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Signs of Life
DWA CS 036 SIGNS OF LIFE
Doctor: Tenth Doctor
Companion(s): Martha
Main setting: Liverpool, 1963; Gelezen
Key crew
Publisher: BBC Magazines
Editor: Moray Laing
Writer: Trevor Baxendale
Artist: John Ross
Colourist: Alan Craddock
Letterer: Paul Vyse
Release details
Printed in: DWA 36-37
Release date: 16 - 30 August 2007
Format: Comic - 2 parter (12 pages)
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Signs of Life was a Doctor Who Adventures comic story featuring the Tenth Doctor and Martha Jones.

Summary Edit

Part one Edit

After taking Martha Jones to see the Beatles perform in a Liverpool club in 1963, the Doctor finds the area around them brightly lit. His sonic screwdriver shows the area is bombarded by ever-increasing amounts of positively charged ions. It is the energy used to create a biometric matter transfusion field used in interstellar teleportation. The energy field increases in intensity around Martha, who disappears in front of the Doctor's eyes.

The Doctor races back to the TARDIS. He snatches Martha from the teleport beam and brings her back on board. He tracks the beam to the planet Gelezen. This is bad news. Gelezen has a severe isolationist policy. For thousand of years, it has been surrounded by an impenetrable time field. It is believed the Gelezens used human DNA as a template for their entire species, a race of clones. As the Doctor boasts about outwitting the Gelezens the TARDIS shields are overpowered and Martha is taken again...

Part two Edit

On the planet Gelezen, Martha is introduced to Dr Skelpa. He says she has been chosen to replenish the corrupt DNA pool with fresh genetic material. Without it the Gelezens will become extinct. The threat of the Doctor is laughed off. He is repeatedly bounced away by the time field protecting the planet — until Martha smashes the controls of the Gelezen ancestors' greatest achievement.

With the planet's shield out of action, the Doctor arrives. To the Gelezens' surprise, instead of condemning them to extinction or allowing them to use Martha's DNA (which has added strength from having travelled in time), the Doctor offers up his own DNA. It is perfect for the Gelezens. It is intelligent and adaptable, capable of replicating the human gene matrix as self-regenerating DNA. The new gene sample will always remain fresh and free the Gelezens of the need for constant gene replacement. The Doctor and Martha leave the Gelezens to make a better life for themselves.

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Notes Edit

  • The DWA comic strip adventures were aimed at a younger audience and the artwork and colours were bold and bright, reflecting the tone of the magazine.
  • Self contained, one part stories were the norm in the early issues, later being expanded to two-parters for a while before returning to standalone stories.

Original print details Edit

Publication with page count and closing captions

  1. DWA 36 (6 pages) NEXT WEEK – CAN THE DOCTOR SAVE MARTHA? FIND OUT NEXT ISSUE!
  2. DWA 37 (6 pages) NEXT WEEK – More adventures next issue!
  • No reprints to date.

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