Doctor Who: How Russell T Davies Adapted the Original Star Beast Comic

The 1980 “Doctor Who and the Star Beast” comic strip could be seen as the basis for all Modern Doctor Who

Doctor Who The Star Beast BBC poster and comics cover
Photo: BBC Studios/Doctor Who Weekly/Marvel

Warning: contains spoilers for Doctor Who: The Star Beast.

The first of the new David Tennant and Catherine Tate-fronted episodes is called simply “The Star Beast”, a title it shares with the 1980 Doctor Who Weekly comic strip (published in the US by Marvel Comics as “Stan Lee Presents: Doctor Who”) “Doctor Who and the Star Beast”, featuring the Fourth Doctor as played by Tom Baker.

The TV special stars Miriam Margolyes as the voice of the fluffy alien “Beep the Meep”, who first appeared in that comic. And if we put the poster for the special alongside the cover of that comic (see above) there are… similarities.

It wouldn’t be the first time the Doctor Who TV series has adapted stories from other mediums. The most famous example would be when Paul Cornell was invited to adapt the Seventh Doctor novel he had written for Virgin New Adventures, “Human Nature”, which saw the Doctor abandon his Time Lord identity to become the ordinary human teacher, John Smith.


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