Thursday, 5 December 2013

Invasion!: 'The Doomsdale Scenario', Part 1

NAME
Invasion!: 'The Doomsdale Scenario', Part 1

FIRST PUBLISHED
2000 A.D. Prog 13

DATELINE
21 May 77

PAGE COUNT
4

REPRINTS
Extreme Edition 3 and Invasion!

SYNOPSIS
The King's Messenger gets his message across.

FIRSTS & LASTS
None.

INFORMATION
The curfew enforced by the Volgans is 19:00. Volgans use TV detector vans to determine who is watching forbidden broadcasts from Canada, such as those made by King Charles III. Anglo-Canadian forces are working against the Volgans.

There is Nuclear Research Station at Doomsdale.

Tri Vision is a form of television.

A Greyhound Drop is the name given the King's messenger delivering a message in person, because it cannot be entrusted to normal codes.

BILL SAVAGE
He kills five Volgans. Savage is present when the King's messenger dies.

OTHER CHARACTERS
KING CHARLES III
He broadcasts from Canada.

BRIGADIER BENTLEY-PEARSON
He arranges the pick up for the King's messenger and is present when he dies.

THE KING'S MESSENGER
He flies from Canada in a Tornado jet and ejects at pre-arranged co-ordinates. His plane is destroyed by a Volgans missile and he is caught in the explosion. He passes on the King's message before he dies from hi injuries. The message is that there will be an airborne commando raid by Anglo-Canadian forces on the Doomsdale Nuclear Research Station in two days.

DEATHS
Six. Savage kills four Volgans with his shotgun and smashes his TV onto another. The King's messenger dies as a result of injuries sustained when he was caught in the explosion of his plane.

BEST LINES
Savage: "Wotcher, Brig!"

WORST LINES
Savage: "Heck! Behind me-!"

CATCHPHRASES
"This is Canada calling" (see INFLUENCES & REFERENCES below).

CONTINUITY & CROSSOVERS
Presumably Tri Vision is a forerunner of the Tri-D seen in Harlem Heroes, part 12 and Judge Dredd: Robot Wars, part 3 .

INFLUENCES & REFERENCES
"This is Canada calling" references propaganda radio programme Germany Calling, broadcast by Nazi Germany to audiences in the UK and the USA during World War II. Savage alludes to TV closedown at the end of the day. Greyhound was a call sign also used by UNIT in Doctor Who during the seventies.

MISTAKES
None.

RETROSPECT
None.

NOTES
None.

CREDITS
Script: Gerry Finley-Day
Artist: Mike Dorey
Letters: Jack Potter

REVIEW
It's obvious that this story takes place on a larger scale than usual because Savage is kept in the dark, but it's already obvious it will all go wrong and Savage will come to the rescue.

Next - Para-Kite Commandos Hit Doomsdale!