The vast majority of Sixth Doctor comic stories were published in Doctor Who Magazine in the mid-1980s and began on the heels of the transmission of The Twin Dilemma.

The Sixth Doctor's comic book history has unique aspects. He is the only Doctor to star in a series of Doctor Who but not to appear in a comic strip in a Doctor Who annual. He is also the only Doctor to be featured in "incentive comic books" given away with the purchase of food, the first Doctor to be the subject of an original graphic novel and the only Doctor to have comics written by the actor who portrayed him.

DWM launched the Sixth Doctor's comic strip adventures with the Doctor travelling on his own. His first story introduced a new companion, Frobisher — the shape-changing Whifferdill who often assumed the form of a penguin. Image rights were later obtained for Nicola Bryant, which allowed Peri to become the first humanoid televised companion regularly used in the pages of DWM. The writers even went to the trouble of trying to explain her earlier absence. Apparently, she took time away from the TARDIS to explore New York City. Since she remained the companion up to the final story of the regular run, the 1980s Sixth Doctor comics all happened somewhere between The Twin Dilemma and Mindwarp.

Because the Sixth Doctor's era began at the end of season 21, and the Seventh Doctor's DWM start was delayed by Grant Morrison's epic death-of-Jamie McCrimmon story line, the Sixth Doctor's regular era in DWM comics contains significantly more stories than his televised run. Moreover, he has a few additional stories which were published after Colin Baker was no longer incumbent in the role.

Nevertheless, the Sixth Doctor has one of the briefer comic canons of all the Doctors, with only the Fifth Doctor and Ninth Doctor appearing in fewer total comic stories.

Comic strip companions of the Sixth Doctor[]




Doctor Who Magazine[]

Title Writer Featuring Printed in Released
The Shape Shifter Steve Parkhouse Frobisher, Josiah W. Dogbolter, Hob 88-89 12 April - 10 May 1984
Voyager Frobisher, Astrolabus 90-94 14 June - 11 October 1984
Polly the Glot Frobisher, Ivan Asimoff, Astolabus 95-97 8 November 1984 - 10 January 1985
Once Upon a Time Lord Frobisher, Astrolabus 98-99 7 February - 7 March 1985
War-Game Alan McKenzie Frobisher 100-101 4 April - 9 May 1985
Funhouse 102-103 13 June - 11 July 1985
Kane's Story Peri, Frobisher, Skeletoids 104 8 August - 1985
Abel's Story Peri, Frobisher, Abel Gantz, Skeletoids 105 12 September - 1985
The Warrior's Story 106 10 October 1985
Frobisher's Story 107 14 November 1985
Exodus Peri, Frobisher 108 12 December 1985
Revelation! Peri, Frobisher, Cybermen 109 16 January 1986
Genesis! Alan McKenzie (adapted by John Ridgway) 110 13 February 1986
Nature of the Beast! Simon Furman Peri, Frobisher 111-113 13 March - 8 May 1986
Time Bomb Jamie Delano Frobisher 114-116 12 June - 7 August 1986
Salad Daze Simon Furman Peri 117 11 September 1986
Changes Grant Morrison Peri, Frobisher 118-119 9 October - 13 November 1986
Profits of Doom! Mike Collins 120-122 11 December 1986 - 12 February 1987
The Gift Jamie Delano 123-126 12 March - 12 March 1987
The World Shapers Grant Morrison Peri, Frobisher, Jamie 127-129 9 July - 10 September 1987
Emperor of the Daleks! Paul Cornell Seventh Doctor, Benny, Peri, Abslom Daak, Harma, Salander, Davros, Dalek Emperor 197-202 18 February - 8 July 1993
Time & Time Again Seventh Doctor, Ace, Benny, First Doctor, Second Doctor, Third Doctor, Fourth Doctor, Fifth Doctor, Susan, Jamie, Zoe, Adric, Frobisher, White Guardian, Black Guardian 207 25 November 1993
Up Above the Gods Richard Alan Davros 227 8 June 1995

Doctor Who Magazine Specials[]

Doctor Who Marvel Adventure Comic[]

  • The Doctor Who Marvel Adventure Comic was a series of six mini-issues given away with the purchase of Golden Wonder bread. The monochromatic pamphlet contained somewhat edited versions of a few stories that had already appeared in the pages of Doctor Who Magazine. They cause some complications for people truly obsessed about canon, as there are some significant changes to some of the stories. For instance, Peri is completely removed from the DWMAC version of one of the stories.

IDW Publishing[]


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[]


Back-up strips[]

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