The Mark of Mandragora was a graphic novel collection of Seventh Doctor comic strips, published by Virgin Books. The comics and short story covered an arc where the Doctor and Ace were stuck on Earth fighting aliens, later discovering it to be the work of the Mandragora Helix.
Publisher's summary Edit
"I'm beaten, Ace."
The Mark of Mandragora is the culminating story in this collection of comic strips first published in the Doctor Who Magazine and now available for the first time in full colour.
Among the writers and artists represented in this collection are luminaries of the Doctor Who world such as Andrew Cartmel, Lee Sullivan and Paul Cornell; favourite characters making guest appearances include Sarah-Jane Smith and the Brigadier.
Individual stories Edit
Comic stories Edit
- Doctor Conkerer!
- Fellow Travellers
- The Mark of Mandragora (Including Darkness, Falling and Distractions)
Short prose stories Edit
- Seventh Doctor
- Sarah Jane Smith
- Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart
- Mandragora Helix/Stranks
- Muriel Frost
- The Doctor leaves Ace in the Cretaceous Period, where he thinks she's treading on butterflies.
- He continuously plays conkers and inadvertently gives the idea to a boy who invents the game, completing a kind of ontological paradox.
- Mrs. Lacy says she isn't racially prejudiced, but doesn't think it's right mixing blood.
- A picture of the Second Doctor in his fur coat hangs in Smithwood Manor.
- One of the books in the Doctor's library is Magic and the Supernatural.
- Ace joined another gang to spite Midge.
- The Kalik and the Hitchers should never have appeared on Earth at any time, but Mandragora was able to direct them there.
- It becomes a cuckoo in the TARDIS, altering the internal architecture and making hallways occupy different space-time co-ordinates than they should.
- The Helix is using the TARDIS as a bridge to transport itself to a helix-shaped energy syphon on Earth, making a double helix and becoming the "Supreme Helix," after which it will consume the universe and remake it.
- All the comics featured were colourised.
- Notably, this was one of the first occasions in which a company other than Marvel Comics republished strips issued during Marvel's ownership of Doctor Who Magazine.
- Darkness Falling and Distractions, which served as prequels to The Mark of Mandragora when they were originally printed, were reprinted as a single story in the graphic novel.
- Because of this, the original title frames for each story were altered. For Distractions, the final word in the opening text-box also served as the title because the story was separate from the following comic. In the reprint, the text was altered to include it as the final word within the box.
- The Doctor says the Hitchers "drift in the void." Originally, this probably meant the void of outer space, but can now be interpreted as the actual Void.
- The Doctor meets Sarah Jane again, where she comments about his regeneration. (TV: The Five Doctors)
- Ace spends time in the Cretaceous Period. (PROSE: Living in the Past)
- The Doctor's previously encountered Vikings. (TV: The Time Meddler)
- Ace sees the Doctor's house on Allen Road for the first time. (PROSE: Cat's Cradle: Warhead)
- She feels the Doctor manipulating her like "Fenric all over." (TV: The Curse of Fenric)
- The Doctor claims Morgaine should never have appeared on Earth at any time, but was attracted there by Mandragora. (TV: Battlefield)
- The Fourth Doctor previously encountered the Mandragora Helix in the 15th century, (TV: The Masque of Mandragora) and Magog in the Rome of an alternate timeline. (COMIC: Doctor Who and the Iron Legion)