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Death's Head (1988) - #8
"Time Bomb!"
Marvel Comics UK (Marvel)

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Cover Date: July 1989
Cover Price: UK £ 0.65

Issue Tagline: None.

Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 22 pages

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Josiah W. Dogbolter has invented a fantastic new weapon: the Dogbolter Temporal Rocket. It can deliver its payload to any target, anywhere, any time. His test target is the Doctor.

Hiring Death's Head to do the job is a natural fit, because DH, after all, has a score to settle with the Doctor (see Doctor Who Magazine #135 for more details).

DH finds the Doctor dressed as a Jester, performing in a pantomime show. Forced to run for the TARDIS, the Doctor thinks he's escaped, but Death's Hand uses the Temporal Rocket to materialize inside the TARDIS. The ship's console identifies the rocket as being thermo-nuclear in nature, meaning that neither the Doctor nor DH will survive its detonation--especially since the rocket is strapped to DH's back. DH wisely decides to switch sides and actively help find a way out of this mess.

They note that there's a powerful beam aimed at the TARDIS, which the Doctor surmises might a detonation signal. Following the beam back to its source, the Doctor materializes right on top of Dogbolter's headquarters.

Unfortuantely the rocket has already been armed. Too late to stop the device from going on, the Doctor must find a way to get it off DH. He attempts to blast it, but this succeeds merely in blowing its lock. That's enough, though, to free DH. They hurriedly push the rocket out of the TARDIS. It explodes just as the TARDIS groans away, completely destorying Dogbolter's headquarters (and, one assumes, much of the surrounding city).

The TARDIS rematerializes and Death's Head departs . . . only he has no idea where he is.

Reprinted/Collected in:
Death's Head (2006) TPB vol. 02
The Incomplete Death's Head (1993) #9


While this story may not bother DH fans much, it depicts an extremely out-of-character Doctor. After all, he is shown to deposit a live thermonuclear device on a populated area, just to save his own life.

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