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Doctor Who and the Star Beast (comic story)

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Doctor Who and the Star Beast
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Doctor: Fourth Doctor
Companion(s): K9 Mark II, Sharon Davies
Main enemy: Beep the Meep
Main setting: Blackcastle (c.1979)
Key crew
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Editor: Dez Skinn
Writer: Pat Mills, John Wagner
Artist: Dave Gibbons
Release details
Printed in: Doctor Who Weekly 19-26
Release date: 20 February 1980 - 9 April 1980
Format: Comic - 8 parts (34 pages)
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Doctor Who and the Star Beast — or The Star Beast — was a Fourth Doctor comic strip published in Doctor Who Magazine.

Summary Edit

Pursued by Wrarth Warriors, Beep the Meep crashes his craft in Blackcastle, where he is found and hidden by school children Sharon and Fudge. The Doctor follows the flames of the neutron drive star cruiser and investigates, unaware that he is leading the Wrarth Warriors directly to the Meep. The Warriors attack K9, making him useless. After he has sent the Meep with Sharon for safety, the Doctor learns from the Wrarth officers, Sergeant Zogroth and Constable Zreeg, that Beep is being hunted by the Wrarth (biological constructs of the five strongest races in the galaxy) for unspeakable crimes.

The Meep were once a happy advanced race. Radiation from the Black Sun, however turned them into conquering, savage beasts. Beep was shot down following his escape from the Battle of Yarras.

Taking the Wrarth Warriors with him, the Doctor finds Sharon and the locals turned into zombie drones by the radiation of the Black Star drive. Beep has made them work to repair the ship for a star jump from Earth. The Doctor, along with Blackcastle and the workers, are caught in the star jump.

The Doctor returns the workers (the radiation effect has started to wear off) to Earth in the TARDIS. The Wrarth ship captures and boards the Meep's ship and Sharon is returned to the Doctor and K9, who is erratic and purring like a cat but back together. The Doctor agrees to take Sharon with him in the TARDIS so he can return her to Earth.

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Characters Edit

References Edit

  • When K9's memory and identity circuits are damaged, the Doctor recognises the speech patterns of Leela.
  • The Doctor refers to the Black Guardian.

Notes Edit

  • Although Pat Mills and John Wagner were jointly credited, they took turns to write the scripts. The Star Beast was written by Pat Mills.
  • Dave Gibbons consistently drew K9 smaller than the actual TV prop, enabling him to be carried around more easily under characters' arms in the strip – something that was quite impossible on television.
  • Sharon becomes the first (known) non-Caucasian continuous companion of the Doctor, predating Mickey Smith and Martha Jones by more than a quarter of a century.
  • The newsreader is modelled upon contemporary newsreader Angela Rippon.
  • The Doctor mentions the Black Guardian. This is the second comic in a row which featured a reference to characters from Season 16. The previous issue had featured a reference to Romana II.
  • As with the comic story Timeslip, this story appears to take place after the events of the television story The Armageddon Factor owing to the randomiser being in use; however, Romana is absent for reasons not explained, although K9 is still present (Romana's absence is referenced in the previous story, however), placing this before the TARDIS enters E-Space in Full Circle.

Original print details Edit

Publication with page count and closing captions
  1. DWM 21 (4 pages) Next Week: Doctor Death!
  2. DWM 22 (4 pages) Next Week: Revenge of Wrath!
  3. DWM 23 (5 pages) Next Week: Hour of the Beast!
  4. DWM 24 (4 pages) Next Week: Countdown to Apocalypse!
  5. DWM 25 (4 pages) Next Week: Stardeath!
  6. DWM 26 (4 pages) Next Issue: Join the Doctor, Sharon and K9 in...Devil-Spawn!

Reprints Edit

  1. Doctor Who (Marvel Comics) (Issues 1-2) reprinted in colour with colouring by Andy Yanchus.
  2. Doctor Who Classic Comics Issue 25-26 reprinted in colour with colouring by Paul Vyse.
  3. Iron Legion graphic novel published in 2004 reprinting, as original, cleaned up comic strips covering strips from Doctor Who Magazine in B&W.
  4. Doctor Who Classics Issue 4-5 reprinted in colour with colouring by Charlie Kirchoff.
  5. Doctor Who Classics Volume 1, a graphic novel colection of Doctor Who Classics colourised reprints.
  6. Doctor Who Classics Omnibus Volume 1

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