Opening narration box
The Doctor arrives on a coastal hilltop in England 1348, around the same time as the Black Death. He bumps into another doctor, dressed in a bird like costume, who has been visiting the local sick villagers. The doctor is fleeing from some 'different' plague victims with green flesh, behaving like zombies, who are in pursuit. The two Doctors hide in a nearby forest.
In the forest they learn from two children that the zombie victims must have angered the ‘fairies’. They take the Doctor to the giant, egg-shaped ‘fairy nest’ which the Doctor identifies as a Zeerover space craft. The Zeerover are a race of tiny creatures who exist to heal others, and they are far from home. The zombie villages catch up with them and infect the doctor by cheek to cheek transmission.
The Zeerover explain to the Doctor that they ran out of fuel, were unable to return and landed on Earth, a planet whose air is poisonous to them. They tried to use the human villagers as hosts, hoping they would filter out the toxins but instead the villagers become ill. The Doctor returns to the TARDIS and prepares a fuel cell to launch their craft and allow them to leave the planet In exchange for his help, the Zeerover heal the surviving victims.
- Tenth Doctor
- Zeerover – small penguin-like purple creatures who exist to heal others. They travel in space in egg-shaped craft and are capable of taking over native bodies as hosts through by contact. Accidentally arriving on Earth, they found the atmosphere poisonous. The Doctor assisted their departure by replacing their craft's damaged fuel cell.
- The Battles in Time comic strip sought to reinforce the association of its Doctor with the one seen on screen with ‘props’ from the TV series: blue/brown suit, intelligent-looking glasses, sonic screwdriver and psychic paper.
- Supporting the series of collectable Doctor Who trading cards, the magazine carried a regular four page, individually titled comic strip of the Tenth Doctor’s adventures.
- The artwork and colours were bold and bright, reflecting the tone of the magazine and, as did Doctor Who Adventures, reflected the appeal to readers younger than those catered to by Doctor Who Magazine.
- The ‘primitive’ doctor, going by the size of his beak, is quite obviously a quack.
- Interestingly, the healed villages dancing on the hill in the penultimate frame, all (bar one) still have green skin!
- The Zeerover are capable of ‘leaping’ from host to host within close range and yet strangely needed a ramp to walk up to get back into their egg-like craft!
Original print details
- 1/1 DWBIT 16 (4 pages) THE END
- No reprints to date.
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