Doctor Who (The Daft Dimension)

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A version of the television series Doctor Who existed in the Daft Dimension. It chronicled the Doctor's adventures through time and space with their various companions. Uniquely to the version of the show in a more serious universe, where it was merely a work of fiction that bore a resemblance to their life, the Doctor and their world were simultaneously "fictional" while also physically existing, with the Doctor and their companions being seemingly aware of their placements as characters in the show.

History[[edit]]

1960s[[edit]]

The first episode was broadcast on the night of 23 November 1963. It was here where Doctor Who fandom was said to have officially began, with an argument between Arnold Grimsbottom and his brother over the significance of the unnamed policeman at the beginning of the episode, whom Arnold believed to be the main character. He decided to put his thoughts to paper, by creating the very first Doctor Who fanzine titled That Police Man in Episode One is the Main Character, I'm Sure of It!, using a Gestetner stencil printer, unfortunately meaning it would take some time for the ink to dry. (COMIC: The Secret History of Life Before Doctor Who Magazine!)

The following day, on the morning of 24 November, the world's first Doctor Who joke was created by a young Timmy Smith.

"Knock knock!"
"Who's there?"
"Doctor!"
"Doctor Who?"
"Come along, Susan, into the TARDIS, hmm?"

He tried the joke out on his friends, who did not understand it, having not watched the show the night before. (COMIC: The Daft Dimension 584)

A few weeks later, the very first Dalek cosplay was accidentally created by Blackpool resident, Mavis Tannerworth; whilst cleaning up her kitchen, she talked about her new boyfriend, Nate, resulting in her holding a plunger and a whisk as she said that she was glad to have gone from her "ex to my Nate". (COMIC: The Secret History of Life Before Doctor Who Magazine!)

After The Daleks was broadcast, the single Dalek that used his gunstick on Ian Chesterton became famous for being "the first Dalek to use his weapon against a human", a distinction that he let go to his head with the advent of "Dalekmania". (COMIC: The Daft Dimension 541)

Around the same time, the first Doctor Who comic strip appeared in Televisual Comic. It strayed a little from the TV show in that it starred the First Doctor, his grandchildren, his best pal Sid, his neighbours Terry and June, and TARDIS conductor Jack.

Later still, the Dalek annuals began being published. Their success led a rival publisher, Cheapun Nastoy, to try publishing a Menoptera annual, but it never reached shops due to the delivery van breaking down.

A Doctor Who fan and a Thunderbirds fan duke it out. (COMIC: The Secret History of Life Before Doctor Who Magazine!)

In 1966, Doctor Who fans clashed with Thunderbirds fans in a Brighton tea shop over their last scone. This was considered to be a grim year for the Who fandom. (COMIC: The Secret History of Life Before Doctor Who Magazine!)

The aforementioned Dalek, who became famous for being the first to use his weapon against a human, had become more conceited as time went on. It got so bad that he was sacked from The Power of the Daleks for being a "prima-Dalek". (COMIC: The Daft Dimension 541)

A scene from an early draft of one of the Dr. Who films. (COMIC: The Daft Dimension 578)

Two theatrical films starring Dr. Who were produced in the 1960s. The writers wanted to simplify the concept of the show for movie audiences by humanising the Doctor. An earlier draft of the script wound up being too ambitious in this regard, by introducing an overabundance of the Doctor's family and friends, putting the movie over budget as a result. (COMIC: The Daft Dimension 578)

1970s[[edit]]

In 1971, a new Doctor Who comic strip starring the Third Doctor began print in Countdoon, setting a high quality for such strips, but the readership was not ready for it. Countdoon was eventually rebranded into TV reaction, before it finally merged into Televisual Comic. Due to budget cuts and other hard times, the Doctor Who strip was forced to publish reprints, consisting of old The Pink Panther strips with Tom Baker's head pasted onto that of the titular character. (COMIC: The Secret History of Life Before Doctor Who Magazine!)

Also by 1971, the Third Doctor's likeness was appearing on boxes of Sugery Smackers. (COMIC: The Daft Dimension 558)

In 1974, the Skegpool Whovian Society was established. (COMIC: The Daft Dimension 568)

By 1979, the Televisual Comic strip was no longer being published. Marvel UK editor, Dez Skinn, noticed this, and concluded that this meant the license was up for grabs. After sleeping on the idea of Marvel creating a Doctor Who publication, Skinn awoke the next morning and created a dummy issue that he took straight to the BBC. After the pitch was approved, Skinn announced the creation of Doctor Who Weekly at Comic Con '79. (COMIC: The Origin of Doctor Who Magazine) The first issue was published shortly before the ink on Arnold Grimsbottom's fanzine, which he first printed in 1963, had finally dried. He prepared to announce it as the first ongoing Doctor Who-dedicated publication, only to realise the Marvel's new publication had just pipped him to the post. Arnold angrily insisted the magazine would "never last". (COMIC: The Secret History of Life Before Doctor Who Magazine!)

1980s[[edit]]

The Daleks were first depicted as being able to go up stairs in 1988. Despite this fact, journalists still continued to make jokes about the Daleks' now-former inability for several years afterward. Three journalists were imprisoned at the Judoon prison for this offence. They were considered to be the most deserving of their incarceration. (COMIC: The Daft Dimension 565)

2000s[[edit]]

The new series of Doctor Who began on Saturday, 26 March 2005. William Noddle, a dedicated Who fan, had completely forgotten this fact and ended up missing the episode, turning on his television to find Casualty starting. (COMIC: The Daft Dimension 563) The episode involved the Ninth Doctor returning from the Last Great Time War and meeting Rose Tyler. (COMIC: The Daft Dimension 485)

2010s and beyond[[edit]]

The Twelfth Doctor appeared in an episode alongside the Half-Face Man. In a scene following the latter's death, the Doctor appeared to give an enigmatic look toward the viewer. Three fans watching the episode at home speculated as to what the look meant, wondering if it was indicating that the Doctor pushed him to his death, among other possibilities. In actuality, the Doctor was merely trying to remember whether he cancelled his milk subscription before he left Gallifrey. (COMIC: The Daft Dimension 484)

Three Doctor Who fans react in excitement at a new trailer. (COMIC: The Daft Dimension 490)

A trailer for the ninth series was shown during live coverage of a football match. It depicted the Twelfth Doctor, wearing a new pair of trousers, alongside Missy, the Daleks, Skaro, and a a mystery girl. A trio of fans where in a pub tutting over the rowdy behaviour of a group of football fans, only for them to become overly excited themselves when the trailer started. (COMIC: The Daft Dimension 490)

At some point after, there was speculation in the press that the next incarnation of the Doctor could be a woman. A group of fans discussed this at a weekly fan meet-up. (COMIC: The Daft Dimension 510)

Sure enough, the Thirteenth Doctor was revealed in a special trailer in which she was seen in a forest walking back to her TARDIS. An extended version of this trailer revealed that she was doing so after having stolen some apples from an orchard, with the angry orchard owner chasing after her. (COMIC: The Daft Dimension 516)

The Daleks were outraged at this revelation, which they branded as a "Time Lord feminist agenda". They responded by deploying their countermeasure: the Sexist Daleks. (COMIC: The Daft Dimension 517)

Series 11 was set to not feature any "classic monsters". The Daleks, outraged at this announcement, decided to throw a party for themselves and other classic monsters in protest. (COMIC: The Daft Dimension 531)

Further events for the series were announced in subsequent years, such as Jodie Whittaker's final episode, the return of Tegan and Ace, and stuff involving a "new Doctor", an "old Doctor", and Donna Noble. (COMIC: The Daft Dimension 579)

Doctor Who Magazine reached its 600th issue some time after this. (COMIC: The Daft Dimension 600)