Cyberleader Maxel leads a party to the dead world of Goth in search of a weapon that wiped out an entire civilization overnight. As they explore the war museum, they are watched by the Apocalypse Device, a synthetic creature carrying every conceivable disease and virus. The Cybermen are wiped out by telepathic nightmares and a lethal rust-like virus. Maxel realises the only reason for his survival is so he can take the Apocalypse Device off the planet. He activates the ship's self-destruct, destroying it and himself, leaving the Device trapped on the planet, until a Sontaran craft arrives...
- This is one of five collaborations between writer Alan Moore and illustrator David Lloyd, who would later create the graphic novel V for Vendetta.
- Like other Doctor Who Weekly time tales, this back up strip story was introduced and tailed by the Fourth Doctor as if recounting a story.
- The story portrays the Cybermen as uncharacteristically human in their thinking and speech patterns.
- The Black Colossus of Goth is depicted in the shape of the 1903 František Kupka painting The Black Idol (Resistance). Twelve years later, the same painting would inspire Dracula's castle in Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Original print details
- Publication with page count and closing captions
- DWM 35 (2) To be Continued ...
- DWM 36 (2) To be Continued ...
- DWM 37 (2) To be Continued ...
- DWM 38 (2) The End ?
- Coloured and reprinted by Marvel in DW84 14
- The Cybermen resembles those from The Invasion