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Real Name: Josiah W. Dogbolter

Identity/Class: Extratemporal (Earth-5555 circa 8162 AD) semi-human amphibian

Occupation: Businessman

Group Membership: Owner of Intra Venus, Inc.

Affiliations: Gaunts, Hob (servant), Wrekka;
formerly Frobisher, Moderator

Enemies: Death's Head (Freelance Peacekeeping Agent), the Doctor, Frobisher, Angus "Gus" Goodman, Moderator

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: The headquarters of Intra Venus, Inc. on the planet Celeste, reality-5555 circa 8162 AD

First Appearance: Doctor Who Magazine#86 (March, 1984)

Powers/Abilities: Josiah W. Dogbolter has no known superhuman powers, but is a skilled businessman.


(Doctor Who Magazine#87 - BTS) - Josiah W. Dogbolter was head of Intra Venus inc, a vast intergalactic corporation owning Mars, Jupiter, Venus plus a score of worlds in other systems. The jewel in their corporate crown was the Corundum Mining Company, on the planet Celeste. It functioned as both a mining facility and unofficial prison camp for "Moles", a term describing those Intra Venus employees who violated company regulations. But simply offending Dogbolter was also reason enough to be imprisoned.

(Doctor Who Magazine#86 - BTS) - Dogbolter travelled to his many companies to oversee his businesses.

(Doctor Who Magazine#86) - Dogbolter visited Celeste to check on the rioting "Moles" who wanted to escape the Mining company. In order to end the unrest, he had one of his Wrekka (combat robots) enter the mine. It returned with the time-stranded Doctor and his companion Gus, believing them to be the ringleaders. They were all set to be beheaded for their crimes, but when the Doctor mentioned they arrived in a timemachine, Dogbolters' interest was peaked.

(Doctor Who Magazine#87) - Believing that because time equals money, having more time would inevitably lead to more money, Dogbolter was determined to buy the Doctor's timemachine (the TARDIS). Hoping to make a deal, Dogbolter offered him every amount of money the Doctor could think of. With no plan of selling the TARDIS the Doctor angered Dogbolter, but before he could act all of them were caught by an explosion caused by the ongoing riots. This allowed the Doctor and Gus to escape. Once Dogbolter was freed from the wreckage he was caught under, he hired the Moderator to go after the Doctor and get the TARDIS.

(Doctor Who Monthly#84 (fb), 86 - all BTS) - The Moderator failed to find the TARDIS for Dogbolter.

(Doctor Who Magazine#87 (fb) - BTS) - The Moderator continued his mission for Dogbolter and finally found the Doctor and Gus on a Pacific island and slew Gus, who shot wounded him in return. The Doctor shot the Moderator in the head twice before delivering him to a medical facility.

(Doctor Who Magazine#87 (fb) - BTS) - Dogbolter ordered Hob to visit the Moderator and to cut his life support and let him die.

(Doctor Who Magazine#87 - BTS) - The Moderator told Dogbolter's assistant Hob about his encounter with the Doctor and that the medics told him he would survive, even though he was still on life-support. Hob then told the Moderator that Dogbolter didn't want the Moderator to be disturbed by anyone after Hob had seen him. Hob switched off the life-support, ripped out the wiring, and walked away as the Moderator started screaming from his death bed.

(Doctor Who Magazine#88 (fb) - BTS) - Dogbolter put a huge bounty of 500.000 mazumas on the Doctor's head.

(Doctor Who Magazine#88 - BTS) - Dogbolter's bounty offer was next accepted by Frobisher, a member of the Whifferdill, a race of alien shapeshifters. Frobisher managed to catch the Doctor and delivered him to Dogbolter.

(Doctor Who Magazine#89 - BTS) - The Doctor and Frobisher came to an understanding and decided to scam Dogbolter. Frobisher shifted himself into the Doctor's form and the Doctor dressed up as Frobisher.

(Doctor Who Magazine#89) - Frobisher and the Doctor arrived at the Intra Venus, Inc. headquarters, afraid it might be a trap, Dogbolter ordered to evacuate the building and fire rockets at the TARDIS. Unharmed, the shifter stated his demands to Dogbolter, claiming the reward of 250.000 mazumas for the Doctor and additional 500.000 mazumas for the TARDIS. Agreeing with the first part, Frobisher, in the guise of the Doctor, was taken prisoner and later rescued by the Doctor using the TARDIS. They split the money and left, leaving Dogbolter empty-handed.

(Death's Head I#8 - BTS) - Dogbolter was fascinated by the notion of time travel and devoted all his time and resources to build his own time machine. Eventually, he managed to develop the Dogbolter Temporal Rocket, a nuclear driven device.

(Death's Head I#8) - Dogbolter presented his temporal rocket to the media, announcing he intended to enter it and expand, develop and exploit the infinite corridors of time. Since he only had a single prototype it had a very special purpose, to take revenge on the Doctor and his TARDIS by sending an easily expandable agent with the time machine and its nuclear payload tied to his back after the Doctor. Death's Head was contacted by Hob, on behalf of Dogbolter, in order to kill the Doctor. Hob himself, apparently the most expensive robot in existence, was to be the payment for the mission. Still holding a grudge against the Doctor after their last encounter, Death's Head readily accepted. Several days later, at Intra Venus, Inc. Headquarters, Death's Head was supplied with the Dogbolter Temporal Rocket and began traveling through time to find the Doctor. When he finally reached his target, the Doctor warned Death's Head that the Dogbolter Temporal Rocket contained a concealed thermo-nuclear device. Death's Head realized he had been set up by Dogbolter. Suddenly the Tardis was scanned by a powerful beam, which triggered the detonating device. Death's Head told the Doctor to lock onto the source of the beam and take them there. They landed on the roof of the Intra Venus, Inc. headquarters in the year 8162. Dogbolter was shocked when he saw Death's Head return with the bomb and attempted to flee the building with Hob. Unable to remove the Dogbolter Temporal Rocket himself, Death's Head got the Doctor to blast the clasps that held it in place. When this failed, the Doctor used an invention of his called the piklok to removed the clasps. Death's Head took the rocket off, ran outside the TARDIS and threw it onto the roof where the device exploded in a nuclear blast shortly after Death's Head and the Doctor escaped through the timestream.

(Incomplete Death's Head#1-12 - BTS) - The nuclear blast apparently slew Dogbolter while Hob was flung across the time-space continuum. Hob ended up on Maruthea, a unique world outside of the time-space continuum. Transformed by this event, he was devastated by his master's apparent death. Unable to accept this, Hob recorded and investigated every moment of Death's Head's life in the hopes of finding him so he could force him to seek out and save his time-lost master. Unbeknownst by Hob Death's Head had already been killed and assimilated into the Minion cyborg.

(Incomplete Death's Head#1 - 12) - Hob captured Death's Head (Minion)'s partner Tuck, who explained to Hob that Dogbolter must have been completely wiped out from the timestream by the nuclear explosion. Hob was eventually defeated by the combined forces of Tuck, Death's Head (FPA) and Death's Head (Minion).

Comments: Created by Steve Parkhouse & Steve Dillon

Josiah W. Dogbolter could be a member of the alien Tribbitites also known as the Toad Men, an imperialistic, amphibian race. However, they were orange, not green. They first appeared in Incredible Hulk I#2 (July, 1962)

Josiah W. Dogbolter also appeared in a Doctor Who audio story The Maltese Pinguin, which was released in November, 2002. This story featured Frobisher in the lead role. It was Frobisher's second audio appearance (his first was The Holy Terror). The Sixth Doctor did appear in this story but was mostly sidelined for Frobisher's story. The story told a tale of Frobisher, who took on a case that turned out to be a web of mayhem, intrigue, gangland killings, corrupt cops, sentient bloodstains and rude hotel receptionists.

In Doctor Who Magazine#250 Dogbolter was seen in the limbo between Heaven and Hell, during the court case to determine if the then deceased Doctor would be condemned to Hell. Dogbolter was among the Doctor's former enemies like General Ironicus and Beep the Meep, recounting lies about their encounters with him. Before a verdict was reached, the Doctor was saved by a personification of his TARDIS. Later, it was revealed the entire court case was an illusion created by an alien parasite that had infected the TARDIS at the time.

Dogbolter's pursuit of the Doctor's TARDIS (should always be all capitals, as it is an acronym) is down to his wanting to own a time-travel device. Dogbolter has no access to one of his own prior to Death's Head I#8, which means that the Moderator presumably doesn't have one either (it would have been easier and cheaper to buy from the Moderator if that had been the case, rather than pursue the Doctor). But the Moderator caught up with the Doctor and Gus Goodman on 1963 Earth (Gus' home era), which means that first encounter between the Doctor and Dogbolter should have taken place no later than 1963 AD. Since Dogbolter hired Death's Head in the year 8162 AD, that suggests Dogbolter carried his vendetta against the Doctor for a wopping 6199 years! Which would in turn suggest Dogbolter is very, very long lived. Potentially contradicting this is that Dogbolter's first appearance mentions that his company owns Venus, Jupiter and Mars, something I think 20th century humanity might have noticed. Possible solutions - Intra Venus, Inc. did own them, but did little with them during the 20th century, so humanity didn't learn of the alien presence in Earth's solar system at that time; Dogbolter is from circa 8162 AD, and the Moderator did own time-travel tech, and Dogbolter never realized nor thought to ask; Dogbolter is from circa 8162 AD, the Doctor, never a great navigator, was wrong when he thought he'd gotten Gus back to his native time, and the confrontation with the Moderator took place in Dogbolter's future era.

Thanks to Jef Willemsen for pointing out the Whifferdill in Doctor Who Magazine#88 was actually Frobisher.

Profile by MarvellousLuke

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Dogbolter's security guards, the Gaunts, wore special combat suits. They brutally quelched riots for Dogbolter in the mines of Celeste. During patrol some Gaunts encountered the Doctor and Gus, who fell into a tunnel of the "Moles". The Gaunts called in a bulldozer to close the tunell and prevent another breakout by "Moles". Some Gaunts were later buried under rubble during the Doctor's escape from Dogbolter's office. A Gaunt contacted Dogbolter when Frobisher returned to Celeste to deliver the Doctor to Dogbolter. The Doctor and Frobisher were accompanied by Gaunts to Dogbolter's office, but the captive and Frobisher were secretly working together and shot the Gaunts before departing with Dogbolter's money.

--Doctor Who Magazine#84 (Doctor Who Magazine#86-87, Doctor Who Magazine#89

Intra Venus, Inc.

The vast intergalactic corporation known as Intra Venus, Inc.. The Intra Venus, Inc. headquarters were blown up by the chrono nuclear explosion of the Dogbolter Temporal Rocket.

--Doctor Who Magazine#86 (Doctor Who Magazine#86-87, Doctor Who Magazine#89, Death's Head I#8


Dogbolter owned a line of robots called Wrekka, a front-line combat robot, a combination sapper/infantryman. Apart from defensive armaments, his offensive arsenal included infra-red vision and over 300 concealed weapons from the most sophisticated heat sensitive grenade to a three feet long spike for disembowelling. The Wrekka used in the mines had been pulled from front-line duty because of brain damage that made it 'mad as a mooncalf'. While dealing with the rebels in the mines of the Corundum Mining Company, it stumbled upon the time-stranded Doctor and his companion Gus.

--Doctor Who Magazine#86 (Doctor Who Magazine#86-87

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Doctor Who Magazine#86, p7, pan3 (main image)
Doctor Who Magazine#86, p34, pan8 (left)
Death's Head I#8, p19, pan2 (with Hob)
Doctor Who Magazine#89, p33, pan1 (Gaunts)
Doctor Who Magazine#89, p9, pan1 (Intra Venus, Inc. HQ)
Doctor Who Magazine#86, p8, pan3 (Wrekka)

Doctor Who Monthly#84 (January, 1984) - Steve Parker (writer), Steve Dillon (artist), Alan McKenzie (editor)
Doctor Who Magazine#86 (March, 1984) - Steve Parker (writer), Steve Dillon (artist), Alan McKenzie (editor)
Doctor Who Magazine#87 (April, 1984) - Steve Parker (writer), Steve Dillon (artist), Alan McKenzie (editor)
Doctor Who Magazine#89 (June, 1984) - Steve Parkhouse (writer), John Ridgway (artist), Alan McKenzie (editor)
Death's Head I#8 (July, 1989) - Steve Parkhouse (writer), Art Wetherrell (pencils), Steve Parkhouse (inks), Steve White (editor)
Doctor Who Magazine#250 (April, 1997) - Alan Barnes (writer), Sean Longcroft (artist), Gary Gillatt & Scott Gray (editors)

First Posted: 08/18/2013
Last updated: 08/16/2013

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