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Doctor Beat

Doctor Beat
Real name
McDowell
Current alias
Doctor Beat
Alignment
Affiliation
Relatives
Jenny Ridgeway (wife, deceased); Robert McDowell (son)
Universe

Characteristics
Gender
Status
Citizenship
Marital status
Occupation
Superhero
Origin
Origin
Bred by Dr Michael Peyne
First appearance
Death

History[]

The man known only as Dr. Beat is a character from the 2000 AD strip Zenith. He was one of the superhumans bred by Dr Michael Peyne in the aftermath of World War II who became the super team Cloud 9. He married his teammate Jenny Ridgeway (alias White Heat) and they had a son, Robert, who would grow up to become a celebrity superhero/singer and adopt Zenith as his stage name.

Ambushed while out driving by telepathic CIA assassins who feared Cloud 9's powers, White Heat died but Dr. Beat survived — albeit horrifically injured and brain-damaged, a shadow of his former self. Rebuilt by Peyne as the near mindless cyborg killer called Warhead, twenty years later Dr. Beat was sent out to kill his own son, but a horrified Zenith killed him instead, ending his father's misery at last.

Powers and abilities[]

Powers

Flight; enhanced durability; other unspecified powers.

Strength level

Superhuman.

Paraphernalia[]

Transportation

He can fly.

Notes[]

The precise nature of Dr. Beat's unique superhuman ability was never revealed. When questioned about it, 2000 AD editor Tharg once claimed it was that "he was the only white man who could dance."

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