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|The Betrothal of Sontar|
|Main enemy:||Colonel Snathe|
|Writer:||John Tomlinson and Nick Abadzis|
|Printed in:||Doctor Who Magazine 365-367|
|Release date:||1 February - 29 March 2006|
|Format:||Comic - 3 parts|
|DWM comic stories|
|A Groatsworth of Wit||The Lodger|
The Doctor and Rose Tyler land on the icebound world of Serac where they encounter the Sontaran crew of the Betrothal of Sontar, a mining vessel commanded by Colonel Snathe, whose quest for the "Worldbane", a source of incredible power, has driven him insane. As the Doctor attempts to help Snathe find the Worldbane -- mainly in order to recover the TARDIS -- Rose befriends Lerox, an unusual Sontaran who possesses a conscience, and who holds the key to saving not only the Doctor and Rose, but the homeworld of Sontar itself.
- The Doctor says he once had to swim naked in the English Channel after losing a bet with Oliver Reed.
- First DWM strip to feature the Tenth Doctor.
- As this comic predates the Sontarans' first appearance in Post-2005 Doctor Who in The Sontaran Stratagem and The Poison Sky, which featured a radical redesign of the Sontaran uniform, the battledress of the Sontarans shown in this comic are reminiscent of those from the classic series.
- The Tenth Doctor claims to have a "souped-up metabolism" that prevents him from getting cold; he later displays this ability when visiting a similar ice world in TV: Planet of the Ood.
- The Sontarans appear with the Tenth Doctor for a second time in TV: The Sontaran Stratagem and The Poison Sky, the latter of which coincidentally features Rose Tyler on a computer screen for a few seconds.
- The Sontarans wear the classic series armour.
- The Sontaran homeworld is Sontar. This is one of the first Doctor Who stories to indicate this as the name of the Sontarans' homeworld, predating the first on-screen reference to the name in The Sontaran Strategem.