Anybody attempting to canonise all-things Who might encounter a stumbling block with this one! Some fascinating comic book pages have surfaced which depict a ‘forgotten’ Doctor Who story entitled The Magician. Ripped from a now-defunct ’70s publication known as TV Comic, these obscure frames show an early Tom Baker in fine form at the wheel of his trusty TARDIS. Or should that be Jon Pertwee…?
Well, both, as it turns out. Apparently, the adventure was originally released with the Third Doctor at the helm, but in the mid 1970s the strips were reprinted to save money, and Jon Pertwee was unceremoniously ‘painted over’ and replaced with Tom Baker! This leaves us with the slight problem of two separate Doctors experiencing the same adventure twice, which is enough to rip a hole in the fabric of the space-time continuum. Unless we say the whole thing took place inside the Matrix (I like to think it did…).
In all seriousness, these frames give us a fascinating insight into the Time Lord’s more obscure adventures, so meticulously realised by artists Gerry Haylock and John Canning.