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The Threshold Saga
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Notes:
A storyline that features no less than three televised Doctors and even manages to squeeze in a questionable fourth. It's comprised of several other story arcs, and was, essentially, the organizing storyline for about two, mostly-consecutive years of Doctor Who comic chronology. The principle Doctor involved is the Eighth, but there are important preludes having to do with the Fifth and Seventh Doctors. It is somewhat unclear whether the writers of the Fifth Doctor story now associated with this epic, "The Curse of the Scarab", really knew at the time of publication that they were starting a major epic, because that story appeared almost a year before the bulk of the main story line. However, it's equally clear that, upon the conclusion of the story, editor Gary Gilatt meant for readers to consider the whole thing as one long narrative. Here are his comments from the final issue, Doctor Who Magazine #271:

    Wormwood reaches its explosive conclusion this month, and with it ends a cycle of linked stories that began way back with the first strip I commissioned as editor The Curse of the Scarab, more than three years ago. I hope regular readers will find this final episode a suitable pay-off to the saga."

The major point of "The Threshold Saga", behind the scenes, was to divorce the Marvel Comics continuity from the Virgin novels continuity. This was in part necessary--Virgin's possession of the Doctor Who license was coming to an end--and partly editorial choice. Marvel editors were tiring of having to be slaves to a continuity that depended almost exclusively on reading novels--perhaps a different market than the one that the comics publisher was aiming for.

This is a, if not the, high water mark in the whole of Doctor Who comics. By far the longest continuing story line in all Doctor Who comics, it was a genuine effort to truly create something original, and not just supplement what was going on in other media.

This story arc name is semi-official. It's a common name by which fans of the series will call this collection of the stories, but it's not always made clear, in print, that a particular story is a member of the group. This has a lot to do with the fact that the arc wasn't planned, in its entirety, before publication, leaving some of the earlier stories to be retroactively fit into the thing now known as "The Threshold Saga".



Issues (34):
Doctor Who Graphic Novel (2004) GN 04
Doctor Who Magazine (1979) #228
Doctor Who Magazine (1979) #229
Doctor Who Magazine (1979) #230
Doctor Who Magazine (1979) #238
Doctor Who Magazine (1979) #239
Doctor Who Magazine (1979) #240
Doctor Who Magazine (1979) #241
Doctor Who Magazine (1979) #242
Doctor Who Magazine (1979) #244
Doctor Who Magazine (1979) #245
Doctor Who Magazine (1979) #246
Doctor Who Magazine (1979) #247
Doctor Who Magazine (1979) #248
Doctor Who Magazine (1979) #249
Doctor Who Magazine (1979) #251
Doctor Who Magazine (1979) #252
Doctor Who Magazine (1979) #253
Doctor Who Magazine (1979) #254
Doctor Who Magazine (1979) #255
Doctor Who Magazine (1979) #257
Doctor Who Magazine (1979) #258
Doctor Who Magazine (1979) #259
Doctor Who Magazine (1979) #260
Doctor Who Magazine (1979) #262
Doctor Who Magazine (1979) #263
Doctor Who Magazine (1979) #264
Doctor Who Magazine (1979) #265
Doctor Who Magazine (1979) #266
Doctor Who Magazine (1979) #267
Doctor Who Magazine (1979) #268
Doctor Who Magazine (1979) #269
Doctor Who Magazine (1979) #270
Doctor Who Magazine (1979) #271

Characters appearing in this story arc ():
Ace (Doctor Who)
Tubal Cain
The Celestial Toymaker
Chastity (Doctor Who)
Crivello
The Doctor (Doctor Who)(05)
The Doctor (Doctor Who)(07)
The Doctor (Doctor Who)(08)
The Doctor (Doctor Who)(09 - Alternate A)
Maxwell Edison
Fey/Feyde
Isaac (Doctor Who)
Izzy
Hsui Leng
Overseer Luther
Marquez (Doctor Who)
Knight Templar Marwood (ancestor)
Ptolemy Muttonchops
The Pariah (Doctor Who)
Peri
Canon Pincock
Rassilon
Sarah Jane (Doctor Who)
Shayde
Sabine Snitching
Susan
Castellan Tenion
Uriel
Varney
Abraham White
Gracie Witherspoon
Xanti
Xanti (clone)
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