Earth, in the far future: the fearsome Neutron Knights, led by the bloodthirsty warlord Catavolcus, descend on the inner sanctum of the fortress of a king and his few remaining defenders. The king's wizard summons the Doctor and his TARDIS via mental control. The wizard reveals to the Doctor the heart of the inner sanctum, a colossal fission reactor called the Dragon, which the Neutron Knights intend to possess. The wizard sets the Dragon to overload, hoping to consume the enemy in the ensuing explosion, while the king and his men escape in the TARDIS, but the Neutron Knights storm the sanctum.
As the wizard and the king's forces take refuge in the TARDIS, the king stays behind to face off against Catavolcus. The Doctor is stunned to discover that the king and wizard are Arthur and Merlin. Catavolcus slays King Arthur and the TARDIS dematerialises before the Dragon erupts, destroying the fortress, Catavolcus, and Neutron Knights.
The Doctor awakens outside the now unoccupied TARDIS in a wooded area, and muses at what he had experienced... perhaps a dream, or a time-loop when past and future merge? Back in the TARDIS, a shadowy image of Merlin appears and tells the Time Lord that they will meet again.
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- This marked the final appearance of the Fourth Doctor in regular comic strip format. His final lines in his comic book tenure are: "So... for all my knowledge... for all the technology at my disposal, I still have no way of foreseeing that most unpredictable thing of all... my own future!" (During this speech, the Doctor appears to break the fourth wall and address the readers directly.)
Original print details
- (Publication with page count and closing captions)
- DWM 60 (8 pages) No closing caption
- DW84 14 (Doctor Who (1984) colourised reprint)
- DWCC 9 (Doctor Who Classic Comics colourised reprint)
- Dragon's Claw
- DWCS2 4 (IDW colourised reprint)
- Doctor Who Classics Volume 4 (IDW colourised reprint)
- Doctor Who Classics Omnibus Volume 2 (IDW colourised reprint)
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