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'''''The Last Word''''' was a ''[[Doctor Who Magazine]]'' comic story which celebrated the tenth anniversary of the [[Virgin New Adventures]]. Consequently, it featured the [[Seventh Doctor]], [[Benny]] and an older [[Ace]]. {{As of|2013|12}}, it remained the last [[Seventh Doctor]] strip printed in the pages of ''DWM''. Although the Seventh Doctor made several more comic appearances after ''Word'', most extensively in [[IDW Publishing]]'s ''[[The Forgotten (comic story)|The Forgotten]]'', this was the last story in which he exclusively starred. Similarly, it was the final comic story to feature either of his [[companion]]s.
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'''''The Last Word''''' was a ''[[Doctor Who Magazine]]'' comic story which celebrated the tenth anniversary of the [[Virgin New Adventures]]. Consequently, it featured the [[Seventh Doctor]], [[Benny]] and an older [[Ace]]. {{As of|2015|12}}, it remained the last [[Seventh Doctor]] strip printed in the pages of ''DWM''. Although the Seventh Doctor made several more comic appearances after ''Word'', most extensively in [[IDW Publishing]]'s ''[[The Forgotten (comic story)|The Forgotten]]'' and ''[[Prisoners of Time (comic story)|Prisoners of Time]]'', it was the final comic story to feature either of his [[companion]]s.
   
Although the Seventh Doctor had been in [[Time & Time Again (comic story)|one full-colour strip before]], this was the character's first appearance in the pages of ''DWM'' after the magazine permanently moved to a colour strip. As a result it is, the only Seventh Doctor ''DWM'' comic to be digitally coloured.
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Although the Seventh Doctor had previously featured in [[Time & Time Again (comic story)|one full-colour DWM strip before]], this was the character's first appearance in the pages of ''DWM'' after the magazine permanently moved to a colour strip. As a result it is also the only Seventh Doctor ''DWM'' comic to be digitally produced.
   
To those fans who followed the comic strip, but not the New Adventures, the story would likely have made little sense. Coming as it did over seven years since Benny's last appearance in a ''DWM'' comic story, and in the middle of the [[Eighth Doctor]]'s run, the story was surprising for its lack of narrative introductions. [[Timewyrm]], [[Puterspace]], [[Benny]], and [[Smithwood Manor]] all went without explanation in the narrative. The sudden reappearance of the older Ace in DWM also meant a return to the continuity of even earlier strips, as her very last appearance in the magazine some five years before was set in another continuity where she unambiguously died as a teenager.
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To those fans who had only begun following the comic strip recently and had not read the New Adventures, the story would likely have made little sense. Coming as it did over seven years since Benny's last appearance in a ''DWM'' comic story, and in the middle of the [[Eighth Doctor]]'s run, the story was surprising for its lack of narrative introductions. The [[Timewyrm]], [[Puterspace]], [[Benny]], and [[Smithwood Manor]] all appeared without any narrative explanation. The sudden reappearance of the older Ace in DWM also meant a return to the continuity of even earlier strips, as her very last appearance in the magazine some five years before featured her unambiguous death as a teenager.
   
Readers steeped in the lore of the New Adventures would have understood the strip easily, and as a result cited Ace's re-emergence in ''DWM'' as a repudiation of her "blasphemous" death in ''[[Ground Zero (comic story)|Ground Zero]]''. Fans would have also enjoyed the first visual depiction of the [[Chelonian]]s, a race long used in other media by the strip's writer, [[Gareth Roberts]]. Although the story did not feature later New Adventures characters like [[Chris Cwej]] sand [[Roz Forrester]], it celebrated the range by reuniting the Seventh Doctor with his opening New Adventures foe, the Timewyrm. ''The Last Word'' also included fan-servicing meta-textual elements, such as the reference to the idea that the Doctor himself wrote all of the New Adventures novels, and a panel in which a conveniently-placed [[chessboard]] is in the foreground as the Doctor stands, out-of-focus, behind. Similarly, both Ace and Benny angrily questioned why adventures with with the Doctor "always [had] to be so bloody complicated" — a common criticism of the New Adventures.
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Readers steeped in the lore of the New Adventures would have understood the strip easily, and as a result cited Ace's re-emergence in ''DWM'' as a repudiation of her "blasphemous" death in ''[[Ground Zero (comic story)|Ground Zero]]''. The story celebrated the range by reuniting the Seventh Doctor with his first New Adventures foe, the Timewyrm, and included fan-servicing meta-textual elements such as the idea that the Doctor himself wrote all of the New Adventures novels and a panel in featuring a conveniently-placed [[chessboard]] in the foreground with the Doctor, out-of-focus, standing behind. Similarly, both Ace and Benny angrily questioned why adventures with with the Doctor "always [had] to be so bloody complicated" — a common criticism of the New Adventures themselves.
   
 
== Summary ==
 
== Summary ==
In the [[time vortex]], aboard [[the TARDIS]], the [[Seventh Doctor]] is attempting to write a novel about his adventures with [[Benny]] and [[Ace]]. As he writes, he recounts a recent adventure with the duo. He writes about the time that they were all together at [[Smithwood Manor]], and how he worked on a trap to lure [[Timewyrm]] into a trap. He sends Benny to the [[1980s]] to join a band, and Ace to the future to tackle the [[Chelonian]]s.
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Whilst [[The Doctor's TARDIS|the TARDIS]] traverses the [[time vortex]], the [[Seventh Doctor]] is attempting to write a novel about his adventures with [[Benny]] and [[Ace]]. As he writes, he recounts a recent adventure with the duo, during which they were all together at [[Smithwood Manor]]. Devising a trap to lure the [[Timewyrm]] into a trap, he sends Benny to the [[1980s]] to join a band, and Ace to the future to tackle the [[Chelonian]]s.
   
These are weak points in the [[Web of Time]], and the women's tampering brings about fundamental change to the flow of time. This gives Timewrym something to feed upon, causing it to emerge from [[Puterspace]] to taunt the Doctor about his obvious trap. At first it seems that Timewrym has the upper hand, able to pull the Doctor into Puterspace, but he springs a trap within a trap and Timewrym is soon denied the ability to transit between Puterspace and real space. The Doctor has achieved his final victory over the meddlesome Timewyrm.
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These are weak points in the [[Web of Time]], and the women's tampering brings about fundamental change to the flow of time. This gives the Timewrym something to feed upon, causing it to emerge from [[Puterspace]] to taunt the Doctor about his obvious trap. At first it appears that the Timewyrm has gained the upper hand, pulling the Doctor into Puterspace, but he springs a trap within a trap and the Timewyrm is soon denied the ability to transit between Puterspace and real space. The Doctor has achieved his final victory over the meddlesome Timewyrm.
   
Back in the TARDIS, as the Doctor finishes writing up the story, Ace realises that she once again has been used as bait in one of the Doctor's schemes, and Benny is left to wonder why travelling with the Doctor is always so "bloody complicated".
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Back in the TARDIS, as the Doctor finishes writing up the story, Ace realises that she once again has been used as bait in one of the Doctor's schemes, and Benny is left wondering why travelling with the Doctor is always "so bloody complicated".
   
 
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* To indicate his victory, the Doctor quotes [[Anne Robinson]], telling the Timewrym, "You are [[The Weakest Link|the weakest link]]. Goodbye."
 
* To indicate his victory, the Doctor quotes [[Anne Robinson]], telling the Timewrym, "You are [[The Weakest Link|the weakest link]]. Goodbye."
 
* Benny enjoys [[single malt whiskey]].
 
* Benny enjoys [[single malt whiskey]].
* [[Spandau Ballet]] are said by an audience member to have a better lightshow that the band Benny's playing with.
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* An audience member at Benny's band's concert claims that [[Spandau Ballet]] have a better "lightshow" than the band Benny is playing with.
* The gates to [[Smithwood Manor]] are shown in some detail, and feature much vandalism. The "[[Allen Road]]" side has been changed to read "Alien Road", while the "beware of the dog" sign has been altered to "beware of the god".
 
   
 
== Notes ==
 
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== Continuity ==
 
== Continuity ==
 
* The [[Timewyrm]] was last seen in [[PROSE]]: ''[[Happy Endings (novel)|Happy Endings]]''.
 
* The [[Timewyrm]] was last seen in [[PROSE]]: ''[[Happy Endings (novel)|Happy Endings]]''.
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* The gates to [[Smithwood Manor]] are shown in some detail, and feature much vandalism: the "[[Allen Road]]" side has been changed to read "Alien Road", while the "beware of the dog" sign has been altered to "beware of the god". ([[PROSE]]: ''[[Cat's Cradle: Warhead (novel)|Cat's Cradle: Warhead]]'')
   
 
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The Last Word was a Doctor Who Magazine comic story which celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Virgin New Adventures. Consequently, it featured the Seventh Doctor, Benny and an older Ace. As of December 2015, it remained the last Seventh Doctor strip printed in the pages of DWM. Although the Seventh Doctor made several more comic appearances after Word, most extensively in IDW Publishing's The Forgotten and Prisoners of Time, it was the final comic story to feature either of his companions.

Although the Seventh Doctor had previously featured in one full-colour DWM strip before, this was the character's first appearance in the pages of DWM after the magazine permanently moved to a colour strip. As a result it is also the only Seventh Doctor DWM comic to be digitally produced.

To those fans who had only begun following the comic strip recently and had not read the New Adventures, the story would likely have made little sense. Coming as it did over seven years since Benny's last appearance in a DWM comic story, and in the middle of the Eighth Doctor's run, the story was surprising for its lack of narrative introductions. The Timewyrm, Puterspace, Benny, and Smithwood Manor all appeared without any narrative explanation. The sudden reappearance of the older Ace in DWM also meant a return to the continuity of even earlier strips, as her very last appearance in the magazine some five years before featured her unambiguous death as a teenager.

Readers steeped in the lore of the New Adventures would have understood the strip easily, and as a result cited Ace's re-emergence in DWM as a repudiation of her "blasphemous" death in Ground Zero. The story celebrated the range by reuniting the Seventh Doctor with his first New Adventures foe, the Timewyrm, and included fan-servicing meta-textual elements such as the idea that the Doctor himself wrote all of the New Adventures novels and a panel in featuring a conveniently-placed chessboard in the foreground with the Doctor, out-of-focus, standing behind. Similarly, both Ace and Benny angrily questioned why adventures with with the Doctor "always [had] to be so bloody complicated" — a common criticism of the New Adventures themselves.

Summary

Whilst the TARDIS traverses the time vortex, the Seventh Doctor is attempting to write a novel about his adventures with Benny and Ace. As he writes, he recounts a recent adventure with the duo, during which they were all together at Smithwood Manor. Devising a trap to lure the Timewyrm into a trap, he sends Benny to the 1980s to join a band, and Ace to the future to tackle the Chelonians.

These are weak points in the Web of Time, and the women's tampering brings about fundamental change to the flow of time. This gives the Timewrym something to feed upon, causing it to emerge from Puterspace to taunt the Doctor about his obvious trap. At first it appears that the Timewyrm has gained the upper hand, pulling the Doctor into Puterspace, but he springs a trap within a trap and the Timewyrm is soon denied the ability to transit between Puterspace and real space. The Doctor has achieved his final victory over the meddlesome Timewyrm.

Back in the TARDIS, as the Doctor finishes writing up the story, Ace realises that she once again has been used as bait in one of the Doctor's schemes, and Benny is left wondering why travelling with the Doctor is always "so bloody complicated".

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