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Dan Dare was a space traveller and enemy of the Mekon, who stood for what was right throughout the universe with his faithful companion Digby. (COMIC: Comic Relief Comic, PROSE: Time and Relative) He was also a fictional character in eponymous British children's comics and annuals. (PROSE: Conundrum, Time and Relative)
In 1977, Dame Emily Shaw compared the interior of the TARDIS to something out of Dan Dare. (AUDIO: The Cloisters of Terror) On his first adventure in the TARDIS, Oliver Harper similarly compared the experience to "something out of Dan Dare". (AUDIO: The Cold Equations)
One account suggested that Dan Dare's adventure were wholly fictional: when Jason talked about how fictional characters were immortal, the Seventh Doctor completed his argument by noting that otherwise Dan Dare would be on his deathbed. (PROSE: Conundrum)
Behind the scenes
- Eric Eden assisted on art for the original Frank Hampson strips and later took over writing them in 1959. Frank Bellamy was an artist on the strips at that time. Dave Gibbons was an artist on the strip for 2000 AD. Pat Mills and John Wagner wrote the strip for the relaunched Eagle. Grant Morrison wrote a Dan Dare strip for Fleetway Publications.
- Dare was played by Noel Johnson on Radio Luxembourg and by Ed Stoppard in Big Finish Productions' series.
- Andrew Skilleter named Who Dares Publishing by combining the names Doctor Who and Dan Dare with an added "s". (REF: Blacklight)
- Lex Christian from the novel The Dying Days takes his name from the chaplain character that evolved into Dan Dare during development of the strip.
- In 2016, Big Finish Productions began releasing a series of Dan Dare audio plays. Despite the one-time crossover between Dan Dare and the Doctor Who universe, they were not marketed by Big Finish as in any way connected with their plentiful library of Doctor Who audio dramas.