On the planet Anclodupon the Doctor and Clara become involved in exposing a corrupt talent show live on TV.
A Saturday teatime on the planet Anclodupon finds the Eleventh Doctor and Clara overcoming a tentacled terror by tying it up in knots — all for the entertainment of the audience watching a television talent show. Getting a rave review for their performance (and a score from the panel of four judges of 38 out of 40), the Doctor and Clara find themselves through to the next round and an even bigger monster! Locked in a glass case with the giant green clumsy creature the Doctor deliberately duck a blow which smashes the glass and exposes the panel of four judges as one creature — a Lernian! The audience are furious at being deceived and start to boo and hiss. Getting upset (because the Lernian are sensitive to their performances), the compare pleads with the audience. It's not long till the Lernian just wants to go home but the space police arrive and takes them away as they protest their innocence, slightly cheating to make beter television. The Doctor returns to the TARDIS puzzling why people would want to watch a show about people battling monsters. Clara surmises it would be "quite exciting!"
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- It's unclear what a Lernian actually is. The Doctor recognises it in the form of one creature with four separate bodily extensions capable of appearing to act as separate individuals but are physically connected. The Compare of the show however is a stand-alone humanoid creature who makes references to "we".
- This story is a parody of another of BBC's Saturday evening shows, Strictly Come Dancing (hosted by Bruce Forsyth who bears an uncanny resemblance to the compère in the story — complete with chin and catchphrase). Like Doctor Who, Strictly had a highly successful re-launch and which inspired this comic story's title.
Original print details
- Publication with page count and closing captions
- DWA 326 (4 pages) More adventures next week
- No reprints to date.
- The final frame contains the caption "more adventures next week" — which for a now fortnightly title is incorrect and also reoccurs in several later issues.
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