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Published on February 24th, 2012 | by Meredith Burdett

Mad for Doctor Ooh

We all love a good parody of Doctor Who. When it’s done right, it can tickle the funny bone no end.

Probably the best example is Steven Moffat’s Curse of Fatal Death, the 1999 Comic Relief sketch with Rowan Atkinson as the alternative ninth Doctor. But some of you have missed a light heated and rather amusing adventure that was written for Mad magazine back in the 70’s.

Thankfully The Magic Whistle, a hilarious blog site with some wonderful illustrations, has managed to find the specific copy which features not only a fantastic Doctor Who related front cover but also a comic strip entitled Doctor Ooh.

With his companions Squarer and Hairy, the Doctor stumbles upon a Galactic Preservation Centre which is holding several talented people from history in suspended animation. Which in itself is not actually the worst idea for the beginning of a story.

Featuring famailiar enemies and multiple Doctors, this is a light heated poke at Doctor Who and some of its foibles. It’s also written by Steve Parkhouse from the Doctor Who comic series that started a few years later!

(With thanks to Matt)

Visit to see the artwork and to read the comic strip in full.


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What happens when an eight year old kid watches the 1993 repeat run of Planet of the Daleks? He pretty much ends up here writing about the show that grabbed hold of him and never let go!

One Response to Mad for Doctor Ooh

  1. avatar Philip Bates says:

    “…several talented people from history in suspended animation…”

    Isn’t that Time and the Rani?

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