Spider-Man (COMIC: The Stockbridge Horror) or Spiderman (PROSE: Only Human) was a fictional superhero with the ability to scale buildings by crawling along their sides, not unlike a spider. (PROSE: To the Slaughter) The Seventh Doctor once stated that "with great power, comes great responsibility", a quote that he thought came from Marvel Comics. (PROSE: Timewyrm: Genesys)
Completing the argument that Jason was making about the immortality of fictional characters, the Seventh Doctor said that if Spider-Man aged, he would be collecting his pension. (PROSE: Conundrum) During an attack on the Fifth Doctor's TARDIS, a Spider-Man cartoon show was playing on the scanner screen, shortly before the screen's destruction. (COMIC: The Stockbridge Horror)
There was at least one film about Spiderman, though its title wasn't clear. Das watched the film and thought the character Spiderman was real. Jack Harkness told Das that Spiderman was a fictional character in the movie and was played by an actor. (PROSE: Only Human)
Grant told the Twelfth Doctor the origin story of Spider-Man, however, the Doctor believed that getting bitten by a radioactive spider would result in radiation poisoning. (TV: The Return of Doctor Mysterio)
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Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Further references[edit | edit source]
- In Winner Takes All, the Ninth Doctor says "My spider sense was tingling". This is a reference to Spider-Man, although no connection has been made in the DWU.
- The website whoisdoctorwho.co.uk had a list of sightings of the Doctor from which people had ostensibly been submitting to Clive Finch, a conspiracy theorist character from TV: Rose A submission from Gustavo Lugo said that Gustavo saw the version of the Doctor shown on Clive's website — the Ninth Doctor — "a couple of weeks ago", trying to sell Spider-Man comics from the 1960s and 1970s. The store owner refused because "they looked too brand new to be original copies." 
Comics[edit | edit source]
- Spider-Man was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko and debuted in Amazing Fantasy #15, with Andy Yanchus colouring the comic. The quote about power and responsibility comes from this first story. The first story reprinted in Dr Who's Time Tales, The Man in the Mummy Case!, was originally printed in this same issue.
Spider-Man TV series[edit | edit source]
- The 1967 cartoon show can be recognised by the quoted line from its theme song. Technically, it isn't possible to tell in The Stockbridge Horror whether this is a cartoon with a song or if someone is warning him about the coming of the Spider-Man.
Parallel universes[edit | edit source]
- Death's Head's frequent travels between universes have placed him in at least three parallel universes where Peter Parker (Spider-Man) is a real individual. He would have been able to meet the Spider-Man of Primax 986.13 Gamma (also known as Earth-120185), Marvel UK's Transformers universe; resided for some time in Earth-8410, home to a future Peter Parker; and did indeed meet the Spider-Man of Earth-616, the mainstream Marvel Comics universe (although his body was at the time inhabited by the mind of Otto Octavius). The Seventh Doctor was also seen dropping Death's Head off in Earth-616 in COMIC: Time Bomb!.
References to Doctor Who within Marvel[edit | edit source]
- A different Spider-Man, Miles Morales, referenced Doctor Who and used the phrase "timey-wimey stuff" to explain time travel to Thor in All New, All Different Avengers #6.
Films[edit | edit source]
- One idea for The Lazarus Experiment was a mad scientist working on developing invulnerable synthetic skin; it was dropped because Davies feared that this might be part of the plot of the movie Spider-Man 3, which was due for release around the same time that Greenhorn's episode would likely air. 
- Andrew Garfield played Spider-Man in the 2012 film The Amazing Spider-Man and its 2014 sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
- Alfred Molina, who played Doctor Octopus in the 2004 Spider-Man sequel, was considered for the Eighth Doctor in the 1996 TV Movie. 
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