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In Review: Doctor Who Adventures Issue 21 (Doctor Who meets Doctor Strangeglove?)

Doctor Who Adventures Magazine Issue 21 (Panini)

The Comic: Doctor Who Adventures is a fun-filled, action-packed magazine for girls and boys aged 6 – 13 who love Doctor Who. Aimed at a slightly younger audience than Doctor Who Magazine, it offers a crazy plunge into the wacky world of The Doctor, as he travels through time and space to battle the alien forces of evil and save planet Earth.

Doctor Who Adventures features a comic strip, text story, cartoons, stickers, prizes, fun facts about Doctor Who, space, and planet Earth, and a great Doctor Who free gift.

A page from "Night of the Worms", written by Andrew Cartmel, art by Russ Leach, coloured by John Burns and lettered by Caroline Dunk

A page from “Night of the Worms”, written by Andrew Cartmel, art by Russ Leach, coloured by John Burns and lettered by Caroline Dunk

The Review: Released last week, the latest issue of Panini’s Doctor Who Adventures (Issue 21) is great fun, with former Doctor Who script editor Andrew Cartmel clearly enjoying himself on the comic strip (drawn by Russ Leach).

This issue comes with a free secret message set and stickers and includes series-based features (mainly about the recently-broadcast Christmas Special), a text story (written by James Hill), Grant Perkins “The Adventures of Strax and The Time Shark” and more – but for me, the strip is the main reason to pick this comic up.

Not only  does it continue the Twelfth Doctor’s adventures alongside a Mr Ed-inspired talking (alien) horse; in this issue, Andrew throws in some wonderful Doctor Strangeglove homage, as our favourite Time Lord tries to prevent mass Insecticide.

Doctor Who Adventures Magazine Issue 21 (Panini) - Strip Sample

The strip is not only bonkers fun for its intended audience, older readers will just have fun spotting plundered popular culture references. Marvellous.

• Edited by Jason Quinn, Doctor Who Adventures Issue 21 is available now in all good newsagents (and some run by Zygons)

• A digital edition (without the free gift) is available through PocketMags

An illusration by Russ leach for the leatest Paternoster Gang text story, "The Evolution Episode", written by James Hill

An illusration by Russ leach for the leatest Paternoster Gang text story, “The Evolution Episode”, written by James Hill

About John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative" who is currently working as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, editorial duties for various companies, and promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 25 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary, including DEATH'S HEAD II and WARHEADS. At Marvel he wrote strips for THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS, THUNDERCATS, DOCTOR WHO and co-created SHADOW RIDERS with Brian Williamson and Ross Dearsley. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine, Star Wars Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine for Print Media Productions and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. He has written comics for Marvel UK, Judge Dredd Megazine, Lucky Bag Comic, CGL (an Italian publisher), STRIP Magazine and ROK Comics; and edited some of Titan's British comics collections including Dan Dare and Charley's War. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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