Magazine / Doctor Who Magazine

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The cover of DWM 465, dated November 2013, features six of the actors who have played the Doctor on TV. (Matt Smith is in the upper right hand corner.)

"Adventures in space and time — every four weeks!"
Masthead promo, since issue 450

The longest running official Television Tie In Magazine in the world, as declared by Guinness World Recordsnote , Doctor Who Magazine started off as Doctor Who Weekly back in 1979.

Originally published under the UK branch of Marvel Comics, it is now published by Panini Comics, who absorbed Marvel UK in The '90s.

DWM is a lot more independent than most such mags, printing reviews that can be highly critical and happily criticising many of the show's poor past episodes. It has become very close to the production team and is very much a source for exclusives, especially episode titles.

It regularly publishes specials, including Making Of guides for every season of the new series.

It's also spawned a few spinoffs, including a short-lived poster magazine spotlighting the series' monsters; Doctor Who Classic Comics, which mainly reprinted pre-DWM Doctor Who comics; and Doctor Who Insider, for North American fans. The current sister title is Doctor Who Adventures, which originally launched in 2006, and was acquired by Panini in 2015; it's aimed at the show's kid fanbase, with a mix of in-character written activities, games, posters, short stories, episode recaps, and comics — a format very similar to that of the earliest years of DWM.

The magazine has a lot of regular features:
  • The Comic Strip: Part of the Doctor Who Expanded Universe. Has featured all the Doctors at some point (the current Doctor has always starred whilst the show was being broadcast; during the 1989-1996 hiatus, the strip published Seventh Doctor comics until 1994, and then stories featuring various Doctors until the Eighth Doctor's run started). Its stories vary in length, content and creative style, much like the show itself. Aside from the regular companions, the comic has introduced a variety of new ones to the Whoniverse, such as Frobisher (a shape-shifting penguin), Izzy, and the rather forgotten Sharon, the first non-white companion (the Tie In Novels also had non-white companions before the arrival of Mickey Smith). The majority of the strips are available in book compilations.
    • Both Grant Morrison and Alan Moore have contributed strips. Although with Alan Moore, it was entirely a case of Money, Dear Boy, as he was convinced the show went downhill as soon as William Hartnell left.
    • Two-and-a-quarter Big Finish audio episodes, "The Holy Terror", "The Maltese Penguin" (both starring Frobisher) and Izzy's chapter of "The Company Of Friends", take place in this comics continuity rather than in the Big Finish canon. Six also meets Beep The Meep in a Big Finish omake audio, which came as a free gift with DWM.
    • When IDW Publishing had the licence for American Doctor Who comics, they released a Doctor Who Classics series of comics publishing the Doctor Who Magazine strip from the start, sometimes with the original black-and-white strips coloured. This was actually history repeating itself, as in the early 1990s Marvel UK had produced the above-mentioned Doctor Who Classic Comics title reprinting selected stories from the 1960s/70s TV Comics / Countdown strip.
  • The Time Team: Four fans watching all the episodes in order. The original team started in 1999; partly due to there not always being room and the show's sheer length, it took them a good decade to get through the classic series. The feature took a break after the TV Movie, then returned with a new team for the new series. There is a rule (occasionally broken) that the team cannot discuss stuff they haven't "seen".
  • The Matrix Databank. It Just Bugs Me! in Doctor Who Magazine. Originally written by Andrew Pixley, it returned with a flippant approach, hosted by Sorvad (also credited with the occasional spoof news column "Space-Time Telegraph"). It has used "guest presenters" (usually companions) for a while with various explanations as to Sorvad's location.
  • The Letters Page. One of the nice things for the older fans is the young ones writing in to express their liking, often of the classic series.
    • Quick note - for the magazine, there is no distinction between classic and new: they are the same show.
  • The Production Notes column, where Russell T Davies often dropped vague hints about future episodes (i.e. three words from the script). Steven Moffat took over in 2010.
    • Moffat had written the occasional piece previously. There have also been contributions by Phil Collinson, Gareth Roberts and others.
    • From 2013 on, it developed into a Q&A column, with Moff answering fan queries (usually about production stuff but sometimes providing Word of God answers to questions about the episodes).
  • You Are Not Alone. Fan musings by Neil Harris. Follows on from other fan musings columns like Matt Jones's Fluid Links, and The Life And Times Of Jackie Jenkins (by Vanessa Bishop; "Jackie" was a fictional character).
    • In 2013 replaced with Relative Dimensions by Jacqueline Rayner, which is more specifically about being a Doctor Who fan and a parent.
  • The Gallifrey Guardian. Doctor Who news, including "Beyond The TARDIS", about what Who-related people are doing outside the programme.
  • Wotcha!, a humour page by "the Watcher", which previously existed as It's The End But..., also by the Watcher, and as mentioned above, The Space Time Telegraph by "Sorvad" (represented as a Dalek head on a human body).

The front covers are somewhat notable in their own right.
  • "TV's No. 1 Hero!" has been used recently and has had variations, as in "TV's No. 1 Villain!"
    • Notably, a letter following "Last of the Time Lords" said how absolutely right it was that the issue covering this had the caption on a cover showing Martha.
  • "X Is The Doctor!" announcing a new Doctor.
    • Rather infamously they misspelled Peter Davison's name as "Peter Davidson" on the cover when they announced his taking on the role. They acknowledged this in DWM 389, the issue dedicated to "Time Crash", where they finally wrote "Peter Davison is the Doctor!" And so is David Tennant! on the cover correctly and pointed out they'd spelled his name right this time. They later admitted in DWM 400 that this is the one mistake they'll never live down.
    • Exactly when the headline is used varies. For Peter Davison it was held back until his debut story aired; Sylvester McCoy didn't get one; for Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant it was as soon as the announcement was made; for Colin Bakernote , Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi it was as soon as the regeneration occurred.
    • DWM 403, the Christmas 2008 issue, has an obvious variation: "David Morrissey is The Next Doctor!"
    • DWM 454 announced the redesign of the Eighth Doctor for the Big Finish Doctor Who story "Dark Eyes" with the variation "Paul McGann Is the Dark Doctor".
    • For an interview with John Hurt in DWM 496 on returning to the role of the War Doctor for Big Finish, the headline was "John Hurt is The War Doctor!".
  • For a redesign launch and to tie in with "Voyage of the Damned" - a Dalek and Kylie Minogue. The latter in a gold strapless mini-dress.
  • Not a true example: a joke cover of DWM 396 was mocked up and released on their Facebook page; the same way real ones are, featuring Steven Moffat in response to someone on the Outpost Gallifrey forums wondering if he'd be mentioned on the cover. Some posters took it for real.
  • DWM 397 had every word on the cover replaced with "Bad Wolf" (effectively renaming the magazine "BAD WOLF BAD WOLF" for one issue) as per the ending of "Turn Left".
  • DWM 423's cover consists of only the logo and a time crack (giving the impression that the crack "ate" everything else on the cover) in anticipation of "The Big Bang".
  • DWM 428 was a special issue about the Soap Opera elements of the series. The cover has a bright red logo and garish yellow screamer headlines, pastiching the magazine Inside Soap. The gimmick was continued inside, with all the columns being renamed appropriately.
  • DWM 474's cover features a CGI collage of various aliens from the first fifty years of the show, in celebration of that issue's user-conducted best-to-worst episode poll.
  • DWM 500 recreates the cover of Doctor Who Weekly #1, including the diamond logo, with Peter Capaldi in Tom Baker's place.

The comic strip contains examples of:

  • Abnormal Ammo: Shayde's guns fire psychic bullets, which are perpetually replenishing as long as someone provides him with the willpower to keep producing them.
  • Aborted Arc: When the TV series returned in 2005, the strip had to shift over to using the Ninth Doctor and Rose, meaning that companion Destrii's story was left unfinished. She was last seen in the strip walking off with the Eighth Doctor to new adventures.
    • What Destrii's original story would have been hasn't been revealed; when offered the Eighth-Ninth regeneration, the creative team initally wanted to have Destrii continue with the new Doctor, but the restrictions they had meant they couldn't go through with it. They had a loophole, which meant they could have just featured the regeneration, but they felt that a proper regeneration meant they needed to show the consequences, so they reluctantly turned it down.
      • This decision of course later allowed Steven Moffat to add the War Doctor in the narrative gap.
      • The Bus Came Back: We finally find out what happened to Destrii, as well as many other strip-original companions, in Issue 500's "The Stockbridge Showdown".
    • Not the first time the strip's aborted its arc, either; writer Steve Moore dropped his plans for Abslom Daak after falling out with editor Alan McKenzie and leaving the strip. Daak later got brought back by other writers.
  • Absolute Xenophobe: Danny in "The Blood of Azrael", who wants to wipe out all alien life in the name of keeping humanity safe. The Doctor, however, suggests he just wants to satisfy his bloodlust.
  • Action Girl: Fey Truscott-Sade, 1930s British super-spy. Izzy too, after the body swap. Even Dark Action Girl Destrii graviates towards this in her later appearances, risking her life to help others.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Eight wasn't mostly legs in the TV Movie...
  • Agent Mulder: Maxwell (Max) Edison, a UFO spotter who becomes a long-standing friend of the Doctor's throughout his incarnations. He's central to Issue 500's "The Stockbridge Showdown".
  • Alpha Bitch: "Imaginary Enemies" introduces Veronica Stackmore, daughter of the Mayor of Leadworth, queen of Leadworth Primary School, and ringleader of the gang that teases Amelia Pond for her belief in the Raggedy Doctor.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Subverted with, of all things, the Daleks, in "Children of the Revolution".
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: Majenta has elements of this; she knows she used to be a criminal, and is fine with this, but she's occasionally shocked by evidence of how ruthless a criminal she was.
  • And the Adventure Continues: Eight and Destrii got this ending due to the revival of the TV series and the executive decision that the Ninth Doctor comics should be strictly tied into TV continuity. The Bus Came Back for her in "The Stockbridge Showdown".
  • Arc Words: "The Crimson Hand" in the Majenta arc. "What is buried in man?" in the psychic metal arc.
  • Art Shift:
    • The Rupert Bear parody in the Voyager arc, and the Doctor shifting between alternate universes in "The Glorious Dead".
    • "The Stockbridge Showdown" in #500 is an art jam with many past artists on the strip contributing two-page spreads.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Fangirls — Izzy and Destrii, who both become the Doctor's companion. Izzy's into sci-fi, while Destrii prefers westerns and action shows.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: The fate of Kroton the Cyberman.
  • Bad Santa: "Imaginary Enemies" features the Krampus, a member of the Trickster's Brigade, who calls himself Santa's shadow. He has a black beard and dresses in a white Santa suit with red trim.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: The Doctor's crossed paths with King Arthur and Merlin (Marvel's version, not his own future self), artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Spring-Heeled Jack, George Custer and Sitting Bull, William Shakespeare and Robert Greene, Ernest Shackleton, C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, Socrates and Plato, the Golem of Prague, pilot Amy Johnson, Erwin Rommel, Harry Houdini, and Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins. He also helped inspire the game of conkers.
    • Abraham White helped nudge many of the inventors of the late 19th/early 20th centuries along - such as Alexander Bell, Nikolai Tesla, Rudolf Diesel and Henry Ford - inspired by an encounter with Thomas Edison.
    • The Doctor uncovers the truth behind the Highgate Vampire in "The Highgate Horror".
    • When talking about how certain rumours get started, the Doctor mentions never hearing the end of it after taking two princes to see the Eiffel Tower, possibly alluding to the Princes in the Tower.
  • Bifauxnen: Fey.
  • Big, Fat Future: In "Welcome to Tickle Town", the Doctor and Clara arrive in the Tickle Town amusement park 300 years in the future. Clara comments on the size of most of the attendees, hoping that the entire human race doesn't evolve into size XXX-L. It turns out everyone is trapped in the park, unable to leave. "Lifers" are those who have given up hope, eat the munchies (laced with sedatives) and ride the rides all day, becoming obese blobs.
  • The Blank: Shayde, who has a black sphere for a head, and the faceless children from "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night".
  • Bomb Throwing Anarchist: A mad anarchist named Ruckford is used as a stooge in an attempt to blow up Buckingham Palace in "The Crystal Throne".
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: "Happy Deathday", the story marking the 35th anniversary of the show, parodies the concept of multi-Doctor teamups.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Following Doctor Who's initial cancellation in 1989, the strip continued publishing Seventh Doctor stories that later began to share a continuity with the Virgin Publishing Doctor Who New Adventures novel series, featuring book companion Bernice Summerfield, and a notably older Ace. In 1994, however, the DWM editor decided to break with NA continuity, and proceeded to do so by killing off a notably younger Ace in "Ground Zero", making the NA tie-ins Discontinuity. (However, the Tenth Doctor strips make reference to strips both before and after the break.)
  • Cast Full of Gay: The Eighth Doctor travels with lesbian companion Izzy and bisexual, very androgynous companion Fey.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The comics started out as very episodic, but starting with Steve Parkhouse's Fifth Doctor strips began to be linked together into lengthy Story Arcs. When the TV series was revived in 2005, the comic strip went back to episodic stories that could easily fit between TV episodes, but later returned to long arcs, beginning with the comics published during 2009 when only a few TV specials were shown.
  • Chainmail Bikini: The Amazastanians in "The Green-Eyed Monster".
  • Changeling Fantasy: Subverted with Izzy, who, after learning she was adopted, rejected her adoptive parents, fantasising that her real parents were alien royalty. Eventually, she outgrew the fantasy and reconciled with her adoptive parents.
  • The Chessmaster: The Seventh and Eighth Doctors, the Master, the Threshold, Destrii's uncle Jodafra...
  • Christmas Episode: "The Professor, the Queen and the Bookshop" and "Imaginary Enemies".
  • City in a Bottle: Tickle Town in "Welcome to Tickle Town". Founder Tobias Tickle thought a nuclear war was inevitible and so sealed off his amusement park on its opening day - trapping the patrons - and teleported it deep underground. However, the war never happened.
  • City Noir: New Old Detroit in "The Deep Hereafter".
  • City of Weirdos: London in the Tenth Doctor comic "Bus Stop". The Doctor borrows a random commuter's phone, sonics it, and starts yelling instructions to Martha, who's on Mars in the distant future. The commuter just wonders why the weirdos always have to sit next to him.
  • Clothes Make the Maniac/Evil Mask: In "The Blood of Azrael", Azrael's mask contains the memories and powers of the Omnicidal Maniac Azrael, waiting for a host of a suitable mindset to continue his work. Danny provides that host.
  • Continuity Cavalcade: In the Milestone Celebration #500, "The Stockbridge Showdown" sees the return of Max Edison, Dogbolter, assorted monsters at Dogbolter's birthday party, Sharon, Chiyoku ("Child of Time"), Clutha ("Hunters of the Burning Stone"), Majenta, Destrii, St Justinian's Church ("Tides of Time"), a reference to Gus Goodman ("4-Dimensional Vistas"), Frobisher, and Izzy.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Josiah W. Dogbolter, Majenta Pryce.
    • Abraham White, the creator of the Threshold. This is the man who DESTROYED OUTER SPACE just so that he could make a buck. That brings whole new meaning to the trope.
  • Cosmic Keystone: The Event Synthesiser, which maintains the order of the cosmos; the Glory, keystone for the entire omniverse.
  • Cowboy Episode: "Wormwood" took place in a Wild West town on the moon (It Makes Sense in Context).
  • Crossover: Marvel had a way of bringing all of their licensed properties into the same, if not universe, then multiverse. One Marvel character, Death's Head, is once thrown out of Marvel's Transformers comic into the Doctor's TARDIS. And later thrown out of the TARDIS into Four Freedoms Plaza.
  • Cross Through: The Threshold first appeared in the Past Doctor strips, kidnapping the companions of previous Doctors, before finally revealing themselves to the Seventh Doctor in "Ground Zero".
  • Cyanide Pill: The mad anarchist Ruckford uses a cyanide pill to commit suicide when he is captured by the Paternoster Street Gang after they foil his attempt to blow up Buckingham Palace in "The Crystal Throne".
  • Dark Action Girl: Destrii. An exception to the norm, in that she starts a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Shayde.
  • A Day in the Limelight: In the magazine's early days, there was a back-up strip spotlighting monsters, villains, and other characters. A few times in the main comic, there have been Doctor-less strips spotlighting other characters, like "Unnatural Born Killers", a Kroton solo story; "Character Assassin", a Master solo story; "Me and My Shadow", a Fey solo story; "Imaginary Enemies", a Whole Episode Flashback to Amy and Rory's childhood; and "The Crystal Throne", an adventure of the Paternoster Street Gang.
  • Dead Artists Are Better: In "Interstellar Overdrive 2", the manager of a band plans to kill them all in a spaceship 'accident' so the record company can make a fortune reissuing new editions of their back catalogue.
  • Deadly Decadent Court: Oblivion's nobles.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: In "The Blood of Azrael", Danny impersonates the long-deceased Azrael so he'll be blamed for the massacre Danny plans, averting suspicion.
  • Disability Immunity: In "Sticks and Stones" being dyslexic made people immune to Monos' attack (which was transforming people into language).
  • Dramatic Irony: In the final scene of Clara's final story, she says that teachers don't need to be remembered, they just need to know they made a difference. The Doctor replies that he's sure Clara's pupils will never forget her, "I know I never will." This was published well after "Hell Bent", in which he was mind-wiped of memories of her (he does recall the adventures they had, but not the things that made him, in the end, love her), aired.
  • Drugged Lipstick: In "The Broken Man", Amy Pond escapes from an MI6 agent by kissing him with a drugged lipstick (implied to be a gift from River Song).
  • Expanded Universe: Doctor Who
  • Expendable Clone: Deconstructed in "Blood and Ice", in which the Twelfth Doctor and Clara encounter a previously unseen Clara splinter, for the first time since Clara created them in "The Name of the Doctor". Clara is suddenly hit with the realisation that she could have created a large number of young women solely that they would die for the Doctor. Things are resolved when the splinter survives, proving that not all of them had to sacrifice their lives.
  • Expy: In "The Instruments of War", the bloodthirsty, Scary Shiny Glasses-wearing, podgy, and music-metaphor obsessed Nazi Bruckner is an Expy of the Major from Hellsing. They also both turn out not to be human at the end, although Bruckner is an alien while the Major is a once-human cyborg.
  • Girl Posse: Veronica has a pair of side-girls who act as her yes men in "Imaginary Enemies".
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Destrii's mother, the Matriax.
  • Golem: The Doctor encounters the Golem of Prague in "The Broken Man".
  • Grand Theft Me: Destrii does this to Izzy, hoping to take her place as Eighth's companion. It gets reversed... eventually.
  • Gulliver Tie-Down: Happens to the Doctor in "The Final Chapter".
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Half Nelson in "The Deep Hereafter". Fortunately for him, this is a case of Who Needs Their Whole Body?.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Invoked in-universe. The ending of "Witch Hunt" has the Doctor tell Clara that neither her students nor he will ever forget her. This comic ran several months after the Series 9 finale "Hell Bent", in which he ended up mind-wiped of memories of her; he does remember traveling with a woman named Clara but not how she looked, sounded, etc. Ouch.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: A fortunately-averted example. The villain of "The Blood of Azrael" intends to wipe out all non-Terran life throughout history. Readers will be able to conclude, although he didn't know, that since there has been so much interference in the Whoniverse Earth's early history by aliens, he would probably end up erasing the human race, at least as he knew it, from history as well.
  • Homage: "The Deep Hereafter", homaging both Raymond Chandler's detective stories and Will Eisner's The Spirit.
  • A House Divided: In one strip a group of minor villains that the Doctor has previously defeated gather together in a deserted space-station to plan a final attack that will finish him once and for all. One of them dies horribly, and as the others begin dying one by one afterward, it seems (to them, anyway) as if the Doctor has infiltrated their midst in disguise and is picking them off one by one. Finally, the last couple — paranoid that either one of them could be the Doctor in disguise — kill each other... and at that point, the Doctor arrives, not recognising any of them. Turns out the first death was just an accident with a faulty machine and the other deaths were just everyone picking each other off out of sheer paranoia.
  • Humans Are Bastards: "Children of the Revolution". Humans are rescued by good Daleks, descendants of the humanised Daleks Alpha, Beta and Omega. Humans destroy Daleks. As soon as you see the situation, you realise exactly how it's going to go wrong. You'll be right.
  • Immortality Seeker: Astrolabus.
  • Immune to Mind Control: In the comic strip "The First", Historical-Domain Character Ernest Shackleton is immune to the psychic paper. He mentions his wife once took him to see a music hall hypnotist, and that didn't work on him either.
  • Insanity Immunity: In "The Eye of Torment", Rudy Zoom is immune to the guilt-eating Emotion Eaters the Umbra, as he's so narcissistic and pampered that he has no negative emotions at all.
  • It Works Better with Bullets: In "Interstellar Overdrive 2", Fluke pulls a raygun on one of his bandmates, only to find that the Doctor had removed the power pack from the gun after detecting a psychosis-inducing agent in the band's curry.
  • Jigsaw Puzzle Plot: "The Blood of Azrael" draws on plot elements from across Scott Gray's run on the strip, many of which looked like they'd been wrapped up at the time.
  • Mad Artist: The Necrotists are an artistic movement that believes murder to be the only true expression of creativity, using their victims' bodies to create their art. Their founder took it to a genocidal extreme, wiping out entire species to create his artworks.
  • Master of Illusion: Astrolabus.
  • May Contain Evil: The soft drink Goruda in "The Golden Ones" (actually a product of the Axons).
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Hecto Shellac in "The Deep Hereafter". Six arms equals six guns.
  • Musical Episode: "Planet Bollywood".
  • The Music Meister: The Muse from "Planet Bollywood"
  • Mythology Gag: The alternate universe spider-Daleks from "Fire and Brimstone" come from unused scripts for the project that became the TV Movie.
  • No Dialogue Episode: "Onomatopoeia" is dialogue-free until the final pages.
  • No Fourth Wall: "Doctor Who and the Fangs of Time", where the story's writer/artist meets the Fourth Doctor.
  • Noir Episode: "The Deep Hereafter"
  • No Name Given: Izzy S. She claims the S stands for Someone/Somebody; in reality, it stands for Sinclair.
  • Not with the Safety on, You Won't: "Dragon's Claw" has the Fourth Doctor use this to bluff his gun-wielding foe while he gets a door open with his Sonic Screwdriver. Justified, too, in that said foe was a man in 16th Century China with a 23rd Century-era blaster—he wouldn't have known what a safety catch was.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: The Pariah.
    • Azrael, founder of the Necrotists.
  • Only One Name: Astrolabus, Destrii (Destriianatos), Shayde.
  • Overt Operative: Fey, at least in her first appearance. While Fey Truscott-Sade is her real name, her identity as an agent of King George VI is a secret.
  • Petting Zoo People: Most notably, Josiah Dogbolter, who looks like a humanoid frog. Then there are Oblivion's nobles, who range the gamut from fish to pigs to cats, with Destrii and her mother both being fishwomen.
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: Sharon.
  • Posthumous Narration: Johnny Seaview in "The Deep Hereafter".
  • Private Eye Monologue: Johnny Seaview provides one that serves as the narration in "The Deep Hereafter".
  • Psycho Sidekick: Destrii, for the Eighth Doctor. A mild aversion, in that the Doctor's trying to get her to play nice with others. (Although her arc was aborted, we learn he at least partially succeeded in "The Stockbridge Showdown".)
  • The Quincy Punk: "Ravens" involves a gang of devil-worshipping Goths plotting a human sacrifice. Andrew Cartmel actually apologised for this in the 2016 TPB collection that includes the story.
  • Reality Warper: Astrolabus, at least when it comes to his pocket reality; Oblivion's Horde, who can reshape reality around an entire planet.
    • The Crimson Hand are also able to do this as well to the Universe, but not without consequences.
  • Red Herring Twist: In "The Glorious Dead" it turns out the real contenders for the position of controller of the Glory aren't the Doctor and Master but Kroton and Sato.
  • Reunion Show: One of the ways the strip marks anniversaries:
    • Issue 250's "A Life of Matter and Death" brings back many of the comic's characters in a battle inside the TARDIS's mind.
    • "Happy Deathday", commemorating the 35th anniversary of Doctor Who, pits the (then-)Eight Doctors against a Legion of Doom of their greatest villains.
    • Issue 500's "The Stockbridge Showdown" sees the Twelfth Doctor team up with almost all of the strip's original companions (aside from Fey).
  • Reverse Polarity: 'Reverse the polarity of the electron flow', in "The Golden Ones".
  • Royally Screwed Up: The royal family of Oblivion, including Destrii, falls under the "They're Just Nuts" category.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Dr Ivan Asimoff, whose name is a shout-out to sci-fi author Isaac Asimov.
    • Izzy, being a geek, does this a lot. In the first installment of "Fire & Brimstone", she starts off rhapsodising about these books she's reading featuring "this mad city called Ankh-Morpork" (the Doctor says he's been there) and then, when they encounter the residents of the space station Icarus Falling, declares "Klaatu Barada Nikto!" while flashing a Vulcan salute.
  • Story Arc: Numerous. Voyager, the Threshold, the return of the Master, Izzy's bodyswap, the Crimson Hand, the Child of Time, the psychic metal saga...
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial:
    Alan Barnes: Despite the occasionally trippy ambience of the finished piece, I’d like to stress that we in no way got ripped to the tits on jazz cigarettes, then turned off the McGann film to watch What's Up, Tiger Lily? and dodgy 1930s talking dog shorts instead. (That would have been irresponsible and utterly wrong.)
  • Take That:
    • The villain of "Evening's Empire" is a repugnant, misogynistic, nerdy serial rapist who abducts random women to an alternate universe to be his slavegirls. Said universe is explicitly based on his genre-fiction reading, and is an unsubtle parody of the notoriously BDSM-themed Gor series.
    • One Tenth Doctor strip had a malevolent, bloodthirsty group of Warrior Race aliens abduct the Brigadier and attempt to abduct Mike Yates. However, they abducted a different Mike Yates, a ludicrous, unpleasant little man who was an unsuccessful far-right-wing politician and ended up allying with the aliens. In reality, Richard Franklin, who played the UNIT Mike Yates on TV, has had an unsuccessful political career with a succession of increasingly small and extreme right-wing fringe parties.
    • "The Stockbridge Showdown" has Josiah Dogbolter, the story's Big Bad, standing against publicly owned media, believing that a tiny ultra-wealthy elite should control mass media (referencing the anti-BBC campaign by the tycoons of British media, most notably Rupert Murdoch). It also has a very unflattering caricature of British Prime Minister David Cameron as an obsequious condom-headed alien at Dogbolter's birthday party, thanking Dogbolter for helping him win the last election. (The condom head was a deliberate Shout Out to Steve Bell's newspaper comic strip If..., which does the same thing.)
  • Talking the Monster to Death: In "TV Action!" the Eighth Doctor and Izzy travel to our reality. Here they encounter Tom Baker, who had played the Fourth Doctor, who defeats that month's alien by merely talking to him and rambling endlessly.
  • Ten Little Murder Victims: "Tooth and Claw" plays this straight; "Death to the Doctor!" subverts it, with there being no hidden killer.
  • Thieves' Guild: In "The Cornucopia Caper", Cornucopia is ruled by an alliance of criminal guilds, each one responsible for a different area of criminal activity: thievery, kidnapping, blackmail, hijacking, etc.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The psychic metal powered galactic conquerors in "Hunters of the Burning Stone" are the Tribe of Gum. Yes, that Tribe of Gum.
  • Transplant: Death's Head appears after falling sideways through time from Marvel UK's Transformers comic.
  • Trojan Prisoner: In "The Futurists" this is used to infiltrate an ancient Roman military camp. Lampshaded when the Doctor remarks that it's a tired old trick, but there had to be a time when it was new enough to work.
  • Two Beings, One Body: The Pariah and Abraham White, Fey and Shayde.
  • Wardens Are Evil: The Chief Warden of Thinktwice (a space prison) is cut from the same cloth as Umbridge. He claims to be 'rehabilitating' his 'residents' by wiping their memories, but doesn't bat an eyelid if his machine fries their brains or drives them to suicide.
  • Welcome to the Real World: "TV Action!", where Eighth and Izzy travel to our reality and team up with actor Tom Baker (the Fourth Doctor).
  • Who Needs Their Whole Body?: In "The Deep Hereafter", Half Nelson is literally Half the Man He Used to Be following a transmat accident. He is still a viable threat to the Doctor.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Samurai Katsura Sato.
  • The Witch Hunter: In "Witch Hunt", Clara is dressed as a witch for Halloween when she is transported through time to The Cavalier Years where she runs afoul of Witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins.
  • Woman Scorned: The TARDIS gets this in "Pay the Piper"/"The Blood of Azrael". Apparently, being sold off to save Clara didn't sit well with her. Unfortunately, someone takes advantage...
  • Wretched Hive: In "The Cornucopia Caper", the Doctor visits Cornucopia, an entire planet ruled by an alliance of different criminal guilds.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Amy Pond in "The Golden Ones".

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