Fandom

TARDIS Index File

The Last Word (comic story)

56,211articles in progress
Add New Page
Talk3 Share

Ad blocker interference detected!


Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.

RealWorld
ImagesAvailable
The Last Word
SevenVersusTimewyrm
Doctor: Seventh Doctor
Companion(s): Ace, Benny
Main enemy: Timewyrm
Key crew
Writer: Gareth Roberts
Artist: Lee Sullivan
Release details
Printed in: Doctor Who Magazine 305
Release date: 27 June 2001
Format: Comic - 1 part (7 pages)
Navigation
←Previous Next→
DWM comic stories
Beautiful Freak The Way of All Flesh
DWM comic stories in the Virgin New Adventures continuity
Uninvited Guest none

The Last Word was a Doctor Who Magazine comic story which celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Virgin New Adventures. Consequently, it featured the Seventh Doctor, Benny and an older Ace. As of 2016, it remains the last Seventh Doctor strip printed in the pages of DWM.

Although the Seventh Doctor had previously featured in one full-colour DWM strip before, this was the character's first appearance in the pages of DWM after the magazine permanently moved to a colour strip. As a result it is also the only Seventh Doctor DWM comic to be digitally produced.

To those fans who had only begun following the comic strip recently and had not read the New Adventures, the story would likely have made little sense. Coming as it did over seven years since Benny's last appearance in a DWM comic story, and in the middle of the Eighth Doctor's run, the story was surprising for its lack of narrative introductions. The Timewyrm, Puterspace, Benny, and Smithwood Manor all appeared without any narrative explanation. The sudden reappearance of the older Ace in DWM also meant a return to the continuity of even earlier strips, as her very last appearance in the magazine some five years before featured her unambiguous death as a teenager.

Readers steeped in the lore of the New Adventures would have understood the strip easily, and as a result cited Ace's re-emergence in DWM as a repudiation of her "blasphemous" death in Ground Zero. The story celebrated the range by reuniting the Seventh Doctor with his first New Adventures foe, the Timewyrm, and included fan-servicing meta-textual elements such as the idea that the Doctor himself wrote all of the New Adventures novels and a panel in featuring a conveniently-placed chessboard in the foreground with the Doctor, out-of-focus, standing behind. Similarly, both Ace and Benny angrily questioned why adventures with with the Doctor "always [had] to be so bloody complicated" — a common criticism of the New Adventures themselves.

Summary Edit

Whilst the TARDIS traverses the time vortex, the Seventh Doctor is attempting to write a novel about his adventures with Benny and Ace. As he writes, he recounts a recent adventure with the duo during which they were all together at Smithwood Manor. Devising a plan to lure the Timewyrm into a trap, he sends Benny to the 1980s to join a new romantic band named Flash Trash, and Ace to the future to tackle the Chelonians fighting in a Frontier War in the 57th century, claiming that he needs them to set history right in both periods.

These are weak points in the Web of Time, and the women's tampering brings about fundamental change to the flow of time. This gives the Timewrym something to feed upon, causing it to emerge from Puterspace to taunt the Doctor about his obvious trap. At first it appears that the Timewyrm has gained the upper hand, pulling the Doctor into Puterspace, but he springs a trap within a trap and the Timewyrm is soon denied the ability to transit between Puterspace and real space. The Doctor has achieved his final victory over the meddlesome Timewyrm.

Back in the TARDIS, as the Doctor finishes writing up the story, Ace realises that she once again has been used as bait in one of the Doctor's schemes, and Benny is left wondering why travelling with the Doctor is always "so bloody complicated".

Plot Edit

to be added

Characters Edit

References Edit

Notes Edit

  • The girl who audition's before Benny is Kim Wilde, who sang Kids in America.
  • Apart from having shed its physical form, there is no explanation as to how the Timewyrm returned after Revelation, unless the story is meant to take place between Timewyrm: Apocalypse and Revelation, where it had previously mentioned "other adventures" away from the Doctor.

Continuity Edit

Also on Fandom

Random Wiki