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The Vortex
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Doctor: Third Doctor
Main setting: England, 1970s, an alien craft
Key crew
Publisher: Polystyle
Writer: Dennis Hooper
Artist: Gerry Haylock
Release details
Printed in: TV Action 125-129
Release date: 7 July - 4 August 1973
Reprinted in: DWCC 27
Format: Comic - 5 parts (10 pages)
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The Vortex was the penultimate Doctor Who story in the pages of TV Action. A full-colour, painted strip, it followed a kind of Polystyle convention of pairing the Third Doctor with a temporary, juvenile male companion.

Summary Edit

A tornado in space whisks the Third Doctor and his new friend Tom inside a vast biological computer.

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Notes Edit

  • The Third Doctor's penchant for solving problems by "reversing" something is alive and well in this story. Here, he doesn't quite "reverse the polarity", but he does "find the programming bank and reverse its order".
  • The story gives Bessie an explicit new power. At one point the Doctor is seen to turn on Bessie's "increased gravity stabliser", something the Doctor says will resist the force of a tornado.
  • Tom's father is called "Brian" in part one, but "John" in part two.
  • Bessie is called "Betsy", a common Polystyle error.

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