For those who don’t know, Beep the Meep is like a cross between a rabbit, a bat, and a beanbag. He looks adorable and is wanted for crimes against several species having 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 the Dark Star Radiation, which had turned the originally peaceful Meeps into warrior beings, to power his ship and hypnotize people into doing whatever he wanted.
Doctor Who explored this gap between visuals and morals, kindness and horror a few times (the Rills and Drahvins in ‘Galaxy 4’, the Adiposes in ‘Smith and Jones’, the Ptings in ‘The Tsuranga Conundrum’), only here the comic medium allowed for visuals such as a massive spaceship hanging over a small town in Yorkshire, and to really up the cuteness of Beep unlike the Wrarth Warriors (who have prehensile tongues, much like the xenomorphs in Extraterrestrial).
The comic “The Star Beast” also saw the introduction of another recurring character: Sharon Davies was the first companion of the Weekly Doctor Who comic, her first trip was to a planet called New Earth, and she reappeared in the 500se problem of Doctor Who Magazine in a strip called ‘The Stockbridge Showdown’ (the village of Stockbridge being a recurring setting from the very first strip). Here on the 12e Doctor teams up with several characters from the magazine’s comic strip, including Sharon, seen above dancing with Frobisher (a shape-shifting private detective who mostly 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 an awkward family situation), and Izzy (a teenage geek struggling with her identity).
Including Beep the Meep in the 60th anniversary is a great way to involve comic book history in these celebrations. Because we can dream, and also because it’s fun to confuse more canon notions, here are five more spin-off characters we’d love to see (even briefly) on TV someday:
‘Genesis of Evil’ is a 1965 comic strip published in Century 21 TV, the first of their strips featuring the Daleks as the main characters. Co-written by David Whitaker (the first Doctor Who script editor) and Alan Fennell (a major creative force on several Gerry Anderson series, in particular Rayand writer of the 1973 film’s novelization Digby the biggest dog in the world), this story showed readers the creation of the Daleks a decade before they saw it on TV.
In this version, Yarvelling was a Dalek scientist working for the military leader Zolfian, and the Daleks were humanoids at this point, at war with the Thals on the planet Skaro. Yarvelling designed robots to deal with any Thals who survived a neutron bomb attack, but a meteor storm entered Skaro’s atmosphere with the devastation causing the neutron bombs to explode. Yarvelling and Zolfian took shelter until radiation levels dropped and found a devastated planet with a thriving new race of Daleks, the war machines now populated by the species’ mutated remnants. Yarvelling and Zolfian begin work on expanding the new race before succumbing to radiation poisoning.