|Time & Time Again|
|Main enemy:||The Black Guardian|
|Printed in:||Doctor Who Magazine 207|
|Release date:||22 December 1993|
|Format:||Full-colour, 10-page comic|
|DWM comic stories|
|DWM's "New Adventures order"|
Time & Time Again was a one-issue comic story in Doctor Who Magazine #207 which celebrated the 30th anniversary of Doctor Who. When published, it was a significant, widely publicised "event". At ten pages, it was longer than the then-standard comic in DWM, and was also originally printed in colour — something that did not regularly occur in DWM until the late 1990s.
Narratively, Time was a celebratory multi-Doctor story, whose panels were filled with many visual references to the past, much like The Five Doctors. As with the earlier Terrance Dicks script, the narrative was less involved in plot and character, and primarily about building a structure that allowed meetings between the various Doctors.
The story took place almost exclusively in an alternate timeline in which the First Doctor had been prevented from leaving Gallifrey by the Black Guardian. However, the story ends back in the "normal" universe, with what is ostensibly a genuine account of the First Doctor and Susan's original departure from Gallifrey. It was the only time in which the event has been depicted in a visual medium, until the series 7 episode The Name of the Doctor.
The Black Guardian has changed time so that the Doctor never left Gallifrey. This causes chaos amongst the stars. The Doctor must revisit his past and hunt for the Key to Time, which will put time back on track and defeat the Black Guardian.
- Seventh Doctor
- Sixth Doctor
- Fifth Doctor
- Fourth Doctor
- Third Doctor
- Second Doctor
- First Doctor
- Susan Foreman
- Bernice Summerfield
- Black Guardian
- White Guardian
- The first panel of the comic features a Dalek, a Robot Yeti, a Sea Devil, a Silurian, a Zygon, a Draconian, an Ice Warrior, a Cyberman and a Sontaran.
The Key to Time Edit
- The Doctor meets his sixth incarnation, who is fishing with Frobisher for gumblejack, and takes his sixth's self's cat badge, the first segment of the Key to Time.
- He also takes the TARDIS Instruction Manual from his first self, the second segment of the Key to Time.
- Bernice meets the Second Doctor, Jamie and Zoe and takes the Second Doctor's stovepipe hat, the third segment of the Key to Time.
- She also meets the Fourth Doctor whilst in the Eden projection. She takes a jelly baby, another segment of the Key to Time.
- Ace sword fights the Third Doctor at Sir Reginald Styles' mansion. Ace takes one of the swords, yet another of the segments of the Key to Time.
- Ace catches a cricket ball that the Fifth Doctor believed he'd hit for six during the Cranleigh Hall match depicted in Black Orchid, the final segment of the Key to Time.
- The comic's story featured the first visual appearance of the First Doctor and Susan leaving Gallifrey together in the TARDIS for the first time. This event would finally be glimpsed as on television screens in TV: The Name of the Doctor.
- Adric's clothing is erroneous, as he did not change into it until after the Doctor had finished playing cricket in TV: Black Orchid.
- The White Guardian states that the Black Guardian altered established time as revenge on the Doctor after the events of TV: Enlightenment.
- The White Guardian sends the Doctor and his companions to search for the Key to Time. (TV: The Ribos Operation)
- The Third Doctor mentions Sir Reginald Styles. (TV: Day of the Daleks)
- The Doctor broke up the Key to Time in TV: The Armageddon Factor.
- The Doctor last encountered the Black and White Guardians during TV: Enlightenment.
- Bernice meets the Second Doctor during TV: The Mind Robber and the Fourth Doctor during TV: Nightmare of Eden.
- Ace meets the Third Doctor during TV: Day of the Daleks. She meets Adric and watches the Fifth Doctor play cricket during TV: Black Orchid.
- The Seventh Doctor saves the First Doctor from an Imperial Dalek just before the simultaneous events of TV: Remembrance of the Daleks and An Unearthly Child.