(PROSE: The Christmas Inversion) The Doctor awoke just in time to stop Fadros Pallujikaa's blood control of humanity.
The Doctor challenged the leader to a duel over the fate of Earth.
He met his eventual end after he absorbed a huge quantity of nuclear radiation whilst saving the life of Donna Noble's grandfather, Wilfred Mott.
When traveling without companions, the weight of being the last Time Lord became much more pronounced.
If prodded too much, he would erupt in an almost righteous sense of fury.
In the ensuing sword fight, the Sycorax leader chopped off the Doctor's hand.
However, because he was still within the first fifteen hours of his regeneration cycle, he grew a new hand and went on to win the duel for the Earth.
(COMIC: The Transformed) The Ninth Doctor absorbed the Time Vortex from his companion, Rose Tyler, to save her life when she became the Bad Wolf entity and transferred it back into the Heart of the TARDIS.