Dead Man's Hand was a four-issue comic story in Doctor Who (2012). It was the first Doctor Who comic to feature the War Doctor. It was the last multi-chapter story published by IDW under its licence from the BBC, and was a sequel to one of its first story arcs, The Forgotten.
Although originally scheduled for monthly issue, due to IDW's licence to publish Doctor Who expiring at the end of 2013, the final two issues were published on an accelerated weekly schedule.
The Doctor and Clara cross paths with Oscar Wilde and Calamity Jane in the frontier town of Deadwood as they pay their respects to the recently passed Wild Bill Hickok. But soon they discover the grave is empty, and that the town is being plagued by a masked gunman who shoots his victims with nothing but a finger!
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- Eleventh Doctor
- Clara Oswald
- Oscar Wilde
- Calamity Jane
- Wild Bill Hickok
- Thomas Edison
- Es'Cartrss of the Tactires
- First Doctor (Matrix projection)
- Second Doctor (Matrix projection)
- Third Doctor (Matrix projection)
- Fourth Doctor (Matrix projection)
- Fifth Doctor (Matrix projection)
- Sixth Doctor (Matrix projection)
- Seventh Doctor (Matrix projection)
- Eighth Doctor (Matrix projection)
- War Doctor (Matrix projection)
- Ninth Doctor (Matrix projection)
- Tenth Doctor (Matrix projection)
- Clara makes several references to the American TV series Deadwood, which involves a fictionalised version of the same town.
- Clara also references the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray and the short story "The Happy Prince," both by Oscar Wilde.
- The frame in Part 3 showing all incarnations of the Doctor together in the Matrix is composed almost identically to the grouping of Doctors seen at the end of the television story The Day of the Doctor.
- The "play that mocks me" referenced by Wilde is the comic opera Patience by Gilbert and Sullivan. Though not directly parodying Wilde specifically, it was a satire of the aesthetic movement he was part of a lectured on and his booking manager was also the producer of an American production of the play.
- The Doctor claims to have travelled with two children before. (COMIC: The Klepton Parasites, TV: Nightmare in Silver)
- After Oscar destroys the ship of the aliens with the sonic screwdriver, he states that it now looks like a junkyard. The Doctor says that he spent some of the best times of his life in a junkyard with his granddaughter. (TV: An Unearthly Child) When Oscar asks what happened to her, he states that they lost contact. (TV: The Dalek Invasion of Earth)
- Oscar Wilde holds a strong resemblance to the Eighth Doctor. At one point, he puts on the original costume of the Eighth Doctor after finding it in the TARDIS. (TV: Doctor Who)
- The first twelve incarnations of the Doctor appear within the T'keyn Nexus, including the War Doctor, who is the only incarnation who does not speak. The Eighth Doctor attempts to defend him. (TV: The Night of the Doctor)
- The Second Doctor states the Great Fire of Rome and the eruption of Vesuvius which destroyed Pompeii as fixed points in time. (TV: The Romans, The Fires of Pompeii)
- The Doctor is able to deduce the identity of Es'Cartrss of the Tactires by its reaction in the T'keyn Nexus to seeing the Tenth Doctor; the events of their encounter are retold in brief. (COMIC: The Forgotten)
- Clara is not familiar with the Last Great Time War at this point and asks the Doctor to tell her about it, which he refuses to do. (TV: The Day of the Doctor)
- The final issue ends with the Doctor suggesting several possible destinations: visiting actor Archie Maplin in Hollywood, (COMIC: Silver Scream) having tea with H. G. Wells, (TV: Timelash, COMIC: The Time Machination) or visiting Kevin, a robot dinosaur currently working as a security guard. (COMIC: Space Squid)
- Clara suggests visiting Dallas in November 1963, (TV: Rose; PROSE: Who Killed Kennedy) but the Doctor suggests Shoreditch instead. (TV: An Unearthly Child) The Doctor and Clara would later visit Shoreditch in November 1963, (PROSE: Shroud of Sorrow) and Clara became a teacher at Coal Hill School in 21st century Shoreditch. (TV: The Day of the Doctor, et al)
- The Doctor says that he wouldn't mind looking older again seeing as it's been "too long" since he last did so. He would get his wish when he regenerates into the Twelfth Doctor. (TV: The Time of the Doctor, Deep Breath)
- Clara mentions having had enough of "big friendly buttons". (TV: Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS)
- Oscar Wilde is able to spend time in daylight with no visible signs of discomfort, despite the fact that he is a vampire. (COMIC: Bat Attack!)
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