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Revelation (comic story)

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Doctor: Tenth Doctor
Companion(s): Rose
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Main setting:
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Publisher: IDW Publishing
Editor: Denton J. Tipton
Writer: Tony Lee
Artist: Charlie Kirchoff, Nick Roche
Penciller: Pia Guerra
Inker: Kent Archer
Colourist: Charlie Kirchoff
Letterer: Richard Alan Starkings
Release details
Printed in: Doctor Who: The Forgotten 5
Release date: December 2008
Format: Comic Book
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Revelation was the fifth issue of The Forgotten comic series.

Plot Edit

After the Cloister Bell rings, the Doctor begins to question who or what Martha Jones really is. They are attacked by a Clockwork Droid and a Voc Robot. The Doctor and Martha escape. Martha hands the Doctor a cravat from his eighth incarnation and the Doctor begins to tell Martha about that life.

The Doctor was alone in a prison cell on a planet, wondering whether the Last Great Time War was still being waged, when the cell door opened and the guards threw a new prisoner into the cell. Sixteen days later the Doctor and his new cellmate, Chantir, saw through the cell window a spaceship land. The Doctor said it was time to escape. The Doctor slowed his heartbeats to almost nothing and Chantir called in the guards. The Doctor and Chantir overpowered them and stole their laser weapons. The Doctor opened all the other cells to allow the other prisoners to escape.

They travelled to the end of the hall and blasted open the door. Inside, the Great Key stood on a pillar in the centre of the room. The Doctor picked it up and told Chantir he planned to use it to recreate the De-mat Gun and possibly even modify the original to increase its lethality to remove millions from time and space at once. The Doctor and Chantir escaped from the prison by sliding down a power cable on the outside wall of the prison. Chantir left the Doctor to find his crewmates and the Doctor walked a few miles to recover his TARDIS.

Martha asks if the Doctor was always alone in that regeneration. The Doctor explains to Martha that his eighth incarnation started and ended alone, because the Last Great Time War happened. He remembers how he saw Arcadia destroyed, laughed in the face of the Nightmare Child, Gallifrey sacrificed, which burned when the Cruciform fell, and how he ended the Time War with the Great Key that turned "the lock" and doomed everyone.

Martha has the Doctor acknowledge that the victims knew the cost of what the Doctor did- saving everything else. She makes the Doctor focus his thoughts on what happened immediately after the war, such as meeting Rose, and gives him the psychic paper. The paper displays the message, "Everything is not as it seems". The Doctor ponders that he spent much more time in cells and brigs than saving the universe before he had this utility and he remembers his ninth incarnation.

The Doctor and Rose arrived in a World War I trench on Christmas Day and the Doctor showed the British occupants documents identifying him as Brigadier Bambera with the psychic paper. A football landed in the trench and the Germans asked the British to hand them back their football. The Doctor challenged the Germans to a football match for their ball. As the British played football with them, the Doctor refereed. After the match, the Doctor and Rose left in the TARDIS.

Martha hands the Doctor the Chameleon Arch and the Doctor regains the last of his memories. At that very moment, an individual resembling the Meta-Crisis Tenth Doctor, but calling himself the Valeyard, arrives with the Clockwork Droid and the Voc Robot and threatens to steal the Doctor's regenerations so he can regenerate himself.

Characters Edit


Last Great Time War Edit

  • During the flashback featuring the Eighth Doctor, he is shown being held prisoner on a planet at some point during the Last Great Time War. He manages to escape and steal the Great Key. The Doctor intends to use this key to create a device similar to a De-mat Gun that will seal the Medusa Cascade and somehow end the war.
  • The Tenth Doctor refers to Romana's involvement in the war, and claims that it didn't turn out well for her.
  • The Tenth Doctor states that he succeeded in ending the Last Great Time War using the Great Key. It is implied that this key was used to create the time lock, which closed off the war from the rest of the universe and repelled any time travellers from entering by normal means.
  • During the Eighth Doctor flashback, the Doctor claims he created the fiction of being half-human using a chameleon arch in order to deceive an enemy.
  • A Sea Devil is seen as a prisoner during the Eighth Doctor flashback.


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  • The Advocate later claims that the modified De-mat Gun becomes the Moment. (COMIC: Don't Step on the Grass) Statements made by the Time Lords suggest otherwise, indicating it was created by the ancients of Gallifrey. (TV: The Day of the Doctor)
  • The Doctor tells the fake Martha that he was all alone when his eighth incarnation died. This was shown in TV: The Night of the Doctor, where he was indeed alone and companionless when dying, losing his life after travelling by himself, avoiding the Time War. After dying in a spaceship crash, the Doctor was briefly resurrected by the Sisterhood of Karn, and was given the chance to choose the nature of his next incarnation before he truly perished. Opting to become a warrior, he demanded to be alone before he began to regenerate.
  • The Tenth Doctor indicates his plan to use the Great Key ended the Time War, however, other sources show that the War Doctor eventually chose to prime the Moment for detonation as a last resort after he had exhausted all other alternatives. (PROSE: Engines of War, TV: The End of Time, The Day of the Doctor)
  • In the Ninth Doctor tale, Captain Jack Harkness is mentioned. A soldier mentions a Captain Harkness being shot in the head and surviving with "not a scratch to be seen", suggesting this is the version of Jack who is already immortal. According to Jack's backstory in TV: Small Worlds, Fragments, and Immortal Sins, Jack left Torchwood Three to fight in both World Wars. At this point in their timeline, the Doctor and Rose have not met Jack yet. (TV: The Empty Child)
  • Also during the Ninth Doctor tale, the Doctor uses the name of "Bambera" to pass in World War I.
  • During the Eighth Doctor's flashback, it is suggested that his statement of being "half-human" in TV: Doctor Who was a ruse.

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