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Beano Freebie “Dr Who Special”

A 1981 summer edition of The Beano, last seen in the hands of the Doctor during The Rings of Akhaten, will be reprinted in this anniversary year for both the show and the long-running comic.


Publishers were inundated with messages from fans and decided to reprint the classic comic, including it free inside a special edition of The Beano which is on sale now.

The cover of the special edition features a caricature of the Eleventh Doctor and sees Dennis and Gnasher tackling that other menace, a Dalek.

Editor-in-chief Mike Stirling said:

Everyone at The Beano was delighted to see one of our summer specials appear on Doctor Who. We’re big fans of the show and so are our readers, who haven’t stopped talking about it.

Some of the strips are colour while some are black and white. We’ve stayed true to the original summer special so that our readers can really find out what The Beano was like more than 30 years ago.

We hope Matt Smith and the whole Doctor Who team love this issue. We’re giving every child the opportunity to travel back in time, just like the Doctor.

The latest edition – which is available now for £2.00 from all good newsagents – is part of a series of specials being published this year to mark The Beano’s 75th anniversary, which it celebrates in July.


Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

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