“Dreadnought” was a story in the short-lived series of comic-strips about the 8th Doctor published by the Radio Times in 1996. Although planned for a longer run, the comic strip series was cancelled somewhat suddenly (obliging its author, Gary Russell, to tie up some loose ends that were intended to be part of a longer running story arc).
You can read Dreadnought here – Dreadnought
The Doctor appears on a space vessel called the Dreadnought. Here he meets Stacy, who is running from the Cybermen. They capture the Doctor and Stacy, and they find out that Stacy’s fiancé Bill has become a Cyberman. When Stacy makes him remember their friendship, he makes the ultimate sacrifice. He gets killed, but he stops the Cybermen, and after this the Doctor and Stacy have many adventures.
Note : In the 10th Doctor special “The Next Doctor”, the gigantic “Cyberking” was said to be a Dreadnought class vehicle. Dreadnoughts were said to be used during Cyber-invasions. Presumably either the 10th Doctor has encountered the Cybus Cybermen using such ships in some off-screen adventure, or he was referring to the use of such vessels by this-universe Cybermen.
- Series: Radio Times comic strips
- Doctor: Eighth Doctor
- Companions: Stacy Townsend
- Author: Gary Russell
- Artist: Lee Sullivan
- Colourist: Alan Craddock
- Lettering: Elitta Fell
- Published In: Radio Times
- Publication: 1 June – 9 August 1996
- Publisher: BBC Magazines
- Format: Comic strip story in 10 episodes
Last time the World Cup was on – in 2006 – the Radio Times had a choice of covers (Cybermen or Daleks) managing to link football with the first on-screen battle between Cybermen and Daleks. In 2010 the World Cup is on again and both Cybermen and Daleks are appearing in the season finale (again). Here’s the 2006 Cyberman cover.
The Tomb of the Cybermen