Published on June 22nd, 2012 | by Philip Bates
What Is/Was/Could Have Been The Lost Lost Empire?
Deviant Artist, Paul Cooke has sent out an appeal to Doctor Who fans after discovering a mysterious poster in a copy of The Amazing World of Doctor Who.
The poster promotes an unknown tale called Doctor Who and the Lost Empire, and Paul has asked:
“Is this a lost story? Is it a TV program or a comic, or what?? I’ve had a good search online, and asked around, but no-one knows anything about it.”
It features the Fourth Doctor, Sarah Jane and the Brigadier, with a copyright mark identifying it as BBC 1975, a year before The Amazing World of Doctor Who was released. It appears to be drawn by Amazing World and TARGET novel artist, Chris Achilleos, and hints at the TARDIS team discovering an empire ruled over by the Silurians and Sea Devils, pairing the two races perhaps eight years before their on-screen appearance together in Warriors of the Deep.
The Amazing World of Doctor Who was released by TyPhoo, featured three comic strips and four text stories, and was initially available solely through mail order before cropping up in WHSmiths stores nationwide. The cover was released as a poster, and a wall chart was also available.
You can read the TyPhoo book as a PDF on the recent The Face of Evil DVD release.