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TV Action! (comic story)

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TV Action!
Doctor: Eighth Doctor
Companion(s): Izzy Sinclair
Main enemy: Beep the Meep
Main setting: BBC Television Centre, London, 12 October 1979 (parallel universe)
Key crew
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Alan Barnes
Artist: Roger Langridge
Release details
Printed in: Doctor Who Magazine issue 283
Release date: 20 October 1999
Format: Comic - 1 part
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TV Action! is a Doctor Who Magazine comic story featuring the Eighth Doctor and Izzy Sinclair.

Summary Edit

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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Notes Edit

  • 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 three real life Doctor actors to appear as himself in a Doctor Who storyline, the others being William Hartnell given his cameo as "Billy" in AUDIO: Pier Pressure and Matt Smith in COMIC: The Girl Who Loved Doctor Who.
  • Baker's rambling 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.

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