a real world point of view
|Main enemy:||Donald Stark|
|Main setting:||London, 2001|
|Editor:||Gary Gillatt & Alan Barnes|
|Printed in:||Doctor Who Magazine 273-276|
|Release date:||13 January - 7 April 1999|
|Format:||Comic - 4 parts|
|DWM comic stories|
|Happy Deathday||The Road to Hell|
The Fallen was the opening Doctor Who Magazine comic story of 1999. It was also the first non-parodic DWM story without a Threshold connection in several years. It shared many aspects of a televised "series opener", in that it was a "jumping-on" point for people who knew nothing of the previous Eighth Doctor continuity. It was thus the beginning of a new story arc — the first of the final batch of DWM strips in black-and-white. The events in this story would conclude in The Glorious Dead, after which the DWM strip relaunched as a colour comic strip.
In many ways a sequel to the television movie, it was the only story other than the movie to use Dr Grace Holloway in more than a flashback or cameo. The story also introduced a new version of the Master, as well as the character of Donald Stark. Both would appear again during the Eighth Doctor's DWM run.
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- The behind-the-scenes machinations necessary to get Grace Holloway into this story are not well understood. As a partially-Universal Studios-owned character, Holloway has been prevented from appearing in any other story, save a couple of cameos in later comic stories.
- Grace Holloway last appeared (and first met the Doctor) in TV: Doctor Who.
- The final panel of Part Four is continued and resolved in The Glorious Dead.