|The Neutron Knights|
|Main setting:||Earth, the far future|
|Printed in:||Doctor Who Monthly 60|
|Release date:||January 1982|
|Format:||Comic - 1 part|
|DWM comic stories|
|Junkyard Demon||The Tides of Time|
Earth, in the far future: the fearsome Neutron Knights, led by the bloodthirsty warlord Catavolcus, descend on the inner sanctum of the fortress of a king and his few remaining defenders. The king's wizard summons the Doctor and his TARDIS via mental control. The wizard reveals to the Doctor the heart of the inner sanctum, a colossal fission reactor called the Dragon, which the Neutron Knights intend to possess. The wizard sets the Dragon to overload, hoping to consume the enemy in the ensuing explosion, while the king and his men escape in the TARDIS, but the Neutron Knights storm the sanctum.
As the wizard and the king's forces take refuge in the TARDIS, the king stays behind to face off against Catavolcus. The Doctor is stunned to discover that the king and wizard are Arthur and Merlin. Catavolcus slays King Arthur and the TARDIS dematerialises before the Dragon erupts, destroying the fortress, Catavolcus, and Neutron Knights.
The Doctor awakens outside the now unoccupied TARDIS in a wooded area, and muses at what he had experienced... perhaps a dream, or a time-loop when past and future merge? Back in the TARDIS, a shadowy image of Merlin appears and tells the Time Lord that they will meet again.
to be added
- This marks the final appearance of the Fourth Doctor in regular comic strip format. His final lines in his comic book tenure are; "So... for all my knowledge... for all the technology at my disposal, I still have no way of foreseeing that most unpredictable thing of all... my own future!"
- DW84 14, with A Ship Called Sudden Death, The Fabulous Idiot, and Black Legacy
- DWCC 9
- Dragon's Claw (graphic novel)
to be added