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DW20 1 Doctor Who Comics Day

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A variety of Doctor Who comic stories have appeared from 1964 to the present. The range of releases, since 1963, reflects the range of stories told and makes Doctor Who the longest running comic strip based on a television series in the world.


The 1960s[]

The first comics based on Doctor Who appeared in TV Comic and in Doctor Who annuals. The Daleks, which did not feature the Doctor himself, appeared in TV Century 21 and others featuring the Daleks appeared in the Dalek annuals.

See First Doctor comic stories, The Daleks and Second Doctor comic stories.

The 1970s[]

With the advent of the Third Doctor, the home of the Doctor Who comic strip changed from TV Comic to Countdown. After that publication failed some two years later, the strip returned to TV Comic, where it remained until Polystyle lost the license to Marvel UK. The Fourth Doctor was the final incarnation to debut in a Polystyle publication. After running original Fourth Doctor stories from 1975 through the middle of 1978, Polystyle's long run of Doctor Who comics ended with six months of reprints of earlier Second and Third Doctor stories, with Tom Baker's likeness superimposed on top of the Doctor who had originally appeared in the adventure. This makes the placement of the very latest Polystyle adventures awkward for anyone who today wants to try to establish a chronology of the Polystyle events. In 1979, with the publication of the first issue of Doctor Who Weekly, the Doctor's adventures passed into the hands of people more influenced by American comic books than British cartoon strips, and thus their style radically altered. By the end of the decade, the only venue left for cartoon — and occasionally even avant garde — strips were the pages of the various World Distributors annuals.

See Third and Fourth Doctor comic stories.

The 1980s[]

The adventures of the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and, finally, Seventh Doctor appeared in Doctor Who Monthly and Doctor Who Magazine (Doctor Who Weekly under a different name). Comics also appeared in Doctor Who annual.

See Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctor comic stories.

The 1990s[]

The comics actually outlived the original series, which had ended in late 1989. Comics in Doctor Who Magazine and Doctor Who Yearbook featured the adventures of past Doctors, and later the Eighth Doctor, who took over the main strip starting in 1996. A short Radio Times feature in 1996 also featured the adventures of the Eighth Doctor. A new publication, Doctor Who Classic Comics reprinted older stories, mainly from the 1960s and 1970s in their original colour form.

See Seventh and Eighth Doctor comic stories.

The 2000s[]

The adventures of the Eighth Doctor continued until 2005 with the debut of the first new Doctor Who season and the Ninth, then Tenth Doctor. New magazines Doctor Who: Battles in Time and Doctor Who Adventures, as well as the Doctor Who annual and Doctor Who Storybook featured new stories, the former of which continue to do this day. Meanwhile, Panini Comics began the publication of a series of graphic novels re-printing older, and the more recent stories from the pages of Doctor Who Magazine.

In 2007 the American company IDW was the first American comic-book publisher to produce original Doctor Who comic books in the US, starting in early 2008 with the release of Doctor Who: Agent Provocateur. The adventures of the Tenth Doctor ran as regular releases (with variant editions), alongside mini-series releases including an anniversary mini-series featuring each of the former Doctors as well as collected volumes and annuals.

See Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Doctor comic stories.

The 2010s[]

IDW continued into the 2010s with the Eleventh Doctor comics that also ran as regular releases (with variant editions), alongside mini-series releases including an anniversary mini-series featuring each of the former Doctors as well as collected volumes and annuals. The license ran to the close of 2013 culminating in the 50th anniversary.

Additionally, IDW brought forth the first-ever Doctor Who crossover in any medium, the 2012 Star Trek: The Next Generation/ Doctor Who event series Assimilation².

Doctor Who Magazine finished their Tenth Doctor series in early 2010, moving into the Eleventh, Twelfth, and Thirteenth Doctors over the course of the decade.

Doctor Who Adventures continued with comic stories for the Eleventh Doctor. During their Twelfth Doctor run in 2015, the series under Immediate Media Company London Limited ended with DWA 363 and was relaunched by Panini Comics with DWA15 1. This short-lived relaunch ended with only 24 issues in 2017. A special issue for the Thirteenth Doctor was released in 2019.

In 2014, Titan Publishing Group took over the US license. They released new comic series featuring the Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth, and Thirteenth Doctors. The War Doctor was also featured in the second year of Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor, as well a miscellaneous other comic stories. These were later compiled into a UK edition called Doctor Who Comic. They also published mini-series featuring the Eighth and Ninth Doctors, the latter later extended to an ongoing series. Following the success of these four series, new series featuring the Third and Fourth, and Seventh Doctors were published. In 2016, Titan started a tie-in mini-series for the 2016 TV Christmas special.

See Third, Fourth, Seventh, Eighth, War, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth and Thirteenth Doctor comic stories.

The 2020s[]

Titan Comics and Doctor Who Magazine continued into the 2020s with Thirteenth Doctor comics. Titan relaunched their comic as Doctor Who (2020), an anthology series covering multiple Doctors, including the Fugitive Doctor.

See Thirteenth Doctor comic stories and Doctor Who (2020).

Original companions[]

The comics have introduced a number of new companions, notably including John and Gillian, Sharon Davies, Frobisher, Abslom Daak, Izzy Sinclair, Destrii, Majenta Pryce, Heather McCrimmon, Gabby Gonzalez and Alice Obiefune.

Other information[]

Promotional mini-comics have been given away free with multi-packs of crisps and snacks. A newspaper strip was considered during the early 1990s (and sample work done) for a run in a national newspaper. Other comics have appeared various other merchandising (like collectable cards in ice lollies, and as slide shows for projectors and viewmasters.