Beep the Meep and other deep-rooted doctors alien fans never dreamed they’d see on TV

For the ignorant, Beep the Meep is like a rabbit and bat and beanbag cross. He looks cute and is wanted for crimes against multiple species who escaped the destruction of the Meep armada in a battle against the rest of the universe. The Wrarth Warriors are genetically engineered insectoid space police. Beep used black star radiation, which had turned the originally peaceful Meeps into warlike creatures, to power his ship and hypnotize people into doing his bidding.

doctor who has explored this discrepancy between visuals and morals, cuteness and horror a few times (the Rills and Drahvins in ‘Galaxy 4’, the Adipose in ‘Smith and Jones’, the Pting in ‘The Tsuranga Conundrum’), only here the comic medium allowed for visuals such as a huge spaceship hovering over a small Yorkshire town, and to really ramp up Beep’s cuteness unlike the Wrarth Warriors (which have grappling tongues, not unlike the xenomorphs in Alien

Doctor Who Magazine Comic 'The Stockbridge Showdown'

The ‘The Star Beast’ comic also saw the introduction of another recurring character: Sharon Davies was the first companion in the Doctor Who Weekly comic strip, her first trip was to a planet called New Earth, and she reappeared in the 500e problem of Doctor Who Magazine in a comic called ‘The Stockbridge Showdown’ (the village of Stockbridge is a setting that has come back since the very first comic). Here, the 12e Doctor teams up with multiple characters from the magazine’s comic strip, including Sharon, seen above dancing with Frobisher (a shape-shifting private detective who usually took the form of a penguin), with Maxwell Edison (UFO enthusiast), Majenta Pryce (former criminal and companion to the Tenth Doctor), Destrii (an amphibious gladiator from a tricky family situation), and Izzy (a teenage nerd struggling with her identity).

Involving Beep de Meep in the 60th anniversary is a great way to include comic book history in these celebrations. Since we can dream, and it’s also funny to confuse the notions of canon even further, here are five more spin-off characters we’d love to see (however briefly) on TV someday:


The Dalek Chronicles Comic Doctor Who

‘Genesis of Evil’ is a 1965 comic strip published in TV century 21, the first of their comics featuring the Daleks as the main characters. Co-written by David Whitaker (the first doctor who script editor) and Alan Fennell (a key creative force in several Gerry Anderson series, especially stingrayand the author of the 1973 film’s novel Digby the biggest dog in the world), this story showed readers the creation of the Daleks a decade before we saw it on television.

In this version, Yarvelling was a Dalek scientist working for the military leader Zolfian, and the Daleks were humanoids at this stage, at war with the Thals on the planet Skaro. Yarvelling designed robots to take care of all Thals that survived a neutron bomb attack, but a meteorite storm entered Skaro’s atmosphere with the devastation that detonated the neutron bombs. Yarvelling and Zolfian took shelter until radiation levels dropped, and found a ravaged planet with a burgeoning new race of Daleks, the war machines now populated by the species’ mutated remains. Yarvelling and Zolfian embark on the expansion of the new race before succumbing to radiation poisoning.