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Doctor Who Graphic Novel (2004) GN 01 - Comic Book DB
Digitally restored from the DWW/DWM originals, and printed on glossy paper. Unlike the reprints done in Marvel's 1980s comic Doctor Who, these are faithful black and white remasterings of the originals.
Except where noted, creators and characters for the whole issue are to be applied to every story within the issue.
Synopsis: When a Time Lord gets addicted to a British sweet, there's little wonder why he keeps popping up in England. Stopping off in a small village to pick up some more jelly babies, the Doctor is surprised to find the town overrun by Roman Legions. They have slipped into the "real" present through a dimensional shunt from an alternate present where the Roman Empire never fell. Closer examination reveals these Legionnaires to be robotic.
After being thrown to the arena and briefly enslaved for failing to give up the secrets of the TARDIS, the Doctor makes his way to the Imperial palace, which turns out to be an alien spacecraft.
Now realizing that this "Rome" is not at all the Rome of history, he encounters the secret of its longevity in this alternate reality. The Malevilus--a dreadfully evil alien race--took on the form of Roman Gods long ago, and are controlling this Rome through the introduction of alien technology as the "will of the gods".
The secret to undoing this Roman "perversion", the Doctor realizes, is in showing the Roman people the true faces of their Gods. He thus televises the image of Magog, whom the people have up to now believed was Juno. Their "gods" debunked, the people then go into open revolt.
Magog is forced to flee. He forces the Doctor to at last reveal the secret of the TARDIS. The Doctor appears to comply, but fools Magog into flipping a switch on the TARDIS control panel which traps Magog in a dimensional prison within the TARDIS. The rest of the Malevilus try to escape this Rome in the ship that had masqueraded as the Imperial palace, but it explodes on take off because Magog had previously drained it of most of its power.
Having helped out the Earth of this reality, the Doctor decides to return to his own dimension. He's off to take a much-needed holiday to Benidom.
Notes: While John Wagner did contribute to the writing of this story, as the issue-level information suggests, he apparently only co-wrote part 5 of the original printing.
Synopsis: Trying to get away from it all with a vacation to Benidom, the Doctor is plauged not by a case of "traveller's tummy", but by the TARDIS' faulty circuits. He lands instead on the world of Zom--and right in the middle of a rebellion. Zom is a world where emotions are seen by the ruling elite as abominations to be avoided. An active revolutionary group, the Zom Emotional People's Organization is out to change all that.
They believe that the ruling Brain Trust should be overthrown by a people whose emotions have been allowed to resurface. That won't be easy, though, since a rival rebel group, Big Hate, has invented a device that's getting out of hand. The Bloodbugs are cybernetic flesh-eaters, designed to attack only the government's "thought police". At first, the idea seems to work, but now the Bloodbugs are swarming towards the city. Since the Bloodbugs feast of the flesh of the emotionless, the city's innocent population is in equal danger to the "thought police". Can the Doctor find a way to help Z.E.P.O. achieve its aims, while controlling the huge problem unwittingly unleashed by Big Hate?
When the Doctor realizes that free-flowing emotions are the antidote to the Bloodbugs, he passes his discovery on to Z.E.P.O. They and their followers produce so much emotion that the Bloodbugs are overwhelmed. Simultaneously, he appeals to the Brains Trust to allow the removal of the emotional ban. They agree, considering the emergency, but their "chief of police", the Moderator General, considers this an act of treason. He executes them all and then is presumably consumed by Bloodbugs.
He, though, is one of the Bloodbugs' last meals. Emotion spreads rapidly through the city, and the Boodbugs are de-activated. WIth no government left standing, and the Bloodbugs deactivated, Z.E.P.O. (and, for that matter, Big Hate) have been victorious in their revolution.
Now free, the citizens of Zom celebrate the one they call the "Great Emoter" by choosing to emulate the Doctor. The whole city is shown to be wearing long scarves just like his as the Doctor dematerializes in the TARDIS.
Synopsis: When two schoolchildren in the British town of Blackcastle find a cute, fuzzy creature in a downed spacecraft, their first instinct is to help nurse the cuddly creature--called Beep the Meep--back to life.
Their instincts are wrong. In a classic reversal of the old adage about never judging "a book by its cover", the alien is far from a living teddy bear.
As the kids are learning more about their furry new friend, the Doctor and K-9 materialize onboard an alien vessel descending upon Blackcastle. The ship is taking a group of militaristic personnel, calling themselves "the Wrath Warriors", directly to the Meep's crash site. Their intent: kill or capture the innocent-looking Beep. Their plan: turn the Doctor into a living bomb that they intend to detonate remotely!
Once planetside, the Doctor manages to save himself from being blown up. Beep notices his heroics and surmises that the explosion was really meant for him. He thus appeals to the Doctor for help escaping from the Wrath Warriors. At first the Doctor, having nearly been killed by the Warriors himself, listens. But when a pair of Warriors come down to finish the job that the Doctor foiled, Beep shows his “inner Meep”. He kills one of the two guards in cold blood and then purposes to use Doctor and the two school kids to help him escape—before he kills them!
The Doctor’s beliefs about who’s right and who’s wrong in the Meep/Wrath Warrior conflict are thus sliding ever-so-slightly in favor of the Warriors. Meep hasn’t stopped at individual murder. By using his Black Star Drive to put some of the locals under his control so as to effect repairs on his ship, he seems to be adding enforced labor and mind control to his mounting list of crimes. Additional evidence against Meep is supplied by the Wrath Warriors. But what clinches the argument against Beep is that he puts one of the school children, Sharon, under his influence and sends her to kill the Doctor.
Unfortunately, the Doctor may have waited a little late to figure all this out. As he rescues Sharon from Beep's mind control, the whole city of Blackpool starts to get sucked into a black hole created by the Black Star Drive. Reversing the situation gives Beep time to leave Earth in his newly-repaired ship. But he is caught by the orbiting Wrath Warriors. They take Beep away for trial, and the Doctor, satisfied that there are no lingering ill-effects on Earth, returns to the TARDIS with Sharon and sets out to roam the universe once again.
Synopsis: Another day, another deep-space cargo ship. That's where the Doctor, K-9 and Sharon find themselves--only this one is under attack by a species of lupine aliens known as the Werelox. In the ensuing, and successful battle, the Doctor is scratched by one of the Werelox. When he later gets bathed in the light of a nearby moon, the Doctor turns into a Werelox himself! He finds a cure by taking the TARDIS out of time and space for three months until he can synthesize an antidote.
Returning to the cargo ship a mere second after he left (from their perspective), he wants to know more about these Werelox. He discovers that the Werelox are being used by the Daleks to "thin out" this region of space for eventual easy conquest. They intend to "purify" the region for a new Dalek production facility. The Doctor hatches a solution to the problem involving some highly theoretical time manipulation. By permanently freezing just the space around the cargo ship to the second in time of the initial Werelox incursion, the Werelox will be "stuck" in time and the Dalek conquest of the system will thus never happen.
Synopsis: Apparently, the Time Lords aren't the only ones capable of meting out justice for temporal incursions. On Nefrin, aeons ago, a woman named Brimo was imprisoned in an Eternity Capsule for trying to subert the course of time.
Millions of years pass and Nefrin's star collapses, drawing every planet in the system into a Black Hole. The force of that much gravity releases Brimo into a whole new reality, where every wish is granted. The only problem is that the fuel for this pocket universe comes from "our reality", where a rift has now appeared, sucking vast amounts of energy from our universe to Brimo's.
The TARDIS passes by this rift, gets stuck, and effectively closes the rift. Brimo senses the change in the order of things, focuses in on the TARDIS, and draws the Doctor into combat, with the hope of dislodging the TARDIS and returning power to her universe.
Since it is quite literally a battle of wits, though, Brimo soon finds herself outmatched. In the end the Doctor asks her to imagine the worst thing possible. She naturally thinks of being imprisoned by the Eternity Capsule. But since this is a universe in which thought becomes reality, she is once again trapped in the Eternity Capsule. Victorious, the Doctor rush back to the the TARDIS, planning on a victorious dematerialization before Brimo's imaginary world completely collapses.
Things aren't quite so simple, though. Half of the TARDIS is now outside the bounds of Brimo's collapsing reality. Unfortunately, the chronal compensators (that part of the TARDIS which neutralizes the aging of its inhabitants as they pass through time) are on the other side of the rift. The only way to survive is an emergency dematerialization to force the TARDIS to reintegrate itself. When he does this, the Doctor discovers that the two halves of the TARDIS were four years apart from each other. Without the compensators, the TARDIS occupants are forced to accept the chronology of the half that had already passed out of Brimo's reality. He turns around to discover that Sharon is no longer a schoolgirl but a young woman!