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The Tides of Time (comic story)

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The Tides of Time
Doctor: Fifth Doctor
Companion(s): Sir Justin, Shayde
Main enemy: Melanicus
Main setting: Stockbridge, 1982; Panopticon and the Matrix; Melanicus' realm
Key crew
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Editor: Alan McKenzie
Writer: Steve Parkhouse
Artist: Dave Gibbons
Release details
Printed in: DWM 61-67
Release date: February - August 1982
Reprinted in: DW84 15
DW84 16
DW84 17
DW84 18
DW CC 10
DW CC 11
Traded in: The Tides of Time
Format: Comic - 7 parts
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The Tides of Time was the first Fifth Doctor comic story published in Doctor Who Monthly.

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The Universe is falling apart. A demon from another universe has left a hole in time and space.

The Doctor teams up with Sir Justin to prevent the demon from destroying the entire universe. But first, they must battle creatures of nightmares to find the lost matrix....

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  • This story afforded the first splash of interior colour in the history of DWM comics. Part six opened with a double-page full-colour spread. Oddly, the colourist wasn't credited.
  • Actor Peter Davison was somewhat displeased with artist Dave Gibbons' likeness of him in the earliest parts of the story. Consequently, he submitted to a vigorous and highly detailed photoshoot for the artist. These photos allowed Gibbons to draw the Fifth Doctor more accurately and to avoid duplicating poses seen in widely-circulated publicity shots. Careful examination of the parts of this story show a steady improvement in Gibbons' ability to evoke Peter Davison, while placing the Fifth Doctor in completely original panel compositions. (DOC: Stripped for Action)
  • The story begins and ends with the Doctor playing cricket in Stockbridge. Thus the comic debut of the Fifth Doctor gives stronger rationale for this incarnation's signature "cricket uniform" than does his televised introduction.
  • The name "Stockbridge" does not actually appear in this story. Readers only retroactively knew the village name because this story named Wells Wood. It was only in the next story that Wells Wood was identified as being on the outskirts of a village named Stockbridge.
  • In this story, the Chancellory Guard refer to the Doctor as "the President". We know that the Doctor had at least two separate terms as president, because Flavia pointedly says that he has "again" been made president in The Five Doctors. This story logically takes place during his first term — the one initiated in The Invasion of Time — simply because Arc of Infinity, where he is no longer president, hadn't aired at the time Tides was published.

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