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After I left Marvel UK, Steve Parkhouse decided that he didn't want to script Doctor Who Monthly's comic strip any longer. I offered to do the job, and wrote about six months worth of stories for the magazine. Looking back, these seem pretty primitive efforts. I hadn't written much comic strip material before this point - though I'd edited my fair share - and the process of telling a story in such a cramped space was one of my tougher challenges.
I wrote a couple of short stories - one with the Doctor's TARDIS materiaising in a locked room containing a dead body just as the local law-enforcement officers show up, one with a vampiric house that feeds off the TARDIS' energy cells and a story which I hoped was charming, inspired by John Ford's Grapes of Wrath, and was the prelude to an ambitious epic.