Doctor Who and the Nightmare Game was a 2003 Eighth Doctor comic story in Doctor Who Magazine. It was set when the Eighth Doctor was travelling alone between Izzy Sinclair's departure and Destrii's return.
It paired the Doctor temporarily with an adolescent human companion — something that hadn't been done since Arnold's departure from the Third Doctor's TARDIS in the comic story The Amateur. From a behind-the-scenes perspective, it was the only published attempt at the Eighth Doctor for writer Gareth Roberts and penciller Mike Collins.
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- The strip in general is a pastiche of older British football comics.
- The crowd calls the deteriorating Delchester United side "a bunch of Jessies".
- The Doctor feeds crisps to the Nukaryote and thereby escapes it.
- Billy finds the Doctor's methods of dealing with the Morg ineffectual, claiming that "Spider-Man would've finished it off by now" and that "Steve Austin would've rescued us by now".
- The Shakespeare Brothers have gravity bubble technology.
- Milo and Frank grow a Nukaryote.
- The Doctor wears a fez.
- This comic story was reprinted in The Flood graphic novel.
- A flashback is depicted with the limited white-black-red/blue 'colouring' of many old British comics. This later comes up again with the Doctor's lies to the Morg. In further comic pastiches, the Doctor's lie about galactic police is represented by knockoffs of Judge Dredd and the strip ends with a period appropriate tagline to "Join the Doctor for a brand-new adventure next issue, chums!"
- Collins chooses to portray the Eighth Doctor in a more casual way. Gone is his cravat, replaced by an unbuttoned shirt. This "open-collared" Doctor foreshadows the style of the Tenth Doctor, who predominantly wore a tie, but occasionally went without one.
- A panel of this comic featuring the Eighth Doctor saying hello to Billy Wilkins with a wide grin became the subject of much humour and mockery on the internet due to its unusually unsettling nature.
- In the final panel, the Doctor has a noisemaking football rattle — just as he did when his fourth incarnation scared horses in San Martino (TV: The Masque of Mandragora) and as his tenth incarnation would when trying to attract the attention of Luke, Rani and Clyde. (TV: The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith)