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The Highest Stake (comic story)

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The Highest Stake
DWA CS 148 The Highest Stake
Doctor: Tenth Doctor
Companion(s): Heather
Main enemy: Lords of Jelsen
Main setting: Jelsen
Key crew
Publisher: BBC Magazines
Editor: Moray Laing
Writer: Eddie Robson
Artist: John Ross
Colourist: Alan Craddock
Letterer: Paul Vyse
Release details
Printed in: DWA 148
Release date: 7 January 2010
Format: Comic - 1 parter (4 pages)
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The Highest Stake was a Doctor Who Adventures comic story that featured the Tenth Doctor and Heather McCrimmon.

Summary Edit

After being captured by the Lords of Jelsen, the Tenth Doctor and Heather McCrimmon are forced into a spaceship race-or-die "game" through the ruined cities of the abandoned planet of Jelsen. Their opponents in matching spacecraft are two young friends, Jossi and Karter, who were captured when they went too close to the planet.

As the two ships race it out, the Lords of Jelsen watch their progress. Pleased, they summon the N-fish — large green stingrays of the sky. The N-fish attempt to trap the ships, but realising their tails are their weakest point and about "as tough as hair", the Doctor and Heather break through. They are followed by the other ship at the Fork of Fate, a corner offering several possible routes.

Trapped ships surround them, hanging like ghost ships. Each has been forced to race... and lose! Avoiding the routes with the ghost ships, the Doctor and Heather take the clear and safe route to the finish line. Fearing the ship behind will become trapped, the Doctor engineers it so both ships cross the line in the same split second.

With a dead heat, the Lords of Jelsen are unsure what to do next. While they ponder their decision, the Doctor uses the distraction to bail out of his ship with Heather. He sends the ship on a collision course with the tower in the city that houses the Lords' capture system. With the system destroyed, all the ships are released. They make their escapes before the Lords can get their act together. Jossi and Karter pick up the Doctor and Heather offers them a lift.

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Notes Edit

  • The DWA comic strip adventures were aimed at a younger audience and the artwork and colours were bold and bright, reflecting the tone of the magazine.
  • Self-contained, one part stories were the norm.
  • This is the second comic strip story in Doctor Who Adventures magazine series to be headed in the opening frame with the caption "The Untold Stories of the Tenth Doctor"; it was printed after the Tenth Doctor's regeneration had been shown on television.
  • The story is set without a context, with no explanation as to where the TARDIS is or how the Doctor and Heather came to be on Jelsen and get captured.

Original print details Edit

  1. DWA 148 (4 pages) NEXT WEEK! An underwater menace

Reprints Edit

  • None to date

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