Fun fact: This was the first Doctor Who comic I ever owned and the only one I had for years before I got a job (which I no longer have) and was able to look for back issues.
Doctor Who #7
Marvel Comics Group (April, 1985)
WRITER: Steve Moore
COVER ARTIST: Dave Gibbons
COVER COLORIST: George Roussos
MARVEL US COLORIST: Andy Yanchus
(originally presented in Doctor Who Weekly #s 44-45–and it’s actually listed in the comic so I don’t have to guess based on research)
ARTIST: Dave Gibbons
EDITOR: Paul Neary
“Abslom Daak: Dalek Killer” parts 2 & 3
(originally presented in Doctor Who Weekly #s 18-19)
ARTIST: Steve Dillon
In the main story the Doctor barely escapes Yueh Kuang and his Sontaran allies with his Companions and Chang. After talking to the deposed abbot, Hsiang The Ancient and investigating the crashed Sontaran scout ship, the group realizes they want to steal the Chinese Emperor’s recently acquired giant rock crystal (“big as a man’s fist” according to Chang) to contact their fleet to invade Earth, telling Kuang he’ll be able to become Emperor after his monks, hypnotized while learning the “Bronze Men” fighting style, kill the royal family. Gathering the novices and Hsiang, Chang and the Doctor force the opening of the Bronze Men hall, which prompts Kuang to use the trigger phrase for his controlled monks. Except the Doctor protects Chang’s ears during it, but not when K-9 uses the recording to switch them back. But Chang knows his enemies, killing Li and the Sontarans while Hsiang defeats Kuang and regains his position as abbot.
What they got right: As much as I hate to bring up “Tooth And Claw” again, this feels more like a martial arts story in the proper Who fashion. Chang is an interesting character. I hope he survives. I’d kind of like to see what happened to him. The story itself is well written and enjoyable.
What they got wrong: I can’t really complain about anything critically or personally.
In Daak’s adventure he and Taiyin escape the palace, but not by Daak’s chosing as he’s hoping one of the Daleks do kill him…but he doesn’t want it to be easy. Something happened in his past, with a woman named Selene, the only person Daak doesn’t hate. Taiyin reminds him of her, but she tries to prove he isn’t as suicidal as he thinks by leading him to the Dalek ship…and for some reason joining him.
What they got right: We get a little hint about Daak’s backstory and why he has a murder rage on. There’s some really good action.
What they got wrong: Why does Taiyin care so much about Daak? She can’t be falling for him considering how little they’ve actually interacted and that she hasn’t had a lot of time, even with that peek into his history, to see him as anything to be redeemed outside of telling her to get her people to safety.
The comic also features four short reviews of Doctor Who novelizations that came to the US during the Target Books run.
Recommendation: This was a great first issue for me to start on. Highly recommended for fans of the fourth Doctor.