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Comic-strip INVASIONS

Comic-strip adaptations of Doctor Who have been depicting invasions of Earth since the 1960s. These are some of their highlights...
The Doctor parks his TARDIS on Earth in the 1978 TV Comic strip Guardian of the Tomb.

For an early example of comic strip Doctor Who dovetailing with its television counterpart, look no further than The Daleks strip in TV Century 21 – issue 104 from January 1967, to be precise. There, the events of The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964) were belatedly implied in the strip’s open ended conclusion, in which the Daleks set a course for the newly discovered Earth.

Gerry Haylock’s cover illustration for the third instalment of Zeron Invasion (1972).

As The Daleks’ adventures concluded in TV21, Patrick Troughton’s Second Doctor was making his début in TV Comic (issue 784) at Christmas 1966. His television counterpart would tackle invasions and infiltrations in The Faceless Ones (1967), The Abominable Snowmen (1967), The Web of Fear (1968) and The Invasion (1968) but, before any of these, the Second Doctor faced the Zagbors in The Zombies (796-798, March-April 1967), uniformed alien invaders who hypnotise the population of London. As with all the Second Doctor’s TV Comic invasions, the dateline was two years into the future.

A panel from the third part of The Zombies, a TV Comic strip from 1967.

Next up, New York came under attack in Monsters from the Past! (807-811, June-July 1967), although not by alien invaders but museum exhibit dinosaurs revived by a mad scientist’s serum. This was the first comic strip where the Doctor made an emergency call to the armed forces, triggering a pitched battle between the army and prehistoric creatures.

The Daleks set their sights on Earth in the final instalment of their TV Century 21 strip.

Just as the television Doctor and the army battled Yeti in London’s Underground in The Web of Fear, his strip counterpart was similarly allying himself with the British military to tackle Cybermen ransoming the world with a Doomsday Bomb in Cyber-Mole (842-845, February 1968). In this one, world leaders desperate for a solution allow the Doctor to waltz in on a meeting of military top brass and readily support his attack on the Cybermen’s burrowing mole craft.

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This essential guide celebrates Doctor Who’s most renowned invasion episodes. Interviewees include Anna Barry (Day of the Daleks), Ray Brooks (Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.), Johnny Byrne (Warriors of the Deep), Michael Ferguson (The Seeds of Death), Peter Harness (The Zygon Invasion/The Zygon Inversion), Douglas Mackinnon (Flatline), Victor Pemberton (Fury from the Deep), Toby Whithouse (The Vampires of Venice) and Jon Davey (Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel). Plus, there are rare images, a tribute to Nicholas Courtney, Terry Nation’s original storyline for The Dalek Invasion of Earth, details of Jon Pertwee's unmade story The Spare-Part People and much more!
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