FreeFall Warriors Doctor Who Monthly #57 SNIP

Panel to Panel: Dan Slott talks Doctor Who, Freefall Warriors in the spotlight

Episode #107 of the excellent Doctor Who: Panel to Panel is live – and leads with Marvel Comics writer Dan Slott (Amazing Spider-Man, Fantastic Four) chatting with podcast host Jeremy Bement about Doctor Who comics, history, the current season and more!

Offering news and more Jeremy also reviews the latest Thirteenth Doctor comic from Titan, and checks out The Freefall Warriors, created by Steve Parkhouse and Dave Gibbons for a two-part story that first featured in Doctor Who Monthly Issues 56-57, way back in 1981, which has been reprinted several times, including Marvel Comics US Doctor Who comic (#12) in 1984, in colour.

A page from "FreeFall Warriors" which first appeared in Doctor Who Monthly #57. Story by Steve Parkhouse, art by Dave Gibbons
A page from “FreeFall Warriors” which first appeared in Doctor Who Monthly #57. Story by Steve Parkhouse, art by Dave Gibbons
The Freefall Warriors appearance in colour in Marvel Comics US Doctor Who Comic #12, in 1984
The Freefall Warriors appearance in colour in Marvel Comics US Doctor Who Comic #12, in 1984

Supporting characters in the Fourth Doctor story along with alien author Ivan Asimoff, they later graduated to a solo tale, “A Ship Called Sudden Death” written by Steve Parkhouse with art by Dave Gibbons in the 1982 Doctor Who Summer Special, before having their origins revealed in a backup strip in the monthly Marvel UK title Captain Britain, in issues 1-4,  drawn by Jerry Paris.

They also made a cameo in “Party Animals“, written by Gary Russell with art by Mike Collins, for Doctor Who Magazine 172, and were among characters conjured by the Eight Doctor to battle a vortex parasite in the story “A Matter of Life and Death” written by Alan Barnes, with art by Sean Longcroft and Martin Geraghty.

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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