Out Now: Doctor Who – The Complete History #19

KROLL. KROLL. KROLL. KROLL–

— Is featured in the latest issue of Doctor Who: The Complete History. Yep, Issue 19 of the hardcover partwork from Hachette cover three Fourth Doctor stories, including the conclusion of the Key to Time arc, and the introduction of Lalla Ward, taking over from the wonderful (and much-missed) Mary Tamm as Romana. Here’s what Volume 30 promises:

The Power of Kroll

The quest for the Key to Time brings the Doctor and Romana to a distant moon. They find themselves caught in the conflict between the native Swampies and the crew of the methane refinery – while, submerged in the swamps, something stirs.

The Armageddon Factor

Interplanetary war, betrayal, and the awakening of dark forces await the Doctor and Romana on the planet Atrios, where their mission to find all six segments of the Key to Time enters its final phase…

Destiny of the Daleks

The Doctor and the newly-regenerated Romana land on a barren world that seems strangely familiar. The Daleks are searching for a long-buried weapon in their war with the Movellans. Deep beneath Skaro, Davros waits…

I’ve always quite liked these three underrated tales, even though they do admittedly drag a little (especially The Armageddon Factor), so this is a welcome instalment – but arguably not one every fan will be keen to get. But give it a chance: The Complete History is doing a great job in making fans re-evaluate serials.

Right. Anyone for a game of rock-paper-scissors?

Doctor Who: The Complete History #19 is out now, priced £9.99 ($24.99 in Australia and New Zealand).