Saturday, October 01, 2011
40 Year Flashback: Dr.Who
The current series of Doctor Who ends tonight with an episode that producer Steven Moffat promises is "the maddest ever". Forty years ago Doctor Who wasn't on at this time of year, taking a break until Day of the Daleks started on New Years Day 1972 (a story just released on DVD by the way).
However, 40 years ago this weekend Doctor Who was still running in comic strip form in the pages of Countdown. Here's the episode from the serial Backtime from issue No.34, dated October 9th 1971 (published October 2nd of that year). Artwork is by Frank Langford and, although Whovians may hate to see it, The Doctor is quite clearly called "Dr.Who" here and in numerous other comic strips of the Sixties and Seventies, just as he was in the Peter Cushing movies and in the closing credits of the TV show itself back then. That's his name you see. The question whose answer has been hidden in plain sight for decades. Who is The Doctor? Who is The Doctor! And why not? ;-)