The following Doctor Who-related items appeared in issues of TV Comic, Countdown and TV Action, but were not included in the book as the items had no direct connection to the comic strips.
THE FIRST DOCTOR
THE THEROVIAN QUEST
TV Comic #684 (23 January 1965): Free gift booklet, My New Book of TV Stars included with the issue. A colour photograph of the Doctor appears on the cover of the booklet and one of the free stickers features another colour photograph of the Doctor. William Hartnell’s profile in the booklet read: ‘Former film actor, William Hartnell now plays the part of the mysterious ‘Doctor Who’ in the exciting BBC television series of time and space travellers.’
ON THE WEB PLANET
TV Comic #696 (17 April 1965): ‘Pick of the Jokes’ cartoon by Neville Main, based on an idea submitted by M Waplington, in which the Doctor confronts a policeman standing in front of a police box, with the policeman saying: ‘I don’t care if you are Doctor Who, you’re not having my police box!’
IN SEARCH OF THE DIDUS
TV Comic #736 (22 January 1966): William Hartnell’s profile in the My 1966 Book of TV Stars free gift booklet included in the issue read: ‘Much of the popularity of BBC television’s ‘Doctor Who’ must be credited to this fine veteran actor who regularly plays the title role of the mysterious Doctor.’
TV Comic #737 (29 January 1966): Advertisement: ‘Free next week in TV Comic … Super colour portraits of … William Hartnell (Dr. Who) …’
TV Comic #740 (19 February 1966): ‘Pick of the Jokes’ cartoon by Neville Main, based on an idea by K Kimber, in which the Doctor mistakes a real police box for the TARDIS.
THE SECOND DOCTOR
THE TRODOS AMBUSH
TV Comic #788 (21 January 1967): Patrick Troughton’s profile in My Super Book of TV Stars free gift booklet included in the issue read: ‘Patrick Troughton is the new ‘Doctor Who’, but no newcomer to television. Patrick, who has appeared in dozens of television plays and serials, is now busy with BBC Television’s time-and-space travelers.’ A colour photograph of the Doctor appears on the cover of the booklet, and an advertisement in the issue itself read: ‘Patrick Troughton … is just one of the exciting stars whose colour portraits will be given free in next week’s TV Comic’, featuring a photograph of Troughton.
THE DOCTOR STRIKES BACK
TV Comic #794 (4 March 1967): ‘Pick of the Jokes’ cartoon by Neville Main in which a child pulls a toy Dalek along on a length of string.
TV Comic #798 (1 April 1967): ‘Pick of the Jokes’ cartoon by Neville Main, based on an idea by Nigel Plant. One Dalek asks, ‘Have you any brothers?’ and a second Dalek replies, ‘No, only transistors.’
THE THIRD DOCTOR
TV Comic #959 (2 May 1970): ‘Pick of the Jokes’ cartoon based on an idea by J Bevis. A man in hospital asks to see a doctor. The nurse says ‘Doctor Who?’ to which the man replies, ‘He’ll do!’
Countdown #10 (24 April 1971): ‘Think Tank’ letters page: ‘Who’s This’ report of six-year-old Marcus Perry’s visit to a studio recording of Doctor Who, with a photograph of Marcus with Jon Pertwee. [Marcus was the son of the magazine’s art editor and photographer, Roger Perry, who would have taken him on the visit to the studio. Although the item claims that the visit took place ‘a couple of weeks ago’, it most likely occurred months earlier during the recording for ‘The Mind of Evil’ in November or December 1970, as Jon Pertwee is wearing his costume from that story, and other studio photographs from that story, undoubtedly shot by Roger Perry, also appeared in Countdown.]
Countdown #38 (6 November 1971): ‘Dr. Who’s giving away badges!’ half-page colour promotion for Kelloggs Sugar Smacks Doctor Who badge offer.
PLANET OF THE DALEKS
TV Action in Countdown #58 (25 March 1972): ‘Think Tank’: letter headed ‘Dr. Who Fan Club’ from Keith Miller inviting readers to write for details of how to join his club. [Keith Miller reproduced this letter on page 42 of his book The Official Doctor Who Fan Club Volume 1 (2012).]
TV Action + Countdown #61 (15 April 1972): ‘Data Probe’ quiz: three Doctor Who-related questions. One question asks for the name of ‘Dr Who’s assistant in the current TV series’ – the multi-choices are ‘Jo Grant’, ‘Katy Manning’ and ‘Trandi’. Another asks to identify the relevant programmes from photographs of characters, one of which is of the Brigadier. The third asks, ‘What is the Tardis?’ with the correct answer being ‘The time-transporter in Dr Who’.
A STITCH IN TIME
TV Action + Countdown #63 (29 April 1972): ‘Think Tank’: ‘Why… How… Who??’ review of The Making of Doctor Who book, with a photograph of the First Doctor, Barbara, Ian and Susan in the TARDIS.
TV Action + Countdown #83 (16 September 1972): ‘Data Probe’ quiz: photographs of Jon Pertwee are used to illustrate various photographic effects.
TV Action + Countdown #84 (23 September 1972): ‘Think Tank’: ‘Dalek Landing Feared!’ item about a submersible that resembled a spacecraft; ‘TARDIS Mystery’ letter from L.A. Egan asking what the letters TARDIS stood for. The editor replies ‘…the TARDIS is a Time and Relative Dimensions in Space machine…’ and explains at length why the TARDIS looks like a police box and also how writer Terry Nation apparently came up with the name ‘Dalek’, ending with a recommendation to readers to buy a copy of The Making of Doctor Who.
TV Action + Countdown #87 (14 October 1972): ‘Kids! Win a Space-Age prize with Doctor Who chocolate bars from Nestlé’s’: competition to win a portable television set, run by the Nestlé Company, promoting its range of Doctor Who-themed milk chocolate bars. The half-page item is illustrated with drawings of the Doctor, the Master and Jo Grant and a photograph of a portable television with the Doctor on screen.
The New TV Action #101 (20 January 1973): ‘Action Mail’: ‘Armchair Dalek’ letter from Andrew McGibbon asking how the BBC make the Dalek voices. The reply explains how the BBC Radiophonic Workshop uses a ring modulator, and refers to a photograph depicting a Dalek voice actor at work, but there is no picture present. ‘TV Screen Scene’: ‘Daleks at large in London’ item reveals how two Daleks went missing from outside a London record company on 5 December 1972.
TV Action #102 (27 January 1973): ‘Action Mail’: ‘Cybermen, where are you?’ letter from Paul Hemphrey, who points out that the Cybermen last appeared in the series in 1968 and requests their return. The reply confirms that they last appeared in ‘Dr Who and the Invasion’, and includes a photograph from that story. The reply states that contacts at the BBC have said ‘that the Cybermen are being kept in ‘cold storage’ for a future battle with the Doctor’, and hint at an upcoming return appearance on television for the Daleks. ‘TV Screen Scene’: ‘The Missing Dalek’ follows up the previous issue’s report, revealing that the record company where the Daleks went missing were making the ‘Who is the Doctor’ record. The item includes a photograph of one of the Daleks. ‘Disc Scan’ promotes the record with a sample of the lyrics and a photograph of Jon Pertwee.
WHO IS THE STRANGER
The New TV Action #105 (17 February 1973): ‘TV Screen Scene’: ‘Inside a Dalek’ item featuring a photograph of ‘an actor’ [John Scott Martin], seated in the bottom half of a Dalek shell, with an explanation of how he moves the Dalek with his feet [the shot was taken during a visit to the set of ‘Frontier in Space’ on 31 October 1972].
The New TV Action #106 (24 February 1973): ‘Action Mail’: ‘Missed Monster’ letter from James Russell, who observes that the photograph was missing from the ‘Armchair Dalek’ item in #101. The picture [of Michael Wisher on the set of ‘Frontier in Space’ from the same set visit mentioned above] appears alongside the letter.
THE GLEN OF SLEEPING
TV Action #107 (3 March 1973): ‘Action Mail’: ‘Anonymous Time Traveller’ letter from John Harrison who has designed an astronaut mission-style badge ‘especially for Dr Who’s time and space journeys’. The editor responds that the Doctor ‘would rather remain anonymous’, but suggests that fans may like to wear it instead.
TV Action #109 (17 March 1973): ‘Action Mail’: ‘Not Yet!’ letter from Alan Christopher asking when the Yeti will return in the television series. The editor replies that the BBC keeps the appearances of the Doctor’s enemies a secret. A photograph of Jon Pertwee held by a Yeti [from his 1969 press call when he was announced in the role], appears alongside the letter and the editor notes that this was the Doctor’s ‘last scrape with these furry beasts’.
TV Action #110 (24 March 1973): ‘Action Mail’: ‘Devil’s Double Maker’ letter from Henryk Jachimcryk asking for a picture of a Sea Devil to assist him in making a mask. The editor obliges with a photograph of a man holding a Sea Devil head [from the ‘Frontier in Space’ set visit]. A second letter, from D. Mills, asks for an explanation of how the TARDIS can be larger on the inside. The editor’s response is a vague explanation taking in Einstein’s theory of relativity and Apollo missions, but concedes that the answer is beyond our understanding.
BACK TO THE SUN
TV Action #116 (5 May 1973): ‘TV Screen Scene’: ‘Who’s at home’ photograph of Jon Pertwee at home in the garden with his wife and two children. ‘Three Great New Dr Who Books’, announces the publication of three books in the Target Adventure series: Doctor Who and the Daleks, Doctor Who and the Crusaders and Doctor Who and the Zarbi.
TV Action #120 (2 June 1973): ‘Action Mail’: ‘U.N.I.T. Request’, a letter from Barry Davies, asks for a picture of the Brigadier, and the editor obliges with a small photograph.
TV Action #123 (23 June 1973): ‘Action Mail’: ‘Fair’s Fire’ letter from N. Turner, who describes a scene in a recent television story in which the Doctor repaired some wires which catch fire on the outside of a spaceship [in ‘Frontier in Space’], and asks how the wires can catch fire, due to the absence of oxygen in space. The editor explains that the flames are sparks caused by an electrical current.
TV Action #126 (14 July 1973): ‘Action Mail’: ‘evil time traveller’ letter from Simon Still, asking about the Master’s origins and how he travels in time. The editor replies, ‘The Master’s home planet was called ‘Gallifrey’. Like Doctor Who, the Master is also a Time Lord and stole a time machine to wander the universe…’ A photograph of the Master accompanies the reply. [This was the first time the name of the Time Lord planet was revealed. ‘The Time Warrior’, the television story in which Gallifrey was first mentioned, completed production shortly before this issue’s publication.]
TV Action #127 (21 July 1973): ‘Action Mail’: ‘T.A.R.D.I.S.’ letter from Andrew Chamberlain asking what the initials stand for. The editor replies that the initials stand for ‘Time and Relative Dimensions in Space’, and also explains that the TARDIS is stuck in the shape of a police box. This is accompanied by a small photograph of the Doctor emerging from the police box.
TV Action #128 (28 July 1973): ‘Action Mail’: ‘No Place Like Earth’ letter from Andrew Hutchinson asking why the Doctor likes Earth so much. The editor’s reply outlines the events of ‘The War Games’ and explains how this resulted in the Doctor’s exile to Earth by the Time Lords [the reply fails to note that the Doctor’s exile had ended in ‘The Three Doctors’, broadcast six months earlier]. A cartoon from Jeffrey Roche, depicts the Doctor answering the phone outside the TARDIS while surrounded by Daleks.
TV Action #129 (4 August 1973): ‘Action Mail’: ‘Monstrous!’ letter from Stephen Thorne stating that he believes the most frightening Doctor Who monster is the Dæmon, and requests a picture. The editor obliges with a photograph of Azal, and observes that as ‘The Dæmons’ screened in 1971 that Stephen must be ‘a real sci-fi fanatic’ to recall this. [Stephen Thorne played Azal so this either an extraordinary coincidence or perhaps more likely a sly piece of self-promotion by the actor!]. ‘TV Screen Scene’: ‘Spot the Monster’ features a photograph of a Mechonoid from ‘The Chase’ and asks readers to guess the name of the monster.
TV Action #130 (11 August 1973): ‘Action Mail’: ‘Jo Grant’ letter from Nicholas Ridley requests a colour pin-up of this companion. The editor includes a photograph of Jo and notes that a colour pin-up appeared in issue 98. Another letter, from Walter Bishop, mentions the Mechonoid featured in the previous issue and reckons that the ‘most horrible monster in Dr Who was the Mirebeast’. A photograph of the Mire Beast is featured along with the editor’s reply that most the readers would need very long memories to recall this monster as it appeared on television in 1965 [This comment seems odd given that both monsters appeared in the same 1965 story, ‘The Chase’ (although the Mechanoids also featured in a few comic strip stories).]
THE UNHEARD VOICE
TV Action #131 (18 August 1973): ‘Action Mail’: ‘Mrs Dalek’ letter from Terry Sims asks if there are any female Daleks. The editor replied ‘no’, explaining that the Daleks are mechanical robots with no real differences between them and that ‘Reproduction in the dalek community is achieved by a factory process.’ This is accompanied by an illustration of a Dalek with a skirt, lips, and a handbag!
TV Comic plus TV Action #1144 (17 November 1973): ‘Readers’ page’ features a letter from Ian Morris, in which he describes constructing his own homemade model Daleks from plastic containers and papier-mâché, accompanied by a photo of the models.
TV Comic #1154 (26 January 1974): ‘Readers’ page’ features a letter from Peter Gilman, in which he describes making three model Daleks out of cardboard and papier-mâché, accompanied by a photo of the models.
TV Comic #1203 (4 January 1975): ‘Readers’ page’ features a letter from Mark Anthony Wetherall, recounting a trip to the Doctor Who exhibition in Blackpool. The letter is accompanied by a photograph of Mark standing in front of the entrance to the exhibition.
THE FOURTH DOCTOR
TV Comic #1205 (18 January 1975): ‘Reader’s Page’: letter and photograph of home-made Doctor Who models.
TV Comic #1214 (22 March 1975): Doctor Who Weetabix promotion advertisement.
TV Comic #1231 (19 July 1975): ‘Letters Page’: photograph of boy dressed as the fourth Doctor with cardboard TARDIS.
THE DALEK REVENGE!
TV Comic #1251 (6 December 1975): ‘Reader’s page’: letter about a homemade Dalek and a photograph.
TV Comic #1281 (3 July 1976): Doctor Who and the Pescatons Argo record advertisement.
THE FIRE FEEDERS
Mighty TV Comic #1322 (16 April 1977): Advertisement: ‘Free with Weetabix Doctor Who Action Games’.
Mighty TV Comic #1330 (11 June 1977): ‘The Editor’s Letterbox’: letter from David Bell asking about the meaning of the word Tardis. The editor replies: “Tardis stands for Time And Relative Dimensions in Space, which means that the Doctor’s police box can travel through space as well as time. Incidentally, the fact that it’s a police box is an accident. When the Doctor first arrived in London, his time machine materialized as a police box to merge in with the surroundings.” The letter has an illustration of the TARDIS behind it.
Mighty TV Comic #1338 (6 August 1977): ‘The Editor’s Letterbox’: letter from Judith Carter, asking about whether there are any female Daleks. The editor replies: ‘Unfortunately for the male Daleks, there aren’t any female daleks, Judith. Daleks are mechanical robots with no real difference between them. In the Dalek community, reproduction is achieved by a factory process.’ [This letter, and its reply, are remarkably similar to one that appeared in TV Action #131 (18 August 1973).]
Mighty TV Comic #1340 (20 August 1977): ‘The Editor’s Letterbox’: letter from Francis and Simon Davies about how they are putting on a Doctor Who play at their school.
Mighty TV Comic #1346 (1 October 1977): ‘The Editor’s Letterbox’: letter from John Wilkinson, requesting the address of The Doctor Who Appreciation Society. The editor replies, ‘Well, John, I’d like to be able to help you, but, unfortunately, I do not have the Society’s present address. So, if a member, or any reader, can supply it, I will be pleased to publish the details.’
THE DEVIL’S MOUTH
Mighty TV Comic #1350 (29 October 1977); #1351 (5 November 1977): Advertisement: Crosse and Blackwell Baked Beans Doctor Who promotional offer.
GUARDIAN OF THE TOMB
TV Comic #1375 (21 April 1978): ‘Reader’s page’: homemade Dalek letter and photograph.
TV Comic #1387 (14 July 1978): ‘Letterbox’: letter from Ian Evans about how much he enjoys watching Doctor Who on television. The editor replies: ‘I am pleased to hear you’re such an avid follower of The Doctor.’