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Series: Doctor Who -
Sixth Doctor comic strip stories
Doctor: Sixth Doctor
Companions: Frobisher, Peri
Enemy: Kymbra Chimera
Setting: The TARDIS
Author: Grant Morrison
Editor: Sheila Cranna
Artist: John Ridgway
Colourist: Charlie Kirchoff (reprint)
Lettering: Annie Halfacree
Published In: Doctor Who Magazine 118-119
Publication: November - December 1986
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Format: Comic - 2 parts
Previous Story: Salad Daze
Following Story: Profits of Doom

Contents

Summary

Peri Brown and Frobisher are rummaging through a storage room in the TARDIS and Peri is so much taken aback by the cultural treasures she discovers that doesn't pay attention when the Doctor reports that there is an intruder aboard the TARDIS. Peri and Frobisher decide to explore the TARDIS some more, while the Doctor investigates the intruder. Ultimately, the Doctor learns the intruder is a shape-shifter, and the job of apprehending the creature is made more difficult when it creates duplicates of first himself, and then Peri. Ultimately, it takes the efforts of another shape-shifter -- Frobisher -- to defeat the creature.

Characters

  • Peri displays a knowledge of art and culture, being able to identify unknown works by Michelangelo and Van Gogh, as well as an unpublished Shakespeare play.
  • Kymbra Chimera

References

  • The Doctor mentions the Mandragora Helix.
  • Peri finds a folio of a play called Mischief Night, or As You Please, which she surmises may be a lost play by William Shakespeare. (DW: City of Death, The Shakespeare Code)
  • The Doctor possesses portraits of himself by Michelangelo and Vincent van Gogh. (Which incarnations of the Doctor are featured is left unrevealed, though it is likely the Second, Fifth, or Sixth Doctor. (There is a period in the comic strips when Peri does not travel with the Sixth Doctor, leaving time for him to have the portraits done).
  • Other items visible in the TARDIS storage room include a National Geographic magazine, assorted toys, a globe, a map of Barsoom, and a 78 rpm record by Bill Haley.
  • When the Doctor and Frobsiher are walking through the TARDIS interior, Bessie is seen stored in a darkened room. Costumes of the Fifth and Fourth Doctors are also depicted on stands in another chamber.
  • The TARDIS has a "Memory Vaults" area that recreates places the ship has visited in similar fashion to the holodecks on Star Trek.
  • There is also a populated TARDIS Zoo which the Doctor describes as a "way station" where he keeps endangered animals.

Notes

Reprints

Continuity

  • Peri has the same hairstyle and similar clothing to what she wears in DW: The Mysterious Planet, placing this story closer to the events of that story than DW: Revelation of the Daleks.
  • The TARDIS' state of temporal grace, which renders weapons useless, does not function when the ship is in "normal space". (This is a possible attempt to rectify continuity issues created by several occasions in which weapons are shown being fired within the TARDIS.)
  • The Doctor returns to the secondary control room last seen in DW: The Robots of Death. The room includes a tea dispenser.
  • The Doctor mentions the Mandragora Helix, which first appeared in DW: The Masque of Mandragora.

External Links

  • Doctor Who Reference Guide - Detailed Synopsis - Changes
view edit < Late Sixth Doctor comics in Doctor Who Magazine
issues 108 109 110 111, 112, 113 114, 115, 116 117 118, 119 120, 121, 122 123, 124, 125, 126 127, 128, 129
Stories Exodus Revelation Genesis! Nature of the Beast Time Bomb Salad Daze Changes Profits of Doom The Gift The World Shapers
Companion(s) Frobisher & Peri Frobisher, Peri & Jamie
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