Deathworld

Goofs: As usual for the back-up strip, the Cybermen are rather emotional here, crying out lines such as "Their weapons cut us to pieces! There's nothing we can do!" and "There is still a chance of final victory!"

Continuity: Yama-10 is unpleasantly hot for the Ice Warriors, who start to suffer from heat exhaustion, but has traces of trislicate. It also has a cold polar region. They use an excavation beam to melt rock. The planet has native fauna including a five-legged gazelle-like creature and something that resembles a cross between a wolf and a flying fox, has poison fangs and which attacks and kills an Ice Warrior. The Ice Warriors know of the Cybermen. They are left trapped in ice by an avalanche, but Yinak notes that they will simply hibernate and will revive when the ice thaws (see The Ice Warriors).

The Cybermen drop Cybermats on the Ice Warrior encampment from their ship, apparently to carry out surveillance; one of them spits liquid at an Ice Warrior. The Cybermats depicted here resemble those seen in The Wheel in Space. The Cybermen themselves resemble a cross between those seen in The Moonbase, The Tomb of the Cybermen and The Wheel in Space, but are sleeker and with bulkier heads. They claim that Yama-10 is part of the Cyber Empire. Water short-circuits them.

Links: The Ice Warriors appeared in the television stories The Ice Warriors, The Seeds of Doom, The Curse of Peladon, and The Monster of Peladon. They've also appeared in several Doctor Who novels, including Mission to Magnus, Legacy, GodEngine and The Dying Days. Deathworld marks their first comic strip appearance; they would go on to face the Doctor in several strips, beginning with 4-Dimensional Vistas. Trisilicate was first mentioned in The Curse of Peladon and The Monster of Peladon. Cybermats appeared in the television stories The Tomb of the Cybermen, The Wheel in Space, and Revenge of the Cybermen. They have since appeared in the novel Illegal Alien and the audio stories Sword of Orion and Spare Parts. They made a brief comic strip appearance in the TV Comic story Flower Power!

Location: Yama-10, probably circa 3885 [the dating of The Curse of Peladon].

The Bottom Line: Having had great success with strips starring the series' most popular monsters, it made sense to pit two of them against each other, and Deathworld features a battle between the Cybermen and the Ice Warriors to great effect. Despite flashes of emotion (and let's face it, Earthshock was just as guilty), the Cybermen are portrayed as fairly logical, contrasting nicely with the warrior culture of the Ice Warriors. David Lloyd's artwork is great, making it easy to understand the fame he later achieved for V for Vendetta.

Discontinuity Guide by Paul Clarke

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