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Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Extratemporal/alternate reality (Earth-5555, 8162 AD) human, technology User

Occupation: Salvage expert

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Bahlia, Death's Head, The Doctor, vulture (pet)
      formerly Colt, Thea

Enemies: Colt, Colt's Band, Ryosians, Thea

Known Relatives: Thea (possibly former wife)

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: Los Angeles Resettlement, Earth-5555, circa 8162 AD

First Appearance: Doctor Who magazine#140 (September, 1988)

Powers/Abilities: Keepsake has no known super human abilities. Innately easy going, he relies on the advanced technology of his era to get his way.


Height: 5'9" (by approximation)
Weight: 125 lbs. (by approximation)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Brown

(Doctor Who Magazine#140 - BTS) - In the 82nd century of alternate Earth-5555, Keepsake worked as a scavenger, occasionally aided by his associate Colt. By 8162, he was married to his wife Thea, begrudgingly putting up with the pet vulture she'd given him.

(Death's Head I#5 (fb) - BTS) - At some point, Keepsake, Thea and Colt accidentally discovered a shipment of gold bullion aboard an old cruiser on the bottom of the sea. With neither one of them trusting each other, Colt demanded that Keepsake split up the map leading to the treasure. When Colt was arrested and put in prison some time later, Keepsake and Thea were prevented from coming back to claim the treasure for themselves. Keepsake eventually abandoned Thea.

(Doctor Who Magazine#140 (fb) - BTS) - Traversing space in his ship, Keepsake picked up a distress call sent from a medic whose vessel had crashed on the planet Ryos. Figuring the cry for help offered him an easy opportunity to plunder the wreckage, Keepsake set course to Ryos. Unbeknownst to Keepsake, the Doctor (a time and dimension hopping adventurer native to Gallifrey) had also picked up the SOS. The Doctor had already arrived to save the girl, but failed to prevent her falling into the hands of the Ryosians.

(Doctor Who Magazine#140) - After arriving on Ryos, Keepsake eventually encountered the Doctor, who wanted his help in rescuing Bahlia. Even though Keepsake only cared about the possible technologies he could salvage from Bahlia's wrecked ship, he decided to play along, afraid the Doctor would turn him in when he discovered his true priorities. Acting under duress, Keepsake flew the Doctor to Bahlia's location, inside a hut of one of the Ryos natives. They easily saved her, with Bahlia deciding that Keepsake was the true hero and brains behind the operation. She passionately kissed Keepsake, even as the Doctor decided to leave by boarding his TARDIS and vanishing.



(Death's Head I#5 - BTS) - Keepsake and Bahlia became romantically involved although Keepsake was still married to his wife, Thea. Planning to see his old associate Colt, who was just released from prison, Keepsake was accompanied by Bahlia as they traveled to the Los Angeles Resettlement on Earth to meet with him. Keepsake hoped he'd be able to get Colt's help in locating the gold bullion they'd once located in a downed vessel at the bottom of the ocean. Learning of Keepsake and Colt's meeting to recover the golden bullion, Thea felt betrayed and decided to seek out professional help from Death's Head.

(Death's Head I#5) - While heading to the Spaceport Central in the Los Angeles Resettlement, Bahlia noticed that the ship was going rather fast, which happened to be correct because the auto pilot was malfunctioning, causing it to crash in the desert outside the city. As Keepsake, accompanied by Bahlia, made his way through the desert towards the city, they eventually reached Huggy's bar where they met with Colt. Hoping to get Keepsake's part of the map, Colt had ordered his band of thugs to stand by and seize the couple should the opportunity and the need arise. Just as Keepsake showed his half of the map, Colt pulled a blaster on him, demanding Keepsake's map piece, even as his men came out and took Bahlia hostage. But before Keepsake could undertake action, he was attacked by Death's Head who had been hired by his wife to find him; then entering the bar herself, Thea allowed Death's Head to continue smacking her husband's face into the wall once more for good luck.
    Now combining their efforts, Keepsake, Death's Head, and Thea made their way towards the wharf where three of Colt's men were standing guard, with Colt on one of the boats with Bahlia and another henchman. While Death's Head and Thea tried to overthrow the henchmen, Keepsake made way for his spacecraft to find Colt and Bahlia on the sea. Although Colt uncovered the treasure, his joy was short lived when Death's Head and Thea arrived in another boat. Bahlia used this temporary distraction to bludgeon Colt's henchman with a hook. Before Colt could act, Death's Head heaved his heavy robotic form on to Colt's fragile vessel, rupturing it in the process. Now trying to fix the boat in a panic, Colt didn't notice how Bahlia had attached a grappling hook from Keepsake spacecraft to the treasure, mounting it and flying off.
    As the flying vehicle left Colt behind, Keepsake offered Death's Head half of the gold to push Thea into the water. Death's Head did, leaving both Colt and Thea in a broken boat cursing each other. When Keepsake later landed his aircraft he was surprised to learn that Death's Head took all of the gold as he'd took the half Keepsake promised him and the other half of gold as Thea had already promised him. Afraid to argue with an infamous killer mechanoid, Keepsake decided not to argue or prevent Death's Head from leaving.
    Bahlia tried to comfort Keepsake, telling him he'd still had her.

Comments: Created by Simon Furman and John Higgins.

Original profile by Per Degaton. To see his discussion of the nature of 8162 AD as we knew it around 2002 (real time), see this link (or just scroll downn). I left his discussion mostly intact, and updated my responses to reflect some information since clarified in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe.

New profile by MarvellousLuke

Keepsake has no known connections to


The Ryosians were the native inhabitants of the planet Ryos. A relatively simple, tribal primeval species prone to aggression, the Ryosians lived in huts and depended on spears for defense. They relied on large beasts they had domesticated for transport. One such tribe of Ryosians captured the medic Bahlia who had crash-landed on their planet. Bahlia was eventually rescued from the Ryosians by Keepsake and the Doctor. The Ryosians tried to stop the trio from leaving, but their spears were no match for Keepsake's spacecraft as it took off.

Note: In their original appearance, only the planet Ryos was named. In the pages of Death's Head the population eventually received its name.

--Doctor Who Magazine#140

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Death's Head I#5, p5, pan2 (main image)
Death's Head I#5, p2, pan1 (left)
Doctor Who Magazine#140, p26, pan4 (meeting the doctor)
Death's Head I#5, p12 pan1&2 (attacked by Death's Head)
Doctor Who Magazine#140, p26, pan1 (Ryosians)
Doctor Who Magazine#140, p25, pan2 (Ryosians chasing the Doctor)

Other Appearances:
Doctor Who Magazine#140 (September, 1988) - Simon Furman(writer), John Higgins(pencils & inks), Richard Starkings(editor)
Death's HeadI#5 (April, 1989) - Simon Furman(writer), John Higgins(pencils & inks), Richard Starkings(editor)

Last updated: 07/13/14

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An entry that entails much comment, by Per Degaton. Keep in mind that this was written around 2002-2004, as were my responses. I've tried to update my responses, but let me know if something is off.

All in all, a nice little summary. A few points.