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Merchant of Menace (comic story)

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Merchant of Menace
Doctor: Tenth Doctor
Companion(s): Donna
Main enemy: Silas Wrench
Key crew
Publisher: GE Fabbri Ltd
Editor: Claire Lister
Writer: Kieran Grant
Artist: Lee Sullivan
Colourist: Alan Craddock
Letterer: not stated
Release details
Printed in: Doctor Who: Battles in Time (magazine)
Release date: 14 May 2008
Format: Comic - Part 2 of 2 (4 pages)
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Merchant of Menace was a comic story published in Doctor Who: Battles in Time. It was written by Kieran Grant.

Opening narration box Edit

The TARDIS has spun wildly out of control in the Time Vortex...

Summary Edit

At gunpoint, the Doctor hands over the TARDIS key to Silas Wrench, telling him that with a broken chrono-loop spectrometer he may as well have it for scrap. The Doctor doesn't mention the TARDIS's meson recognition defence system, which results in Wrench being sent a shock. It stuns him and causes the TARDIS to be displaced to somewhere nearby, away from the threat of entry.

With Wrench unconscious, the Doctor and Donna search for the TARDIS, coming across Donna's mum's old washing machine (complete with dent) along the way. As they find the TARDIS, they feel the junk craft's oxygen field being energised and the lift-off beginning.

Wrench intends to take the Doctor and Donna and sell them to the Slave Masters of Zooveron. The friendly Horobot tries to save them by wrestling with Wrench. Wrench loses control of the craft, which crashes back on the planet. The Doctor and Donna, having made their escape in the TARDIS just in time, return to the crash site to check for survivors. There is no trace of Wrench, but they find the heroic Horobot badly damaged and in pieces. The Doctor uses the Horobot's head to replace the TARDIS's broken chrono-loop spectrometer. As the TARDIS disappears, the familiar figure of Wrench appears, calling out for "any old iron?"

Characters Edit

References Edit

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Notes Edit

  • Supporting the series of collectible Doctor Who trading cards, the magazine carried a regular four page, individually titled comic strip of the Tenth Doctor's adventures.
  • The artwork and colours were bold and bright, reflecting the tone of the magazine and, as did Doctor Who Adventures, reflected the appeal to readers younger than those catered to by Doctor Who Magazine.
  • The Battles in Time comic strip sought to reinforce the association of its Doctor with the one seen on screen with "props" from the TV series: blue/brown suit, sonic screwdriver, psychic paper and intelligent glasses.

Original print details Edit

  • 2/2 DWBIT 44 (4 pages) THE END
  • No reprints to date.

Continuity Edit

to be added

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