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This complete Doctor Who picture strip from TV Comic 18 May - 29 June 1974(Issues 1170 - 1176) hit the newsagents at the same time that Jon Pertwee was making his swan song in Planet of the Spiders on TV. Although the writer is unknown, the artist was Gerry Haylock.
The TARDIS is taken aboard a giant space vessel where The Doctor discovers he has been taken prisoner by the Mantis, a race of giant insects. The Mantis are being pursued by their former masters, the Tyrryxians. Using their ability to control size, the Mantis shrink their ship down to the size of a microbe to avoid detection by the Tyrryxians. The Mantis leader is convinced that The Doctor and the TARDIS may enable him to escape the Tyrryxians but the miniature Doctor has escaped into the bowels of the ship. Determined to recapture The Doctor, the Mantis leader dispatches a beetle-like creature to retrieve his prisoner.
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.
Thanks to Davvywolf for the "DW Staff Approved" tag (s come. A few people have asked me how to get in touch with Receptacle - I really don't know - I downloaded the .cbrs from Demonoid, but Demonoid have been forced to stop torrent sharing.
Some have puzzled over why I've upped these as .jpgs and not .cbrs - sorry, but the rules don't allow me to do that - as I discovered to my cost!
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