Spoilers are precisely defined here. Rules vary by the story's medium. Info from television stories can't be added here until after the top or bottom of the hour, British time, closest to the end credits roll on BBC One. Therefore, fans in the Americas who are sensitive to spoilers should avoid Tardis on Sundays until they've seen the episode.



You may be looking for the Superman comic books.

Superman, the alter-ego of Clark Kent, (TV: The Return of Doctor Mysterio) who was sometimes referred to as Man of Steel, (PROSE: The Shining Man) was a fictional superhero and the main character in the comic book series of the same name, (TV: The Return of Doctor Mysterio)


The last of his kind, Superman crash-landed on Earth as a baby. (AUDIO: 1963: Fanfare for the Common Men) In his later life, Kent worked as a reporter at the Daily Planet, alongside Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen. His editor was Perry White. (TV: The Return of Doctor Mysterio) At one point, he had a snow fortress. (PROSE: Dear Great Uncle Peter)

Powers and abilities[]

Superman had the ability to fly. (TV: The Return of Doctor Mysterio) Kryptonite was his weakness. (AUDIO: Starfall)


In one issue of a comic, he was faced up against Batman, and, as the cover promised, "only one can survive!" (PROSE: Curiosity)

In 1957, Korky Goldsmith claimed that Superman and Nyssa "would get along like a house on fire" as she was likewise the last survivor of her planet. (AUDIO: 1963: Fanfare for the Common Men)

Superman with glasses drawn on by the Twelfth Doctor to demonstrate that he is Clark Kent. (TV: The Return of Doctor Mysterio)

The Twelfth Doctor read a Superman comic, and revealed to Grant that Superman and Clark Kent were the same person, making the point by drawing Clark Kent's glasses on Superman. When Grant told him that it was known by everyone (in the real world), the Doctor noted that Lois Lane did not know despite being a reporter. (TV: The Return of Doctor Mysterio) Supergirl, the host of Meet That Hero!, would later attempt to prove to her viewers that glasses could work as an effective disguise by demonstrating that a woman was unable to recognise Clark Kent as Superman. (WC: Supergirl Meets E.T.)

Noah Holland had a toy torch in the shape of Superman. (PROSE: The Shining Man)

One New York City resident, upon seeing the Doctor's TARDIS materialise, wondered if Superman would come out of it. (COMIC: Kane's Story)

Behind the scenes[]

As he revealed at the 2016 New York Comic Con, Superman, or more specifically Clark Kent, is Steven Moffat's favourite superhero. In writing the Ghost (Grant) in The Return of Doctor Mysterio, Moffat was particularly influenced by Clark Kent, and took inspiration from the Christopher Reeve Superman films of the 1970s and 1980s.

A version of Superman appears as a playable character in LEGO Dimensions alongside the first 13 incarnations of the Doctor (including the War Doctor), existing in a parallel universe relative to the Doctor's own. As a result, the reference to Superman in WC: Supergirl Meets E.T. implicitly referred to the "real" Superman from his cousin Supergirl's home universe, rather than to the fictional version from the DWU. However, LEGO Dimensions is not considered a valid source by this Wiki, and this information is not present in Supergirl Meets E.T. itself, which doesn't actually preclude the possibility that Superman is a fictional character with no particular ties to the real individual Supergirl.

When Paul Kupperberg served as editor at DC Comics, he edited and sometimes wrote for Superman, among other titles, and also wrote for the newspaper strip of the same title.

Jim Broadbent, who played Jean Pierre Dubois in Superman IV: Quest for Peace, played an Eleventh Doctor in The Curse of Fatal Death. He had previous been one of the many performers considered for the role of the Eighth Doctor.

William Russell, Susannah York, Shane Rimmer, Sarah Douglas, David Neal, John Hollis, Tony Selby, James Garbutt, Harry Fielder, Alf Joint, Roger Brierley, Terry Walsh, Tony Sibbald, Robert Beatty, Henry Woolf, R. J. Bell, Esmond Knight, Eiji Kusuhara, Peter Roy, David Garth, Rex Robinson, Kiran Shah, David de Keyser, Burnell Tucker, Kerry Shale, David Forman and Alan Tilvern all appeared in the 1978-1987 Superman film series.

David Warner and Eliza Roberts played Superman's biological parents Jor-El and Lara Lor-Van in the Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman episode "Foundling".

George Murdock appeared in two Superman television series: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and Smallville.

References in invalid sources[]

Superman standing in front of the Lion Temple. (NOTVALID: Endless Awesome)

Superman once flew through the air before being hit on the head by Batman's Batarang. He later stood in front of the Lion Temple. (NOTVALID: Endless Awesome)

He once told the Doctor “Me? Time travel? Oh, no. I couldn't do a thing like that.” (NOTVALID: LEGO Dimensions)

External links[]