Somewhat after the broadcast of the Doctor Who television story Time and the Rani, Doctor Who Magazine's Seventh Doctor comic stories began. While the cancellation of the Doctor Who television series was undoubtedly bad news for Sylvester McCoy's longevity in the role, it was an unexpected boon to the Seventh Doctor's comic life. With no new Doctor on the horizon, the Seventh Doctor lived on in the pages of DWM for years after the transmission of McCoy's final regular appearance on TV in Survival in 1989.

In fact, the Seventh Doctor became the first incarnation of the Doctor to be in two regular comic publications simultaneously. Pre-figuring the Tenth Doctor's later "double-duty" in DWM and Doctor Who Adventures, the Seventh Doctor was, briefly, in both DWM and The Incredible Hulk Presents, another Marvel publication.

Several different approaches were taken by DWM during this era. At first, they told stories which had no obvious connection to the television series. Frobisher briefly ushered in the new Doctor's era, before scampering off. The Doctor then travelled around either on his own or with one-off companions.

After the television series ended, and the Virgin New Adventures series began, there was an effort to try to fit the comic stories into the novels' continuity. This period, though, came to a definitive end when DWM killed off Ace in Ground Zero — an act that deliberately returned DWM to its own, separate continuity.

By this stage, however, DWM had taken the editorial decision to consider the Seventh Doctor as a "past" incarnation. They began to use the comic space to tell stories of the other incarnations, which gave modern artists and writers the chance to feature Doctors and companions who hadn't really been a part of the DWM strip before. Thus, though the Seventh Doctor had a much longer reign in comics than television, it was a few years shorter than the gap between Survival and the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie, where the Seventh Doctor regenerated into the Eighth on-screen. By contrast, the Eighth Doctor's era ended only when the Ninth Doctor's began in the 2005 episode Rose.

Comic strip companions of the Seventh Doctor[]



Seventh Doctor comic stories[]

Doctor Who Magazine[]

Travelling with Frobisher
Travelling with Olla
Travelling alone
Travelling with Ace
Travelling with Bernice Summerfield
Travelling with Ace and Bernice Summerfield
Travelling alone
Travelling with Ace
Travelling with Ace and Bernice Summerfield

Doctor Who Magazine specials[]

Death's Head Vol 1[]

The Incredible Hulk Presents[]

Doctor Who Yearbook[]

 IDW Publishing[]


  • The Forgotten (TF 4 featuring Ace, the first ten Doctors (save the War Doctor), and numerous other companions)

Doctor Who (2012)[]

  • Dead Man's Hand (DW12 15 featuring Matrix projections of the first eleven Doctors and the War Doctor)

Prisoners of Time[]

Titan Comics[]

Doctor Who: The Seventh Doctor[]

Back-up strips[]


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