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Appearing in "Doctor Who and the Iron Legion"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Doctor Who Weekly #1.

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Synopsis for "Doctor Who and the Iron Legion"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Doctor Who Weekly #1.

The Doctor's TARDIS lands in a small English town, and the Doctor steps out and goes into J. Grubb General Store. He greets the shopkeeper and buys some jelly babies, but finds that he doesn't have any Earth money on hand. The shopkeeper ignores him, and declares that they are coming. The man explains that they surrounded the area, so he came back to the store, as he didn't know what else to do. The Doctor asks whom he's afraid of, but the question is answered when they see a robot in Roman armor outside through the shop window. The robot crashes through the window, and shoots the shopkeeper dead. He scans the Doctor but is disoriented when he only senses one figure in the room, but his scanners pick up the Doctor's two hearts. The robot is confused to the point that it malfunctions, and the Doctor disassembles the robot, finding that it is a member of the First Cohort of the Ninth Legion. Outside, the commander of the robot troops, General Ironicus, arrives in his ballista. He prays to his gods, and they communicate with him via a screen inside the ballista. One of the robots reports that another soldier has had a brain seizure, and the Doctor steps out of the store and announces that he caused it. One of the soldiers trains a gun on the Doctor, who sprints towards the TARDIS. Ironicus' ballista opens fire on the Doctor.

Appearing in "Doctor Who and the Iron Legion (part 2)"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Doctor Who Weekly #2.

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Synopsis for "Doctor Who and the Iron Legion (part 2)"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Doctor Who Weekly #2.

Continued from last issue...

The Doctor throws himself into the TARDIS and throws a switch on the controls, just before the tank's blast hits, and the TARDIS leaves, narrowly avoiding the shot. However, the TARDIS is caught up in a dimensional disturbance while traveling through time and space. Meanwhile, on another planet, Maximus Bilious, a newscaster, reports of recent events on the planet. He is doing a feature inside an arena, and he interviews Barbarius, keeper of different monsters, what is in store for the crowds of people in the arena tonight.

Just then, General Ironicus returns with the Iron Legion. The TARDIS materializes on a balcony overlooking the crowd, and The Doctor steps out. He is arrested by the Legion, but the crowd's attention turns to a newcomer on the balcony, a young boy. The boy is Emperor Adolphus Caesar, and he is accompanied by his mother. The emperor declares the start of the gladiatorial games in the arena, and The Doctor realizes he truth, that this is an alternate Earth where Rome never fell, but instead built a large robot army and began conquering the galaxy. Ironic demands that The Doctor reveal the secrets of the TARDIS, since he recognizes that is a time machine as well as a space vehicle. The Doctor refuses, and Ironicus has him thrown off the balcony and into the pit, the center of the arena where all the carnage occurs.

The story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "Doctor Who and the Iron Legion (part 3)"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Doctor Who Weekly #3.

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  • Ectoslime (Only appearance)[1]
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Synopsis for "Doctor Who and the Iron Legion (part 3)"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Doctor Who Weekly #3.

Continued from last issue...

Having been involuntarily thrown into the pit of the Roman gladiatorial arena on an alternate Earth, The Doctor must now face a large alien known as an Ectoslime. The Ectoslime is known for stunning its victims with its odor, and then liquefying and drinking them. The Doctor covers his mouth and nose with his scarf so as not to breath in the smell, and he retrieves a spear from a fallen alien from the previous gladiatorial match. While keeping the Ectoslime at bay, he tries to remember the Ectoslimes' weakness. General Ironicus motions for the alien to kill him, but The Doctor begins speaking to the slime in an alien language. The Ectoslime stops short of killing The Doctor, and he tells the crowd that he told it a joke in its native tongue, since Ectoslimes are known for their highly developed sense of humor. Furious that The Doctor ruined his game, Ironicus demands that The Doctor be brought to him.

The Doctor is brought to Ironicus, who has him put to work in the Imperial Air Galley, a blimp, as a slave. While working, he meets a cyborg by the name of Morris. Though Morris has a diminished intellect, the two become friends. Ironicus, Emperor Adolphus Caesar, and Caesar's mother walk down the gangway of the blimp, and The Doctor notices something about the mother. Morris asks him what it is, and he informs the cyborg that he's figured out the terrible secret of the Galactic Roman Empire.

The story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "Doctor Who and the Iron Legion (part 4)"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Doctor Who Weekly #4.

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Synopsis for "Doctor Who and the Iron Legion (part 4)"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Doctor Who Weekly #4.

Continued from last issue...

The Imperial Air Galley enters the temple of the Gods of Rome, but the imprisoned Doctor realizes that the temple is actually a spaceship. The Doctor concludes the he and Morris must escape, and Morris uses his metal arm to break free of his chains. He dispatches with the guard, and the two flee. They are pursued by the Alien Guard, the protectors of the temple, and they are soon caught between two groups. Both groups fire on the two, but they duck, and the lakers shred both groups and kill them.

The two continue through the temple, and they find a small mechanical being named Vesuvius, who is spouting oil from the top of his head. The Doctor lights the oil, and a continuous flame comes fro his head, apparently giving him relief. He joins them, and the three find Ironicus kneeling in front of statues of the Gods of Rome. The statues start to move, and they reveal themselves as an alien race, not gods. A horrified Doctor recognizes the as Malevilus, a terribly evil race.

The story is continued next issue...

Appearing in "The Five Doctors"

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Appearing in "Who Is the Doctor"

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Synopsis for "Who Is the Doctor"

Article on the history of Doctor Who, with illustration.

Appearing in "The Tardis and K-9"

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Appearing in "The Doctor's Most Fearsome Foes!"

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  • Daleks

Synopsis for "The Doctor's Most Fearsome Foes!"

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Notes

  • This issue is the US comic book debut of Doctor Who. There was a comic published by Dell in December 1966 that, however, featured an adaptation of the movie Dr. Who and the Daleks from 1965.
  • Cover art: pencils and inks by Simonson, colours by Roussos.

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Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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