I have never really been a big Doctor Who fan but when Christopher Eccleston helped return the franchise to glory I decided to watch and I was impressed. I stand by my opinion that he is the best Doctor but the truth is I’m really more of a Eccleston fan ( see Elizabeth, Cracker and Shallow Grave ) than a Who fan. Unfortunately he was only on the show for one season. As far as comics go there are a ton of modern Who books out there which is a testament to the popularity of the show. If I were inclined to collect Doctor Who here is what I would look for:
Marvel Premiere 57 ( Mark Jeweler & UK Variant )
The first US appearance of the Doctor is a must own publication for fans. I often avoid comics with high print runs so the Mark Jeweler regional and UK variants are the ones to track down. The newsstand might be worth a cheap buy too.
Doctor Who Classics 2 ( regular cover & variant cover )
Locke and Key first appearance baby!
Doctor Who Magazine 17 ( First appearance of Absolom Daak )
Please oh please bring the chainsword wielding Dalek killer to the screen!
Doctor Who Weekly 35
I may not be a huge Who comics fan but I am an avid collector of all things Alan Moore. Moore is simply another in a long line of writing legends who started out writing for books like 2000 A.D., and this weekly UK publication:
TV Comics 674 ( First appearance of Doctor Who and the Tardis Time Travel Machine )
Admittedly I’ll never own this but the first appearance of Doctor Who will always be a comic I want despite Popeye on the cover.
Boy’s World 22, May 1964 ( First Appearance of Doctor What )
So this is a spoof of Doctor Who but predates TV Comics 674. SInce Dr. What is impersonating the first Doctor, he looks just like him. Does that make it the first appearance of Doctor Who? Historians might want to argue a bit on this one! But as a collector I would want it just in case!
If I were writing Doctor Who comics I would create a group of Doctors called the Covenant of Questions. Doctors Who, What, Where, Why and How come together to prevent Davros from implementing his new, galactic final solution.
The Dalek Book
First appearance of the Daleks? I’m not so sure but it’s the earliest I can find ( 1964 )
Doctor Who 2
The mad scientist Davros created the Dalek’s. I believe his first comic depiction is at the end of this comic thanks to a pretty sick Cockrum pin-up!
I am by no means a Who expert so for any fans who read this and have any correction or additions please let me know in the comment section and I will do my best to add or change any of the material included within this article.