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Space ADVENTURES

Highlights of the many Doctor Who comic-strip stories that have explored space, freed from the restrictions of the television series’ budget.
Rockets and aerial mines illustrated by Bill Mevin for Space Station Z-7.
The Doctor and his grandchildren, John and Gillian, are captured by rebels in the 1966 TV Comic story Space Station Z-7.

Doctor Who comics have often ventured into space. These select examples include adventures that take place on space stations and a variety of spaceships (including colony vessels, battle cruisers, pleasure liners and more), together with tales involving space pirates and space exploration in the past and the future.

Let’s start by looking at a few space stations. We can wind back over half a century to find one of the very earliest examples – Space-Station Z-7 (featured in TV Comic issues 740-43, February-March 1966). A spherical structure with a broad disc around its equator, Z-7 is occupied by rebels whose leader says that he intends “to conquer the entire universe”. World War II submarine warfare was perhaps a source of inspiration for Bill Mevin’s artwork, as the station is inexplicably fitted with large ballast tanks of water and is surrounded by a magnetic minefield to defend it against any approaching spaceships.

Written by Dennis Hooper with artwork by Gerry Haylock, The Enemy from Nowhere (TV Action + Countdown issues 71-78, June-August 1972) is set around the construction in orbit of a manned space station, which at the time of the story’s publication was only just becoming a reality. The Third Doctor is alarmed when the newly operational space station is used to launch a missile attack on an approaching object, which turns out to be an alien spacecraft belonging to the Zerons. The aliens respond by transporting the station aboard their ship, prompting the Doctor to travel to the Zeron craft in the TARDIS in order to rescue the station’s crew.

A military space station succumbs to alien attack in The Enemy from Nowhere, the cover story of TV Action + Countdown issue 75.
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“Space: the final frontier. Final, because it wants to kill us...” The TARDIS doesn’t just travel through time – stories set in space have been an essential part of Doctor Who for six decades. The inhospitable void between the stars has served as the backdrop to epic space operas and nerve-racking thrillers, while harbouring some of the most dangerous adversaries the Doctor has ever encountered. This lavish publication navigates a revealing course through the space lanes of Doctor Who, with exclusive interviews, rare images, and guides to some of the most memorable episodes.