TV Action! (comic story)
|Main enemy:||Beep the Meep|
|Main setting:||BBC Television Centre, London, 12 October 1979 (parallel universe)|
|Printed in:||Doctor Who Magazine issue 283|
|Release date:||20 October 1999|
|Format:||Comic - 1 part|
|DWM comic stories|
|The Road to Hell||The Company of Thieves|
- You may be looking for the real world periodical of the same name.
The Doctor and Izzy have a brief meeting with an old enemy of the Doctor's known as Beep the Meep in a parallel universe, one where the adventures of the Doctor are nothing more than televised programmes and science fiction.
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- The strip marked the twentieth anniversary of Doctor Who Magazine. The story is set on the very day Doctor Who Weekly first saw print and ends with a confused Doctor looking at the first issue. The date is also said to be when Izzy was born.
- The strip's title is a nod to TV Action, which published the Doctor Who comic strip prior to the launch of Doctor Who Magazine.
- Tom Baker appears as himself in the story. He became the first of two real life Doctor actors to appear as himself in a Doctor Who storyline, the other being William Hartnell given his cameo as "Billy" in AUDIO: Pier Pressure. His lines are taken from actual interviews with Baker.
- Many references are made to 1979 BBC shows, with cameo appearances by actors who refer to themselves by their character's names: the TARDIS lands in the Blue Peter garden, near the memorial to the dog ; the first people met are extras in Blake's 7 Federation soldier costumes; brainwashed servants of Meep include actors from The Onedin Line, Grange Hill, and Fawlty Towers and the puppet Basil Brush; and BBC Outside Broadcast vans are used to transmit black star energy.
- COMIC: 2013 Doctor Who Special also features the TARDIS sent to the 'real world' where Doctor Who is a TV show. Set in 2013 it featured the Eleventh Doctor but is remarkably similar to this story.