You have probably heard it was recently the 80th anniversary of Tom Baker! In honour of the occasion, his FINAL STORY has been re-worked in a new format – but lo, not the televisual four-parter you may have in mind, but his final comic strip outing….
The last time the Doctor appeared “all teeth-and-curls” in pencil and ink was in the 1982 story titled The Neutron Knights in Doctor Who Monthly #60 and it oozes vintage fantasy spin-off like only comics can. Not so much animated as motivated (some gentle scrolls and fades), the strip is accompanied by a wonderful impersonation of the Fourth Doctor by John Guilor, narrating and voicing the other characters.
The prose is striking and imaginative at times – the image of a nuclear explosion on the planet’s surface seen from space is conjured by the phrase, “a star blossomed on Earth….”And you know what, at twelve and a half minutes it’s really rather engaging! Set in a future steam-punk Arthurian version of Earth that may seem familiar, it’s boldly epic and sits just the right side of camp!
“…armed with a terrible sword of fire and a murderous hatred of all that lived… what Earthly barrier could withstand a man who had already breached the gates of Hell?”
Nostalgia-a-go-go! Raise a glass of fizzy-pop to Our Tom and take a look. Don’t forget to tell us what you think below – are you a fan of the comic strips? And more importantly – given the events of season 26, is the revelation towards the end canon…?
And don’t forget to pick up the very first issue of the Kasterborous Magazine for an extensive interview with Guilor, who even voiced the First Doctor in The Day of the Doctor!