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Wednesday, 15 May 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
This week's edition of children's comic The Beano includes a reprint of the 1981 summer special seen at the beginning of The Rings of Akhaten.

Publisher DC Thomson said it had been swamped with requests for the 32-year-old 32-page special after it was used by the Doctor to hide behind while he spied on Clara's parents-to-be.

In addition, the cover of the new issue - published today - shows Beano character Dennis The Menace catapulting a Dalek over a fence as his canine sidekick Gnasher exclaims "Gnexterminate!" Meanwhile, a caricature of Matt Smith as the Doctor views the mischief from the masthead.

Editor-in-chief Mike Stirling said:
Everyone at The Beano was delighted to see one of our summer specials appear on Doctor Who.

We're big fans of the show, and so are our readers, who haven't stopped talking about it. We decided to travel back in time and get a copy of the 1981 summer special, which we've reprinted inside the latest issue, in time for the last episode of the season.

We're all really excited about this issue and thrilled that Doctor Who is one of our fans. We hope Matt Smith and the whole Doctor Who team love this issue. We're giving every child the opportunity to travel back in time - just like the Doctor.