The fifth issue of Panini’s Doctor Who Chronicles is on sale now in newsagents and selected supermarkets, taking fans back to 1967, a time of change for the TV show as Patrick Troughton established himself as the “new” Doctor.
The bookazine includes articles on the Doctor Who Annuals, the strip in TV Comic, and the Walls’ Sky Ray lolly cards.
A fun fact: Walls didn’t have the rights to use Patrick Troughton’s likeness, so artist Patrick Williams used an actor identified by Doctor Who archivist Richard Bignell as Gerry Grant as his model, for both the lolly cards and the strips he drew for the TV Comic annuals and specials.
For his article on TV Comic, Paul Scoones covers how, in 1967, publisher Polystyle tweaked the comic strip to adapt to a new Doctor, and acquired the rights to use not one but two of the most popular monsters from the television series – the Daleks and the Cybermen.
The 116-page bookazine from the makers of Doctor Who Magazine also contains a summary of the year’s most significant events in the Doctor Who universe, both on and off screen; how Doctor Who was covered in the popular press; and a feature on special effects and production techniques.
Look out, too, for overviews of The Highlanders, The Underwater Menace, The Moonbase, The Macra Terror, The Faceless Ones, The Evil of the Daleks, The Tomb of the Cybermen, The Abominable Snowmen and The Ice Warriors.
Paul Scoones is the author of the indispensable The Comic Strip Companion, a series of guide books charting the chronological history of Doctor Who in comics. He’s currently working on a second volume.
In addition to the Comic Strip Companion, Paul’s worked as a freelance contributor for BBC Worldwide, researching and writing production information text for the Doctor Who DVD range. He’s appeared as an interview subject on several DVDs, discussing Doctor Who comics, and is the former editor and publisher of Time Space Visualiser, an award-winning fan journal. He also helped discover and successfully arranged the return of a lost Doctor Who film print to the BBC.