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The Flood
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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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.

Had the comic been produced as originally planned, 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.

Summary Edit

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 Edit

Part one Edit

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 two Edit

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.

Part three Edit

to be added

Characters Edit

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Bars and pubs Edit

The Doctor's items Edit

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

Individuals Edit

Notes Edit

  • This marks the final appearance of the Eighth Doctor in regular comic strip format. His final lines in his comic book tenure are; "No idea. Absolutely no idea! Isn't that fantastic? Anything could be over that hill, Destrii. Anything! C'mon -- Let's go and find out..."
  • This comic story was re-released in The Flood graphic novel.
  • 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.
  • The comic story Hunters of the Burning Stone places this story as occurring in 2005.

Scrapped Ideas for the FloodEdit


The Flood graphic novel illustrates a scene that was never to-be, of the Ninth Doctor awaking from regeneration in front of Destrii.

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. As the comics were not able to illustrate the Ninth Doctor at a point before meeting Rose, a regeneration scene would have meant showing the Eighth Doctor changing and then ending on a cliff hanger which could never be revisited. The Eighth Doctor's regeneration and the Ninth Doctor's introductory regeneration would be chronicled in the television stories Night of the Doctor and The Day of the Doctor respectively, and the introduction of the War Doctor, a diversionary incarnation of the Doctor in between these incarnations, fully negated the idea of Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor changing directly into Christopher Eccleston's Ninth, at least in the parent timeline of Doctor Who. Additionally, the writers, unable to give Destrii an exit story and not wishing to kill off her character, left her travels with the Doctor open-ended. Destrii's ultimate fate has yet to be fully expounded on in any media, but was partially touched upon when she finally reappeared much later in the 2016 comic story Stockbridge Showdown to assist the Twelfth Doctor along with several other comic-originated characters, proving she remained alive and that she eventually left the TARDIS.

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