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Digital Subscriptions > Doctor Who Magazine > The Essential Doctor Who 14: Adventures in the Future > CHRONICLES of the FUTURE


Piecing together available evidence as presented in the Doctor Who Magazine comic strips, this is a chronological overview of the most notable future events…
Florence Dell falls victim to the Umbra in Part Two of The Eye of Torment, from Doctor Who Magazine issue 478 (2014).

Doctor Who comic-strip stories have offered numerous visions of the future. Some stories have definitive dates attached while others, though evidently futuristic, remain evasive about the time in which they’re set. The strips published in Doctor Who Magazine have presented the most consistent, yet diverse, predictions of future events…

Three decades in our future, the research base Snowcap University is operating in Antarctica, which by 2048 is the last unspoilt place on Earth, as seen in Blood and Ice (written by Jacqueline Rayner and illustrated by Martin Geraghty and David A Roach, issues 485-88, April-June 2015).

World Peace Day is celebrated at the Troika Cultural Centre in Takhail, Russia, in April 2086. The centre is visited by the Fourth Doctor, Sarah and Harry in Black Destiny (written by Gary Russell and illustrated by Martin Geraghty and Bambos Georgiou, issues 235-37, January-March 1996). The story involves the after-effects of the Chernobyl disaster, which occurred a hundred years earlier in 1986, but for Sarah and Harry is still in their future.

Romana learns about Vyga 3 in The Seventh Segment, from the 1995 Doctor Who Summer Special.

Ground Zero (written by Scott Gray and illustrated by Martin Geraghty and Bambos Georgiou, issues 238-42, April-August 1996) opens in August 2092 at a London street carnival. The Notting Hill setting is familiar, but there are hints of future society in the military-style uniforms worn by policemen, with carnival music delivered via an ‘alpha-sky’ channel.

In 2098 Salzburg, Eldritch Valdemar – the leader of a eugenics cult – is found guilty of several crimes, including genetic manipulation of humans, and is sentenced by a justice machine to execution. (The Screams of Death, written by Jonathan Morris and illustrated by Dan McDaid, issues 430-31, January-February 2011.)

By the early 22nd century, Mars has been colonised and terraformed into a leisure planet, complete with an ocean and a breathable atmosphere enjoyed by wealthy tourists, in The Cruel Sea (written by Robert Shearman and illustrated by Mike Collins and David A Roach, issues 359-62, July-October 2005).

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Doctor Who’s predictions of the future have depicted the destruction of planet Earth and the ultimate collapse of the universe. Alien superpowers have subjugated star systems and galactic empires have fallen, leaving only a few witnesses to the end of time itself. This lavish publication sets the TARDIS co-ordinates for a journey into this dangerous realm, exploring landmark episodes and meeting the talents who brought them to the screen. Packed full of exclusive features, including a wealth of previously unseen images, this is the essential guide to the series’ greatest futuristic adventures.