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Doctor Who and the Nightmare Game (comic story)

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Doctor Who and the Nightmare Game
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Doctor: Eighth Doctor
Main enemy: Milo and Frank Shakespeare
Main setting: Delchester stadium, Prime Morg, 1977
Key crew
Publisher: Panini Comics
Writer: Gareth Roberts
Penciller: Mike Collins
Inker: David A. Roach
Release details
Printed in: Doctor Who Magazine 330-332
Release date: 28 May - 23 June 2003
Format: Comic - 3 parts
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Doctor Who and the Nightmare Game was a 2003 Eighth Doctor comic story in Doctor Who Magazine. It was set when the Eighth Doctor was travelling alone between Izzy Sinclair's departure and Destrii's return.

It paired the Doctor temporarily with an adolescent human companion — something that hadn't been done since Arnold's departure from the Third Doctor's TARDIS in the comic story The Amateur. From a behind-the-scenes perspective, it was the only published attempt at the Eighth Doctor for writer Gareth Roberts and penciller Mike Collins.

Summary Edit

When Delchester United's penalty is blocked by the TARDIS, the Doctor ponders who is operating a Para-static Vortex beam and just what is hidden under Delchester's stadium?

Characters Edit

References Edit

  • The crowd calls the deteriorating Delchester United side "a bunch of Jessies".
  • The Doctor feeds crisps to the Nukaryote and thereby escapes it.
  • Billy finds the Doctor's methods of dealing with the Morg ineffectual, claiming that "Spider-Man would've finished it off by now" and that "Steve Austin would've rescued us by now".
  • The Shakespeare Brothers have gravity bubble technology.
  • Milo and Frank grow a Nukaryote.
  • The Doctor wears a fez.

Notes Edit

  • This comic story was reprinted in The Flood graphic novel.
  • Collins chooses to portray the Eighth Doctor in a more casual way. Gone is his cravat, replaced by an unbuttoned shirt. This "open-collared" Doctor foreshadows the style of the Tenth Doctor, who predominantly wore a tie, but occasionally went without one.
  • A panel of this comic featuring the Eighth Doctor saying hello to Billy Wilkins with a wide grin became the subject of much humour and mockery on the internet due to its unusually unsettling nature.

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