The Love Invasion was a comic story published in Doctor Who Magazine. It was the first comic strip to feature the Ninth Doctor and Rose Tyler. It also featured the brief return of former companions Ben Jackson and Polly Wright, and revealed that Ben eventually proposed to Polly.
The Doctor takes Rose to London in the year 1966, where they find beautiful girls wandering the streets, doing good on behalf of a group called Lend-a-Hand. The Doctor notes the girls don't smell human. He becomes concerned when he discovers that someone is preparing to build affordable family housing on the fields where Rose's council estate is supposed to be built.
The Doctor and Rose travel to the site of Rose's estate before it was built in 1966, London. They discover someone has been changing history, and a housing development called Brandon Mews has been built on the estate's future, even though there should have been nothing there except fields. The Doctor goes to a pub to check The Daily Mirror for any other alterations to history, and discovers the football score in the World Cup had England scoring an extra goal against West Germany.
Later, the Doctor learns from Charlotte Cobb that her husband, Peter Cobb, had mysteriously died after being followed by Lend-a-Hand girls, Rose went to Lend-a-Hand House and found that humans were also being converted into Lend-a-Hand girls. Travelling to Lend-a-Hand House, the Doctor discovered the Kustollon Igrix has traveled back in time, and plans to use Lend-a-Hand girls, initially made up of female humans, but later including biotechnology grown from Kustollon gene-stuff, to alter history so that humanity would be given whatever they desire and never venture out into space, and consequently never win a battle between Earth and Kustollia in 3046. Igrix' first major step is to destroy the Moon in 1966, removing any staging post for Earth to have to break out into space. With the help of Peter's work on DNA resequencing, the Doctor creats a virus containing genetic instructions from Rose in the form of perfume, which Rose throws at the Lend-a-Hand girls, making them humans with human instructions.
The Doctor and Rose climb to the top of the Post Office Tower to stop Igrix using his spaceship to fire at the Moon. The Doctor sprays the human virus at his biotech ship. Now, the ship refuses o take orders from Igrix, and flies into space to explore and spend some "quality time" with Igrix. Setting history back on course, the Doctor uses his sonic screwdriver to destroy the housing development, and make them start over and build Rose's future home.
- Ninth Doctor
- Rose Tyler
- Mr Love
- Shirley Gilbert
- Charlotte Cobb
- Peter Cobb
- Ben Jackson
- Polly Wright
- Scooter owner
- Cart owner
- Ben presents Polly with an engagement ring.
- The Ninth Doctor screams "Geronimo" as he jumps from a building.
- The first words spoken by the Ninth Doctor in his comic book tenure are: "Best thing about this century, Rose... Only place in the universe where the TARDIS is any cop as a disguise!"
- This is the only Ninth Doctor comic story to be published during his tenure as the "current" Doctor.
- When the Doctor finds Shirley has followed him to the Lend-a-Hand building instead of going home as he told her, he appears to address the readers of DWM, saying: "Why does nobody ever do what I ask 'em to do? Is there a tattoo on my forehead, 'Ignore this bloke and any sensible thing he tells you'?"
- There is a poster on the wall of a pub reading "Bad Wolf", a reference to the story arc resolved in the television story The Parting of the Ways.
- Igrix leaves his ship on top of the Post Office Tower. This had earlier in the same year housed the computer WOTAN in TV: The War Machines. The Doctor even makes the comment, "That, Rose, is one unlucky building."
- Ben proposes to Polly. They later married (AUDIO: The Five Companions) and opened an orphanage in India (TV: Death of the Doctor).