Quark, Strangeness – and Santa Claus! The all-new Vworp Vworp! celebrates TV Comics Doctor Who – and much more!

The long-awaited fourth issue of acclaimed Doctor Who comics and artwork fanzine Vworp Vworp! will be released in September, available in not one but three terrific variant covers…

Vworp Vworp! Issue Four, Cover A. Art by Stephen B Scott, colours by Andrew Orton - Final
Vworp Vworp! Issue Four, Cover A. Art by Stephen B Scott, colours by Andrew Orton
Vworp Vworp! Issue Four Cover B. Trod and Klepton ship models by Phil Stevens, artwork assembled by Colin Brockhurst
Vworp Vworp! Issue Four Cover B. Trod and Klepton ship models by Phil Stevens, artwork assembled by Colin Brockhurst
Vworp Vworp! Issue Four Cover C. Artwork by Paul Watts
Vworp Vworp! Issue Four Cover C. Artwork by Paul Watts

Every issue of Vworp Vworp! so far has been an absolute treat for Doctor Who comic fans, and while the gap between issues is often long, the wait for a new issue is always worth it. This upcoming issue is most definitely no exception!

This 172-page issue, edited by Colin Brockhurst and published by Gareth Kavanagh, focuses on the Doctor’s strange adventures across 15 years, in TV Comic and other titles. A time when “Doctor Who” fought Trods, Daleks, Ugrakks, Quarks, The Pied Piper, Cybermen, Kleptons, all with the help of his plucky grandchildren John and Gillian, and more familiar faces like Jamie, Liz, Sarah Jane, Leela and, of course, Santa Claus! (Wait… what!?)

Lavishly illustrated with original artwork and never-before-seen photos, Vworp Vworp! Issue Four is a celebration of the weird and often wonderful TV ComicCountdown and TV Action strips, and the equally colourful characters behind them.

Included are interviews with artists Bill Mevin, Harry Lindfield and Martin Asbury, alongside celebrations of the lives of the late artists John Canning, Neville Main, Gerry Haylock and Frank Langford, written with the full cooperation of their families. Plus, script writers Roger Noel Cook and David Motton write about their Doctor Who work, and there are detailed profiles of the strips other writers, artists and editors, including Tom Woodman, Alan Fennell, Dennis Hooper, Patrick Williams and Dick Millington.

But that’s not all, because there are brand new comic strips, too! “The Trod Invasion of Earth” is written by Steve Lyons and drawn by Shawn Van Briesen, starring the First Doctor, John and Gillian, while the Second Doctor faces the “Return of the Piper“, by Tim Quinn and Paul Cowan. There’s trouble for the Third Doctor, too, in the epic “Revenge of the Ugrakks”, by George Mann and Paul Cooke.

Vworp Vworp! Issue Four - Sample Spread
Vworp Vworp! Issue Four - Sample Spread

Vworp Vworp! Issue Four also goes behind the scenes exploring the creation of Doctor Who Magazine’s homage to TV Comic, “The Land of Happy Endings” and explores memories of growing up with the comics, and designing a competition-winning monster.

Plus: two of its three artists discuss the making of much-loved book Doctor Who 
and the Daleks Omnibus
, released through Marks & Spencer in 1976; a feature on collecting original Doctor Who artwork; a profile of prolific illustrator John Woods, who worked on many Dalek and Doctor Who books in the 1960s – and much more.

But you just know the Vworp Vworp! team aren’t going to stoop there, do you? Because yes, there will be free gifts for buyers, too: ‘Sugar Pats’, an authentic 1960s Doctor Who/TV Comic-themed cereal packet; and a set of thrilling TV Comic stickers for your favourite cardigan!

Head over to — oh, wait, you’ve gone, haven’t you?

Out in September 2021, you can order Vworp Vworp! issue 4, price £9.99, from vworpvworp.co.uk now

Vworp Vworp! Issue Four - Free Gifts
The free gifts!

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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