Doctor Who #13
Marvel Comics Group (October, 1985)
For some reason there are no US credits. The Doctor Who fan wiki lists some but I can’t confirm them.
Doctor Who: “Junk-Yard Demon”
(originally published in Doctor Who Monthly #s 59-59)
WRITER: Steve Parkhouse
ARTISTS: Mike McMahon & Aldof Buylla
EDITOR: Alan McKenzie
(originally published in Doctor Who Weekly #s 31-34)
WRITER: Steve Moore
ARTIST: David Lloyd
In our first story the Doctor is busy meditating and leaves the TARDIS floating in space. Thinking it to be space debris a salvage team picks it up. On their ship the Doctor learns that the alien Flotsam and the human Jetsam (I’m not even kidding) as well as their windmill-powered robot Dutch have been turning Cybermen into butlers, but one wakes up and forces Jetsam to repair his leader after stealing the TARDIS. But he turns the Cyber Leader into a butler, but luckily the Doctor and Flotsam arrive to save him and Dutch defeats the Cyberman with spraypaint, which works because it’s an early Cyberman and he had easily clogged intakes. I kind of like that we have the Fourth Doctor fighting an early Cyberman design that the First and Second dealt with before the show upgraded their design. The artist even included the folds of the fabric used in the neck in that old costume design.
That’s really the only plus I have though. When the Doctor first shows up he looks more like a Tom Baker marionette than Tom Baker and it barely improves as the story goes on. I get that Flotsam and Jetsam want to show they don’t need a nuclear powered drive but they’re hardly environmental using a coal drive, if you can even be eco-friendly in outer space, where there IS no ecology to ruin. Dutch, the robot with a windmill-powered brain is decent enough but still a bit odd. And how do you reprogram a cyborg like a robot? It’s an okay story so long as you don’t actually think about it.
The back-up feature has a couple from Australia (who of course are from the Outback) and a Japanese man are in Tibet in search of Yetis. A monk named Gampo tries to warn them off and that the Japanese man is trouble. Then the Japanese is killed by the robot yetis so the Great Intelligence can use his body to lead the Australians into a trap to learn if it’s okay for them to finally launch their attack. However, the monk is a descendant of the monks that aided the Second Doctor against the Great Intelligence, and joined by real yeti stops the Great Intelligence’s plans and rescues the couple, whom he mind wipes the experience from. If Shiro himself was a threat (because the Intelligence didn’t possess him yet), that should have played into the story. Although I do wonder why it didn’t just pump Shiro for the information and then take over his body. Otherwise it’s a pretty good story.
Overall the two stories aren’t bad. The first one has some big flaws but is otherwise enjoyable, while the latter is a decent story with minor flaws. It’s worth checking out.