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The Lunar Strangers
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Possibly the very worst Doctor Who comic adventure ever published. Certainly the nadir of the run in DWM. The villains are talking cows. Need one say more? Yes? Oh, okay . . .

The artist makes no serious attempt to nail down the likeness of Turlough or Tegan. The writer can not resist making "a-moo-sing" puns.

There are a number of things that now read as "anachronistically impossible", but which may not have been totally out of bounds at the time the strip was created. The basic problem is that the story is set in 2015 (only 19 years after the story was published). Yet the story takes place on an American Lunar base on which smoking is allowed. Forget the talking cows, neither of those things could possibly happen. Smoking around compressed oxygen tanks? C'mon, even in 1994, that's just a bad idea. But, maybe the artists were smokers. As science fiction is about dreaming of a world as we'd like it to be, maybe they were hoping for a future in which we'd invent a way to safely smoke in space.

But none of that's the really bad part of this story. No, no. Our writer, Gareth Roberts, tops himself. The aliens--you remember, the cows--do have a specific goal in the story. They've come to the moon to rescue a treasure that's been put there by another member of their race. That treasure? Cheese. A single block of cheese. A single, tiny block of cheese. Because, and this is the kicker, to them cheese is currency. So, despite being cows with an udderly natural ability to make cheese, they've travelled for many hundreds of years over a very great distance--oh, yeah: they're not even from our galaxy--to pick up something they could've made back home.

Issues (3):
Doctor Who Magazine (1979) #215
Doctor Who Magazine (1979) #216
Doctor Who Magazine (1979) #217

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