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Lords of the Ether (comic story)

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This story debuted with either the Second or Third Doctor, then was reprinted with the Fourth Doctor. It may have had different companions in the reprint, as well. From an in-universe point of view, it's unclear which Doctor lived through these events.

Lords of the Ether
Lords of the ether
Doctor: Third Doctor
Main setting: The Moon
Key crew
Publisher: Polystyle
Artist: Gerry Haylock
Release details
Printed in: TV Comic 1191-1198
Release date: 12 October - 30 November 1974
Format: Comic - 8 parts (16 pages)
Details about Fourth Doctor version
Title: Moon Exploration
Printed in: TV Comic 1416-1423
Release date: 2 February - 23 March 1979
Fourth Doctor art: John Canning
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Lords of the Ether was a Third Doctor comic strip in TV Comic, reprinted with the Fourth Doctor under the name Moon Exploration.

Summary Edit

After a successful moon landing, the crew of the Achilles spot a deep, cylindrical shaft into the lunar surface. On Earth, the Doctor's warning against any exploration of the shaft are ignored. When Major Franklin disappears after descending the tunnel, the mission is aborted. However, as the returning space capsule enters the Earth's atmosphere, the astronauts and it are turned to stone. The Doctor attributes this to fragment of the mineral Crunthel collected by the astronauts from the tunnel floor. Joined by CIA agent Harry Godino, the Doctor travels in the TARDIS to the moon. There they discover that the tunnel leads to the burial chamber of a member of an ancient alien race. Trapped in the tomb, the travellers' only hope of escape is for the Doctor to make contact with the aliens — the Lords of the Ether themselves.

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Notes Edit

  • The spacesuits worn by the Doctor and Harry are similar to those seen in the ITC science-fiction adventure series UFO (1970-71).
  • For some strange reason, the Doctor calls Harry "Joe" in one panel. This error was corrected for the Fourth Doctor reprint.

Continuity Edit

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