a real world point of view
|Printed in:||Doctor Who Magazine 162|
|Release date:||July 1990|
|Format:||Comic - 1 part|
|DWM comic stories|
It was significant for a number of reasons. It featured the first DWU art by Mike Collins a penciller who would later be unusually prolific during the BBC Wales era. It also was the end of the period in DWM where the Seventh Doctor was travelling without Ace. Finally, it's the only known Doctor Who story in any medium whose main setting is the 5th century.
Just after his reunion with Sarah (COMIC: Train-Flight) and immediately prior to retrieving Ace from the Cretaceous era, (PROSE: Living in the Past), the Seventh Doctor suddenly fancies a game of conkers. He lands the TARDIS in 5th century Britain and tries his luck with some initially unfriendly Vikings.
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- This strip was produced for issue #13 The Incredible Hulk Presents comic but that title folded after issue #12. It was thus run in Doctor Who Magazine but not originally intended for it. Marvel's management had intended that the strips in Hulk should all be re-used in Doctor Who Magazine but John Freeman argued they were written for a younger audience and would run against all he was trying to do to appeal to Doctor Who fans in the Magazine, in terms of features and fiction.
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This is one of the few Seventh Doctor strips that affords rather precise dating. The Doctor says at the top of the story that it was lovely to see Sarah again, and that he's on his way to rejoining Ace. Within Marvel UK continuity, at least, this can only mean that: