Shape-shifter companion Frobisher - the penguin - first
appeared in issue 88 of Doctor Who Magazine and travelled with both
the 6th and 7th Doctors. He was a regular in the comic strips until he
was written off in issue 133. Frobisher appearrance in the Marvel's strips
started in the gap between seasons 21 and 22; Peri was reintroduced starting
with issue 104.
Frobisher was also featured in the novel Mission:
Impractical and the audio stories The Holy Terror and
The Maltese Penguin. Both are set bewteen the TV stories The Trial of a Time Lord and Time
and the Rani. However, Peri returns from a holiday to New York in Kane's Story, meaning that the strips must be set prior to the events in The Trial of a Time Lord.
Source: Cameron Dixon, Charles Mento and JM
Writer: Steve Parkhouse Artist: John Ridgway Letters: Annie Halfacree
A whifferdill, a shape shifter, acts as a phone in an
office of a business humanoid -- a bug man who is cheating on his wife
and going out with another lady. The Whifferdill, can shape change to any
shape. It leaves the building as a bird and almost gets eaten by
an owl. Then as it falls into garbage, it almost gets eaten as a hamburger
by a homeless man
His office claims the name of Avan Tarklu, Private Investigator.
On his message board are various Wanted Posters -- one of Marty the Mouse,
wanted for bank robbery and breach of copyright. Also the Doctor -- the
Fifth Doctor, also known to look like the Sixth. 250,000 Mazumas are offered
for info to his whereabouts
Going to a bar full of alien life forms, the shape shifter
changes to a fly to find out info. He hides into the Doctor's drink, which
is taken away by a waiter. He becomes a fish as the waiter throws the drink
and him down a drain. This gets him into the alley where he see the Doctor
being attacked by bug eyed thugs in black, one with a strange pair of binocular
glasses. The Doctor fights them off and the shape shifter helps by making
his own hands into boxer gloves and boxing the remaining... and gun toting
thug down. The Doctor escapes into his TARDIS in the alley and sets the
coordinates for Greenback Bay, Venus. The Whifferdill, now part of the
central column, asks the Doctor who is in charge here
The Doctor tells the shapeshifter he's not intimidated,
"I've been threatened by experts, you know. Cybermen, Ice Warriors, Daleks,
BBC Producers..." The shape shifter tells him that he
is himself public parasite number one, a Whifferdill. If the
Doctor doesn't take him where he wants to go, the Doctor will find hassles
on board such as sandwiches that bite back and real toy battle ships in
the bathtub that will fire on him or shoes that fly away
The TARDIS appears on Venus on the roof of Intra Venus
Inc. Guards find it and notify a Mr. Dogbolter. Dogbolter wants the
TARDIS knocked off the roof. One of his ships fires a one megaton bomb
on the TARDIS to no effect. A flag of truce sticks out of it and then a
message si sent in a flying paper plane -- a message telling that
the Doctor has been caught. A robot tells Dogbolter that the bounty
hunter wants 500,000 more for the time craft. But Dogbolter is only interested
in the Time Lord.
The Doctor is delivered and the TARDIS dematerialises.
While he is escorted, the Doctor suddenly vanishes from his two guards,
one of whom shoots the other two -- it wasn't the Doctor they took, it
was the shape shifter! It is up to the Doctor now to com to his rescue,
"Come on, Ace, start struttin' your stuff
The Whifferdill changes to W.C. Fields to congratulate the
Doctor on impersonating a bounty hunter -- when he turned over the Doctor,
"the Doctor" was really the Whifferdill, the two of them having joined
forces. Thus, the guards gave Frobisher his money, from which the Doctor
wants his share of 125,000 Mazumas
The shape shifter decides to stick around; with his brains,
and the Doctor's beauty, they could do great things. He tells the Doctor
there is no choice. The Doctor however wants to hide for a while since
Dogbolter will throw everything he has at them... perhaps some far distant
Time-Placement: As Peri was homesick for America in CHAOS we assume the Doctor dropped her
there soon afterwards leaving room for the Doctor Who Magazine strips.
Reprinted in the Doctor Who Voyager Graphic Novel with colours by Gina Hart.
Writer: Steve Parkhouse Artist: John Ridgway Letters: Annie Halfacree
A kraken, one of several leviathan sea monster, follow
a death ship in the ocean. A craggy faced man in a high collared robe lashed
the Doctor to the wheel in storm haunted waters moving toward rocks at
the end of the world. The man calls himself a lord of life and the ship,
a phantom in the Doctor's dream, goes over a waterfall, waking the Doctor
up from his bed in the TARDIS.
A wind and snow come into the TARDIS, one door left open.
In his night clothes and robe, the Doctor goes outside to see a snowy world
-- the North Pole maybe. He sees his clothes on a snowman. Dressing he
goes out into the snow and says good morning to Frobisher -- the whifferdill
so named now. Frobisher has decided to go native today... he is in the
shape of a Penguin.
The Doctor deduces they are at the South Pole but they
are not sure. The pair find an iced over sea going ship -- the one from
the Doctor's dream. Frobisher finds pieces of eight from the Barbary Coast,
West Indies, Old Jamaica, but they also see a frozen pirate at the wheel
of the ship. An open door blowing in the wind leads them to the captain's
cabin. The Doctor looks over charts... star charts with constellations
like nothing he's ever seen before.
Before Frobisher can get a look at them, an old man shows
up with an old flintlock and skis, "You can just hand those charts over
to me, m'boy... and take it slow... or I'll scatter your gizzards all over
this God forsaken ship!".....
The old man ties the Doctor up in a chair but the Doctor
sends Frobisher up to find out which way the man is leaving. Using a trick
he learned from Harry Houdini, the Doctor gets free of the ropes. The man
has taken off in a Da Vinci original, a flying car with pedals and strange
Frobisher falls off a hill and cascades into the Doctor
and they both crash into the snowman. Frobisher wants to stay a Penguin
for awhile, for personal reasons. He tells the Doctor he once spent 14
years as a till at a checkout counter in a supermarket in Walthamstow for
love, "But she thought I was only in it for the money..."
The Doctor scans for the birdman and makes the TARDIS
vanish. A lighthouse beams a light on the man's machine. He rambles about
being keeper of the flame and defender of the faith. The Doctor appears
and detects an impulse from the lighthouse as well as power equal to that
of a factory. Despite the Doctor telling Frobisher not to go outside, the
The Doctor follows and sees a strange light in the water.
To his surprise, Frobisher comes out of the water and asks, "What's up,
Doc?" From stone steps leading up to the lighthouse, the Doctor hears
a noise. He moves to investigate with Frobisher and they see a mechanical
muscled 9 foot robot moving at them. As Frobisher lets the Doctor know that
there is a spacecraft underwater, the machine moves at them...
In an outback dimension somewhere between mythology and
madness, the Doctor seeks truth and beauty at the edge of the world, guided
only by the beam from a lighthouse. The Doctor deduces the machine coming
at them is not a robot but an automation, a mechanical body inhabited by
a living soul. It goes past them into the water.
The Doctor orders Frobisher to go back to the TARDIS and
stay there and not to touch the food machines -- the last time he left
Frobisher alone he filled the control room with Mars Bars.
The Doctor uses some kind of mini telescope to see through
a key hole into the room with books and charts where the old man is reading
the star charts. The telescope is a vibrator piklok and allows the Doctor
inside. He picks up the gun. The Old Man calls him Professor Moriarty and
has a huge target on his chest now, telling the Doctor to shoot him. From
his own coat, the old man pulls a small pistol and fires at the Doctor...
hitting him with a rubber dart on the forehead.
The old man runs out, having an appointment with Marco
Polo in far Cathay and locks the Doctor in. The Doctor tries to shoot the
large gun but it merely fires a flag that reads BANG. The Doctor breaks
out but falls off a precipice down to a fall toward rocks below the lighthouse
and over the sea. As he clings onto the side, the old man reappears and asks him to pick
a card with his mouth. The Doctor calls him mad. The Old Man uses Punch
and Judy dolls to whack the Doctor. The Old Man suddenly becomes serious
and says, "You are in mortal peril, Time Lord, Voyager has seen you and
The Doctor is suddenly back in the bookroom. The Old Man
tells him the world has ends and that logic is a new toy. The Old Man prepares
a drink for the Doctor, who asks who the old man is. "I am Astrolabus...
the star taker, the sandman, the jester, the conjurer and the clown, I
am the fool, I am el diablo, Zorro, Robin Hood! I am a willow wand in the
diviner's hand... I am the last man, the flame keeper, the light at the
edge of the world. I am Santa Claus. I have charted the secret places of
the Earth. I have journeyed to the stars... I am the fairy at the bottom
of your garden. I am the spring in the well... the story teller... the
star spanner... I am the goblin, the imp and the Ace of Wands... I am Magic,
I am myth, I AM LEGEND..." with this, his eyes fixate the Doctor...
Astrolabus tells the Doctor that at Alexandria in King
Ptolemy's time a lighthouse was built and bade him to set a light that
would last a thousand years. Obeying, Astrolabus took fire from the sun
and stars and put it in the lighthouse. It seemed the age of darkness ended
as ships were guided. The Court Astrologer predicted dire peril and sky
ships with travellers came from beyond the stars. The City had become a
crossroads in time, past and future conjoined -- sorcery and science walking
hand in hand.
The space visitors needed charts in the keeping of Astrolabus
to find the power of the Earth contained within it. Adepts in sorcerery
called upon the Chthonic winds and took the charts and fled into the abyss
of time and tide.. into frozen hell. Dwellers the depths rose and took
the remains of the fallen city as the conjunction of planets Mars, Jupiter,
and Saturn came about. From the realms of time, Voyager came..Death. Astrolabus's
name is legend on a dozen worlds. "Do you still not know me, Time Lord?"
In the visitor's sky ship, Astrolabus and the aliens followed
the paths of time that opened in Voyager's wake. But the electro magnetic
storms crashed the ship into the sea. Astrolabus's soul burns in the
lighthouse's lamp. The Doctor knows Astrolabus is the
Thief of Time... he recalls it now. He stole the book of Old Time from
Gallfrey before the Doctor was born.
Astrolabus argues that he is a real Time Lord who
pioneered the meridans of time. But he stole Rassilon's sacred work and
the book of old time, the Doctor insists. The deserted beacon, the lighthouse,
is Astrolabus's TARDIS! He stole things from planets' past ages. The Doctor
runs down through the lighthouse followed by a creeping octo-squid shadow.
"there is only madness here! It's one big trap...I've got to..."
he plunges out an exit way and off the lighthouse which is now set
on an asteroid in the depths of outer space. The Doctor falls through space
now, "Get freeeee!...."
He lands into a freefall and falls into an ocean of night
and sea monsters. Seeing the Doctor on the TARDIS screen, Frobisher, obeying
his conscience, rushes out to help the Doctor, deciding not to use a nose
and glasses mask disguise to be free of the Doctor's wrath.
Frobisher rescues the Doctor as the lighthouse,
a space-time rocket takes off. It blows up into a ball of fire.
Voyager appears on the surface. The water around the
Doctor was solid space. The ship moves to a waterfall, as the Life being
with craggy face tells the Time Lord Doctor that the universe ends here.
It seems to be an illusion of it all as Frobisher pulls the Doctor away
from a hill over water.
Voyager is gone now. But a huge figure of the Life calls,
telling him that he will be with the Doctor always unless the Doctor returns
the charts stolen from him by the Time Lords. The Doctor thinks Astrolabus
was banished by the Time Lords, not one of them. It was Astrolabus who
stole the charts and now he may be dead. "Return them to me, or you may
find that your universe has come to an end." The TARDIS leaves and the
automation with a soul watches, a beacon from its head standing on the
steps that no longer lead to a lighthouse... the Doctor is glad to get
far away from here...
Time-Placement: After The Shape-Shifter.
Reprinted in the Doctor Who Voyager Graphic Novel with colours by Gina Art.
|Polly the Glot
Writer: Steve Parkhouse Artist: John Ridgway Letters: Annie Halfacree
Terminal LX 116/RM -- crossroads of the galaxy, the terminal
known as Galena, a huge spacestation and docking moor. Dr. Ivan Asimoff,
a traveller who met the Doctor in the past, bumps into Frobisher, who was
just emerging from the TARDIS. The Doctor also emerges and re-meets Ivan.
He tells Ivan that he is the Doctor and he has changed his appearance since they last
met... several times, in fact. Ivan rushes off but tells the Doctor he
needs his help. He gives the Doctor his card which will tell the Doctor
how to reach Ivan -- at the annual conference of the "Save The Zyglot
An alien spacecraft a mere three million miles from Galena
tracks a young space faring Zyglot creature -- a giant fish like, insect
like floater in space. The aliens tracking it for its colors and the price
it will fetch will send it back to the Ringway Carnival -- a kind
of alien zoo that includes a Zyglot who was recently visited by Ivan. The
captive Zyglot is called Poly and it the only one in captivity. And
Dr. Ivan Asimoff has felt in love with it.
As Frobisher wants to stow up on some fast food
candy -- chocolate pritchards -- the Doctor plans to get Ivan down in the
deep docking bays. He takes Frobisher in the TARDIS and makes the Penguin
shapeshifter hold up Ivan with a gun to bring him aboard TARDIS. There,
the Doctor tells him, "You've just been kidnapped..."
Asimoff is in the TARDIS as Frobisher brings the Doctor
a newspaper from the terminal about the kidnapping. The Doctor's plan is
that others, knowing the Zyglot Trust is broke and cannot pay a ransom,
will pay lots of donations to the trust to save the Zyglots and Asimoff,
who thinks this is outrageous. The President of the Trust will be furious... a Professor
Labus... Astro Labus! The Doctor's brain is filled with sensations at this
name... he falls through the floor which is like water and he falls and
falls... through the mouth of a giant Astrolabus. The Trust, with alien
members and Astro Labus, starts its meeting. Astrolabus tells the members
he smells a big, fat furry rat and to "throw in a Penguin for good measure!"
Frobisher tends to the fainted Doctor in the TARDIS. The
Doctor thinks it is a post hypnotic suggestion... the first part
of a jigsaw. The alien hunters of Zyglots are called Akkers, reputed to
be the dullest race in the galaxy. The Doctor wants to pay them a visit.
Asimoff asks, "Oh, Doctor, we're not going to have another adventure, are
we? I don't think my nerves can take it!"
The Doctor gives Asimoff a stun rifle as the two and Frobisher
explore a spaceship of boring Akker aliens. Frobisher asks two Akkers where
the Zyglots are kept. One tells the other to ignore him, the penguin being
just a figment of his imagination. The other Akker says, 'Hang about...
But I haven't got an imagination." One of the Akkers sound an alarm.
A robot, the Defender of the ship, attacks the Doctor
and Asimoff -- its weapons are a heavy duty industrial cleaner and paint
spray attachment, high pressure drain clearing equipment, and a pile of
old buckets. It can use a broom, a squeegee, and brush to attack but it
'bops the Doc with a mop" as Asimoff explains. Asimoff gets mean and levels his rifle-gun,
"Don't come near me, you monster! One step closer and I'll blast you to
The robot begs Asimoff not to shoot him and confesses
it is the Janitor, "I'm not really the defender at all! I'm too young to
die!" It then tells them where to find the commander.
Asimoff and the Doctor go the bridge where Asimoff sees
that, "Doctor, they have your strange little friend." Frobisher
is on the bridge with them. The captain has his hand over a button that
will tighten the gravity net and crush the young baby Zyglot under its
own weight. As Asimoff threatens the captain, telling him he is a civilized
being or he would drop the captain where he stands, the Doctor says, "Steady
on, old chap."
The real DEFENDER robot smashes its hand through the wall.
The Doctor tells the Asimoff to aim for the control panel. He does and
frees the zyglot. The captain tells Asimoff he will never talk but he does...
right away. Watching him on a crystal ball is Astrolabus. The captain tells
them that the great swami Astral Arbus has put them up to kidnapping the
Soon, Astrolabus asks, "Do I hear a VWORP? do I hear two
Vworps?" Frobisher and Asimoff surround him but he grabs the
Penguin, muttering more insane dribble, and jumps into a box with a curtain
that leads into outer space. Asimoff runs and tells the Doctor. The Doctor
tells Asimoff to run since he just adjusted the gravity nullifier on Polly's
void trap. This will free the creature in captivity. It does.
As Asimoff feels dejected, losing his love -- the Zyglot,
he finds the TARDIS vanishing and a suitcase of money which is a contribution
to keep the Trust going -- courtesy of Intra Venus Inc. via the
Here's to you, Doctor... to the future and the next
time we meet... and may heaven help us all."
Time-Placement: After Voyager.
Reprinted in the Doctor Who Voyager Graphic Novel with colours by Gina Hart.
|Once Upon a Time-Lord...
Writer: Steve Parkhouse Artist: John Ridgway Letters: Annie Halfacree
The TARDIS, chasing Astrolabus who has Frobisher, is
in a dimension world that has supposely low level organic life, but featuring
anyway, a floating balloon, the Little Red Riding Hood, and a spectral
being on a horse that attack the Doctor when he leaves the TARDIS.
To his surprise, the Doctor repels it with words he doen't even know.
Frobisher comes running to him, telling him he has been
having a lovely time. He has merry chums here, too! The Doctor is not too
sure that anything here is real. Frobisher is a guttersnipe from a slum
on some backwater planet and never had merry chums in his life. A living
tree tells the Doctor this is the land of make believe but is as real as
they want it to be. It is like a story book. The Doctor warns of the dark
side of fairy tales.
To an audience of what appear to be humans and bug eyed
aliens with strange things coming out of their heads, Astrolabus tells
of the plight of the Doctor and Frobisher. He warns of a greedy goblin
group, 7 foot March Manglers from Xenophobe-12, whose crashed ship lies
in the forest depths, hand hunters of Gamma Delta, who make necklaces from
their victims' fingers. People enter the Land of Make Believe Fun House.
ONCE UPON A TIME LORD...FROBISHER EATS A WORM.
A furry woodland gent, a badger man named Old Brock in
Wild Wood and he has a huge earth worm in his hand. Frobisher eats it, cross-eyed.
They leave him and find the shadows of the forest are alive with eyes.
ONCE UPON A TIME LORD... FROBISHER WISHES HE HADN'T.
The pair find skulls and bones on sticks and an arrow
hits a tree behind Frobisher. They heard the merry tinkle of little people.
Frobisher wants to get away and steps into a monkey trap. It springs and
makes him dangle upsidedown from his foot.
ONCE UPON A TIME LORD... HE WHO HESITATES IS LUNCH.
Pygmies tie Frobisher to a stick and carry him horizontally,
ready a bowl to cook him in. The Doctor watching, says, to himself really,
"Why, Penguins taste awful and give you terrible heartburn!"
A loincloth wearing mostly naked man, a Tarzan like figure with a knife,
cuts the ropes off Frobisher's tree and frees him. Spears follow Frobisher
as he runs to the Doctor.
Frobisher asks the Doctor what is happening, he does not
feel like he is in control. Astrolabus asks the children to think of something
really dangerous. On a brick walk way, the Doctor and Frobisher don't see
the giant feet appear in the woods next to them. A giant troll with furs,
a belt, a popping right eye, and a giant axe that he swings at them. It
is very tall and large. "Doc! I can't take much more of this..."
Frobisher yells. The Doctor says, "Just keep running... we've got to make
it to the castle!"
This land of make believe is inside a magician's cabinet
-- which is where the Doctor went after Frobisher, when the Penguin
was kidnapped by Astrolabus after the pair freed a captured pair of Zyglot
Astral Arbus, swami, aviator, trick cyclist, accountant,
thespian, gazeteer, boulevardier, man about town, and legend in his own
lunchtime... is the one behind it all. Inside the castle, shelter from
the giant troll chasing them, Frobisher and the Doctor encounter a midget
knight guard who seems to attack them but who snaps the rope on the gate
to bring it down on the troll giant's neck and head.
Astrolabus is in the king's chair playing with a Doctor
puppet on strings. The Doctor bursts through the doors, shouting, "Knave!
Varlet! Vagabond! Caitiff. Wretch. Rascal! Rapcallion! Blackguard. Shyster.
Skunk. Cur. Tyrant. Fiend. Cad. 603n. Tergiversator!"
He pulls a sword from the wall and cuts the strings off the puppet, telling
Astro to get out of his mind. Astro pulls a sword and they fight. The Doctor
rips the enemy's sleeve and sees that on the arm beneath is the missing
star charts of Life are tattoed.
Astro runsout ao door to a dimension gate, through mountains,
onto a stagecoach dressed as a cowboy, and onto a merry go round ride,
riding a fake horse. He runs to a cottage but doesn't get in yet, trying
to find a short cut to the next page of this comic! He is in nothingness
on the next page as he makes it into the doorway. He wants to just make
it to the next EPISODE.
He feels a power greater though and gets afraid. Dressed
as an Arabian shiek on a camel is Life who wants the maps. The Doctor catches
up with Astrolabus and forces him to tell Life the truth. While the villain
asks Life for mercy, Life tells him that Astrolabus stole the charts for
access to the most mysterious dimension of all... the dimension of death.
Astolabus has the charts tattooed all over him. Life makes the charts vanish...
with their skin... that of Astrolabus... a sandstorm hits and makes the
The Doctor's mind is now free. The Doctor finds what is
left of Astrolabus's body, still alive and calling him. "Why, Astrolabus,
why?" This was his last incarnation... he wanted immortality. The
Doctor holds his own face, "You're mad, my friend... magnificent but quite
quite mad." Astrolabus tells the Doctor that
the Doctor would have made a worthy successor to him...
the Doctor was just getting the hang of it. "I follow nobody, Astrolabus...
I'm free... I go my own way." Astrolabus asks him, "Ah,
Doctor... how can you know? How can you know.. how long... I have been writing
you life? What will you do now that I'm gone?"
The castle blows up. Frobisher tells the Doctor, who is
near the TARDIS with him now, "You rescued me!" Frobisher would like
to look around the carnival now that they are there. He hasn't seen a carnival
for ages. Frobisher asks the Doctor, "How about the Tattooed Man?"
The Doctor has his hands in his pockets, "I don't think so. I'd much rather
go somewhere else."
Time-Placement: After Polly the Glot.
Reprinted in the Doctor Who Voyager Graphic Novel with colours by Gina Hart.
Writer: Alan McKenzie Artist: John Ridgway Letters: Annie Halfacree
Frobisher is beat 23 times at a game the Doctor extrapolated
from chess, the Doctor having added extra levels.
The local name of planet U-235 is Actinon, untechnological;
but they're now reading technological activity on it. Frobisher crosses
his flappers, "Uh oh, Mr. I love a Mystery is back in business."
The Doctor makes the TARDIS appear on a hillside out of sight of the walled
The Doctor dons a sun hat with hanging beads, suggesting
Frobisher change his form. But he likes being a Penguin. Watching them
from the rocks are a band of barbaric looking Viking type men with strange
dino like camels. Frobisher, before they get into town, changes into
a loin cloth wearing long haired, 7 foot tall barbarian with lots of muscles.
The Doctor says, "Gaudy, Frobisher, very gaudy."
Frobisher pushes a eye patch wearing salesman off of them
as they move through the city. In a bar, Frobisher almost orders a drink
named a Manhattan...but the Doctor elbows him. They don't have any money
to pay for their drinks. The Doctor smiles and will explain it to the owner,
"After all, what can they do to us?"
Later, the Doctor, shirt off, is chained to a wooden frame
from which his head sticks out. He and Frobisher are being sold as slaves!
Frobisher thinks they should have washed a few dishes instead. A man in
a black hood buys them and sets them free, but was instructed to
bring them to his master as guests. He is Achmar, advisor to Kaon, lord
of 7 provinces.
Three moons ago, an enemy of Kaon named Vegar the
Vengeful took the daughter of Kaon. A bare boy on a dino listens to them.
They ride to Kaon, pulled by this boy and the dino. Brought by the Viking
guards to the master...they are made to kneel before him... a Draconian
lizard warrior, "Welcome, Time Lord. Your fame hass sspread even to this
This Draconian, Kaon, knows the Doctor's Blue Box and
knows the Doctor is a Time Lord. A craft taking Kaon to an outlying world
of the Draconian Empire ran into a meteor field and crashed here. Only
he and his wife survived. He established himself as a warrior and leader
over a small group of barbarians. His wife died in childbirth -- his daughter
Kara became a fine son. The land taken by Kaon once belonged to Vegar.
Kaon tells the Doctor that the Draconians value the lives of their females
and daughters little but a long way from Draconia -- Kaon's ways have changed.
Frobisher asks him what that has to do with them. "Your
mannerless friend is not ass dull las he seemss." To prevent
bloodshed, the Doctor agrees to help. A troll like servant reports Kaon's
movements to Vegar, who has Kara chained to a pole with her wrists above
her. On dino horses with the others, Frobisher complains, "Oh, my achin'
back!" Frobisher hopes this rescue doesn't take too long, "I'm getting
pretty tired of this shape." The Doctor will take Kaon and
Kara to civilised outpost as Kaon asked -- once they free her.
Kaon's troops storm the stronghold of Vegar. The Doctor
did not know this would happen while Frobisher thinks it is pretty neat
for a diversion and that Kaon is a good father, even if he doesn't tell
the truth. Frobisher gets a sword point to his thick muscled neck, ending
the Doctor's chat with him over chess and the real war game they are in
now. But he makes himself get bigger but a warrior pokes his leg with a
Two elite bodyguards with Kaon and the Doctor take
care of the warriors from Vegar's side. Kaon also kills a few with his
axe. They follow another warrior toward where they think Kara will be.
Vegar kills the two elite bodyguards but Kaon kills Vegar with his sword.
Frobisher frees Kara with a sword. Kaon tells her they are going home to
Draconia. From behind him, the troll servant stabs a sword through his
back and out his chest and upper stomach. Kaon turns and shings his sword
into the troll, killing him down.
Frobisher says, "We'd better all get out here, Doctor...I'd
hate to be caught red handed by the locals with all these stiffs."
The Doctor agrees, "This time I can forgive your caution, Frobisher..."
Kara elects to stay behind to lead her father's people, to bury her father.
She has no place away from here. His people need her now more than ever.
The Doctor says goodbye to her. Frobisher says, "C'mon, Doctor. The TARDIS
Time-Placement: After Once Upon a Time Lord...
Writer: Alan McKenzie (as Max Stockbridge) Artist: John Ridgway Letters: Annie Halfacree
A force cries out that it is alone but was not always.
It is in a haunted house and wants to reach out and feed. Frobisher relaxes
as a penguin again, on a beach chair in the TARDIS, which is being pulled
off course. Frobisher says, "Y'now, Doc, for the universe's best
travelled man, your sense of direction in is the pits."
They emerge in the house. Looking out the window they
see a strange place, the Doctor thinks is an illusion. Tree like tentacles
rise from the floor and grab TARDIS. Unaware of this, the Doctor picks
up a candelabra. Hearing strange sounds, Frobisher wants to stick with
the Doctor. In a room they find a violin and a still warm drinking glass.
They hear screams and find a girl in a vest and two piece with bare stomach
and Arabian type pants. Peri! It changes into a giant winged demon like
alien monster which lunges at them.
They go through a door to find the room sideways and a
man sitting sideways to them as they enter. To him, they are sideways and
entering on the door up the wall! The man runs out. The Doc and Frobisher
find themselves in a small locked room. Frobisher tries
to tell the Doctor about this being a funhouse in a carnival. The Doctor
feels the TARDIS being attacked. The Doctor gets a door open finally but
sees a pit with hellish beasts flying into it and he just about grabs onto
the door to prevent himself from falling down the deep dank fire cavern.
"Good Gallifrey!" Frobisher pulls him in as a bat like demon flies
The TARDIS is under another's control. It starts to VWORP
VWORP away but they run down steps. But then the Doc realises the truth,
"This house is somehow joined with the TARDIS. It's not the TARDIS that's
taken off..it's the whole house. And us along with it!"
The House hurtles through the time vortex. Frobisher gets
the TARDIS log. The Doctor thinks that means they are going back through
the TARDIS log. To reach teh console Frobisher uses a box. The Doctor looks
for an axe in the closet, a hatchet really. On the floor are scattered
jelly baby jar, a piggy bank, a ball of yarn, a cricket bat, a laser gun.
Frobisher thinks for a smart guy, the Doctor can be really dumb sometimes
as the Doctor tries to cut the tentacles off -- when the direct approach
fails, he will work on being devious. Frobisher has to pull him free.
The Doctor felt like a giant hand was stopping him.
The thing feeds on fear, emotion, and raw energy, the more they feed it
the stronger it becomes. The Doc tells Frobisher the TARDIS is a boundary
between dimensions, not a physical object. Rocking stops. They turn the
scanner on and see it. Outside is a giant eye with tentacles. Frobisher
asks, "Uh, Doctor, ever had that feeling that you're under observation?"
The doors seem to bulge in.
The Doctor has a plan now, wishing he paid attention in
basic seamanship. He uses a ball of string Frobisher fetches to go to the
Zero Room. Something laughs. When the Doctor pulls on the string, he will
shut off the circuit that protects the TARDIS's passengers from the changing
time fields outside. Being in the Zero Room should protect them from the
worst of it. Everything outside will regress in time at the same speed
as the TARDIS, including the House. He pulls. The Doctor goes out, "If
I'm not back in a few minutes, you're on your own."
Frobisher, at the door, becomes his Conan barbarian type.
The Doctor becomes his Fifth self. Frobisher becomes the business suited
detective. The Doc becomes in his fourth incarnatiuon. Frobisher is a baby
on the floor. As he runs, the Doctor is now the Third Doctor. Frobisher
is just a small embryo of fluid as the Second Doctor reaches the Console Room. The First
Doctor bends down, "Unhh!" He puts the switch back on. He becomes
the Sixth Doctor. Something screams.
The House is trapped in the time vortex and cannot get
out. It talks to itself, "I'll rest now. And in time, others will come.
In time, I'll feed again and be lonely no longer. In time... in time..."
Time-Placement: After War-Game.
|Kane's Story / Abel's Story / The Warrior's
Story / Frobisher's Story
Writer: Alan McKenzie (as Max Stockbridge) Artist: John Ridgway Letters: Annie Halfacree
The Galactic Federation faces a threat from
the skeletoids, humanoid cyborgs from the planet Vespin who have all but
destroyed the Daleks and Cybermen, and are now poised to invade the Draconian
The Doctor and Frobisher learn of the threat from Kane, a
former college professor who became a vagrant to get away from the internal
politics of his profession; while on his "sabbatical" he studied phenomenology
and developed his own paranormal powers.
After pausing to pick up Peri from 20th-century Earth, the Doctor sets off for the planet Ankara to attend
a conference on the skeletoid crisis, but for some reason the TARDIS is
diverted to the planet Xaos.
There, the travellers meet Kaon, the Draconian
warrior whom the Doctor and Frobisher met at an earlier point in their
lives but a later point in his; and Abel Gantz, an alchemist who has developed
the ability to transform his flesh into any element and shape imaginable
following a laboratory accident indirectly caused by the TARDIS' escape
from the Funhouse.
Kaon believes that the six gathered here are the
prophesied chosen ones who will rid the galaxy of the skeletoid menace.
The Doctor uses the TARDIS to transport the six of them to Vespin, where
they fight their way into the skeletoid control room.
Abel sacrificeshimself by transforming into a giant bomb which destroys the skeletoids'
control and the giant brains which operate it.
The Doctor and his companions travel to Ankara to report that the threat has passed.
Time-Placement: After Funhouse.
Reprinted in Doctor Who Classic Comics #19-22
|Exodus / Revelation / Genesis
Writers: Alan McKenzie / John Ridgway Artist: John Ridgway Letters: Annie Halfacree
The TARDIS materializes around a spaceship
transporting a starving family of farmers away from the planet Sylvaniar.
The planet has been suffering from a drought caused by careless scientists'
experimentation, and recently a number of peasants have mysteriously disappeared.
Although the Doctor is initially inclined to kick the newcomers out of
his ship, a few choice words from Peri remind him of his duty and he instead
gives them food and clothing before sending them on their way.
His curiosity has been piqued, however, and he sets off for Sylvaniar to investigate.
The TARDIS materializes in a locked room of the scientists' castle, where
Dr Verdeghast has just been throttled to death, but while the Doctor, Peri
and Frobisher are initially arrested for the crime, the Doctor is able
to convince Captain Krogh that they are not responsible.
Peri and Frobisher remain in the cells to ensure the Doctor's good behaviour while
he helps Krogh to investigate.
They soon learn the scientists are
being attacked by partially-converted Cybermen, brought back to life by
the mad Dr Sovak with parts from a crashed Cyber-ship -- and body parts
from the "missing" farmers.
Sovak intends to seize control of the castle to direct all future scientific research along the lines he dictates,
but he miscalculates and blows up his laboratory, the Cybermen and himself.
The Doctor rescues Peri and Frobisher from the burning castle, but as they
depart, Frobisher reveals that he is now suffering from monomorphia; until
further notice he is stuck in the shape of a penguin.
Time-Placement: After Frobisher's Story.
Reprinted in Doctor Who Classic Comics #16
|Nature of the Beast
Writer: Simon Furman Artist: John Ridgway Letters: Annie Halfacree
|Fed up with saving the Universe, Peri has persuaded the Doctor to take them to a sunny woodland glade where they can relax and recuperate. The Doctor’s skills in finding an uninhabited planet for them are soon proved as first a beast from the woods attacks them, then those pursuing the beast capture them. It transpires that the soldiers that have captured them believe the beast to have killed Irna, the wife of their War Lord Mackal. However, the Doctor realises that the beast is in fact Irna herself and her former lover is trying to save her from the soldiers. The Doctor succeeds not only in arranging for Irna and Lupe to live in the woods together but stops the whole planet from being destroyed by Commander Hon who believes himself to have failed in the task of saving Irna.
Time-Placement: After Genesis.
Writer: Jamie Delano Artist: John Ridgway Letters: Annie Halfacree
|With Peri watching a baseball match, the Doctor uses the time to effect repairs on the TARDIS. Just as the repairs are complete they are struck by a projectile fired from a time cannon. The Doctor traces the cannon to the planet Hedron and pilots the TARDIS there to investigate. However, whilst investigating, he and Frobisher get caught up in another time experiment and find themselves on prehistoric earth. They inadvertently change the future so that humans never evolved and reptiles took over and it’s only through an accident that they manage to set things back on course. Arriving on Hedron, they discover the truth. The Hedrons had been disposing of their genetic waste by sending it back in time and it had ended up on prehistoric earth where it contaminated things. That contamination then led to the creation of humans. Sadly though a human spacecraft crashed into the Hedron’s city and infected them with the genetic waste that they’d disposed of, wiping them all out. The Doctor and Frobisher return to the restored time line to pick up Peri from the baseball match, planning to sneak in without paying. The Doctor, true to form, gets the co-ordinates wrong though and they end up on the pitch, the bemused spectators watching...
Time-Placement: After Nature of the Beast.
Writer: Simon Furman Artist: John Ridgway Letters: Annie Halfacree
Peri is trying to get the Doctor on a diet, and so she serves simple salads.
As Peri tries to get him to eat the meal she notices a strange device nearby. The Doctor calls this a Personal Reality Warp which sends the user to a reality based on their thoughts. As he leaves, he tells Peri not to touch it.
Not believing what the Doctor has said, Peri is sent into a reality based on Lewis Carroll's work, in a woodland. A rabbit looking quite like the Doctor rushes past her, calling that he is late. Peri walsk along and finds two figures named Dum and Dee underneath a tree. She realises that these are turnips, despite the pair arguing the contrary. Peri runs off as they try to tell her the story of the "Walnut and the Cauliflower,"
After slowly treading past the sleeping Red Cabbage, Peri ends up at the dinner party of the Celery, the carrot and the small tomato. She accidentally drops a comment that she has eaten plenty of carrots, causing them to believe she is a murderer.
As Peri runs off she is caught by the Queen of Artichokes and sentenced to death. As the King and Knave of Spuds carry out the sentence and the rabbit runs past once more, Peri screams out that she will never eat vegetables again.
At that moment she is sent back to reality, in front of the Doctor. When the Doctor adds they should finish the salad, Peri suggests instead they eat Hamburgers and chips instead. As she leaves, the Doctor looks down at the reality warp, and smiles.
Time-Placement: After Time Bomb.
Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: John Ridgway Letters: Annie Halfacree
As Peri and Frobisher are rummaging around the Doctor's objects, including a crystal, the Doctor walks in, and warns them that the TARDIS has been invaded, and suggests they stay where they are. The Doctor leaves with the crystal before Frobisher can tell him that Frobisher has his powers back.
Peri and Frobisher soon after leave the room, and go to search for the invader.
The Doctor is searching around the TARDIS' jungle, while a creature behind him watches and slowly morphs into the Doctor's form.
Peri and Frobisher head towards the memory vaults, where the memories of all the pictures the TARDIS have been are kept. Peri heads inside, and is instantly transported into an alien environment. She runs around before colliding into the Doctor, actually the invader.
Frobisher finds the Doctor and explains what happened to Peri. They both head through a shortcut of hovering discs, to find Peri.
Behind Peri the Doctor morphs into the invader, and reaches to grab her. Frobisher and the Doctor find the TARDIS zoo, where the Doctor has kept endangered animals in synthetic habitats until he finds hospitable planets for them to live. The Doctor shows Frobisher one of the canisters, which contained a Swuffle, which is now broken from the inside. The Doctor explained that the invader disguised itself as a Swuffle to get on board, when it was really a Kymbra Chimera, a primitive form of a Whifferdil, which drains energies from machines, in this case the TARDIS.
As they walk on, the Doctor notices things he hasn't before, thinking that the TARDIS is getting bigger. Walking into the Secondary control room, they see two Peris. Frobisher picks the one on the left as the fake, as the jewellery is fused into the flesh. Agitated, the fake Peri shoots an energy blast at the Doctor. As Frobisher changes and attacks the fake, while the Doctor moves to Peri and activates the disposal wheel. Just as Frobisher is being beaten, the fake is pulled out of the TARDIS by a vortex, which shuts down after the creature is gone.
The problem over, the Doctor offers tea.
Time-Placement: After Salad Daze.
|Profits of Doom
Writer: Mike Collins Pencils: John Ridgway Inks: Tim Perkins Letters: Annie Halfacree
Out in space the Mayflower
, with its 20,000 crew in cryo sleep, is travelling from the overcrowded 24th century Earth. One of the occupants, Kara, is woken from her sleep by the maintenance computer, Monitor. She begins the routine that every five years she checks out the ship, and fixes any easy faults.
After being stuck in the TARDIS for three weeks, Peri is beginning to feel bored. The Doctor proposes a holiday.
Kara notices two slug like aliens, unrecognisable to Monitor, patrolling the ship. Kara tries to find out how they entered the ship, but Monitor tells her they had the correct entry codes, and arrived from their 85 kilotonne bulk carrier into access bay three quite properly.
The Doctor proposes to Peri and Frobisher a holiday to Arcadia, a paradise planet. They land on the Mayflower, and soon meet up with Kara, who threatens them with her laser welder. When she sees they are mostly people, she relaxes and asks whether they are from the top drawer. Kara explains the situation with the slugs. Monitor soon tells her that the Doctor is not top drawer, he is an intruder. After the Doctor explains who he is, and how he arrived, he persuades Kara to lead them to the top drawer, where the ship's leaders are, believing they can get help. But when they arrive where the top drawer sleep, there's no one there.
The slugs arrive and fire at the group, all the time watched by an unseen figure. The Doctor, and Kara flee with the damaged Monitor, while Peri and Frobisher are captured. While escaping, the Doctor explains that the slugs are a group of space mercenaries known as the profiteers, who ravage planets, engaging in no action without sizeable return, with every world conquered just another credit making endeavour.
While Peri and Frobisher ponder over their fate, the senior Profiteer goes into communication with the unseen figure, whom they address as Seth. Seth asks about the success of their takeover.
Kara explains to the Doctor that the mission of the Mayflower was started by Varley Gabriel, who was a political figure of the 24th century. After finding a suitable planet for the overcrowded humans to live, he called the fittest, smartest and most adept humans to travel, and be the top drawer. Another 20,000 were chosen to work under them.
Seth explains to the profiteers that he wants the top drawer, and all others are their concern. He does demand that they find the Doctor, who he knows is a Time Lord. Seth says that a ship will arrive soon to collect his "cargo".
The Doctor and Kara are heading towards the computer core, so the Doctor can check if someone tipped the profiteers off. Kara dismisses the idea, as anyone who did that would have to have done that 80 years ago. Monitor clears the Doctor to receive all classified information, and the Doctor sets to work, not realising Seth is watching.
Just when the Doctor comes on important information the profiteers arrive and capture the Doctor, Kara and Monitor. Seth watches this with an impassive face, very similar to that of Varley Gabriel.
On Kara's orders, Monitor blinds the Profiteers with a burst of light, enabling the Doctor, Kara and Monitor to escape. Hiding out in the ship's ventilation ducts, the Doctor uses Monitor to instigate the surveillance system's maintenance routines, thus blinding the security cameras to the fact that he, Kara and Monitor are returning to the computer core to complete their work. The Doctor has already learned that "Varley Gabriel" has apparently programmed the navigational system to send the Mayflower to the middle of nowhere, and theorises that this is all part of a plot to lure the "top drawer" into his service.
Once back in the core, the Doctor determines that Peri and Frobisher are still alive aboard the Profiteers' ship, and sends Monitor to rescue them. Frobisher nearly gives their escape away, but bluffs the Profiteers into retreating by threatening to transform into a ravenous monster.
The Profiteers pursue the escaping prisoners back to the core, where the Doctor and Kara have programmed the Mayflower to blow itself up. The image of Varley Gabriel on the computer screen then comes to life and addresses them; he is in reality an amoral immortal named Seth, who has been manipulating human history for his own ends for centuries. He required the "top drawer" for his own purposes on another world, and engaged in the "colonisation" ruse to lure them into his service, always intending to sell the remaining colonists into slavery to the Profiteers.
However, when the Profiteers arrive in the computer core, the Doctor threatens to blow up the ship unless they retreat. Seth knows it's a bluff, but the Profiteers claim that Gallifreyans are "zero tax rated" and refuse to take the risk. Seth vows revenge as the Profiteers retreat, but the Doctor ignores his rantings and reprogrammes the Mayflower`, sending the colonists to the world which will one day become Arcadia.
Time-Placement: After Changes.
Writer: Jamie Delano Pencils: John Ridgway Inks: Tim Perkins Letters: Richard Starkings
Many years ago Monektoni Shug, piloting a Deep space load lugger, miscalculates the space geography, runs out of fuel, and crash lands into an uncharted satellite of an obscure planet.
Meanwhile the Doctor and Peri enjoy the beaches of the planet Halcya, Frobisher is bored, and asks for a party. Heading back to the TARDIS, the Doctor and the crew scout through invitations until Frobisher picks out an invitation for the Twenty First Birthday Party of the Lorduke of Zazz. Zazz is a planet created by Earth colonists, whose culture is reminiscent of early twentieth century America.
They head to a building on a mountain, where Professor Strut is preparing a rocket for the moon, but his brother, the Lorduke, stopped him from launching it. Asthey head back to the TARDIS, Strut, happier now, stops them, and hands the Doctor a present for the Lorduke.
The TARDIS arrive in Harlm Town, and the crew head for the Kotn Klub and meet the Lorduke. After dancing for quite a while, they crew must rest, and Frobisher ponders with the Lorduke about the squareness of his brother. The Lorduke says that they shouldn't meet Strut, as he's in exile after crashing a rocket and wiping out the hi-de-ho klub. The Doctor fetches the present, and as soon as the Lorduke has opened it a spider like robot emerges, sticking anything metal to it. The monster flees as it is shot at, but the Lorduke demands it is destroyed.
As the TARDIS crew leave, they are stopped by a guard and told to sleep in the Klub.
In the middle of the night the robot returns and destroys the Lorduke's Duke box before again fleeing. The crew and the Lorduke step outside to see more robots, self replicating scavenger robots, ripping up the city. The Doctor suggests they speak to Strut, if he hasn't taken off.
As Peri is being held hostage by the Lorduke, singing old songs to calm the Lorduke, the Doctor and Frobisher go. Strut is quite unprepared for the news, as he thought there were only one. As Frobisher threatens to launch the rocket, Strut tells all. He explains the robot came back from the moon in a rock sample a probe took, the same probe that crashed on the hi-de-ho klub. Strut repaired one robot's energy cells to have revenge on his brother. The Doctor tells Frobisher to guard Strut as he goes to the moon in the TARDIS.
The Doctor lands the TARDIS just after Shgu crashes onto the moon. The Doctor sees this, noting that all organic life forms would be destroyed. A Servatron robot struggles out of the wreckage to survey damage and repair, as it is programmed to do. It recreates its damaged self by scavenging parts from the ship. The Servatron realises that it will wear out before fixing the ship, and so it must reproduce and create new robots, teaching each survival. An entire robot culture is created on the moon, using solar power, and abstract thought. The Doctor tries to find how such a species was sent back to the level the probe showed. The Doctor, remembering a disaster on the way into the past, sends the TARDIS to this time. A meteor shower is attacking the city, and all the robots head to a bunker to rest, waiting for an all clear. However, a giant meteor hits, burying the buildings of these robots under rubble. When the storm dies down, the Doctor puts on a NASA suit and heads out. The robots, underneath, need energy in the darkness, is clouding out the sun. They scrabble to the surface, pushing aside rocks until they reach the surface, but there is no solar power, as the dust caused by the meteor is clouding the sun. What the robots do notice is the Doctor, and as they run out of power, they fire at him, thinking he is raw material.
On the moon, the Doctor discovers the dust is clogging the solar receptors in the robots, so when the air clears, they still won't be able to reactivate themselves. Now he knows about the robots, he wonders how he can save Zazz. He needs a way to gather them together and send them off Zazz, preferably to the moon. It's too risky to use the TARDIS, even though the TARDIS' recording of the meteor alarm would assemble them.
Arriving back to Strut and Frobisher, and proceeds to investigate the rocket, alterating it until he is sure it can just fly. The Doctor explains that humans could never survive the rocket flight, but the robots could. He tells Frobisher to supervise the professor programming the rocket to land on the moon, and to put the TARDIS' transmitter inside the rocket.
The TARDIS lands outside the klub, where the robots continue to wreck the city. He explains his plan. But, after an hour there is no change. As the robots attack the TARDIS, the Doctor realises the signal must be too weak. Watching helplessly as the robots rebuild the city like their buildings on the moon, Peri recites the poem for the Pied Piper of Hamlyn. This gives the Doctor an idea, and he rounds up the musicians for the loudest marching band ever, playing a piece very similar to the Recall Alarm. The Doctor hopes to lead the robots in reach of the transmitter.
As the Doctor shows the music to the band, Peri accepts a drink from the Lorduke.
*** Synopsis of Part 4 Missing ***
Time-Placement: After Profits of Doom.
|The World Shapers
Writer: Grant Morrison Pencils: John Ridgway Inks: Tim Perkins Letters: Richard Starkings
|Responding to a distress call, the Doctor arrives on Marinus where he finds a dying Time Lord. As the Time Lord dies, his last words are “Planet 14”. This triggers a memory for the Doctor and goes off to Scotland to visit a now very old Jamie McCrimmon. He reminds the Doctor that the Cyber-controller remembered the two of them from Planet 14 and they return to Marinus to find that, in the week that they’ve been away, an age has passed on the planet and it’s now a barren rock. The Voord are evolving into the Cybermen with the aid of a worldshaper, which they plan to use to devastate the galaxy. Jamie sacrifices his life to destroy the worldshaper and the Time Lords arrive to stop the Doctor interfering more than he should.
Time-Placement: After The Gift.
|...Up Above the Gods...
Writer: Richard Alan Artist: Lee Sullivan Letters: Richard Starkings
The Doctor and
Davros discuss Davros' turn to the dark side, and the Doctor offers him the
opportunity to change his destiny. He knows where an army of Daleks waits
in hibernation, and he offers to take Davros to them on the condition that
Davros reprogrammes them with pity and compassion. After some thought,
Davros agrees, although he intends to break his word -- and remains unaware
that this is all part of the Doctor's complex plan to ensnare him.
Time-Placement: Set during Emperor of the Daleks (issues 197-202). The first and last installments feature the 6th Doctor.