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Gangster's Paradise / Heads You Lose
Series: Doctor Who comic strip stories -
Tenth Doctor comic strip stories
Doctor: Tenth Doctor
Companions: Rose Tyler
Setting: the Sunset Strip on a Thursday
Author: Alan Barnes
Editor: Moray Laing
Artist: John Ross
Colourist: Adrian Salmon
Lettering: Paul Vyse
Kerrie Lockyer
Published In: Doctor Who Adventures16 & 17
Publication: November 2006
Publisher: BBC Magazines
Format: Comic - 2 parter (12 pages)
Previous Story: Pinball Wizard
Next Story: A Date to Remember / Snow Fakes




Gangster's Paradise

The Doctor, known throughout by his Police Box, and with a 1 billion creds bounty on his head for persecuting bad guys, risks a visit to Sunset Strip a lawless area between galaxies, that Rose describes as “Planet of the Gangsters”, for a cup of Darjeeling and a couple of macaroons, before making a hasty exit en route to the weekly tech fair. In a back alley they find Doll and her robot being held up by the Trigger Brothers. The Doctor intervenes and gets captured, the Detective Robot is shot and Rose makes off with Doll to a safe place. The Doctor is taken to see the Boss, Mr Lippizzaner (aka Lipps) who is dealing in arms, literally, exoskeletal stongarms from Tashkent being supplied by Don Corpulone and his sons (Blonk and Gluey). The wearer of these arms with five different charge levels including hi-velocity, incendiary and ricochet is slaved to a remote control hub. In return for ten single arms Don Corpulone wants Lips to find his daughter Doll and ‘The Bird’ that she has taken from him. The Doctor is forced to call his assumed ‘girlfriend’ Rose to arrange a meet and swap at the Dockyards, Doll for the Doctor. At the Docks, and with his Horsegoons wearing the strongarms, Lipps does a double cross on Don Corpulone, believing he can claim the Doctor’s bounty money and with the strongarms now in his possession, turns on the Don Corpulone who has kept the remote control and the Horsegoons are instead turned on Lips himself. Now holding all the cards Don Corpulone calls for Doll and the Bird to be handed over. From their hiding place the Doctor, Rose, and Doll watch as Don Corpulone and his sons’ heads detach themselves from their bodies. They turn around to see Doll’s head has also become detached. One thing Doll’s family does agree on is that if anyone learns their secret, which the Doctor and Rose just have, they must die…

Don't Lose Your Head

The Doctor uses his sonic screwdriver to scramble the signal between Dolls head and her body which runs off. In the confusion a shot destroys the strongarms remote control and the Horsegoons go crazy. The shot from the Detective Robot who survived the early assault thanks to his duralinium body leads the Doctor, Rose and Dolls head to safety where Doll explains that her family were grown by a crazy scientist who grew talking heads as company for the sad and old. The heads however were clever and when the scientists back was turned they ‘ran’ away to start a new life. But the Doctor is still curious about the Bird that Don Corpulone so desperately wants back. He asks the detective robot to open its chest hatch and inside he finds a Glitterbird egg from a rare robot species whose droppings are studded with diamonds, a nest egg for Doll! Doll turns on the Doctor and Rose and orders the robot to kill them both. The Doctor persuades the detective robot that his first loyalty is to other robots and to protect the Glitterbird. The Detective Robot struggles with his programming but the Doctor recognising it as an Acme Industries android and calls out the programming over-ride code (5678/2345 Alpha Delta Alpha). As Dolls re-assembled family catch up with them, the Detective robot hands over the egg to the Doctor to protect and launches himself at the Corpulone brothers sending them over the edge of a roof. Reunited with her father, and seeing herself as the next Head of Family, Doll has proved herself a true Corpulone to her Father and together they race after the Doctor (with the egg) and Rose. Using his sonic screwdriver the Doctor hot-wires a nearby space-car and placing the egg a few feet away from the backburner fires it up. The intense heat is warm enough to hatch the egg and the Glitterbird flies off, out of Corpulone’s reach. The Detective Robot returns with reinforcement and a renewed enthusiasm for law enforcement. The Corpulone family their heads in jars are taken away.



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  • The Doctor appears to be a frequent visitor to Sunset Strip, judging by his local knowledge and need to go incognito, particularly with a 1 billion cred reward on his head offered by the local bad guys who are familiar with the Doctor's craft - a Police Box!
  • Acme Industries is mentioned agin in the strip this time being credited with the manufacture of the Detective Robots.


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External Links

  • Doctor Who Reference Guide - synopsis for Gangster's Paradise / Heads You Lose
  • The official BBC Magazine site with cover gallery and news of the latest available issue.

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