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Paul McGann is a weird kinda Doctor. With no television episodes under his belt, he nevertheless was the "current" Doctor for almost a generation of fans. And there were a lot of comics that went right along with him. His run from 1996 to early 2005 was practically uninterrupted—and indeed it would have been absolutely continuous had the artistic team always been on time.
Precisely because of his lack of televised definition, the comics are just as likely to be "right" about his character as are the novels and radio dramas that would use his incarnation. For this reason--and the fact that the art was simply better by the time McGann's Doctor came on the scene--many serious Doctor Who fans have a real fondness for his era in comics. Sadly, with his attempt at reviving the franchise now largely seen as a failure next to the brilliance that has been the Eccleston and Tennant eras, it is somewhat unlikely that these comics will ever make it out beyond the view of those same, "serious" fans. Given the relative obscurity of DWM, especially in the US, and the sheer number you'd need to collect just to get a single story, the math doesn't work for McGann's era except for the most dedicated of fans.Still, with Panini's late-2005 push to see his comics collected in trades, it is at least finally convenient to take in his entire (Doctor Who Magazine) run.
As of Autumn 2007, he will be the first Doctor to have his entire Doctor Who Magazine run collected. (The earlier Fourth and Fifth Doctor collections are not absolutely comprehensive.)
It was postulated in the novel Father Time that he met and adopted a daughter, named Miranda. This would not normally be of significance to this database, except for the fact that Miranda received a self-titled comic miniseries.
Though only three issues of this six-part miniseries were printed, it contained the only visual representation of Miranda in any medium. Significantly, the appearance given to the character of Miranda in the comic series did support various novels' strong implication that the Doctor was, in fact, Miranda's natural father as well. As drawn in the series, she did look remarkably like Paul McGann's version of the universe's most famous Time Lord, giving credence to hints left in the novels that, perhaps, the Doctor and the Emperor (apparently the last remaining Time Lord) were one and the same.
The 2005 series of Doctor Who describes the Ninth Doctor was the last of the Time Lords, having survived a long war, called the Time War.
Thus, though almost certainly not intentional, the 2005 series does indeed allow for this interpretation of what had happened in the Doctor's life between the 1996 movie and the initial episode of the Ninth Doctor's run. That said, nothing in any televised episode or the body of the Eighth Doctor comic canon makes positive reference to the events of Father Time or Miranda, either.
The Eighth Doctor was the first since Tom Baker's incarnation to have his comic debut in a publication other than Doctor Who Magazine.
Though a significant amount of his material was in black and white, he was the first Doctor to be introduced and swansonged in color. Indeed, the final five years of his run in Doctor Who Magazine was printed in color.
First Appearance: Radio Times (1923) #19960601
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Doctor Who (2012)
#15 Doctor Who Graphic Novel (2004)
- 'Dead Man's Hand, Part 3 of 4'
Doctor Who Magazine (1979)
Doctor Who Magazine Special Edition (2002)
#5 Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time (2013)
- 'The Complete Eighth Doctor'#19
- 'The Tenth Doctor Collected Comics'
Doctor Who: The Forgotten (2008)
Radio Times (1923)
The Doctor Who Movie Special (1996)
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