The Doctor (Doctor Who)(07)
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In one of those little ironies that Who geeks love, the Seventh Doctor might've made the fewest number of televised episodes in the classic series, but he has the longest comics run in Doctor Who Magazine of any of the first seven Doctors.
After the show got cancelled he was the reigning "current" Doctor until the 1996 telemovie graphically handed the reigns over to Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor.Having said that he's the longest-running DWM Doctor, though, isn't quite the same as saying he's had the most comics written about him. That title probably goes to the Third Doctor who had a reasonably long career on television and the benefit of appearing in several different comic titles simultaneously.
The Seventh Doctor's persona is as hard to pin down in comics as it is in the television series. It runs the gamut from a bumbling fool to a deviously clever schemer. Though certainly the Seventh Doctor has more filmed material to help define his character than the Eighth, the two are somewhat similar in that there was considerable freedom exercised by comic writers in developing their characters. Because the television Seventh Doctor was written in a number of different ways, however, it's perhaps harder to judge a particular story on the basis of its delivery of a convincing characterization than it is for any other Doctor. Needless to say, the comics spawn much debate among Who fans on precisely this point.
Aside from Colin Baker's authorship of a story featuring the Sixth Doctor, the main era of the Seventh Doctor is also the first time that talent from the series (albeit a defunct one) would attempt to pen a comic. Interestingly, the series' final script editor fought for his (mostly unaired) characterization of the Seventh Doctor, playing out the Seventh Doctor's life in a variety of other media after the show's cancellation, including a few comic stories.
Though the Seventh Doctor was the comic king of all the original seven Doctors, he's not the overall longest-running comic Doctor. That honor currently belongs to the Eighth Doctor, who nudged him out by several months.
And the third Doctor did not have strips running simultaneously. Once the UK weekly 'Countdown' began, the Doctor Who strip left 'TV Comic'. Then Countdown changed its name to TV Action and continued to host the strip. Then once TV Action ended, the Doctor Who strip returned to TV Comic.
First Appearance: Doctor Who Magazine (1979) #130
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Abslom Daak - Dalek Killer (1990)
TPB Death's Head (1988)
- 'Abslom Daak: Dalek Killer'
Doctor Who Classic Comics (1992)
Doctor Who Classics Series V (2013)
Doctor Who Classics: Series 2 (2008)
Doctor Who Classics: The Seventh Doctor (2011)
Doctor Who Graphic Novel (2004)
GN 05 Doctor Who Magazine (1979)
- 'The Glorious Dead'
Doctor Who Magazine Special (1980)
Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition (2002)
#10 Doctor Who Yearbook (1992)
- 'The Complete Seventh Doctor'
Doctor Who: It's Bigger on the Inside! (1988)
Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time (2013)
Doctor Who: The Forgotten (2008)
HCTPB#4 Grant Morrison's Doctor Who (2008)
- 'Part 4: "Survival"'#6
- 'Part Six: Reunion'
The Comic Relief Comic (1991)
The Incomplete Death's Head (1993)
#1#4 The Incredible Hulk Presents (1989)
- 'High Stakes'#5
- 'Death's Head Revisited Part 5 of 12'#9
- 'Time Bomb! / Framing Sequence / The Deadliest Game'#12
- 'Framing Sequence: The End... Yes? / Party Animals / Priceless'
The Mark of Mandragora (1993)
The Really Heavy Greatcoat (1987)
Time Lords and Gallifreyans
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