Panini have released the cover of the upcoming Doctor Who comic collection Ground Zero featuring art by David Roach and James Offredi, and shared some more details of what’s included with downthetubes – and some of the newly remastered art.
Doctor Who: Ground Zero collects a range of classic black-and-white comic strip tales featuring four different Doctors, all digitally remastered, including DWM‘s final regular Seventh Doctor story, “Ground Zero”, which was both a well received but quite a controversial story when first published.
The stories in this collection are written Scott Gray, Gary Russell, Alan Barnes and Gareth Roberts with re-mastered art by Martin Geraghty and Adrian Salmon.
“It’s been a joy revisiting and fixing work done over 20 years ago,” says Martin. “I think this is going to be a cracking volume.”
Included in Doctor Who: Ground Zero are…
CURSE OF THE SCARAB
Alan Barnes & Martin Geraghty
Set in 1938 Hollywood, the Fifth Doctor and Peri battle a resurrected “god”…
Gareth Roberts & Martin Geraghty
Set in the 1960s before the first TV adventures, the First Doctor and Susan investigate the peculiar death of a beat poet that leads to machinations at the very heart of government and an exceedingly disgruntled alien, who’s activities threaten the entire human race…
Gareth Roberts & Adrian Salmon
A Soviet operative poses as a UNIT officer and attempts to persuade the Third Doctor to join the Soviets, rather than work for UNIT…
Gary Russell & Martin Geraghty with Bambos Georgiou
The TARDIS lands in 2086, where the mysterious Arkady is turning the population of a small Russian town into zombies. With Harry turning into one of the zombies, the Fourth Doctor and Sarah must discover the secret behind Arkady’s power before he unleashes himself onto the entire world…
Scott Gray & Martin Geraghty with Bambos Georgiou
After a number of Past Doctor stories, the Seventh Doctor returned to the pages of DWM in a story that opens at Notting Hill Carnival in the later years of the 21st Century, but quickly ties up the threads from recent Past Doctor tales and sees Ace transported into another dimension, where she joins Peri and Sarah-Jane. Introducing a major villain, the story would continue into the Eighth Doctor’s long run as resident Time Lord in DWM, with the Seventh Doctor’s costume as seen in the TV Movie.
DOCTOR WHO AND THE FANGS OF TIME
The collection includes a wonderful piece of meta fiction featuring the Fourth Doctor and a Doctor Who writer. It’s a bit of a love letter to Doctor Who in many ways, but works wonderfully!
Doctor Who comic art fans may be interested to know Martin will be releasing for sale a limited number of original pages from this storyline to coincide with publication so feel free to contact him if there are any specific pages that you’d like to own, “bestow on a beloved child or fold into a little square to keep the dining room table level”.
You can contact him on Facebook via Messenger. He tells me several pages have already sold.
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The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. 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 “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.