Doctor Who Adventures Magazine Issue 21 (Panini)

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

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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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