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Voyager (comic story)

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Voyager
Voyager!
Doctor: Sixth Doctor
Companion(s): Frobisher
Main enemy: Astrolabus
Key crew
Publisher: Marvel Comics UK
Editor: Alan McKenzie
Writer: Steve Parkhouse
Artist: John Ridgway
Letterer: Annie Halfacree
Release details
Printed in: DWM 90-94
Release date: July - November 1984
Reprinted in: DWMAC 6
Voyager (1989)
Voyager (2007)
DWC S3 1 - 2
Doctor Who Classics Volume 6
Doctor Who Classics Omnibus Volume 2
Format: Comic - 5 parts (40 pages)
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You may wish to consult Voyager (disambiguation) for other, similarly-named pages.

Voyager was a Sixth Doctor comic published in Doctor Who Magazine. It introduced the character of Astrolabus and began the Voyager arc.

Summary Edit

The Doctor and Frobisher find themselves in Antarctica, but things take a turn for the worse when they meet Astrolabus and the mysterious Voyager.

Plot Edit

It Was a Devil Ship... (1) Edit

The Doctor is a prisoner aboard Voyager's "Death-ship". They journey to the edge of the world and fall off. The Doctor wakes in the TARDIS to find the door open. Outside, his coat is draped over a snowman, his umbrella under its arm. He collects them and continues to journey the wastes, considering how he has come to enjoy Frobisher's companionship.

The Doctor meets with Frobisher, and they spot a ship frozen in the ice, which the Doctor recognises as the one from his dream. Boarding it, they find star charts in the hold and prepare to leave with them when a man enters behind them, threatening the pair with a gun.

The Lighthouse at the End of the World... (2) Edit

The man ties the Doctor to a chair, then makes his escape with the charts. Frobisher goes up on deck and the Doctor quickly frees himself. They watch through a telescope as he makes his escape in an original da Vinci flying machine.

The Doctor and Frobisher return to the TARDIS and follow the man. They arrive at a lighthouse. The TARDIS picks up powerful energy readings. Outside, the Doctor finds Frobisher has gone into the water. He emerges to regurgitate a fish for the Doctor. Suddenly, a robot-like humanoid appears and advances upon them.

The Lighthouse... (3) Edit

The Doctor tells Frobisher the being is an Automaton, a living soul in a mechanical body. It walks past them and into the sea. The Doctor guesses that it could be connected to a craft Frobisher saw under the water.

The Doctor instructs Frobisher to return to the TARDIS. He peers through the lighthouse's keyhole and sees the man he chased sitting within. Opening the door with his sonic screwdriver, the Doctor threatens the man with his own gun. However, the man notes the Doctor wouldn't kill him and makes his escape. The Doctor follows and falls. He finds himself hanging on to the side of the lighthouse, far above the ground. The man leans over him and suddenly the Doctor finds he is hanging from a table, inside, with his legs safely on the ground. He asks the man who he is. The figure tells him various aliases and then proclaims himself legend.

Dreams of Eternity (4) Edit

Astrolabus tells the Doctor the story of Alexandria, a city he helped make great. It fell and Astrolabus took to the stars. However, the Doctor identifies him as the thief who stole The Book of the Old Time. The Doctor flees and finds the world around him transforming.

Running down a winding staircase, he sights only a door left in the blank interior. Tentacles come from behind and try to squeeze him, but he breaks free. With a final effort, he escapes and finds himself in space.

The Final Chapter (5) Edit

The Doctor finds himself back on Earth, in the sea. Inside the TARDIS, Frobisher activates the TARDIS scanner, spots the Doctor in the water and runs to help him. Astrolabus makes his way to the top of the lighthouse and it turns into a rocket. Voyager appears in his ship as the rocket takes off, disappearing into the clouds.

The Doctor finds himself once more on Voyager's ship at the edge of the world. Again he wakes to find himself on a rocky outcrop with Frobisher. They return to the TARDIS. The Doctor sees Voyager once more, instructing him to return his star charts.

Characters Edit

References Edit

Individuals Edit

Earth fish Edit

  • The Doctor ponders whether there are angler fish in the waters.

Technology Edit

  • An Automaton is a living soul in a mechanical body.

Foods and beverages from the real world Edit

  • The last time that the Doctor left Frobisher alone with the food machine, he nearly filled the console room with Mars Bars.

Entertainment Edit

  • Astrolabus tells the Doctor to pick one of his playing cards.
  • Angered by the Doctor's assertion that he is mad, Astrolabus hits him with a Punch doll.

Notes Edit

Voyage colour reprints

The colour reprint of the above frame.

  • This story was reprinted in graphic novel format on 26 May 1989, making it one of the first Doctor Who graphic novels.
  • It was reprinted as part of the 2007 graphic novel Voyager.

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