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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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  • 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.
  • Clara's surprise that Wilde had his heart broken by a woman (Florence Bascombe) references the fact that Wilde was later infamously ostracized and imprisoned for being homosexual.
    • In real life, Florence's maiden name was Balcombe, not Bascombe, as it is spelled in this story.
  • The speech that Wilde gives to defend humanity comes from his 1891 essay "The Soul of Man Under Socialism". This is referenced when the Doctor says he "may need it again one day".