The Meeps were a species of furry creatures, more dangerous than they appeared.
Meeps were spherical creatures with large ears, a short nose and almond-shaped eyes. Their dense fur concealed a pouch and their blood was green. (COMIC: Doctor Who and the Star Beast) They had white fur and pink feet and hands. (COMIC: Star Beast II, PROSE: Placebo Effect)
Meeps used neutron drive star cruisers to travel, which used star jumps to travel vast distances. These ships produced Black Sun radiation, which could control individuals. (COMIC: Doctor Who and the Star Beast) They also used laser pistols which had no stun settings. The pistols could be made to discharge constantly and harmlessly, causing them to be become less powerful over time. (AUDIO: The Ratings War)
Originally the Meeps were a highly advanced, peaceful race, envied for their happiness. The race was mutated by the rays of a Black Sun, which turned them into conquest hungry, planet-grabbing killers. (COMIC: Doctor Who and the Star Beast)
According to one account, all of the Meeps apart from their leader Beep were wiped out when the Wrarth Warriors destroyed their armada at the Battle of Yarras in the 20th century. (COMIC: Doctor Who and the Star Beast) Other accounts held that the race survived afterwards.
A drunken Meep on Maruthea approached the Seventh Doctor and his future incarnation to claim some kind of bounty. The Freefall Warriors attacked him and everyone began fighting each other. (COMIC: Party Animals)
Behind the scenes
What colour is a Meep?
Doctor Who and the Star Beast was originally printed in black and white in the pages of Doctor Who Magazine but has been colourised three different times. This has lead to inconsistent colours for Meeps, namely Beep the Meep:
- In Doctor Who (1984), Beep was coloured blue by Andy Yanchus, as did cover colourist George Roussos.
- The Incomplete Death's Head colourised reprint of COMIC: Party Animals also featured a blue Meep by David Leach.
- In Doctor Who Classic Comics, Beep was coloured white by Paul Vyse.
- In COMIC: Art Attack, a Meep was coloured blue by Dylan Teague.
- In Doctor Who Classics, Beep was coloured blue by Charlie Kirchoff, as did cover artist Joe Corroney.
- In a mock-interview from DWM 419, Beep lampooned the American colourists for making him blue. However, this included an illustration of Beep coloured purple by Rob Davis.
- In AUDIO: Doctor Who and the Star Beast, Beep was coloured grey by cover artist Will Brooks.
- While Beep's blood is green in the colour by Andy Yanchus, Paul Vyse, and Charlie Kirchoff, he has red blood in Will Brooks' cover.