TV Terrors (TVC 709 comic story)

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A TV Terrors comic story was published in TV Comic 709.

In the usual tradition of TV Terrors, it saw the protagonists attempt to visit the stars of their favourite television series, and getting into mischief. In this case, the kids tried to visit Dr. Who after seeing him on TV. This was perhaps one of the very first instances of a story showing the Doctor Who franchise existing in-universe, something that would become more prevalent over time. However, the comic is not explicit about what show the Doctor had appeared in, just that they saw him on TV.

The story, notably, is not a Doctor Who parody, as no element of the series is lampooned. The illustrations of the TARDIS are consistent with the unique design used by Neville Main in the mainline TV Comic stories, although the front door is erroneously illustrated opening in one large piece.

Plot[[edit]]

After watching the Doctor appear on television, Monica, Buttons, and Cuthbert decide to visit the studio to ask for his autograph.

Arriving there, Hoppit (the studio's guard who knows them already) tries to chase them out, but they take refuge inside a Police Box. After pressing a button inside, the trio of kids find themselves in the Stone Age, realising the ship was Dr. Who's TARDIS. Exploring, they find a Stone Age TV Studio and are chased back to the TARDIS by a Stone-Age Hoppit.

Returning to the 20th century, and after exiting the TARDIS, the present-day Hoppit once again chases them.

Characters[[edit]]

Worldbuilding[[edit]]

Notes[[edit]]

The erroneous TARDIS door.
  • Perhaps a mistake, there is only one door on the TARDIS, opening from the the left, instead of the usual double doors seen virtually everywhere else. It also opens outwards, not inwards.
  • For some reason, the children's dog Spot was absent in the story.
  • The story seems to imply, that unlike most other stories concerning the Doctor Who franchise in-universe, that the television series are records of Dr. Who's adventures directly, akin to the portrayal of the franchise in Extracts from the Doctor's 500 Year Diary.

Continuity[[edit]]