| Doctor Who (1984)
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Publication Date: October 1984 - August 1986
Country: United States
A short-lived comic published in America celebrating the British television show, Doctor Who. The title character is sort of not a title character, in that no one actually calls him, "Doctor Who", but, rather more simply, "The Doctor". He is a Time Lord who travels through time and space via his space-craft, the TARDIS. He has no super powers, as such, but does have a number of "super human" qualities. Chief among these are his genius-level intellect and his ability to "regenerate". "Regeneration" was a concept devised in 1966 to allow the aging actor who then played the role a way to exit the show, and yet still be able to continue. Basically, the Doctor can live a very long (though not infinite) time, because as his body wears down or encounters irresolvable trauma, it will "die", but be resurrected in a totally different form. Hence, you will see two very different people on the covers. Unlike, say, Starman, who has a "legacy" carried on by different people throughout the decades, the Doctor has many different bodies, but they're alll the same person.Of note about this particular series is that the publication dates don't mesh with the the actor who was currently playing the part in initial broadcast in England. At the time of issue #1's publication, the actor drawn on the cover had departed the role about three years previously. Indeed, at no time did the comic feature a "current" Doctor on its cover--though the current Doctor was eventually intrviewed by the title's staff.The reason for this odd time lapse probably had everything to do with the fact that the book was being sold and marketed to Americans, who, due to the patchwork way the show was broadcast on public television stations, were much more familiar with the two actors featured on the covers than they ever were with the "current-in-England" actors.
The other reason that the comic featured so-called "past Doctors" was that it was comprised of entirely reprinted adventures, with only a few, mostly text pages containing "new" material. To make it appeal more to the American audiences, though, the original black-and-white panels were colored. Subsequent re-printings of these stories, most notably in Panini's line of graphic novels, have restored these stories to their original black-and-white foundations.
Number of issues cataloged: 23