TV Action! is a Doctor Who Magazine comic story featuring the Eighth Doctor and Izzy Sinclair.

Summary[edit | edit source]

The Doctor and Izzy have a brief meeting with an old enemy of the Doctor's known as Beep the Meep in a parallel universe, one where the adventures of the Doctor are nothing more than televised programmes and science fiction.

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Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The strip marked the twentieth anniversary of Doctor Who Magazine. The story is set on the very day Doctor Who Weekly first saw print and ends with a confused Doctor looking at the first issue. The date is also said to be when Izzy was born.
  • The strip's title is a nod to TV Action, which published the Doctor Who comic strip prior to the launch of Doctor Who Magazine.
  • Tom Baker appears as himself in the story. He became the first of three real life Doctor actors to appear as himself in a Doctor Who storyline, the others being William Hartnell given his cameo as "Billy" in the audio story Pier Pressure and Matt Smith in the comic story The Girl Who Loved Doctor Who.
  • Baker's rambling lines are taken from actual interviews with Baker.
  • Many references are made to 1979 BBC shows, with cameo appearances by actors who refer to themselves by their characters' names: the TARDIS lands in the Blue Peter garden, near the memorial statue to Petra the dog; the first people met are extras in Blake's 7 Federation soldier costumes; brainwashed servants of Meep include actors from The Onedin Line (1971-1980), Grange Hill (1978-2008), Are You Being Served? (pilot: 1972, 1973-79, 1981-85) and Fawlty Towers (1975, 1979), as well as the puppet character Basil Brush; and BBC Outside Broadcast vans are used to transmit black star energy.

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