Friday, 13 January 2017


Dr. WHO copyright BBC TV

There's a great free gift available with the February issue of
DOCTOR WHO MONTHLY (#508) - a complete adventure of
the good Doctor, first published in weekly instalments back in 1972.
The mag also contains an extremely interesting and entertaining in-
terview with TERRENCE DICKS, script editor during perhaps
the most popular decade in the BBC TV show's history.
Was it really 45 years ago I read these stories in the pages of
COUNTDOWN?  I guess so, but it only seems like a couple or so
years ago at most.  I've read them since then of course, in MARVEL
U.K.'s DOCTOR WHO CLASSIC COMICS, published monthly in
the 1990s.  In this new reprinting, they're described as being 'cleaned
up', but whether it was done for this outing or the previous one isn't
stated.  The pages do look good, but, oddly, the original spine
crease is still visible in the magazine's centrespread.

A minor oversight however, and don't let it put you off pur-
chasing this ish and reliving one of The Doctor's greatest comic
strip adventures featuring his greatest foes - The DALEKS!
Available now in WHS, and all good newsagents.


Colin Jones said...

I've never bought Dr. Who Magazine (but I did read the first couple of issues of Dr. Who Weekly back in 1979) - but I think I'll buy this one as it's a '70s special issue. The '70s was definitely my decade as far as Dr. Who is concerned - I started watching the show around the time of the Troughton/Pertwee changeover and I started to lose interest at the end of Tom Baker's tenure. I've never read the Who comic strip so that'll be a bonus. By the way, Kid, did you know that John Pertwee was seriously considered for the role of Captain Mainwaring in Dad's Army ?

Kid said...

I can't remember if I knew that or not, CJ, so I'll say no. It's hard to imagine anyone other than Arthur Lowe in the part 'though, but had Pertwee got the role, I might be thinking the same thing about him today. Having said that, Pertwee perhaps had too much of an automatic air of physical authority about him to convincingly portray the pompous, inept, out of his depth 'officer' that Lowe epitomised.

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