Thursday, 16 May 2013


After seeing the Doctor reading a copy of The Beano in the recent episode, The Rings of Akhaten, Doctor Who fans have flooded the comic’s offices with enquiries about the issue used in the scene; a 1981 Summer Special. Such is the overwhelming response that staff at The Beano have decided to reprint the original 32-page kids’ favourite and include it in a special edition which goes on sale today.
Mike Stirling, Editor-in-Chief of The Beano, stated that the comic would stay faithful to its original appearance, saying, ‘Some of the strips are colour while some are black and white – we’ve stayed true to the original summer special so that our readers can really find out what The Beano was like more than 30 years ago.’ On the issue’s appearance in Doctor Who he said, ‘Everyone at The Beano was delighted to see one of our summer specials appear on Doctor Who. We’re big fans of the show, and so are our readers – who haven’t stopped talking about it. We decided to travel back in time and get a copy of the 1981 Summer Special, which we’ve reprinted inside the latest issue – in time for the last episode of the season.’ He added, ‘We’re all really excited about this issue and thrilled that Doctor Who is one of our fans
Matt Smith joins Jessie J, One Direction and Olly Murs who all received a Beano makeover for Red Nose Day’s 25th anniversary earlier this year, a year which also sees The Beano celebrate its 75th anniversary and the Doctor Who special is one of a number planned by publishers DC Thomson.
A Sonic screwdriver may be just the thing to sort out Dennis the Menace. Who knows?

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