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The Then and the Now (comic story)

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The Then and the Now
The Then and the Now, Abslom Dakk
Doctor: Eleventh Doctor
Companion(s): Alice, The Squire, Abslom Daak
Featuring: War Doctor
Main enemy: The Then and the Now
Main setting: Space beacon
Key crew
Publisher: Titan Comics
Editor: Andrew James
Writer: Si Spurrier, Rob Williams
Designer: Rob Farmer
Artist: Simon Fraser
Colourist: Gary Caldwell
Letterer: Richard Starkings, Jimmy Betancourt
Release details
Printed in: 11DY2 1-2
Release date: 7 October - 4 November 2015
Reprinted in: TFTT 4-5
Format: Comic - 2 parts
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The Then and the Now was the first story printed in the second year of Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor. A two-part story, it was the first in the series since What He Wants... to feature the Doctor and Alice without John Jones or ARC, and was the first comic printed after the conclusion of the Four Doctors cross over event. It also featured the surprise return of comics character Abslom Daak, who had originally been introduced during early issues of Doctor Who Magazine. This comic chooses to go back to basics with Daak – of carrying around Taiyin in order to find a way to revive her, in spite of the prior stories Nemesis of the Daleks and Emperor of the Daleks! showing Daak having left Taiyin behind. More unexpected however was the ending of the story, which did not depict Daak leaving the TARDIS or successfully capturing the Doctor – instead, the comic suggested that Daak's role in the comic series would be more than a one-off cameo, as both he and the Squire would serve as companions to the Doctor in the second year.

The comic is also notable to non-Daak fans as being the first story since The Day of the Doctor to depict the Curator, and the only one to directly connect him to the Doctor. While the previous story had only hinted that he might be a future incarnation of the Time Lord, this comic decided to clearly show the figure as one of the Doctor's forms when time is distorted around him and Alice. He appears in front of the Eleventh Doctor, who is in front of the First Doctor, suggesting that his is indeed a future incarnation.

Summary Edit

Accused of a genocidal crime he (probably) didn't (possibly) commit (oh hell, he totally did it), the Doctor and Alice – along with a unique! new! companion! – go on the run.

But extreme hyperviolence-for-hire is hot on their tail, tracking them wherever and whenever they go. With chainswords!

It's a race to clear our tricksy Time Lord's name and spare the lives of his friends, with the only answers burnt in the fiery footsteps of the incarnation he can never acknowledge: the WAR DOCTOR.

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Notes Edit

  • The back of Issue 1 included an advertisement for the graphic novel Nemesis of the Daleks, intended to enlighten readers on the character of Abslom Daak.
  • The first half of this story was the first to confirm the Curator was a future incarnation of the Doctor.

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