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TV Comic issues - 1191 - 1198, 12 October - 30 November 1974
Artist - Gerry Haylock
Jon Pertwee as The Doctor
Another complete comic strip from the annals of TV Comic.
Once again, Gerry Haylock does the art - and it looks really good.
This adult tale reminds me of classic Pertwee - some images look like they were taken straight from The Sea Devils.
Making a successful moon landing, the crew of the Achilles discover a deep cylindrical shaft that has been tunnelled into the lunar surface. On Earth, The Doctor's warning against any exploration of the shaft are ignored. When Major Franklin disappears after descending down the tunnel, the mission is aborted. However, as the returning space capsule enters the Earth's atmosphere but it and the astronauts are turned to stone. The Doctor attributes the cause to fragment of the mineral Crunthel collected by the astronauts from the tunnel floor. Joined by CIA agent Harry Godino, The Doctor travels in the TARDIS to the moon. There they discover that the tunnel leads to the burial chamber of a member of an ancient alien race. Trapped in the tomb, the traveller's only hope of escape is for the Doctor to make contact with the aliens - the Lords of the Ether themselves.
This intelligent and well drawn strip certainly looked very out of place in TV Comic at the time, among Tom and Jerry and such like - a gem among so much childish dross.
My thanks to the original scanners for their hard work and to Davveywolf for permission to upload. I originally uploaded this story in jpg format some time ago, but a few people requested it in pdf format.
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