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The Klepton Parasites (comic story)

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The Klepton Parasites
The Klepton Parasites
Doctor: First Doctor
Companion(s): John and Gillian
Main enemy: The Kleptons
Main setting:
Key crew
Artist: Neville Main
Release details
Printed in: TV Comic 674-683
Release date: 14 November 1964 - 16 January 1965
Reprinted in: DWCC 2
Format: Comic - 10 parts (20 pages)
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The Klepton Parasites was the first TV Comic story, as well as the first Doctor Who strip of all time. It featured the First Doctor, and introduced two new companions for the comic, his grandchildren, John and Gillian.

Summary Edit

On Earth, John and Gillian meet their grandfather, the Doctor. They travel in the TARDIS to the 30th century, where the Kleptons are attacking the peaceful Thains. The travellers help them repel the invaders, follow the Kleptons to their secret underwater city and defeat their plans.

Characters Edit

References Edit

  • In Part One, the Doctor says that the TARDIS is travelling to the 29th century, but all other parts state that they are in the 30th century.
  • The Thains have a city on land, while the Kleptons' city is on the ocean floor.
  • The Thains are peaceful, but used to make heat guns which are now found only in their museum.
  • The Kleptons possess flying machines, giant creepers and paralyser guns.
  • Both the Doctor and John call the Kleptons "bug-eyed monsters".
  • The Doctor speculates that the Kleptons cannot survive in the Thains' atmosphere, but the Doctor, his grandchildren and the Thains can survive in the Kleptons' (although the Doctor notes that the air is "a bit thin").
  • The Doctor mockingly calls one creeper an "overgrown aspidistra".
  • The Kleptons keep their Thain slaves behind an electrified wire cage.
  • The Doctor says he will try to get his grandchildren back to the 20th century.

Notes Edit

  • This was the very first Doctor Who comic strip. It opened with the following narrative: "In the far distant future, the Thains have lived happily and peacefully for many years. But one day, strange, menacing creatures hover over the city..."
  • The very first words were spoken not by the Doctor himself but by the villains of the story, the Kleptons: "We are the Kleptons! We will take over your cities and your land! You Thains will be our slaves!"
  • The very first words spoken by the Doctor (who does not appear until the third panel of the second page) were, "You must be John and Gillian! How nice to meet you!"
  • This story was reprinted in DWCC 2 in colour.

Continuity Edit


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