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name= Slimmer |
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|image= Slimmer.jpg
image= Smiller.jpg |
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|series= [[Seventh Doctor comic stories]]
series= [[Seventh Doctor comic stories]]|
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|number=
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|doctor= Seventh Doctor
doctor= [[Seventh Doctor]]|
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|companions=
companions= |
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|enemy= The [[Gromungus]]
enemy= The [[Gromungus]]|
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|writer= [[Mike Collins]] and [[Tim Robins]]
writer= [[Mike Collins]] and [[Tim Robins]]|
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|artist= [[Geoff Senior]]
artist= [[Geoff Senior]]|
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editor=|
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|colourist=
colourist=|
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|letterer=[[Stuart Bartlett]]
letterer=[[Stuart Bartlett]]|
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|publication= ''[[The Incredible Hulk Presents]]'' 11
publication= ''[[The Incredible Hulk Presents]]'' 11|
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|release date= [[16 December (releases)|16 December]] [[1989 (releases)|1989]]
release date= [[16 December|16]] [[December]] [[1989]]|
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|publisher= Marvel UK
publisher= [[Marvel UK]]|
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|format= Comic - 1 part
format= Comic - 1 part|
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|prev= The Enlightenment of Ly-Chee the Wise (comic story)
prev= The Enlightenment of Ly-Chee the Wise (comic story)|
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|next= Nineveh! (comic story)
next= Nineveh (comic story)|Nineveh (comic story)|
 
 
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'''''Slimmer''''' was the ''[[Doctor Who]]'' back-up strip which appeared in the pages of ''[[The Incredible Hulk Presents]]'' #11. Like all in the series, it was monochromatic and featured the [[Seventh Doctor]] travelling alone at the beginning and ending of the story.
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'''''Slimmer!''''' was the ''[[Doctor Who]]'' back-up strip which appeared in the pages of ''[[The Incredible Hulk Presents]]'' #11. Like all in the series, it was monochromatic and featured the [[Seventh Doctor]] travelling alone at the beginning and ending of the story.
   
 
Unlike most ''Doctor Who'' comic stories published by [[Marvel UK]], ''Slimmer'' had a light, comedic tone that bordered on parody.
 
Unlike most ''Doctor Who'' comic stories published by [[Marvel UK]], ''Slimmer'' had a light, comedic tone that bordered on parody.
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== Summary ==
 
== Summary ==
 
When the [[Seventh Doctor]] goes to [[Weight-A-Way|a health club in space]], he encounters [[Gromungus|the universe's biggest glutton]], who threatens to eat him alive!
 
When the [[Seventh Doctor]] goes to [[Weight-A-Way|a health club in space]], he encounters [[Gromungus|the universe's biggest glutton]], who threatens to eat him alive!
 
== Plot ==
 
== Plot ==
The Doctor goes to [[Weight-A-Way]], a place he describes as "the health club at the edge of the galaxy". Something about it fills the [[Time Lord]] with dread, but he nevertheless checks in with the [[receptionist (Slimmer)|receptionist]] for his "Nine hundred Fifty year checkup".
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The Doctor decides to go to [[Weight-A-Way]], "the health club at the edge of the galaxy", a place that fills him with dread. Nevertheless, he checks in with the [[receptionist (Slimmer)|receptionist]] for his "nine hundred and fifty year checkup".
   
After some preliminary fitness exams, the Doctor goes exploring. He discovers that other "guests" are being killed. Before he can protest, the receptionist brings him in front of the [[Gromungus]], the universe's biggest glutton. The great blob has been eating all the club's clients, including the unfortunate Mr [[Bouillabaise (Slimmer)|Bouillabaise]], whose death the Doctor has just witnessed.
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After some preliminary fitness exams, the Doctor goes exploring. He discovers that other "guests" are being killed. Before he can protest, the receptionist brings him in front of the [[Gromungus]], the universe's biggest glutton. The great blob has been eating all the club's clients, including the unfortunate Mr [[Bouillabaise (Slimmer)|Bouillabaise]], whose death the Doctor has just witnessed.
   
Seeing the Doctor, the Gromungus' appetite soars. At last he will have a meal free of fat, unlike his usual Weight-A-Way fare. Thinking quickly, the Doctor makes him a counter-proposal. By linking the Gromongus' room to [[The Doctor's TARDIS|the TARDIS]], the Time Lord can provide his captor with entrées from across [[space]] and [[time]]. The Gromongus greedily agrees, and is swiftly supplied with an endless supply of food.
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Seeing the Doctor, the Gromungus' appetite soars. At last he will have a meal free of [[fat]], unlike his usual Weight-A-Way fare. Thinking quickly, the Doctor makes him a counter-proposal. By linking the Gromungus' room to the [[The Doctor's TARDIS|TARDIS]], the Time Lord can provide his captor with entrées from across [[space]] and [[time]]. The Gromungus greedily agrees, and is swiftly supplied with an endless supply of food.
   
Soon, however, it becomes apparent the beast hasn't thought this deal through. He's eaten so much that his mass has increased to the point of gravitational collapse. The Gromongus literally becomes a [[black hole]].
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Soon, however, it becomes apparent the beast been tricked. He has eaten so much that his mass has increased to the point of gravitational collapse, causing him to become a [[black hole]].
   
 
== Characters ==
 
== Characters ==
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== References ==
 
== References ==
 
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== Notes ==
 
== Notes ==
Due to the parodic nature of the narrative:
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* Due to the parodic nature of the narrative, it featured numerous references to comedic literature.
* the description of [[Weight-A-Way]] as the "health club at the edge of the galaxy" is likely a pun on [[Douglas Adams]]' ''Restaurant at the End of the Universe''.
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:* The description of [[Weight-A-Way]] as the "health club at the edge of the galaxy" is a pun on [[Douglas Adams]]' ''Restaurant at the End of the Universe''.
* the destruction of the [[Gromongus]] is immediately evocative of the demise of [[wikipedia:Mr Creosote|Mr Creosote]] from ''[[wikipedia:Monty Python's The Meaning of Life|Monty Python's The Meaning of Life]]''
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:* The destruction of the [[Gromungus]] is evocative of the demise of {{w|Mr Creosote}} from {{wi|Monty Python's The Meaning of Life}}.
   
 
== Continuity ==
 
== Continuity ==
* The Doctor mentions to the [[receptionist (Slimmer)|receptionist]] that he's come to [[Weight-A-Way]] for his "950 year checkup" — a figure that roughly tallies with [[the Doctor's age|his stated age]] in [[DW]]: ''[[Time and the Rani]]''.
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* The receptionist notes that the Doctor has a [[binary vascular system]] and that he has a slow pulse, a condition the Doctor is first said to exhibit in [[TV]]: ''[[Spearhead from Space (TV story)|Spearhead from Space]]''.
* The receptionist also notes that he has a [[binary vascular system]] and that he has a slow pulse, a condition the Doctor is first said to exhibit in [[DW]]: ''[[Spearhead from Space]]''.
 
 
== Timeline ==
 
* ''Slimmer'' takes place after [[IHP]]: ''[[The Enlightenment of Ly-Chee the Wise]]''
 
* ''Slimmer'' takes place before [[IHP]]: ''[[Nineveh (comic story)|Nineveh]]''
 
 
 
 
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Slimmer! was the Doctor Who back-up strip which appeared in the pages of The Incredible Hulk Presents #11. Like all in the series, it was monochromatic and featured the Seventh Doctor travelling alone at the beginning and ending of the story.

Unlike most Doctor Who comic stories published by Marvel UK, Slimmer had a light, comedic tone that bordered on parody.

Summary Edit

When the Seventh Doctor goes to a health club in space, he encounters the universe's biggest glutton, who threatens to eat him alive!

Plot Edit

The Doctor decides to go to Weight-A-Way, "the health club at the edge of the galaxy", a place that fills him with dread. Nevertheless, he checks in with the receptionist for his "nine hundred and fifty year checkup".

After some preliminary fitness exams, the Doctor goes exploring. He discovers that other "guests" are being killed. Before he can protest, the receptionist brings him in front of the Gromungus, the universe's biggest glutton. The great blob has been eating all the club's clients, including the unfortunate Mr Bouillabaise, whose death the Doctor has just witnessed.

Seeing the Doctor, the Gromungus' appetite soars. At last he will have a meal free of fat, unlike his usual Weight-A-Way fare. Thinking quickly, the Doctor makes him a counter-proposal. By linking the Gromungus' room to the TARDIS, the Time Lord can provide his captor with entrées from across space and time. The Gromungus greedily agrees, and is swiftly supplied with an endless supply of food.

Soon, however, it becomes apparent the beast been tricked. He has eaten so much that his mass has increased to the point of gravitational collapse, causing him to become a black hole.

Characters Edit

References Edit

to be added

Notes Edit

  • Due to the parodic nature of the narrative, it featured numerous references to comedic literature.

Continuity Edit

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