Get Started In DOCTOR WHO

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by snowbi-wan, updated May 2019

Doctor Who is a British science fiction television series which began in 1963 and still runs today, having had a relatively short (approximately decade-long) hiatus from 1989 to 2005 (separating what can be called its Classic and Revived Eras). The series revolves around its main character, the 'Doctor,' an alien who appears human but is actually a member of the 'Time Lord' species from the planet Gallifrey. Gallifreyans are called Time Lords due to their mastery of time travel technology and their ability to think non-linearly. The Doctor travels in a time machine called the TARDIS, which appears as a 1960's era British blue police box and quixotically has an interior which is vastly larger than that which the size of the box would indicate. The Doctor frequently travels with a human (or human-looking) companion (or companions) interceding in galactic crises on the behalf of different civilizations--including Earth. Companions--whom the Doctor refers to just as his 'friends'--are thought to give the Doctor perspectives and grounding that his powers might not otherwise afford him. And probably the most fantastic feature of a Time Lord's lifespan is they can regenerate in a new body when it get damaged beyond repair. This feature has allowed different actors to portray the Doctor over time, and, as of 2018, the current Doctor is the thirteenth Doctor. The numbering of the Doctor's incarntions is only applied outside the show, as the character only ever refers to him/herself as the 'Doctor' (except for the War Doctor incarnation who has no number applied). U.S. audiences were introduced en mass to Doctor Who in 1978 where the first four seasons of Tom Baker's run (fourth Doctor) aired on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) stations and it achieved a cult status. Stories can be classified by which 'number' Doctor they contain, but there is no overarching chronology to the myriad of stories. And while inconsistencies abound throughout the franchise, there has never been an insistence on figuring out what is/is not 'canon,' as is typical with the other large science fiction franchises.

Doctor Who is a significant icon in British pop-culture and has had a major impact on generations of British creators in all forms of media. Doctor Who is a major franchise, having expanded beyond its television roots into books, comic books, web comics, films, audio dramas, spin-off television series, video games and all manner of merchandise. The Doctor Who Magazine (DWM)--which regularly features Doctor Who comic strips--currently holds the Guinness World Record as the longest-running television tie-in magazine. DWM began life as DOCTOR WHO WEEKLY in 1979. However, Doctor Who's run in comics began years before the DWM and only shortly after the original television series appeared in 1963. The British weekly comic book, TV COMIC [1950], began publishing Doctor Who comic strips in 1964 with its issue #674 and included Doctor Who in its publications nearly continuously through 1979. The license passed from Polystyle Publications to Marvel UK in 1979 who debuted the DOCTOR WHO WEEKLY [1979-MAG] magazine. US audiences would be treated to just a few reprints of Marvel UK material in the US comic format during their tenure. Marvel UK went defunct in 1995, but the magazine itself continues even today under subsequent publishers. Doctor Who comic material has primarily been issued in comic strip form. In 2007, the US publisher IDW gained the US license to produce original Doctor Who comics in the modern comic book format, which they did until Titan won that license in 2014. Titan publishes US comic series featuring several Doctors, including the latest--the thirteenth. Panini began publishing compilations of the old British strips in 2004 and continues with that endeavor today alongside the original material from Titan.

Given there is no expectancy of chronology or canonicity and there are multiple Doctors, there is no shortage of places to get started with Doctor Who comics. A new fan could literally pick up anywhere without being lost for too long--if at all. Or someone who maybe has a favorite Doctor from another medium could track down comic stories featuring that particular Doctor.

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Current Series

This is a curated list of the most current series to help you get started with Doctor Who comic books. The series listed in this section are predominantly series of individual comic issues, but the list can include digests and softcovers (and even hardcovers) if the material is original material.

Titan Comics has been the main publisher of Doctor Who comics since 2014 with multiple series focusing on different Doctors and occasional specials and cross-over event stories.

PublisherFrequencySeries 
TITANOngoingDOCTOR WHO: THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR [2018]
TITANLimited (2)DOCTOR WHO: THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR HOLIDAY SPECIAL [2019]
PANINIOngoingDOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE [1996-MAG](magazine regularly containing original comic strips)

Latest Jumping-On Points

Comic books are serialized periodicals. The absolute best place to jump on with any comic series is a series beginning, but, if the run has gotten lengthy, the beginning of a new story arc or of a new creative team are other great--and perfectly acceptable--places to get started right away. This section contains a curated list of the latest issues from current and recent series where you can get started in Doctor Who. Look below for series beginning or start of a story arc. Subsequent sections explore the subject's publishing history and indicate other less recent places to get started in Doctor Who.

PLEASE NOTE: The issues presented in this section are either in-stock issues or pre-order/pre-sale issues. To get the largest discount, new comic books can be pre-ordered two months before they are published. We offer pre-sale books for issues that we plan to have in stock when they are published. If you purchase pre-order/pre-sale comics now, you will be charged now, and the comics will be shipped after they are all published. If you mix in-stock issues with pre-order/pre-sale issues, you will create two orders subject to separate shipping charges. In-stock issues will ship right away.

CoverRelease MonthSeries / Number / Storyline
DOCTOR WHO: THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR #5
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Feb 2019DOCTOR WHO: THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR [2018] #5 ISAACS/JACKSON CVR A  (start of a story arc)UNAVAILABLE$3.39
DOCTOR WHO: THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR #6
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Mar 2019DOCTOR WHO: THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR [2018] #6 SPOSITO CVR A  UNAVAILABLE$3.39
DOCTOR WHO: THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR #7
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Apr 2019DOCTOR WHO: THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR [2018] #7 ANWAR CVR A  UNAVAILABLE$3.39
DOCTOR WHO: THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR #8
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May 2019DOCTOR WHO: THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR [2018] #8 SPOSITO CVR A  UNAVAILABLE$3.39
DOCTOR WHO: THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR #9
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Jun 2019DOCTOR WHO: THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR [2018] #9 FISH CVR A  (start of a story arc)UNAVAILABLE$3.39
DOCTOR WHO: THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR #10
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Jul 2019DOCTOR WHO: THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR [2018] #10 SPOSITO CVR A  UNAVAILABLE$3.39
DOCTOR WHO: THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR #11
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Aug 2019DOCTOR WHO: THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR [2018] #11 TEMPLER CVR A  UNAVAILABLE$3.39
DOCTOR WHO: THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR #12
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Sep 2019DOCTOR WHO: THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR [2018] #12 FISH CVR A  UNAVAILABLE$3.39
      
DOCTOR WHO: THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR HOLIDAY SPECIAL #1
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Nov 2019DOCTOR WHO: THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR HOLIDAY SPECIAL [2019] #1 CARANFA CVR A  (Part 1 of 2 (mini-series beginning))PRE-ORDER$5.99
$5.09
      
DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE #539
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Jun 2019DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE [1996-MAG] #539   UNAVAILABLE$10.19
DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE #540
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Jun 2019DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE [1996-MAG] #540   UNAVAILABLE$10.19
DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE #541
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Jul 2019DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE [1996-MAG] #541   UNAVAILABLE$10.19
DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE #542
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Aug 2019DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE [1996-MAG] #542   UNAVAILABLE$10.19
DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE #543
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Sep 2019DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE [1996-MAG] #543   UNAVAILABLE$10.19
DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE #544
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Oct 2019DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE [1996-MAG] #544   UNAVAILABLE$10.19
DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE #545
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Nov 2019DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE [1996-MAG] #545   PRE-ORDER$11.99
$10.19

PLEASE NOTE: The issues presented in this section are either in-stock issues or pre-order/pre-sale issues. To get the largest discount, new comic books can be pre-ordered two months before they are published. We offer pre-sale books for issues that we plan to have in stock when they are published. If you purchase pre-order/pre-sale comics now, you will be charged now, and the comics will be shipped after they are all published. If you mix in-stock issues with pre-order/pre-sale issues, you will create two orders subject to separate shipping charges. In-stock issues will ship right away.

Compilations

In modern comic publishing, it's common (and expected) for individual comic book issues to be collected into compilations of trade paperbacks and/or hardcovers, as well as other special compilations. Unlike the individual source issues, the collected editions typically stay in print for long periods and are less 'collectible.' If individual issues are out of reach or are not of interest to you or if you just need reading copies, the following collected editions of Doctor Who comic books are the most recent in-print editions and are the perfect alternative to get started right away with Doctor Who. The following compilations are presented in a suggested reading order with softcover editions before any hardcover editions.

There is a truly staggering number of Doctor Who compilations in print. Seriously. There's a ton. The list below is first organized by Doctor, then chronologically by publishing order within each Doctor. Stories with multiple Doctors are interspersed chronologically with the lowest number Doctor to appear in the multi-Doctor story or compilation. (Please note, however, the primary market supply on some of these volumes is getting thin, especially Titan's reprints of the IDW stuff.) Check the Key Storylines section of this guide to help you find a great place to get started in this massive library. Or you could just use the list below as a suggested reading order and block off the next year of your life for reading Doctor Who comics (best year ever).

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CoverRelease MonthSeries / Number / Storyline
DOCTOR WHO ARCHIVES: THE PRISONERS OF TIME Quick ViewJan 2016DOCTOR WHO ARCHIVES: THE PRISONERS OF TIME [2016-TPB]
CURRENT PRINTING
  (all 11 incarnations of the Doctor appear in Titan's reprint of the IDW maxi-series)
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DOCTOR WHO: LAND OF THE BLIND Quick ViewOct 2018DOCTOR WHO: LAND OF THE BLIND [2018-GN]
CURRENT PRINTING
  (compiles stories from the first four Doctors, but these are not multi-Doctor stories)
Available on Amazon Go to Amazon
      
DOCTOR WHO: THE IRON LEGION Quick ViewApr 2004DOCTOR WHO: THE IRON LEGION [2004-GN]
CURRENT PRINTING
  (fourth Doctor stuff begins here)
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DOCTOR WHO: DRAGON'S CLAW Quick ViewSep 2004DOCTOR WHO: DRAGON'S CLAW [2004-GN]
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE FOURTH DOCTOR VOL 01: GAZE OF THE MEDUSAQuick ViewJun 2017DOCTOR WHO: THE FOURTH DOCTOR [2016-TPB] VOL 01: GAZE OF THE MEDUSA
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE TIDES OF TIME Quick ViewAug 2005DOCTOR WHO: THE TIDES OF TIME [2005-GN]
CURRENT PRINTING
  (fifth Doctor stuff begins here)
Available on Amazon Go to Amazon
      
DOCTOR WHO: VOYAGER Quick ViewNov 2012DOCTOR WHO: VOYAGER [2007-GN]
2ND EDITION ($24.99 COVER PRICE), CURRENT PRINTING
  (sixth Doctor stuff begins here)
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DOCTOR WHO: THE WORLD SHAPERS Quick ViewDec 2012DOCTOR WHO: THE WORLD SHAPERS [2008-GN]
2ND EDITION ($24.99 COVER PRICE), CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: A COLD DAY IN HELL! Quick ViewDec 2012DOCTOR WHO: A COLD DAY IN HELL! [2009-GN]
2ND EDITION ($24.99 COVER PRICE), CURRENT PRINTING
  (seventh Doctor stuff begins here)
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DOCTOR WHO: NEMESIS OF THE DALEKS Quick ViewJun 2013DOCTOR WHO: NEMESIS OF THE DALEKS [2013-GN]
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE GOOD SOLDIER Quick ViewJun 2015DOCTOR WHO: THE GOOD SOLDIER [2015-GN]
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: EVENING'S EMPIRE Quick ViewDec 2016DOCTOR WHO: EVENING'S EMPIRE [2016-GN]
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: EMPEROR OF THE DALEKS Quick ViewJul 2017DOCTOR WHO: EMPEROR OF THE DALEKS [2017-GN]
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE SEVENTH DOCTOR VOL 01: OPERATION VOLCANOQuick ViewDec 2018DOCTOR WHO: THE SEVENTH DOCTOR [2018-TPB] VOL 01: OPERATION VOLCANO
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: ENDGAME Quick ViewDec 2005DOCTOR WHO: ENDGAME [2005-GN]
CURRENT PRINTING
  (eighth Doctor stuff begins here)
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DOCTOR WHO: THE GLORIOUS DEAD Quick ViewDec 2012DOCTOR WHO: THE GLORIOUS DEAD [2006-GN]
2ND EDITION ($24.99 COVER PRICE), CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: OBLIVION Quick ViewDec 2012DOCTOR WHO: OBLIVION [2006-GN]
2ND EDITION ($24.99 COVER PRINCE, CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE FLOOD Quick ViewNov 2012DOCTOR WHO: THE FLOOD [2007-GN]
2ND EDITION ($24.99 COVER PRICE), CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE EIGHTH DOCTOR VOL 01: A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATHQuick ViewNov 2016DOCTOR WHO: THE EIGHTH DOCTOR [2015-TPB] VOL 01: A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE CRUEL SEA Quick ViewAug 2014DOCTOR WHO: THE CRUEL SEA [2014-GN]
CURRENT PRINTING
  (ninth Doctor stuff begins here)
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DOCTOR WHO: THE NINTH DOCTOR VOL 01: WEAPONS OF PAST DESTRUCTIONQuick ViewSep 2016DOCTOR WHO: THE NINTH DOCTOR [2015-TPB] VOL 01: WEAPONS OF PAST DESTRUCTION
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE NINTH DOCTOR VOL 02: DOCTORMANIAQuick ViewJun 2017DOCTOR WHO: THE NINTH DOCTOR [2015-TPB] VOL 02: DOCTORMANIA
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE NINTH DOCTOR VOL 03: OFFICIAL SECRETSQuick ViewDec 2017DOCTOR WHO: THE NINTH DOCTOR [2015-TPB] VOL 03: OFFICIAL SECRETS
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE NINTH DOCTOR VOL 04: SIN EATERSQuick ViewAug 2018DOCTOR WHO: THE NINTH DOCTOR [2015-TPB] VOL 04: SIN EATERS
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: SUPREMACY OF THE CYBERMEN Quick ViewAug 2017DOCTOR WHO: SUPREMACY OF THE CYBERMEN [2016-TPB]
CURRENT PRINTING
  (multi-Doctor (9th-12th) storyline focusing on Cybermen)
Available on Amazon Go to Amazon
      
DOCTOR WHO: THE LOST DIMENSION VOL 01Quick ViewSep 2018DOCTOR WHO: THE LOST DIMENSION [2018-TPB] VOL 01
CURRENT PRINTING
  (mulit-Doctor (9th-12th) storyline)
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DOCTOR WHO: THE LOST DIMENSION VOL 02Quick ViewOct 2018DOCTOR WHO: THE LOST DIMENSION [2018-TPB] VOL 02
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR ARCHIVES VOL 01Quick ViewMar 2016DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR ARCHIVES [2016-TPB] VOL 01
CURRENT PRINTING
  (tenth Doctor stuff begins here; the 'ARCHIVES' are Titan's reprints of IDW material)
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DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR ARCHIVES VOL 02Quick ViewMay 2016DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR ARCHIVES [2016-TPB] VOL 02
CURRENT PRINTING
  
Available on Amazon Go to Amazon
DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR ARCHIVES VOL 03Quick ViewJul 2016DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR ARCHIVES [2016-TPB] VOL 03
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE BETROTHAL OF SONTAR Quick ViewNov 2012DOCTOR WHO: THE BETROTHAL OF SONTAR [2008-GN]
2ND EDITION ($24.99 COVER PRICE), CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE WIDOW'S CURSE Quick ViewNov 2012DOCTOR WHO: THE WIDOW'S CURSE [2009-GN]
2ND EDITION ($24.99 COVER PRICE), CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE CRIMSON HAND Quick ViewDec 2012DOCTOR WHO: THE CRIMSON HAND [2010-GN]
2ND EDITION ($24.99 COVER PRICE), CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR VOL 01: REVOLUTIONS OF TERRORQuick ViewJun 2016DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR [2014-TPB] VOL 01: REVOLUTIONS OF TERROR
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR VOL 02: THE WEEPING ANGELS OF MONSQuick ViewJun 2016DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR [2014-TPB] VOL 02: THE WEEPING ANGELS OF MONS
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR VOL 03: THE FOUNTAINS OF FOREVERQuick ViewAug 2016DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR [2014-TPB] VOL 03: THE FOUNTAINS OF FOREVER
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR VOL 04: THE ENDLESS SONGQuick ViewNov 2016DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR [2014-TPB] VOL 04: THE ENDLESS SONG
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR VOL 05: ARENA OF FEARQuick ViewMar 2017DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR [2014-TPB] VOL 05: ARENA OF FEAR
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR VOL 06: SINS OF THE FATHERQuick ViewJun 2017DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR [2014-TPB] VOL 06: SINS OF THE FATHER
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR VOL 07: WAR OF GODSQuick ViewNov 2017DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR [2014-TPB] VOL 07: WAR OF GODS
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR--FACING FATE VOL 01: BREAKFAST AT TYRANNY'SQuick ViewFeb 2018DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR--FACING FATE [2018-TPB] VOL 01: BREAKFAST AT TYRANNY'S
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: FOUR DOCTORS Quick ViewAug 2016DOCTOR WHO: FOUR DOCTORS [2015-TPB]
CURRENT PRINTING
  (multi-Doctor story (mainly 10th-12th, but also War and 9th))
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DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR ARCHIVES VOL 01Quick ViewSep 2015DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR ARCHIVES [2015-TPB] VOL 01
CURRENT PRINTING
  (eleventh Doctor stuff begins here; the 'ARCHIVES' are Titan's reprints of IDW material)
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DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR ARCHIVES VOL 02Quick ViewOct 2015DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR ARCHIVES [2015-TPB] VOL 02
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR ARCHIVES VOL 03Quick ViewDec 2015DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR ARCHIVES [2015-TPB] VOL 03
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE CHILD OF TIME Quick ViewDec 2012DOCTOR WHO: THE CHILD OF TIME [2012-GN]
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE CHAINS OF OLYMPUS Quick ViewDec 2013DOCTOR WHO: THE CHAINS OF OLYMPUS [2014-GN]
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: HUNTERS OF THE BURNING STONE Quick ViewDec 2013DOCTOR WHO: HUNTERS OF THE BURNING STONE [2014-GN]
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR VOL 01: AFTER LIFEQuick ViewApr 2018DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR [2014-TPB] VOL 01: AFTER LIFE
2ND EDITION ($16.99 COVER PRICE), CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR VOL 02: SERVE YOUQuick ViewOct 2016DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR [2014-TPB] VOL 02: SERVE YOU
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR VOL 03: CONVERSIONQuick ViewAug 2016DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR [2014-TPB] VOL 03: CONVERSION
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR VOL 04: THE THEN AND THE NOWQuick ViewNov 2016DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR [2014-TPB] VOL 04: THE THEN AND THE NOW
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR VOL 05: THE ONEQuick ViewMar 2017DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR [2014-TPB] VOL 05: THE ONE
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR VOL 06: THE MALIGNANT TRUTHQuick ViewAug 2017DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR [2014-TPB] VOL 06: THE MALIGNANT TRUTH
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR--THE SAPLING VOL 01: GROWTHQuick ViewJan 2018DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR--THE SAPLING [2018-TPB] VOL 01: GROWTH
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE BLOOD OF AZRAEL Quick ViewJan 2015DOCTOR WHO: THE BLOOD OF AZRAEL [2015-GN]
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR VOL 01: TERRORFORMERQuick ViewJun 2016DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR [2014-TPB] VOL 01: TERRORFORMER
CURRENT PRINTING
  (twelfth Doctor stuff begins here)
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DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR VOL 02: FRACTURESQuick ViewAug 2016DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR [2014-TPB] VOL 02: FRACTURES
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR VOL 03: HYPERIONQuick ViewSep 2016DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR [2014-TPB] VOL 03: HYPERION
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DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR VOL 04: THE SCHOOL OF DEATHQuick ViewFeb 2017DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR [2014-TPB] VOL 04: THE SCHOOL OF DEATH
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DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR VOL 05: THE TWISTQuick ViewJun 2017DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR [2014-TPB] VOL 05: THE TWIST
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR VOL 06: SONIC BOOMQuick ViewJan 2018DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR [2014-TPB] VOL 06: SONIC BOOM
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR: TIME TRIALS VOL 01: THE TERROR BENEATHQuick ViewMar 2018DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR: TIME TRIALS [2018-TPB] VOL 01: THE TERROR BENEATH
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE EYE OF TORMENT Quick ViewNov 2015DOCTOR WHO: THE EYE OF TORMENT [2015-GN]
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE HIGHGATE HORROR Quick ViewFeb 2017DOCTOR WHO: THE HIGHGATE HORROR [2017-GN]
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: GHOST STORIES Quick ViewMar 2018DOCTOR WHO: GHOST STORIES [2018-TPB]
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: DOORWAY TO HELL Quick ViewNov 2017DOCTOR WHO: DOORWAY TO HELL [2017-GN]
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DOCTOR WHO: THE ROAD TO THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR Quick ViewDec 2018DOCTOR WHO: THE ROAD TO THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR [2018-TPB]
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE PHANTOM PIPER Quick ViewDec 2018DOCTOR WHO: THE PHANTOM PIPER [2018-GN]
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE CLOCKWISE WAR Quick ViewMay 2019DOCTOR WHO: THE CLOCKWISE WAR [2019-GN]
  
UNAVAILABLE$16.99
      
DOCTOR WHO: THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR VOL 01: A NEW BEGINNINGQuick ViewMay 2019DOCTOR WHO: THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR [2018-TPB] VOL 01: A NEW BEGINNING
CURRENT PRINTING
  
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DOCTOR WHO: THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR VOL 02Quick ViewJun 2019DOCTOR WHO: THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR [2018-TPB] VOL 02
  
UNAVAILABLE$14.44
DOCTOR WHO: THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR VOL 03: OLD FRIENDSQuick ViewOct 2019DOCTOR WHO: THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR [2018-TPB] VOL 03: OLD FRIENDS
  
UNAVAILABLE$14.44

1st Appearance

The first appearance of a character in comic book form is often the most valuable issue featuring that character. It's a nice place to get started in Doctor Who, if it's within your budget. The very first Doctor Who comic strip appeared in the British weekly comic, TV COMIC [1951] #674. It was Part 1 of 10, and TV COMIC would publish Doctor Who comic strips from 1964-1979 (with a brief hiatus 1971-1973 when Doctor Who comics would appear in a sister publication). Of note, as well, are the first appearances of Doctor Who in US comics--both the film version (Dell Comics) and the television version (Marvel Comics). See the Key Issues section of this guide for first appearances in comics for each incarnation of the Doctor.

  • TV COMIC [1951] #674  (1st appearance of Doctor Who (in comics); 1st appearance of the first Doctor (in comics))
  • DOCTOR WHO AND THE DALEKS [1966] [#190]  (1st appearance of film version of Doctor Who (in U.S. comics))
  • MARVEL PREMIERE [1972] #57  (1st appearance of television version of Doctor Who (in U.S. comics))

Origin Story

The original presentation of an origin story or a retelling/recounting of it can be a good place to get started with a character or subject. The 'origin' of a superhero is typically the event or circumstances surrounding how they gained their powers and/or began fighting crime. However, Doctor Who does not have a stereotypical superhero origin, and only bits and pieces of his early life have been sporadically presented over his long, long television and publishing history. There is nowhere to go to get a concise summary of the Doctor's early life, and the mystery of that is part of the franchise's charm. Also, since the Doctor can regenerate in a new body, each regeneration becomes a soft relaunch of the franchise with new companions and adventures but with definite connections to past adventures. Non-linear thinking is a key facet of Doctor Who--and of enjoying Doctor Who.

Main Publication History

Series beginnings are always great places to get started in comic books. Here is the Main Publication History for Doctor Who comic books. Doctor Who's comic origin and roots are firmly rooted in British comic strips, and comic strips in the UK market were pretty much only way to consume Doctor Who comic material until 2006, when IDW began publishing US comic books in line with the US comic book standard. All of the sparse Marvel (US) comics printed before 2006 were reprints of British comic strips, but IDW launched three strong lines of comic books: original stories of the current Doctor, original stories of former Doctors, and reprints of classic comic strips. Titan has continued publishing original material in the standard comic book format as well for current and former Doctors, but the extremely long-running DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE still publishes original Doctor Who comic strips. And there is now a healthy line of softcover compilations of British comic strip material, stretchin very far back even. See the Secondary Publishing History for the list of Panini's comic strip graphic novel compilations.

  • TV COMIC [1951] #674-936, 944-999   (original comic strip material; some material reprinted out of order in DOCTOR WHO: CLASSIC COMICS [1992] series and a few issues of DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE [1996-MAG])
  • TV CENTURY 21 [1965-NP] #1-104   (contains the original DALEKS comic strip; reprinted many times: two 'DALEK ANNUAL' hardcovers; DOCTOR WHO WEEKLY [1979-MAG]; DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE [1984-MAG]; DOCTOR WHO: CLASSIC COMICS [1992]; DALEK CHRONICLES: A DOCTOR WHO SUMMER SPECIAL [1994])
  • DOCTOR WHO ANNUAL [1966-HC] #1966-1971, 1973-1986   (mostly text stories and other non-comic features, but most contain at least one original comic strip; tradition continued in DOCTOR WHO YEARBOOK [1991-HC])
  • DOCTOR WHO AND THE DALEKS [1966] [#190]   (Dell 'MOVIE CLASSICS' one-shot adaptation of the feature film of the same name; 1st appearance of film version of Doctor Who (in U.S. comics))
  • COUNTDOWN [1971-MAG] #1-13, 15-58   (regular, original strips move from the TV COMIC [1951] series to this sister publication for a few years; series numbering continued in TV ACTION [1972-MAG] as the publication changed names)
  • TV ACTION [1972-MAG] #59-104, 107-112, 116-120, 123-131   (more regular, original strips; series numbering continued from COUNTDOWN [1971-MAG])
  • DOCTOR WHO HOLIDAY SPECIAL [1973-MAG]    
  • TV COMIC [1951] #1133-1430   (regular, original strips return from a brief stint at the TV ACTION [1972-MAG] magazine (and the COUNTDOWN [1971-MAG] before that); #1386-1430 contain edited reprints of earlier material)
  • DOCTOR WHO HOLIDAY SPECIAL [1974-MAG]    

  • DOCTOR WHO WEEKLY [1979-MAG] #1-43   (***Marvel UK magazine publishing era begins***; this and subsequent series contain a mix of text stories and original and reprint comic strips; numbering continues as DOCTOR WHO MONTHLY [1980-MAG])
  • DOCTOR WHO MONTHLY [1980-MAG] #44-84   (numbering continues from DOCTOR WHO WEEKLY [1979-MAG]; numbering continues as DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE [1984-MAG])
  • DOCTOR WHO SUMMER SPECIAL [1980-MAG] #1980-1986, 1991, 1993-1995   (one of several series of magazine specials accompanying the 'Doctor Who Magazine')
  • MARVEL PREMIERE [1972] #57-60   (some of the very few Marvel US comics featuring reprints of British comic strip material; #57 is the 1st appearance of television version of Doctor Who (in U.S. comics))
  • DOCTOR WHO WINTER SPECIAL [1981-MAG] #1981-1986, 1991-1994   
  • DOCTOR WHO 20TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL [1983-MAG]    
  • DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE [1984-MAG] #85-233   (numbering continues from DOCTOR WHO MONTHLY [1980-MAG]; numbering continues in DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE [1996-MAG] with new publisher)
  • DOCTOR WHO [1984] #1-23   (some of the very few Marvel US comics featuring reprints of British comic strip material)
  • DOCTOR WHO MARVEL ADVENTURE COMIC [1986-MINI] #1-6   (promotional, sealed mini-comics included with Golden Wonder crisps)
  • DOCTOR WHO AUTUMN SPECIAL [1987-MAG]    
  • DOCTOR WHO 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL [1988-MAG]    
  • DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE 10TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL [1989-MAG]    
  • DOCTOR WHO YEARBOOK [1991-HC] #1992-1996   (tradition of annual hardcovers of mostly text stories--but with some comic strips--continues from DOCTOR WHO ANNUAL [1966-HC] and continues on in DOCTOR WHO ANNUAL [2005-HC])
  • DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE HOLIDAY SPECIAL [1992-MAG]    
  • DOCTOR WHO: CLASSIC COMICS [1992] #1-27   (color reprints of early comic strips from the Polystyle publishing era)
  • DALEK CHRONICLES: A DOCTOR WHO SUMMER SPECIAL [1994-MAG]    (reprints THE DALEKS comic strip from TV CENTURY 21 [1965-NP] #1-104)
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE AGE OF CHAOS [1994-SC]    (an original story graphic novel)
  • DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE [1996-MAG] #234-   (new publisher; numbering continues from DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE [1984-MAG])
  • DOCTOR WHO SPRING SPECIAL [1996-MAG]    
  • DOCTOR WHO MOVIE SPECIAL [1996-MAG]    
  • RADIO TIMES [1923-MAG] [42 WEEKLY ISSUES] 1 Jun 96 to 22 Mar 97   (contains original, serialized comic strips in each issue; never reprinted, but available online here)
  • DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE SPECIAL EDITION [2002-MAG] #1-   (standalone, occasionally-published magazine focusing on some aspect of Doctor Who lore)
  • DOCTOR WHO ANNUAL [2005-HC] #2006-2019   (tradition of annual hardcovers with mostly text stories, but some comic strip material, continues from DOCTOR WHO YEARBOOK [1991-HC])

  • DOCTOR WHO [2008] #1-8   (***IDW US comic book publishing era begins***; 1st IDW original series (current Doctor))
  • DOCTOR WHO ADVENTURES [2006-MAG] #1-363   (contains original comic stories; series relaunched as DOCTOR WHO ADVENTURES [2015-MAG])
  • DOCTOR WHO STORYBOOK [2006-HC] #2007-2010   (another line of hardcovers featuring text stories and comic strips)
  • DOCTOR WHO - BATTLES IN TIME [2006-MAG] #1-70   (contains original, serialized comic strips in each issue)
  • DOCTOR WHO CLASSICS [2007] #1-10   (1st IDW reprint series)
  • TORCHWOOD MAGAZINE [2008-MAG] #1-25   (contains original Torchwood comic strips)
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE FORGOTTEN [2008] #1-6   (1st IDW original mini-series/one-shot (former Doctors))
  • GRANT MORRISON'S DOCTOR WHO [2008] #1-2   (2nd IDW reprint series; reprints all three of Morrison's Doctor Who stories)
  • DOCTOR WHO CLASSICS [2008] #1-13   (3rd IDW reprint series)
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE WHISPERING GALLERY [2009]    (2nd IDW original mini-series/one-shot (former Doctors))
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE TIME MACHINATION [2009]    (3rd IDW original mini-series/one-shot (former Doctors))
  • DOCTOR WHO: AUTOPIA [2009]    (4th IDW original mini-series/one-shot (former Doctors))
  • DOCTOR WHO [2009] #1-16   (2nd IDW original series (current Doctor))
  • DOCTOR WHO: ROOM WITH A DÉJÀ VU [2009]    (5th IDW original mini-series/one-shot (former Doctors))
  • DOCTOR WHO: COLD-BLOODED WAR! [2009]    (6th IDW original mini-series/one-shot (former Doctors))
  • DOCTOR WHO: BLACK DEATH WHITE LIFE [2009]    (7th IDW original mini-series/one-shot (former Doctors))
  • DOCTOR WHO CLASSICS [2010] #1-6   (4th IDW reprint series)
  • DOCTOR WHO ANNUAL 2010 [2010]    
  • TORCHWOOD [2010] #1-6   (Titan reprints some of the comic strips from TORCHWOOD MAGAZINE [2008] in comic book format before losing the Torchwood-specific license)
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE ONLY GOOD DALEK [2010-HC]    (first original, novel-length story in hardcover)
  • DOCTOR WHO [2011] #1-16   (3rd IDW original series (current Doctor))
  • DOCTOR WHO CLASSICS: THE SEVENTH DOCTOR [2011] #1-5   (5th IDW reprint series)
  • DOCTOR WHO: A FAIRYTALE LIFE [2011] #1-4   (8th IDW original mini-series/one-shot (former Doctors))
  • DOCTOR WHO ANNUAL 2011 [2011]    
  • DOCTOR WHO CLASSICS [2012] #1-6   (6th IDW reprint series)
  • STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION/DOCTOR WHO: ASSIMILATION^2 [2012] #1-8   (cross-property cross-over story)
  • DOCTOR WHO 100-PAGE SPECTACULAR [2012]    
  • DOCTOR WHO SPECIAL 2012 [2012]    
  • DOCTOR WHO ANNUAL 2012 [2012]    
  • DOCTOR WHO [2012] #1-16   (4th IDW original series (current Doctor))
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE DALEK PROJECT [2012-HC]    (second original, novel-length story in hardcover)
  • DOCTOR WHO: PRISONERS OF TIME [2013] #1-12   (50th anniversary celebration maxi-series features all 11 Doctors)
  • DOCTOR WHO CLASSICS [2013] #1-5   (7th IDW reprint series)
  • DOCTOR WHO SPECIAL 2013 [2013]    
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE [2014-MAG] #1-   (each issue compiles info on a specific aspect of Doctor Who lore; limited--if any--comic material)

  • DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR [2014] #1-15   (***Titan US comic book publishing era begins***)
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR [2014] #1-15   
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR [2014] #1-16   
  • DOCTOR WHO COMIC [2015A] #1-8   (reprints of Titan's US Doctor Who series for the UK market)
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE NINTH DOCTOR [2015] #1-5   
  • DOCTOR WHO ADVENTURES [2015-MAG] #1-24   (contains original comic stories; this magazine series is a relaunch of DOCTOR WHO ADVENTURES [2006-MAG])
  • DOCTOR WHO: FREE COMIC BOOK DAY [2015] #1   
  • DOCTOR WHO: FOUR DOCTORS [2015] #1-5   (cross-over event story)
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR--YEAR TWO [2015] #1-17   
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR--YEAR TWO [2015] #1-15   
  • DOCTOR WHO COMIC [2015B] #1-6   (reprints of Titan's US Doctor Who series for the UK market)
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE EIGHTH DOCTOR [2015] #1-5   
  • TALES FROM THE TARDIS: DOCTOR WHO COMIC [2016] #1-17   (reprints of Titan's US Doctor Who series for the UK market)
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR--YEAR TWO [2016] #1-15   
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE FOURTH DOCTOR [2016] #1-5   
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE NINTH DOCTOR [2016] #1-15   
  • DOCTOR WHO: FREE COMIC BOOK DAY [2016] #1   
  • DOCTOR WHO 2016 CONVENTION SPECIAL [2016]    
  • DOCTOR WHO: SUPREMACY OF THE CYBERMEN [2016] #1-5   (cross-over event story)
  • TORCHWOOD [2016] #1-4   (1st new, original Torchwood mini-series)
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE THIRD DOCTOR [2016] #1-5   
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR--YEAR THREE [2016] #1-14   
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR--YEAR THREE [2017] #1-13   
  • TORCHWOOD [2017] #1-4   (2nd new, original Torchwood mini-series)
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR--YEAR THREE [2017] #1-13   
  • DOCTOR WHO: GHOST STORIES [2017] #1-4   (comic sequel to the television Christmas Special 2016)
  • DOCTOR WHO: FREE COMIC BOOK DAY [2017] #1   
  • DOCTOR WHO 2017 CONVENTION SPECIAL [2017]    
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE LOST DIMENSION [2017] ALPHA, OMEGA   (cross-over event story bookend issues; main story runs through the ongoing series)
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE NINTH DOCTOR SPECIAL [2017]    (LOST DIMENSION tie-in special (since the ninth Doctor did not have an ongoing at the time))
  • DOCTOR WHO LOST DIMENSION SPECIAL [2017] #1-2   (cross-over event story specials)
  • TORCHWOOD: THE CULLING [2017] #1-4   (3rd new, original Torchwood mini-series)
  • DOCTOR WHO: FREE COMIC BOOK DAY [2018] #0   
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE SEVENTH DOCTOR [2018] #1-3   
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE ROAD TO THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR [2018] #1-3   (prequel mini-series to the newest Doctor)
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR [2018] #0-   (ongoing series starring the current Doctor)
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR HOLIDAY SPECIAL [2019] #1-2   

Secondary Publication History

If you've already enjoyed some of the series listed in the Main Publication History above, series from this secondary publication list are very good places to further your exploration. Here, we use the Secondary Publication History to list the many Doctor Who graphic novels, where we strictly limit the entries by the traditional definition of the term 'graphic novel,' which is a magazine-proportioned softcover with a square binding. Panini publishing began a long-running series of graphic novel reprints in 2004, and most of these continue to be in print today. They are not numbered, but we add parenthetical volume numbers below based on their order of publication (which in no way corresponds to the order of publication of the source material).

  • DOCTOR WHO: VOYAGER [1985-GN]    (Marvel (US) graphic novel format story reprint)
  • DOCTOR WHO COLLECTED COMICS [1985-GN]    (Marvel UK graphic novel format story reprints)
  • DOCTOR WHO GRAPHIC NOVEL: THE MARK OF MANDRAGORA [1993-GN]    (Virgin books graphic novel format story reprint)
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE IRON LEGION [2004-GN] [VOL 01]   (Panini graphic novel reprints of classic British comic strips begin)
  • DOCTOR WHO: DRAGON'S CLAW [2004-GN] [VOL 02]   
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE TIDES OF TIME [2005-GN] [VOL 03]   
  • DOCTOR WHO: ENDGAME [2005-GN] [VOL 04]   
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE GLORIOUS DEAD [2006-GN] [VOL 05]   
  • DOCTOR WHO: OBLIVION [2006-GN] [VOL 06]   
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE FLOOD [2007-GN] [VOL 07]   
  • DOCTOR WHO: VOYAGER [2007-GN] [VOL 08]   
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE WORLD SHAPERS [2008-GN] [VOL 09]   
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE BETROTHAL OF SONTAR [2008-GN] [VOL 10]   
  • DOCTOR WHO: A COLD DAY IN HELL! [2009-GN] [VOL 11]   
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE WIDOW'S CURSE [2009-GN] [VOL 12]   
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE CRIMSON HAND [2010-GN] [VOL 13]   
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE CHILD OF TIME [2012-GN] [VOL 14]   
  • DOCTOR WHO: NEMESIS OF THE DALEKS [2013-GN] [VOL 15]   
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE CHAINS OF OLYMPUS [2014-GN] [VOL 16]   
  • DOCTOR WHO: HUNTERS OF THE BURNING STONE [2014-GN] [VOL 17]   
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE CRUEL SEA [2014-GN] [VOL 18]   
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE BLOOD OF AZRAEL [2015-GN] [VOL 19]   
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE GOOD SOLDIER [2015-GN] [VOL 20]   
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE EYE OF TORMENT [2015-GN] [VOL 21]   
  • DOCTOR WHO: EVENING'S EMPIRE [2016-GN] [VOL 22]   
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE HIGHGATE HORROR [2017-GN] [VOL 23]   
  • DOCTOR WHO: EMPEROR OF THE DALEKS [2017-GN] [VOL 24]   
  • DOCTOR WHO: DOORWAY TO HELL [2017-GN] [VOL 25]   
  • DOCTOR WHO: LAND OF THE BLIND [2018-GN] [VOL 26]   
  • DOCTOR WHO: THE PHANTOM PIPER [2018-GN] [VOL 27]   

Selected Key Storylines

This section contains a curated list of some of the best storylines for Doctor Who, any one of which can be a good place to get started. Panini is doing such an excellent job of compiling and reprinting some of the best Doctor Who Magazine strips from the Marvel UK era (plus individual issues of Doctor Who Magazine are sometime difficult to collect), we include several of these volumes in the list below instead of the myriad of individual issues of the Doctor Who Magazine which contained the original material. Check the vast Compilations section of this guide, as many of these stories are still in print as compilations. Of note, Alan Moore wrote five backup strips at the very beginning of the 1980's, and Grant Morrison wrote three main strips in the 1986-1988 timeframe.

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1980DOCTOR WHO WEEKLY [1979-MAG] #35-38, 40-43   (BLACK LEGACY / BUSINESS AS USUAL; two of Alan Moore/Dave Lloyd's five backup strip collaborations (this is the creative duo who would go on to create the non-Doctor Who, critically-acclaimed V FOR VENDETTA series); reprinted in DOCTOR WHO [1984] #14-15)
1980DOCTOR WHO MONTHLY [1980-MAG] #47, 51, 57   (STAR DEATH / 4-D WAR / BLACK SUN RISING; the other three of Alan Moore/Dave Lloyd's five backup strip collaborations)
1982DOCTOR WHO MONTHLY [1980-MAG] #61-67   (THE TIDES OF TIME; from Steve Parkhouse/Dave Gibbons the first real comic strip epic starring the Fifth Doctor is still referenced today; reprinted in DOCTOR WHO [1984] #15-18)
2004DOCTOR WHO: THE IRON LEGION [2004-GN] [VOL 01]   (an astonishing adventure set in a parallel universe kicks off Marvel UK's very strong fourth Doctor run)
2004DOCTOR WHO: DRAGON'S CLAW [2004-GN] [VOL 02]   (more fourth Doctor)
2005DOCTOR WHO: ENDGAME [2005-GN] [VOL 04]   (start of a very strong and long, fan-favorite eighth Doctor comic strip run)
2006DOCTOR WHO: THE GLORIOUS DEAD [2006-GN] [VOL 05]   (more eighth Doctor)
2006DOCTOR WHO: OBLIVION [2006-GN] [VOL 06]   (more eighth Doctor)
2007DOCTOR WHO: THE FLOOD [2007-GN] [VOL 07]   (more eighth Doctor)
2007DOCTOR WHO: VOYAGER [2007-GN] [VOL 08]   (sixth Doctor)
2008DOCTOR WHO: THE WORLD SHAPERS [2008-GN] [VOL 09]   (sixth Doctor; contains two of Grant Morrison's three Doctor Who stories)
2008DOCTOR WHO: THE FORGOTTEN [2008] #1-6   (1st sanctioned story to include all incarnations of the Doctor to-date (as of then); notable for the inclusion of many historical Doctor Who references)
2013DOCTOR WHO: PRISONERS OF TIME [2013] #1-12   (another amazing all-Doctor epic)
2014DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR [2014] #1-3   (REVOLUTIONS OF TERROR; first arc of strong start to Titan's tenure)
2014DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR [2014] #1-15   (Titan's other strong start on the eleventh Doctor)
2015DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR [2014] #6-9   (THE WEEPING ANGELS OF MONS; an old enemy makes a major appearance)
2016DOCTOR WHO: THE FOURTH DOCTOR [2016] #1-5   (GAZE OF THE MEDUSA; Tom Baker is arguably the most famous Doctor, and this untold tale of the fourth Doctor is a perfect mix of a classic feel with a modern take)

Media Source Material

If you've enjoyed non-comic media for Doctor Who, this section describes the comic book source material for some of the most popular non-comic media. But, with Doctor Who, movies and other media are not produced from comic source material. Comic strip and comic book material are spin-offs of the television show and exist alongside the other live-action and text-based media.

Key Issues

A key issue can be an acceptable place to get started with Doctor Who, but they are more of a collector's checklist, as they can carry high price tags. As there are limited issues from the Classic Era in US comic book format, all of Marvel's reprint comic books are fairly sought after in the secondary market: MARVEL PREMIERE [1972] #57-60, DOCTOR WHO [1984] #1-23, and DOCTOR WHO: CLASSIC COMICS [1992] #1-27.

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  • TV COMIC [1951] #674   (1st appearance of Doctor Who (in comics); 1st appearance of the first Doctor (in comics))
  • DOCTOR WHO AND THE DALEKS [1966] [#190]   (1st appearance of film version of Doctor Who (in U.S. comics))
  • TV COMIC [1951] #784   (1st appearance of the second Doctor (in comics))
  • TV COMIC [1951] #940   (1st appearance of the third Doctor (in comics))
  • TV COMIC [1951] #1204   (1st appearance of the fourth Doctor (in comics))
  • MARVEL PREMIERE [1972] #57   (1st appearance of television version of Doctor Who (in U.S. comics))
  • DOCTOR WHO MONTHLY [1980-MAG] #61   (1st appearance of the fifth Doctor (in comics))
  • DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE [1984-MAG] #88   (1st appearance of the sixth Doctor (in comics); 1st appearance of Frobisher)
  • DOCTOR WHO [1984] #1   (1st issue of this series)
  • DOCTOR WHO [1984] #23   (final issues of this series)
  • DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE [1984-MAG] #130   (1st appearance of the seventh Doctor (in comics))
  • DOCTOR WHO: CLASSIC COMICS [1992] #1   (1st issue of this series)
  • RADIO TIMES [1923-MAG] [1996-06-01]   (1st appearance of the eighth Doctor (in comics))
  • DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE [1996-MAG] #244   (1st appearance of the eighth Doctor (in Doctor Who Magazine))
  • DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE [1996-MAG] #355   (1st appearance of the ninth Doctor (in comics))
  • DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE [1996-MAG] #365   (1st appearance of the tenth Doctor (in comics))
  • DOCTOR WHO ADVENTURES [2006-MAG] #160   (1st appearance of the eleventh Doctor (in comics))
  • DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE [1996-MAG] #421   (1st appearance of the eleventh Doctor (in Doctor Who Magazine))
  • DOCTOR WHO ANNUAL 2010 [2010]    (cameo appearance of eleventh Doctor)
  • DOCTOR WHO [2012] #13   (1st appearance of the War Doctor (in comics))
  • DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE [1996-MAG] #477   (1st appearance of the twelfth Doctor (in comics))
  • DOCTOR WHO: FREE COMIC BOOK DAY [2018] #0   (1st appearance of the thirteenth Doctor (in comics))
  • DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE [1996-MAG] #531   (1st appearance of the thirteenth Doctor (in Doctor Who Magazine))