron Legion
35-38 The Time Witch 4th K9, Sharon The Iron Legion
39-45 Dragon's Claw 4th K9, Sharon, Sontaran Dragon's Claw
46 The Collector 4th K9, Sharon Dragon's Claw
47-48 Dreamers of Death 4th K9, Sharon Dragon's Claw
49-50 The Life Bringer 4th K9 Dragon's Claw
51 War of the Words 4th K9 Dragon's Claw
52 Spider-God 4th Dragon's Claw
53 The Deal 4th Dragon's Claw
54-55 End of the Line 4th Dragon's Claw
56-57 The Free-Fall Warriors 4th Dragon's Claw
58-59 Junkyard Demon 4th Cybermen Dragon's Claw
60 The Neutron Knights 4th Dragon's Claw
61-67 The Tides of Time 5th Shayde The Tides of Time
68-69 Stars Fell on Stockbridge 5th Max The Tides of Time
70-75 The Stockbridge Horror 5th The Tides of Time
76-77 Lunar Lagoon 5th Gus The Tides of Time
78-83 4-Dimensional Vistas 5th Gus, The Monk, Ice Warriors The Tides of Time
84,86-87 The Moderator 5th Gus The Tides of Time
88-89 The Shape Shifter 6th Frobisher Voyager
90-94 Voyager 6th Frobisher Voyager
95-97 Polly the Glot 6th Frobisher Voyager
98-99 Once Upon a Time Lord 6th Frobisher Voyager
100-101 War-Game 6th Frobisher Voyager
102-103 Funhouse 6th Frobisher Voyager
104 Kane's Story 6th Peri, Frobisher Voyager
105 Abel's Story 6th Peri, Frobisher Voyager
106 The Warrior's Story 6th Peri, Frobisher Voyager
107 Frobisher's Story 6th Peri, Frobisher Voyager
108 Exodus 6th Peri, Frobisher The World Shapers
109 Revelation! 6th Peri, Frobisher, Cybermen The World Shapers
110 Genesis! 6th Peri, Frobisher, Cybermen The World Shapers
111-113 Nature of the Beast! 6th Peri, Frobisher The World Shapers
114-116 Time Bomb 6th Frobisher The World Shapers
117 Salad Daze 6th Peri, Frobisher The World Shapers
118-119 Changes 6th Peri, Frobisher The World Shapers
120-122 Profits of Doom! 6th Peri, Frobisher The World Shapers
123-126 The Gift 6th Peri, Frobisher The World Shapers
127-129 The World Shapers 6th Peri, Frobisher, Jamie, Voord, Cybermen The World Shapers
130-133 A Cold Day in Hell! 7th Frobisher, Ice Warriors A Cold Day in Hell!
134 Redemption! 7th A Cold Day in Hell!
135 The Crossroads of Time 7th A Cold Day in Hell!
136-138 Claws of the Klathi! 7th A Cold Day in Hell!
139 Culture Shock! 7th A Cold Day in Hell!
140 Keepsake 7th A Cold Day in Hell!
141-142 Planet of the Dead 7th A Cold Day in Hell!
143-144 Echoes of the Mogor! 7th A Cold Day in Hell!
145-146 Time and Tide 7th A Cold Day in Hell!
147 Follow That TARDIS! 7th The Monk A Cold Day in Hell!
148-150 Invaders from Gantac! 7th A Cold Day in Hell!
152-155 Nemesis of the Daleks 7th Abslom Daak, Daleks Nemesis of the Daleks
156 Stairway to Heaven 7th Nemesis of the Daleks
157-158 Hunger from the Ends of Time! (The Incredible Hulk Presents reprint) 7th Nemesis of the Daleks
159-161 Train-Flight 7th Sarah Jane Nemesis of the Daleks
162 Doctor Conkerer! 7th Nemesis of the Daleks
164-166 Fellow Travellers 7th Ace The Good Soldier
167 Darkness, Falling - The Brigadier The Good Soldier
168 Distractions 7th Ace The Good Soldier
169-172 The Mark of Mandragora 7th Ace, The Brigadier The Good Soldier
173 Party Animals 7th Ace The Good Soldier
174 The Chameleon Factor 7th Ace The Good Soldier
175-178 The Good Soldier 7th Ace, Cybermen The Good Soldier
179 A Glitch in Time 7th Ace The Good Soldier
180 Evening's Empire (Part One only) 7th Ace Evening's Empire
181 The Fires Down Below (backup strip reprint) -
182 Spider-God (reprint) 4th Dragon's Claw
183 Conflict of Interests - Sontarans Evening's Empire
184 Business as Usual (backup strip reprint) - Nestene Consciousness, Autons
185-187 The Grief 7th Ace Evening's Empire
188-190 Ravens 7th Evening's Empire
191 Memorial 7th Ace Evening's Empire
192 Cat Litter 7th Ace Evening's Empire
193-196 Pureblood 7th Benny, Sontarans, Rutan
197-202 Emperor of the Daleks! 6th, 7th Benny, Peri, Abslom Daak, Daleks
203-206 Final Genesis 7th Ace, Benny
207 Time & Time Again 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th Susan, Jamie, Zoe, Adric, Frobisher, Ace, Benny
208-210 Cuckoo 7th Ace, Benny
211 Uninvited Guest 7th
212-214 Victims 4th Romana II
215-217 The Lunar Strangers 5th Tegan, Turlough
218-220 Food for Thought 1st Ben, Polly
221-223 Change of Mind 3rd Liz, The Brigadier
224-226 Land of the Blind 2nd Jamie, Zoe
227 Up Above the Gods 6th Davros
228-230 The Curse of the Scarab 5th Peri
231-233 Operation Proteus 1st Susan
234 Target Practice 3rd Jo, The Brigadier, Benton
235-237 Black Destiny 4th Sarah Jane, Harry
238-242 Ground Zero 7th Susan, Sarah Jane, Peri, Ace
243 Doctor Who and the Fangs of Time 4th
244-247 Endgame 8th Izzy, Max, The Celestial Toymaker Endgame
248-249 The Keep 8th Izzy Endgame
250 A Life of Matter and Death 8th Izzy Endgame
251-255 Fire and Brimstone 8th Izzy, Daleks Endgame
256 By Hook or By Crook 8th Izzy Endgame
257-260 Tooth and Claw 8th Izzy, Fey Endgame
262-265 The Final Chapter 8th Izzy, Fey, Shayde, Rassilon Endgame
266-271 Wormwood 8th Izzy, Fey, Shayde Endgame
272 Happy Deathday 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Izzy The Glorious Dead
273-276 The Fallen 8th Izzy, Grace, The Master The Glorious Dead
277 Unnatural Born Killers - Kroton, Sontarans The Glorious Dead
278-282 The Road to Hell 8th Izzy The Glorious Dead
283 TV Action! 8th Izzy The Glorious Dead
284-286 The Company of Thieves 8th Izzy, Kroton The Glorious Dead
287-296 The Glorious Dead 8th Izzy, Kroton, The Master The Glorious Dead
297-299 The Autonomy Bug 8th Izzy The Glorious Dead
300-303 Ophidius 8th Izzy, Destrii Oblivion
304 Beautiful Freak 8th Izzy Oblivion
305 The Last Word 7th Ace, Benny
306,308-310 The Way of All Flesh 8th Izzy Oblivion
307 Flower Power (TV Comic reprint) 2nd John and Gillian, Cybermen
311 Character Assassin - The Master Oblivion
312-317 Children of the Revolution 8th Izzy, Daleks Oblivion
318 Me and My Shadow - Feyde Oblivion
319-322 Uroboros 8th Feyde, Destrii Oblivion
323-328 Oblivion 8th Izzy, Feyde, Destrii Oblivion
329 Where Nobody Knows Your Name 8th Frobisher The Flood
330-332 The Nightmare Game 8th The Flood
333 The Power of Thoueris! 8th The Flood
334-336 The Curious Tale of Spring-Heeled Jack 8th The Flood
337 The Land of Happy Endings 8th John and Gillian The Flood
338-342 Bad Blood 8th Destrii The Flood
343-345 Sins of the Fathers 8th Destrii The Flood
346-353 The Flood 8th Destrii, Cybermen The Flood
355-357 The Love Invasion 9th Rose, Ben, Polly The Cruel Sea
358 Art Attack 9th Rose The Cruel Sea
359-362 The Cruel Sea 9th Rose The Cruel Sea
363-364 A Groatsworth of Wit 9th Rose The Cruel Sea
365-367 The Betrothal of Sontar 10th Rose, Sontarans The Betrothal of Sontar
368 The Lodger 10th Rose, Mickey, Jackie The Betrothal of Sontar
369-371 F.A.Q. 10th Rose The Betrothal of Sontar
372-374 The Futurists 10th Rose The Betrothal of Sontar
375-376 Interstellar Overdrive 10th Rose The Betrothal of Sontar
377 The Green-Eyed Monster 10th Rose, Mickey, Jackie The Betrothal of Sontar
378-380 The Warkeeper's Crown 10th The Brigadier The Betrothal of Sontar
381-384 The Woman Who Sold the World 10th Martha The Widow's Curse
385 Bus Stop 10th Martha The Widow's Curse
386-389 The First 10th Martha The Widow's Curse
390 Death to the Doctor! 10th Martha The Widow's Curse
391-393 Universal Monsters 10th Martha The Widow's Curse
394 Hotel Historia 10th Majenta The Crimson Hand
395-398 The Widow's Curse 10th Donna, Sycorax The Widow's Curse
399 The Time of My Life 10th Donna The Widow's Curse
400-402 Thinktwice 10th Majenta The Crimson Hand
403-405 The Stockbridge Child 10th Majenta, Max The Crimson Hand
406-407 Mortal Beloved 10th Majenta The Crimson Hand
408-411 The Age of Ice 10th Majenta The Crimson Hand
412 The Deep Hereafter 10th Majenta The Crimson Hand
413 Onomatopoeia 10th Majenta The Crimson Hand
414-415 Ghosts of the Northern Line 10th Majenta The Crimson Hand
416-420 The Crimson Hand 10th Majenta The Crimson Hand
421-423 Supernature 11th Amy The Child of Time
424 Planet Bollywood 11th Amy The Child of Time
425-428 The Golden Ones 11th Amy, Axos The Child of Time
429 The Professor, the Queen and the Bookshop 11th Amy The Child of Time
430-431 The Screams of Death 11th Amy The Child of Time
432 Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night 11th Amy The Child of Time
433-434 Forever Dreaming 11th Amy The Child of Time
435-437 Apotheosis 11th Amy The Child of Time
438-441 The Child of Time 11th Amy The Child of Time
442-445 The Chains of Olympus 11th Amy, Rory The Chains of Olympus
446-447 Sticks & Stones 11th Amy, Rory The Chains of Olympus
448-450 The Cornucopia Caper 11th Amy, Rory The Chains of Olympus
451-454 The Broken Man 11th Amy, Rory Hunters of the Burning Stone
455 Imaginary Enemies - Amy, Rory, Mels Hunters of the Burning Stone
456-461 Hunters of the Burning Stone 11th Ian, Barbara Hunters of the Burning Stone
462-464 A Wing and a Prayer 11th Clara The Blood of Azrael
465-466 Welcome to Tickle Town 11th Clara The Blood of Azrael
467 John Smith and the Common Men 11th Clara The Blood of Azrael
468-469 Pay the Piper 11th Clara The Blood of Azrael
470-474 The Blood of Azrael 11th Clara The Blood of Azrael
475-476 The Crystal Throne - Vastra, Jenny, Strax The Eye of Torment
477-480 The Eye of Torment 12th Clara The Eye of Torment
481-483 The Instruments of War 12th Clara, Sontarans The Eye of Torment
484 Space Invaders! 12th Clara The Highgate Horror
485-488 Blood and Ice 12th Clara The Eye of Torment
489-491 Spirits of the Jungle 12th Clara The Highgate Horror
492-493 The Highgate Horror 12th Clara, Jess The Highgate Horror
494-495 The Dragon Lord 12th Clara The Highgate Horror
496 Theatre of the Mind 12th Clara The Highgate Horror
497-499 Witch Hunt 12th Clara The Highgate Horror
500 The Stockbridge Showdown 12th Max, Sharon, Frobisher, Izzy, Destrii, Majenta The Highgate Horror
501-503 The Pestilent Heart 12th Jess
504 Moving In 12th Jess
505- Bloodsport 12th Jess

Backup strips Edit

Main article: DWM backup comic stories

Main strips In Special issues Edit

Doctor Who Magazine Specials Edit

DWM Title Doctor Featuring Collected In
Summer 1991 Seaside Rendezvous 7th Ace The Good Soldier
Winter 1991 The Man in the Ion Mask 3rd The Brigadier, Benton, The Master
Winter 1992 Flashback 7th Benny
Summer 1993 Bringer of Darkness 2nd Jamie, Victoria, Daleks
Summer 1994 Are You Listening? 1st Vicki, Steven
Summer 1994 Younger and Wiser 7th Benny
Winter 1994 Plastic Millenium 7th Mel, Nestene Consciousness, Autons
Summer 1995 The Seventh Segment 4th Romana, K9
Spring 1996 Daleks Versus the Martians Dr. Who Louise, Susan, Daleks

Doctor Who Storybooks Edit

Year Title Doctor Featuring Collected In
2007 Opera of Doom! 10th Rose The Betrothal of Sontar
2008 Sunscreen 10th Martha The Widow's Curse
2009 The Immortal Emperor 10th Donna The Widow's Curse
2010 Bringer of Darkness 10th The Crimson Hand

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