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TV Comic was a weekly magazine published by Polystyle Publications, Ltd. in Britain from 1951 to 1984. It printed Doctor Who strips from 1964 to 1979.

History[]

Throughout the TV Comic strips, the Doctor was primarily called "Dr. Who" by his companions and the narration. For convenience, the later-established incarnation numbering schema is used on this page to disambiguate between, for instance, William Hartnell's Dr. Who and Patrick Troughton's Dr. Who.

The TV Comic strips are notable for introducing a number of original characters, including companions and aliens. Original companions included the Doctor's grandchildren, John and Gillian, as well as Arnold. As the comic rights to the Daleks were initially held by competing magazine TV Century 21, original villains called the Trods were used in their place; however, in 1967 the Dalek rights reverted to TV Comic, the Daleks were shown to massacre the Trods in The Trodos Ambush.

From the years 1971 to 1973, new Doctor Who comics were instead printed in TV Comic's sister magazine, TV Action/Countdown.

Beginning with TVC 1386 in July 1978, old TV Comic Second and Third Doctor strips were reprinted with new art showing the then-current Fourth Doctor's face. This modification and reuse of pre-existing material continued until TVC 1430 in 1979, when the rights to Doctor Who comics moved to Marvel Comics UK's new magazine Doctor Who Weekly.

The TV Comic run of Doctor Who concluded with TVC 1430 on 11 May 1979.

Comic stories[]

William Hartnell's Dr. Who[]

Title Featuring Printed in Released
The Klepton Parasites John Who and Gillian Who, Kleptons 674-683 9 November 1964-11 January 1965
The Therovian Quest John and Gillian 684-689 16 January - 22 February 1965
The Hijackers of Thrax 690-692 1 - 15 March 1965
On the Web Planet John and Gillian, Zarbi 693-698 22 March - 26 April 1965
Untitled Police officer 696 12 April 1965
The Gyros Injustice John and Gillian 699-704 3 May - 7 June 1965
Challenge of the Piper 705-709 14 June - 12 July 1965
Prisoners of Gritog Holiday Special
1965
1 July 1965
TV Terrors Monica, Buttons, Cuthbert 709 12 July 1965
Moon Landing John and Gillian 710-712 19 July - 2 August 1965
Time in Reverse 713-715 9 - 23 August 1965
Lizardworld 716-719 30 August - 20 September 1965
Prisoners of the Kleptons John and Gillian, Kleptons Annual 1966 1 September 1965
The Caterpillar Men John and Gillian
The Ordeals of Demeter 720-723 27 September - 18 October 1965
Enter: The Go-Ray 724-727 25 October - 15 November 1965
Shark Bait 728-731 22 November - 13 December 1965
A Christmas Story 732-735 20 December 1965 - 10 January 1966
The Didus Expedition 736-739 22 January - 12 February 1966
Space Station Z-7 740-743 19 February - 12 March 1966
Plague of the Black Scorpi 744-747 19 March - 9 April 1966
The Trodos Tyranny John and Gillian, Trods 748-752 16 April - 14 May 1966
The Secret of Gemino John and Gillian 753-757 21 May - 18 June 1966
The Haunted Planet 758-762 25 June - 23 July 1966
Guests of King Neptune Holiday Special
1966
1 July 1966
The Gaze of the Gorgon
The Hunters of Zerox 763-767 30 July - 27 August 1966
Deadly Vessel Annual 1967 1 September 1966
Kingdom of the Animals
The Underwater Robot 768-771 3 - 24 September 1966
Return of the Trods John and Gillian, Trods 772-775 1 - 22 October 1966
The Galaxy Games John and Gillian 776-779 29 October - 19 November 1966
The Experimenters 780-783 26 November - 17 December 1966

Patrick Troughton's Dr. Who[]

Title Featuring Printed in Released
The Extortioner John and Gillian 784-787 24 December 1966 - 14 January 1967
The Trodos Ambush John and Gillian, Trods, Daleks 788-791 21 January - 11 February 1967
The Doctor Strikes Back John and Gillian, Daleks 792-795 18 February - 11 March 1967
The Zombies John and Gillian 796-798 18 March - 1 April 1967
Master of Spiders 799-802 8 - 29 April 1967
The Exterminator John and Gillian, Daleks 803-806 6 - 27 May 1967
The Monsters from the Past John and Gillian 807-811 3 June - 1 July 1967
The Tardis Worshippers 812-815 8 - 29 July 1967
Space War Two 816-819 5 - 26 August 1967
Egyptian Escapade 820-823 2 - 23 September 1967
The Coming of the Cybermen John and Gillian, Cybermen 824-827 30 September - 21 October 1967
The Faithful Rocket Pack John and Gillian 828-831 28 October - 18 November 1967
Flower Power John and Gillian, Cybermen 832-836 25 November - 23 December 1967
The Witches John and Gillian 837-841 30 December 1967 - 27 January 1968
Cyber-Mole John and Gillian, Cybermen 842-845 3 - 24 February 1968
The Sabre-Toothed Gorillas John and Gillian 846-849 2 - 23 March 1968
The Cyber Empire John and Gillian, Cybermen 850-853 30 March - 20 April 1968
The Dyrons John and Gillian 854-858 27 April - 25 May 1968
Dr. Who and the Space Pirates 859-863 1 - 29 June 1968
Car of the Century 864-867 6 - 27 July 1968
The Jokers 868-871 3 - 23 August 1968
Invasion of the Quarks John and Gillian, Jamie McCrimmon, Quarks 872-876 31 August - 28 September 1968
The Killer Wasps Jamie, Quarks 877-880 5 - 26 October 1968
Ice Cap Terror Jamie 881-884 2 - 23 November 1968
Jungle of Doom Jamie, Quarks 885-889 30 November - 28 December 1968
Father Time Jamie 890-893 4 - 25 January 1969
Martha the Mechanical Housemaid 894-898 1 February - 1 March 1969
The Duellists Quarks 899-902 7 - 28 July 1969
Eskimo Joe 903-906 5 - 26 April 1969
Peril at 60 Fathoms 907-910 3 - 24 May 1969
Operation Wurlitzer 911-915 31 May - 28 June 1969
Action in Exile 916-920 5 July - 2 August 1969
The Mark of Terror 921-924 9 - 30 August 1969
The Brotherhood 925-928 6 - 27 September 1969
U.F.O. 929-933 4 October - 1 November 1969
The Night Walkers Time Lords 934-936 8 - 22 November 1969

Jon Pertwee's Dr. Who[]

Title Featuring Printed in Released
The Arkwood Experiments The Brigadier 944-949 17 January - 21 February 1970
The Multi-Mobile 950-954 28 February - 28 March 1970
Insect 955-959 4 April - 2 May 1970
The Metal-Eaters The Brigadier, Liz Shaw 960-964 9 May - 6 June 1970
The Fishmen of Carpantha 965-969 13 June - 11 July 1970
Doctor Who and the Rocks from Venus 970-976 18 July - 29 August 1970
Doctor Who and the Robot The Brigadier 977-984 5 September - 24 October 1970
Trial of Fire 985-991 31 October - 12 December 1970
The Kingdom Builders 992-999 19 December 1970 - 6 February 1971
After TVC 999, the Doctor Who strip moved to Polystyle's new Countdown magazine, which was ultimately called TV Action; it returned to TVC in issue 1133 in 1973.

Tom Baker's Dr. Who[]

From Issues 1292 to 1325, the Doctor Who comic strip is reduced from the usual two pages to one.

Edited reprints[]

(mostly Third Doctor stories, these were altered to feature the Fourth Doctor)

Other uses[]

TV Comic used the Doctor and the Daleks in four known back-up comics, featured in a section titled "Pick of the Jokes." One notable aspect was that these jokes appear to follow licensing restrictions: for instance, Daleks did not appear in these comics until TV Comic obtained permission to put them in comics.

These comics are:

The Doctor fights with a police officer, wanting to get to his TARDIS.

Two Daleks talk, in TV Comic 798.

  • TVC 696, the Doctor attempts to get back to the TARDIS, or perhaps just a police box, but is blocked by an officer.
  • TVC 740: the Doctor enters a police box, only to find an officer exiting. The Doctor responds "Oops! Sorry! Wrong box!"
  • TVC 794: In an otherwise non-Who strip, a child carried a small Dalek on a leash.
  • TVC 798: Two Daleks talk, one speaking of their Trans-sister

Special issues[]

TV Comic[]

First Doctor[]

Second Doctor[]

Third Doctor[]

Fourth Doctor[]

TV Comic Annual[]

First Doctor[]

Second Doctor[]

Third Doctor[]

Fourth Doctor[]

External links[]

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