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Characters appearing in the Doctor Who Magazine
's various comics stories. Please note this is part of the Doctor Who Expanded Universe
, not the Whoniverse
In addition to his developments in novels and audio adventures, the Eighth Doctor faced significant development in comic form as well.
- Cast Full of Gay: The Eighth Doctor travels with lesbian companion Izzy and bisexual, very androgynous companion Fey.
- Changed My Jumper: For a majority of his adventures, the Eighth Doctor wears a dark blue coat rather than the dark green one he wears in the TV movie.
- The Chessmaster
Sharon (Fourth Doctor)
The first original companion to be created for Doctor Who Magazine
. Sharon was a clever and fairly stoic teenager from Blackcastle, who got mixed up in an adventure involving the Meep. Rather than calling the police, she much preferred to sort things out by herself. First non-white companion in any medium.
Frobisher (Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Doctors)
A shapeshifter who prefers to take the form of a penguin. Has a daytime job as a private eye. Appears outside of Doctor Who Magazine
in the Prisoners Of Time comic IDW miniseries. Also appears in the Big Finish Doctor Who
audios, where he's voiced by Robert Jezek. Not to be confused with the character from Torchwood: Children of Earth.
- The Bartender: Sometime after parting ways with the Doctor, Frobisher retires from adventure and settles into this role at his bar, "Bish's."
- Big Damn Kiss: Gets one in Big Finish.
- Breakout Character: Originally a comic book creation, Frobisher has had multiple feature length appearances in both Big Finish Audios and the novels. He also appears in the IDW comics.
- Comic Book Fantasy Casting: Frobisher's bartender look is modeled on James Gandolfini.
- Everything's Better with Penguins
- Fake American: His voice actor in Big Finish is Canadian.
- First-Person Smartass: He fancies himself a Sam Spade-style private eye, so his inner monologue is appropriately snarky.
- Fun Personified
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- The Lancer: His ego and arrogance are ever so slightly larger than that of the Doctor, which is no small feat given that this is Six we're talking about. This was specifically used in the Big Finish episode "The Holy Terror", as Rob Shearman felt Frobisher could meddle with the planet's culture in ways the Doctor would never even consider.
- No Name Given: He's said to have taken many aliases before going with Frobisher, which he sticks with thereafter. His original name is never disclosed.
- Plucky Comic Relief
- Shapeshifter Mode Lock: Frobisher got stuck in penguin form in his second adventure for "personal reasons", since the writer considered him overpowered. The next writer blatantly ignored that, and from that point on, his powers came and went Depending on the Writer. It was eventually explained as chronic monomorphia, which sometimes even conveniently came over him right in the middle of a story's climax. Even when he's not afflicted by it, though, he prefers the shape of a penguin.
- Sizeshifter: He can shrink enough to hide comfortably within a phone receiver and grow to a much taller form than the Doctor's.
- Voices Are Mental: Notably averted. Frobisher at one point spends almost an entire Big Finish episode shapeshifted into the Sixth Doctor. Including his voice. This leads to Colin Baker impersonating Robert Jezek playing Frobisher pretending to be the Doctor. It is completely glorious.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Whifferdills, Frobisher's species, are natural shapeshifters.
- Wrong Genre Savvy
Isabelle "Izzy" Sinclair (Eighth Doctor)
A happy young "fan-geekoid" from Stockbridge, who's working as an UFO hunter together with Maxwell. Joins the Eighth Doctor on his travels, and in the process comes to terms with the reality of all of time and space, with having been adopted, and with being gay. Also appeared in a Big Finish Doctor Who
audio, voiced by Jemima Rooper.
- Ascended Fangirl
- Action Girl: Very much so after the body swap, as she has no qualms going hand to hand with a demonic super strong energy creatue. Was never one to avoid danger before, though she was more of a Plucky Girl to begin with.
- Adrenaline Makeover: Started off as a shy Geek who used travelling with the Doctor as a way of dodging her adoption issues, with kind of androgynous, frumpy features and clothing. Later morphed into a confident Amazonian Action Girl (whether a fish or a mammal) who had no qualms punching monsters.
- Amazonian Beauty: Possibly the most bizarre example of this trope you can find. Had a normal physique for most of her stint, but when Destrii is discovered to be still alive and using her body it turns out that she's been subjecting it to a serious exercise regime.
- Badass Longcoat: Wears one during her early Dalek arc.
- Big Damn Kiss: With Fey.
- Changeling Fantasy: Subverted. Izzy fantasises about having special parents, but eventually realises how much she cares about her adopted parents and goes home to them. Her real parents' identities are never revealed.
- Comic Book Fantasy Casting: according to Word of God, based initially on Louise Wener of Britpop band Sleeper, and later on the actor Luisa Bradshaw-White.
- Hollywood Nerd: She loves to use sci-fi pop culture references. Granted, there are some pretty obscure ones in there as well.
- Gayngst: To a limited degree.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!!: In a moment of self pity she wangsts to real life artist Frida Kahlo about the loss of her old body, telling her she has no chance of understanding what she's going through. However, having been the victim of crippling physical injuries herself, Frida angrily tells her that despite the trauma she didn't let her experiences break her and that she's not the only person to suffer such a trauma.
- Parental Abandonment: By the time the Doctor picks her up as his companion, she's already working for an alien investigation agency.
- Pop Cultured Badass: Fits the trope to a T.
- Straight Gay: Although allusions to Izzy's homosexuality are made throughout the strip, it's never unambiguously confirmed until her final story.
- Tomboyish Name: A bit of a running thing with Eight's companions in the Expanded Universe.
- Took A Level In Bad Ass: Being turned into a super strong, lightning fast human fish hybrid probably had something to do with it.
Fey Truscott-Sade (Eighth Doctor)
A kind of on- and off-again companion to the Eighth Doctor, whom he had allied with previously. A secret agent for the British Crown in the 1930s and 40s. Fey's a thoroughly Badass Action Girl
— she punches Time Lords in the face.
Kroton (Eighth Doctor)
A Cyberman who spontaneously regained the capacity to experience emotion, but not his memories of his previous life. Originally introduced in solo back-up strips in the Eighties, in which he wandered the universe trying to do good despite everybody's terror of him. Later reintroduced during the Eighth Doctor comics, in which he became a full-scale companion and a major player in one of the comics' arcs. (No connection to the tellurium-themed bad guys
Destrii (Destriianatos) (Eighth Doctor)
The Eighth Doctor's final Doctor Who Magazine
companion, an alien princess who escaped her hellhole homeworld to see the universe
. Got hit by an Aborted Arc
, courtesy of the TV series's return.
- Abusive Parents: Tortured by her mother, both physically and emotionally.
- Aliens Steal Cable: How she became a fangirl.
- Amazonian Beauty
- Amazon Chaser: Some of the soldiers in Bad Blood seem rather allured by her combat skills.
- Anti-Hero: Type V. Gets better as time goes by, roughly a Type III by her final appearence.
- Ascended Fanboy: Interestingly one of two the Doctor knew at the same time. (The narrative uses this thematically.) Destrii fangirls 1960s and 70s sci-fi and westerns.
- Body Snatcher: Destrii tricks the Doctor's companion Izzy into swapping bodies with her to avoid capture by her people. It gets reversed.
- Dark Action Girl
- Easily Forgiven: She molests and sexually intimidates the Eighth Doctor a few times over, and he's not remotely happy about it. He still takes her on as a companion.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Her final and very ugly break with her uncle Jodafra comes when she discovers that he's planning to feed a bunch of little kids to a monster in exchange for power - hurting children hits rather too close to home for her.
- Fish Person
- Innocent Bigot: Her inexperience with Earth minorities coupled with her over-exposure to twentieth-century Western pop culture leads her to tease an Asian cook on his resemblance to Chinese stereotype Hop Sing from Bonanza. Due to exposure to the Cybermen's emotion aggravation device he tries to kill her, leaving a baffled Destrii to wonder why he hates Bonanza so much.
- Only One Name
- Rebellious Princess
- Royally Screwed Up: Destrii and her family. Dear God, Destrii and her family.
- Self-Made Orphan: Kills her mother. After looking at Destrii's childhood, you can see why.
- Token Evil Teammate
- Totally Radical: Late 1990's-early 2000's variety, at least in her earlier appearances. Justified as she was raised on a selected batch of pop culture by her manipulative uncle.
- Wild Card
Majenta Pryce (Tenth Doctor)
The Tenth Doctor's final Doctor Who Magazine
companion, joining while the TV series was on sabbatical and leaving (or rather, the Tenth Doctor's DWM adventures ended) right before it returned with "The Eleventh Hour
". Originally introduced as a minor villain, "Madge" later joined up with the Doctor against his will
, since she blames him for her amnesia and expects a cure.
Maxwell "Max" Edison
The local nerd in the English country village of Stockbridge, the DWM
comics' standard location for when something's weird going down in a bucolic setting. Has repeatedly turned down the idea of travelling with the Doctor because he claims to be too cowardly, although he's shown significant courage when pushed. Introduced Izzy to the Doctor and has some mild, vague psychic abilities. Has also appeared in one Big Finish Doctor Who
story, "The Eternal Summer", where he was voiced by Mark Williams.
A creation of the Matrix Lords of Gallifrey, those Time Lords whose minds survive in the Matrix, serving as their agent in the wider universe. A sometime ally of the Fifth and Eighth Doctors, who through his adventures with them discovers he's slowly developing free will. Appears in the Big Finish Doctor Who
audios, where he's voiced by Mark Donovan.
Abslom Daak (a.k.a Abslom Daak - Dalek Killer)
Abslom Daak was a thuggish Human criminal from the mid-26th century. Eventually he was convicted and given the choice between vaporisation or exile as a Dalek Killer
. He chose the latter. During this, his only true love was killed by a Dalek survivor that Daak had overlooked, leaving Daak grief-stricken and vowing to exterminate every Dalek in the galaxy. Made his first appearance in a back-up comic strip in 1980. He met the Fourth and Seventh Doctors and also Bernice Summerfield a couple of times (he lived during the same 26th century time period as her).
Beep The Meep
An adorably cute alien fluffball who is actually a murderously psychotic Galactic Conqueror
. Introduced in the Fourth Doctor comic story "The Star Beast", a parody of cute Alien Among Us
narratives in which he crashed on contemporary Earth while fleeing justice and tried to pull a Wounded Gazelle Gambit
. Made several later appearances as a comedy villain. Also appeared in one Big Finish Doctor Who
drama, "The Ratings War", in which he was voiced by Toby Longworth.
Joshua W. Dogbolter
The froglike CEO of Intra-Venus Inc. who wanted to possess the TARDIS, and regularly hired mercenaries to pursue the Fifth and Sixth Doctors. Also appeared in a Death's Head
crossover, where he hired the titular Freelance Peacekeeping Agent (and definitely not a mercenary
) to pursue the Seventh Doctor. Appeared in the Big Finish
audio "The Maltese Penguin"
, voiced by Toby Longworth.
The Master (Eighth Doctor)
This Master was one of the most coolly manipulative and patient versions seen so far, simultaneously juggling a grand plan to achieve divine power with a pettier plan to morally humiliate the Doctor and turn his favourite species into the kind of culture he's spent his life fighting.
Destrii's uncle and the only member of the family she actually likes. Looks like a humanised lion. When he's introduced, he seems sympathetically roguish, but later developments reveal just how evil he can be.