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Metal Mania (comic story)

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Metal Mania
Doctor: Tenth Doctor
Main enemy: Robots
Main setting: Milan, 15th century
Key crew
Publisher: GE Fabbri Ltd
Editor: Claire Lister
Writer: Simon Furman
Artist: Lee Sullivan
Colourist: Alan Craddock
Release details
Printed in: DWBIT 62
Release date: 21 January 2009
Format: Comic - Part 2 of 2 (4 pages)
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Metal Mania was a comic story published in Doctor Who: Battles in Time. It was written by Simon Furman.

Opening narration box Edit

The Doctor is attacked by Renaissance robots in the home of Leonardo da Vinci.

Plot Edit

Ludovico's intervention with a chair distracts the robot holding the Doctor's throat long enough for the Doctor to deactivate it with his sonic screwdriver. Examing Leonardo, who has been watching in a trance, the Doctor discovers a spider-like robot has attached itself to his neck. When the Doctor tries to use his sonic screwdriver to detach the creature, more robotic suits of armour become animated.

The Doctor defends himself with sulphuric acid. The creature controlling Leonardo senses intelligence and communicates. It requires a new body after its old one was damaged in a crash. The Doctor agrees to help. He lures the creature into one of the suits of armour he has adapted. Once inside the suit of armour the robotic spider shuts down.

The Doctor explains the creature's mobility depended on a gas-delivery system which the Doctor "forgot" to switch on as part of his deal for the creature to leave Leonardo's body. With the creature trapped inactive in the armours' helmet, the Doctor leaves to take it home, wherever that may be! As he departs, the Doctor leaves instructions for Ludovico to burn the notes on making a robot.

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 comic strip series of the Tenth Doctor's adventures.
  • The limitation of only four pages meant that stories often lacked depth compared to other regular comic strips running at the same time.
  • 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: his blue/brown suit, sonic screwdriver, psychic paper and his intelligent glasses.

Original print details Edit

  • 2/2 DWBIT 62 (4 pages) TO BE CONTINUED...!
  • No reprints to date.

Continuity Edit

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