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.
The problem was that the editorial people on Doctor Who Monthly hated it and instead of the projected six episodes, the story was cut to three or four - I don't remember now.
The basic plot was that a space-faring Oke family was fleeing a war on their own planet and they end up inside the TARDIS. The Doctor helps them on their way then investigates the circumstances on the planet that drove them away. He finds a dreadful war going on in which natives of the planet are being cybernetically enhanced to fight as drone soldiers in this war. Many of these drone soldiers are on the point of death, though their mechanical components fight on. I thought it was an especially disturbing idea, a sort of forerunner to Star Trek's favourite menace The Borg. Seems I was wrong and I was off Doctor Who scripting duties.