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The Flood
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Doctor: Eighth Doctor
Companion(s): Destrii
Main enemy: The Cybermen
Main setting: London, 2005
Key crew
Publisher: Panini Comics
Writer: Scott Gray
Artist: Martin Geraghty
Inker: David A. Roach
Release details
Printed in: Doctor Who Magazine 346-353
Release date: 18 August 2004 - 2 March 2005
Format: Comic - 8 parts
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You may wish to consult Flood (disambiguation) for other, similarly-named pages.

The Flood was the last regular Eighth Doctor comic strip to be published in Doctor Who Magazine. It saw the reappearance of the Cybermen in the strip, as well as several other people from the strip's history.

It would have shown the Eighth Doctor's regeneration into the Ninth. Russell T Davies personally asked DWM's staff if they would like to produce the scene and they agreed initially. However, they found no way to remove Destrii without killing her off, which they were unwilling to do. Neither would the BBC allow the strip to feature her travelling with the Ninth Doctor. These factors meant the scene was cancelled and it ended with the Eighth Doctor and Destrii still together.

Later on in 2013, Steven Moffat took advantage of this narrative gap, and inserted a forgotten incarnation between Eight and Nine. The regeneration from the Eighth Doctor to this "War Doctor" was depicted in The Night of the Doctor, and from War to Ninth in The Day of the Doctor.

Summary

The Doctor and Destrii arrive on Earth to find rain falling on a market place, rain that radically alters emotions. It is a test being conducted by the Future Cybermen...

Plot

Summary

Part 1: The Doctor and Destrii arrive in Camden Market, in London, on Earth, in 2005. He is noticed by two MI6 agents. The Doctor and Destrii separate, and while the Doctor sets about browsing and examining the stores, Destrii (with her lack of common interaction with humans) sets about offending everyone, including the owner of a Chinese food stall (called Tony), who soon decides to chase after Destrii when she offends him as well, intent on revenge, his wife Linda warning him to desist, because of his Heart problems. The doctor and Desrtii soon re-unite, just in time for the doctor to see the vengeful stall owner being rendered unconscious by Destrii. The doctor, checking to see if Tony is still in a stable condition, notices his pulse is spiraling out of control, commenting that he's never seen anything like it. The two MI6 agents find the TARDIS, and proceed to tell their superior that all is well, just as a pair of Cybermen emerge from thin air behind them...

Part 2: The doctor and Destrii set up amending the problems they've caused, taking the Tony and Linda to "The World's End" pub for a drink. However, they are being listened to by North, another MI6 agent. While the doctor is distracted by more erratic behavior, North plants a listening device on him and proceeds to walk outside and listen to his conversation. This turns out to be a trap, and Destrii comes up behind him and forces him to sit at the table alongside the doctor and co. While the doctor examines North's devices, Destrii spots two Cybermen walking amongst citizens in the pub (Who cannot be seen by normal eyesight due to "Refraction shields", however Destrii can see more spectrums of light than humans, and so can spot them). She questions who they are, and upon receiving blank faces (as nobody can see them), she notices they're walking towards her. She picks up North's Taser and fires it at the Cybermen, rendering them visible. The doctor recognizes them, and as everyone flees Tony distracts them. as The Doctor and his friends run into an alley, to get to North's transport, Cybermen enter from both exits, cornering them. The doctor says he has a plan, and desperately tinkers and tweaks his sonic screwdriver as the Cybermen close in...

Characters

References

Bars and pubs

The Doctor's items

  • The Doctor uses his Sonic Screwdriver to confuse a group of Cybermen. It is subsequently destroyed by the Cyberleader.

Individuals

Notes

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The Flood graphic novel

  • The graphic novel The Flood reveals that this story was originally going to feature the Eighth Doctor's regeneration into the Ninth Doctor. The magazine passed on this opportunity as they would not have been able to show Destrii's reaction to the regeneration; DWM originally intended for Destrii to travel with the Ninth Doctor in a series of adventures set before Rose, but this idea was vetoed by the BBC, who wanted only Rose Tyler to travel with the Ninth Doctor. Destrii's ultimate fate has yet to be chronicled. This decision was also advantageous for writer Steven Moffat, who was able to introduce the War Doctor as an incarnation that came between the Eighth and Ninth Doctor because of the missing regeneration, which retcons this potential ending from the canonical continuity of Doctor Who.
  • It would not be until DWM Issue 400 in October 2008 that the comic strip would introduce another non-TV, comic strip-only companion in Majenta Pryce.
  • COMIC: Hunters of the Burning Stone places this story as occurring in 2005.

Continuity

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