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A World of Difference

Parallel universes, virtual realities, dreamscapes and other realms have been the settings for numerous comic strip stories in Doctor Who Magazine
The Twelfth Doctor and Bill swim through the air on Titan in Part One of The Soul Garden from Doctor Who Magazine issue 512 (2017).
The opening page of Doctor Who and the Iron Legion from Doctor Who Weekly issue 1 (1979).

Doctor Who Magazine began life as Doctor Who Weekly, and its very first comic strip took place in another dimension. In Doctor Who and the Iron Legion (written by Pat Mills and John Wagner and illustrated by Dave Gibbons, issues 1-8, October to December 1979), the TARDIS is caught in a dimension duct, transporting the Fourth Doctor to Rome – but on an unfamiliar Earth where the Roman Empire didn’t fall but instead, with the help of the alien Malevilus, conquered the galaxy. Despite many advances, including space travel and robot armies, many of the traditional features of Ancient Rome remain, including slave galleys, arena combat and chariot races.

The Fifth Doctor visited a different parallel Earth in Lunar Lagoon and 4-Dimensional Vistas, (both written by Steve Parkhouse and illustrated by Mick Austin, issues 76-83, April to November 1983). When the Doctor lands on a coral island in the Pacific Ocean in 1963, he’s initially unaware that he’s on another Earth and is shocked to discover that World War II is still taking place nearly 20 years after the conflict supposedly ended. This is just one of many parallel versions of Earth created by disruptions to Earth’s temporal field, brought about by the Doctor’s old enemy, the timemeddling Monk.

A pivotal event in the Doctor’s past leads to the creation of another parallel world in Final Genesis (written by Warwick Gray and illustrated by Colin Andrew, issues 203-06, September to November 1993). This alternative version of Earth originated in the aftermath of the TV story Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970), a moment in time described by the Seventh Doctor as a “crucial nexus point” in Earth’s timeline that could have created “a countless number of futures”. On this Earth, the Doctor succeeded in negotiating a peaceful co-existence between humans and Silurians, instead of UNIT blowing them up. UNIT is renamed URIC (United Races Intelligence Command), Silurians and Sea Devils live and work alongside humans as equals, and dinosaurs are kept in domes. Tragically, on this world both the Third Doctor and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart are dead, assassinated in an explosion two months earlier, and the deceased Doctor’s TARDIS is kept in storage at the URIC base

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Doctor Who’s creators envisaged a series that would go forwards, backwards and sideways in time. The Doctor’s trips to parallel universes and alternative dimensions have provided the show with some of its best-loved adventures – from its black-and-white beginnings to the latest episodes, starring Jodie Whittaker. Uncover the background to these memorable journeys and explore the greatest stories beyond the television series in this lavish publication, which is packed full of exclusive features and rare images.