First launched in the pages of TV Comic in November 1964, the comic strip version of Doctor Who is just one year younger than the television series on which it is based. This is its story.
This volume chronicles the first 15 years of the Doctor Who comic strip from its origin in TV Comic to just before the ongoing strip was launched as a regular feature in Doctor Who Weekly in 1979. During this time more than 200 comic strip stories were published in the pages of TV Comic, Countdown, TV Action, TV Century 21, The Dr Who Annual and the Dalek books.
Every strip is covered in depth, including plot details, continuity, points of interest and analysis. For the first time, details about the creation and development of the adventures are documented, alongside comments from some of the original writers and artists.
Follow the exploits of the Doctor in his first four incarnations alongside John, Gillian, Jamie, Sarah and Leela as he battles Daleks, Cybermen, Quarks, Kleptons, Trods, Sarracoids and the Ugrakks!
The Comic Strip Companion is your comprehensive guide to Doctor Who in the comics.
Please note that this book does not reproduce any of the comic strips. It is a companion to them, not a reprint of them.
608pp. A5 paperback book. Contains an eight page colour section.
Published 30 September 2012
Please note: the limited edition hardback version of this book – pictured below – is now sold out.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Paul Scoones was born in London, England in 1968 and moved to Auckland, New Zealand in 1973. His earliest memory of Doctor Who is from March 1975 when Jon Pertwee’s Doctor made his New Zealand television debut in the first episode of ‘Spearhead from Space’. He became completely hooked on the series five years later when he started collecting Target novelisations.
He created and edited the internationally acclaimed fanzine TSV (Time Space Visualiser) and runs the New Zealand Doctor Who Fan Club (www.doctorwho.org.nz). He helped discover a film of the previously-lost Doctor Who episode ‘The Lion’ (episode 1 of ‘The Crusade’) and arranged its return to the BBC in 1999. He has written production information subtitles for Doctor Who DVDs. Paul can also be seen on several Doctor Who DVDs, discussing finding the lost episode and commenting on the comic strips. He has had articles published in Doctor Who Magazine, In-Vision, The Handbook and Talkback. This was his first professionally published book.
Paul has a BA degree in History from the University of Auckland, and a Diploma of Teaching. He has worked in a bookshop, managed online retail stores, and edited websites for an electronic appliances retail chain.
Paul lives in Auckland, New Zealand, with his wife Rochelle and their three cats, and when he isn’t writing he helps Rochelle run Retrospace (www.retrospace.co.nz), a science fiction collectibles store.
He can be found online at www.paulscoones.com.