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CAN you create an alien foe worthy of menacing Doctor Who?

That's the challenge we're throwing down to fans of the TV time lord.

And we're offering a £50 cash prize for the most Imaginative entry in our great free-to-enter competition.

In addition the winner. and fifty runners-up will each receive a copy of the exciting new book*.

Each one will be autographed by the latest Doctor, actor Peter Davison.

The book, by Alan Road, gives a revealing insight into how the show is made.

Davison who took over the Tardis from Tom Baker, also contributed.

He says: "The book covers all the questions people ask, like who does the make-up, how they design costumes, - and how the special effects are created."

Here's how to enter our competition.

Since the good Doctor first appeared on TV in 1963, he has had to outwit scores of monsters.

We want you to draw your idea of another alien the Doctor might encounter. Add a few words of explanation if you wish -- the original description of a Dalek was just thirty-three words!

A drawing on a postcard will be quite acceptable.

Don't forget to add your age, name and address.

Send your entries to: Who Monster Junior Mirror, Daily Mirror Box 642, London EC88 1SX.

Closing date is August 18.

*Doctor Who—The Making of a Television Series by Alan Road is published by Andre Deutsch at £4.95.


  • The first Doctor Who was William Hartnell and the first episode was in 1963—six years before a mom walked on the moon.
  • After Hartnell, the Doctor has been played by Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker and now Peter Davison.
  • The series was expected to last six weeks—eighteen years later Doctor Who is still going strong.
  • Doctor Who has ten million viewers in Britain, while another 88 million see it in 39 countries.
  • The series has run so long that police-boxes like the Doctor's Tardis are no longer in use.
  • Originally the programme was intended for eleven to fourteen year olds. Today six out of every ten viewers are adults.

Caption: WHO'S WHO: Peter Davison, Doctor No. 5, took over from Tom Baker.

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