This story debuted with either the Second or Third Doctor, then was reprinted with the Fourth Doctor. It may have had different companions in the reprint, as well. From an in-universe point of view, it's unclear which Doctor lived through these events.
The Spoilers was a Third Doctor TV Action comic strip story. Consistent with themes seen in the television series at the time, it had an ecological theme. The titular "spoilers" were those people who had ruined a planetary environment — not, as commonly understood in the 21st century, advanced knowledge of a future story.
The Doctor finds himself caught in the middle of a conflict between the warlike Fars and the peaceful Rafs. Will he stop this war?
- The peaceful Rafs live a lifestyle akin to that of ancient Greece.
- This was the last story in a run of Doctor Who. In the next issue, #124, the Doctor Who strip took a rest. However, that next issue is of vital interest to Doctor Who fans, because its letters column is the first public appearance of the name "Gallifrey". Barry Letts fielded a question there about the home planet of the Master which led him to let slip a spoiler — some six months before television viewers would first hear the name in The Time Warrior. Thus, this story ironically preceded a spoiler given away for free by the show's producer.
- The Doctor is once again assigned a mission by the Time Lords. (TV: Colony in Space, The Three Doctors)