New edition of Doctor Who: The Age of Chaos, a graphic novel by Colin Baker, trailed – but no release date yet

Doctor Who - The Age of Chaos - Panini Collection

A collection of the Doctor Who comic story starring the Sixth Doctor, The Age of Chaos, written by Colin Baker, the actor who played him, is on its way from Panini next year – but excitement over advance online release information is at present, we’re told, premature.

Featuring art by John M. Burns and Barrie Mitchell, The Age of Chaos, first published back in 1994, is set after the Sixth Doctor’s final TV adventures. The story features Peri, played on screen by Nicola Bryant, and companion Frobisher, the shapeshifter stuck looking like a penguin.

A page from the original edition of Doctor Who: Age of Chaos, art by John M. Burns
A page from the original edition of Doctor Who: Age of Chaos, art by John M. Burns

The strip was the first Doctor Who comic story originally produced in full colour by Marvel UK, pre-dating the advent of colour in the main Doctor Who Magazine comic strip by almost seven years.

Edited by Gary Russell and originally intended to be published as a four-issue series in 1993 until hit by art delays, the story was released in one edition in October 1994.

The story by Colin Baker follows on, loosely, from The Trial of a Time Lord, centring around the Sixth Doctor and Frobisher’s adventure with Peri’s grandchildren from her marriage to King Yrcanos (introduced on TV in The Ultimate Foe, played by Brian Blessed).

The original edition of Doctor Who: Age of Chaos. Cover by Alan Davis
The original edition of Doctor Who: Age of Chaos. Cover by Alan Davis
Original art for Doctor Who: The Age of Chaos by Barrie Mitchell. This was one of the splash pages, reflecting the original planned mini series format of the project. Via ComicArtFans
Original art for Doctor Who: The Age of Chaos by Barrie Mitchell. This was one of the splash pages, reflecting the original planned mini series format of the project. Via ComicArtFans
A flyer for the launch of Doctor Who: The Age of Chaos at Forbidden Planet, London, in October 1994. There are photos of the event here on the Forbidden Planet web site
A flyer for the launch of Doctor Who: The Age of Chaos at Forbidden Planet, London, in October 1994. There are photos of the event here on the Forbidden Planet web site

The original edition, which featured a cover by Alan Davis that’s being used in early solicits on the AmazonUK and the Forbidden Planet web sites, was written (and introduced) by Colin Baker, with art by John M Burns, with Barrie Mitchell taking over the project for the bulk of the story, coloured throughout by the late Steve Whitaker.

Advance solicits indicate The Age of Chaos, suggest the book is scheduled for release in April 2021 but we have been informed by Panini that the book currently no longer has a release date, so it sounds like it’s a bit premature to start saving for it just yet!

When it does get released, the collection promotional copy states the book reprints the epic story in full colour – and that the volume will also feature stories starring the Third, Fourth and Seventh Doctors.

The next definite release from Panini in their Doctor Who graphic novel collection range is Doctor Who – Mistress of Chaos, which will be released on 5th October 2020.

Doctor Who - Mistress of Chaos
Doctor Who – Mistress of Chaos – out on 5th October

Written by Scott Gray with art by John Ross, this is the first Panini Doctor Who graphic novel to feature stories first published in Doctor Who Magazine starring Thirteenth Doctor, as played on TV by Jodie Whittaker.

You can pre-order Doctor Who – Mistress of Chaos here from AmazonUK (Affiliate Link)

You can pre-order Doctor Who: The Age of Chaos here on AmazonUK (Affiliate Link) – but be aware the listed release date is now in doubt

You can pre-order Doctor Who: The Age of Chaos here on Forbidden Planet (Affiliate Link) – but be aware the listed release date is now in doubt

This item has been updated to reflect the inaccuracy of advance publication listings

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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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