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Doctor Who- the comic

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good news- tenth doctor
bad news- martha jones :cmad:

http://www.newsarama.com/Comic-Con_07/IDW/Who.html

As any true Whovian knows, every time you think the Doctor is good and dead, he'll regenerate and come back at ya. Why shouldn't the comic based on everyone's #1 Time Lord be any different?
Much like the TV show in the U.S., the history of the Doctor in comics had him fading in and out of the public consciousness. His first appearance in the funny pages was actually in 1966, when Dell did a print adaptation of the two Who movies under the title of Dr. Who & The Daleks. In the meanwhile, a newspaper script of the Gallifreyan would appear in the UK, which Marvel then collected in a 1981 issue of Marvel Premiere #57 (with Tom Baker as the fourth Doctor). It also apparently included some sketches by Dave Cockrum and historic text by Jo Duffy.
Publishing in earnest would begin in 1984 under the title Doctor Who Magazine. This time it included some guest art by Walt Simonson and more historic text from Duffy. While the TV show would star Tom Baker, the TV series was starring the controversial sixth Doctor, Colin Baker. On the plus side, they included covers by Dave Gibbons. Oddly enough, the monthly title would continue to publish after the show was cancelled, and over time include the work of Alan Moore, and would also show the never-televised regeneration of the eight Doctor Eric McGann into the ninth, Chris Eccleston.
Now, laer this year, IDW will begin publishing a new title based on the tenth Doctor, with stories by TV show script writer Gary Russell and art by Nick Roche. We sat down with Russell, Roche and IDW boss Chris Ryall to get the basics about their plans. Here's what they had to say:
Newsarama: When growing up, who was your favorite Doctor, and why?
Chris Ryall: Growing up in California, the only Doctor I was ever aware of--and this was only because of the Marvel Comic or the occasional airings on Public Television--was Tom Baker's 4th Doctor. I never saw any others until Sci Fi started airing the new show here, although I've seen been getting familiar with all the Doctors.
Nick Roche: Only a casual viewer as a nipper, never quite managing to win a battle for television supremacy against my soap-watching mother. So the only one I got see with any degree of consistency was Peter Davidson's Doctor, though I caught some Pertwee action a few years previous to Nu-Who and really liked it.
Gary Russell: As a child of the late 60s/70s, Jon Pertwee was the one for me. Dashing, sophisticated, heroic and clever. Pertwee I mean, not me. I've never been any of those things.
NRAMA: How did your affection for that Doctor effect what you're doing to this comic?
CRI really loved the new show (with Chris Eccleston) when it started airing here, and I'll admit that David Tennant's 10th Doctor has quickly become my favorite of them all. So I'm ecstatic to be telling stories featuring he and Martha, as well as revisiting some of the great stories from years past, mostly due to the wonderful Dave Gibbons artwork.
NR: As I mentioned, not a great deal of direct exposure growing up, but the concept is pretty unbeatable. Hell, I even like the 96 Movie, though possibly more out of a fondness for Paul McGann than anything else. His was the first I took an interest in, though general pop-culture knowledge fills in a lot of Doctor Who blanks. I just wanted to be involved in a chapter of something that's been cool for forty-plus years.
GR: Not at all - this series is different from everything that went before, so you adapt to suit the current environment. That said, of course it is all the same show in spirit. But then again so's Claremont's X-Men, Liefield's X-Men, Morrison's X-Men and Whedon's X-Men. And yet all of those runs are 'of their time', so you borrow a bit here, a bit there but then remold it to suit what you need to tell the story today. If can totally slaughter my analogy quotient, it's one big sandbox - we're playing with the same toys, but each kid repaints them to suit their taste. With Doctor Who, I'm hoping I don't accidentally pick up the paint pot marked SHOCKING DAY-GLO GREEN and produce something unrecognizable.
NRAMA This version features David Tennant's tenth Doctor and…which companion?
CR: Right - We're starting with the 10th Doctor and Martha. He's the current Doctor, so this makes the most sense, especially for comics that will be distributed to the American market. GR: Can't get enough Martha. As for Tennant, 'cos he's the current one, simple as that. It's about putting characters from one medium into a totally different, and utilizing the strengths (and weaknesses) the new medium has to offer. So I gain from a bigger budget, more extras and louder bangs, yet the storytelling has to be as concise, clever and charming as the TV show is, but in a wholly different way. I have now just scared myself beyond belief...
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NRAMA: Should this comic be considered canon to the entire Who universe?
CR: Canon is a funny thin, and means different things to different people--I say, if you like the stories, they're canon. But beyond that, everything Gary writes is blessed by Russell T. Davies personally, which I would think "canonizes" them even more.
NR: This comic overwrites both the current BBC series and all previous iterations. Maybe.
GR: Canon is down to individual taste. I like to believe it is the readers' job to decide on canon-icity - this, by the way, is me ducking this thorny issue!
NRAMA: Chris, what's the publishing plan here - monthly? Ongoing? Miniseries?
CR: We'll start with a miniseries that leads off with standalone stories... "episodes," if you will. And we'll also be reissuing the Dave Gibbons-drawn comics from the past, each featuring all-new coloring.
NRAMA: What was the most fun element about doing this?
CR: Doctor Who is just so perfect for comic books, and it's exciting to be doing new Who comics for the American market for the first time in decades.
NR: I'm having fun stripping down reference photos and turning Mr Tennant and Ms Agyeman into fully-fledged comic characters while still retaining their likeness. It's a challenge, but coming up with interesting results.
GR: Writing comics. Seriously. I had a brief paddle in the pool when I worked for Marvel UK back in their '92 explosion until the '94 implosion, but this is my two lifelong passions colliding magnificently. And Nick Roche - without turning this into an Oscar speech, working with Nick is great 'cos he's collaborative and not precious. Yet...
NRAMA: What was the most difficult part about doing this?
CRWe'll see... we're just getting rolling, so right now, it's all "honeymoon period."
NR: The likenesses again, weirdly. Optimus Prime 's cheekbones aren't quite as tricky to get right as Tennant's.
GR: Difficult? No one told me there'd be difficult moments...
NRAMA: Finally, what can you tell us about the plot? Does it involve the Master, Daleks, another good old nemesis or someone/thing new?
CR: I know we'd like to do some new things and not just fall right back on old tropes, but beyond that, I'll let Gary comment on things to whatever degree he'd like to tease things.
GR: Old monsters are all very well, but using the big guns like Daleks, Cybermen, the Master - it's a bit gauche. If you're going to use recognizable elements from the show - and I think you should where the story allows it - [it should be] a story that enables you to go "oooh I could put MONSTER X in here, that'd be cool" over to "oooh I need to write a story about MONSTER X") now and again, because people like to spot elements they're familiar with, then they need to be fun. Our first issue does feature something from the current show, and a later issue or two features something from waaaaay back in the series history, but these things should be done sparingly or it's no longer an event, it's the norm. And normal is dull. This will all come back to bite me, won't it... [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif][/FONT][FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]
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Finally!

Not sure if I'll get it though. I like my stories at least partly canon
 
It will be canon- i expect it to be like infinite quest. I don't know if I'll buy. Maybe the first issue and see if they make the travesty that was martha jones a good character without agyeman's lame acting involved.

Speaking of this- of all the news from comic con this hasn't made the front page. Doctor who has its own TV show, cartoon, weta collectables and now comic in the works- it has a lead character that is an alien that uses a living machine that travels in time and space to save planets and the universe yet he isn't classes as a superhero by SHH!
 
I'll check the Doctor Who comic out. I'm not big on reading books based on TV/movies, but comics? Sign me up.

Also, I'd like to proudly announce that my computer is working again and the last three episodes of Doctor Who series three are downloading with a fury surpassed only by my fervor to watch them the minute I get home from work. :up:
 
sweet doctor who comic, and its by IDW. I demand a transformers crossover. then they could have some kind of referance to deaths head.
 
Speaking of this- of all the news from comic con this hasn't made the front page. Doctor who has its own TV show, cartoon, weta collectables and now comic in the works- it has a lead character that is an alien that uses a living machine that travels in time and space to save planets and the universe yet he isn't classes as a superhero by SHH!

Of course the Doctor (he's not called Doctor Who) is not a superhero. Does he have superpowers? Does he wear a costume? A mask? A cape? Does he have a secret identity? Does he have great fighting skills? Does he fight crime?
 
Of course the Doctor (he's not called Doctor Who) is not a superhero. 1Does he have superpowers? 2Does he wear a costume? 3A mask? 4A cape? 5Does he have a secret identity? 6Does he have great fighting skills? 7Does he fight crime?

1. no, be neither does batman, the doctor has the tech and the brains
2. sort of...each dr has their own costume type clothes...like tennant with the suit and long coat
3. no, be neither do half the x-men
4. long coat covers this
5. he has other identities, like Mr Smith for when "hello, i'm an alien from space" jsut won't do
6. third dr did
7. the very face you ask this makes me wonder many many things....
 
1. no, be neither does batman, the doctor has the tech and the brains
2. sort of...each dr has their own costume type clothes...like tennant with the suit and long coat
3. no, be neither do half the x-men
4. long coat covers this
5. he has other identities, like Mr Smith for when "hello, i'm an alien from space" jsut won't do
6. third dr did
7. the very face you ask this makes me wonder many many things....

1. And many debate whether Batman is a superhero or not.
2. I mean costume as in supehero costume, not clothes.
3. But the X-Men all have superhero costumes and masks....and superpowers.
4. Well, that's something.
5. Hardly the same thing.
6. He did inconvincing aikedo, which translated to a few chops.
7. The Doctor doesn't fight crime. He is first and foremost an eccentric explorer. He fights evil when he finds it, but uses his brains and wit, and rarely resorts to violence. And he doesn't fight crime - say, drugs or murderers - he fights injustice, corrupt governments, slavery, etc. He has no regard for the laws of the worlds he visits, whereas most superheroes respect the law.
 
1. And many debate whether Batman is a superhero or not.
2. I mean costume as in supehero costume, not clothes.
3. But the X-Men all have superhero costumes and masks....and superpowers.
4. Well, that's something.
5. Hardly the same thing.
6. He did inconvincing aikedo, which translated to a few chops.
7. The Doctor doesn't fight crime. He is first and foremost an eccentric explorer. He fights evil when he finds it, but uses his brains and wit, and rarely resorts to violence.

1. batman has a forum on superherohype thus superhero
2. punisher don't and he got news reported
3. again...punisher
4. good
5. it's close enough...not all superheros have secret identities, the FF for example
6. still fighting skills
7. he'll stop it if he comes across it...thats the main thing. he may not go looking for it but when he finds it he stops it, like the FF
 
1. batman has a forum on superherohype thus superhero

Oh right, I see where you are coming from now. You want Doctor Who to be recognised by the Hype! because that gives it true validity in your eyes.



2. punisher don't and he got news reported
3. again...punisher
4. good

The Punisher is closer to a superhero than the Doctor.

5. it's close enough...not all superheros have secret identities, the FF for example

Yes, but the FF have superhero costumes, superpowers, civilian names, they fly around New York fighting supervillains.
 
Of course the Doctor (he's not called Doctor Who) is not a superhero. Does he have superpowers? Does he wear a costume? A mask? A cape? Does he have a secret identity? Does he have great fighting skills? Does he fight crime?

1. he can travel in time he uses a machine to do it- he's like forge. Big brains, uses technology
2. depends what you mean by costume- each varient has their own identity and fashion statement. Just because its not spandex doesn't make it not a costume
3. no neither does superman
4.one did
5. yes- 'mr smith'
6. yes- pertwee did kung fu!
7. Yes- its just he does it in different times and space- look at boomtown where blon would get the death penalty - 'i don't make the law' but he enforces it.

James bond has a forum on here- is he a superhero?
 
1. A better comparison for the Doctor would be Iron Man. Both have no powers but are ungodly intelligent, both apply that intelligence to the creation and/or modification of technology to help others on a regular basis.

2, 3, and 4. Luke Cage hasn't had a costume in years, yet he's no less a superhero now than he was when he was wearing the yellow shirt and tiara. There's also Superboy, who was down to wearing a plain t-shirt with his "S" symbol and jeans before he died--no different from how the Doctor chooses one distinct look for each regeneration and very, very rarely deviates from it. I can keep coming up with examples all day, too. Lots of superheroes don't wear costumes, masks, or capes, especially in today's comics.

5. Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, the Flash, and lots of other heroes don't have secret identities. Plus, the list keeps on growing now that the Super-Human Registration Act is in place at Marvel.

6. Many superheroes don't have great fighting skills because, like the Doctor, they don't need them. The Doctor chooses to solve his problems and fight his enemies using his brains, just as tech-based heroes do so with their tech and magic-based heroes do so with their magic. Fighting skills are not and have never been a necessity for the superhero archetype.

7. Doctor Strange doesn't always fight crime; he far more frequently fights near-omnipotent entities who want to destroy all of reality. Rip Hunter and now Booster Gold fight threats to the timestream. Orion fights Darkseid to safeguard the universe. All are superheroes.

The Doctor could very easily be classified as a superhero. He uses skills and knowledge no one else has to combat threats no one else could, and his ultimate goal is to help and protect and inspire people wherever and whenever he goes. As the Master pointed out, it's right there in his name: he chose "the Doctor" because he views himself as a man who makes people better.
 
Oh right, I see where you are coming from now. You want Doctor Who to be recognised by the Hype! because that gives it true validity in your eyes.
no...it was jsut an easy way to try and prove a point. if you asked someone to name some superhero's batman would be up there. he's in ever y damn superhero poll, top 10, whatever. batman is a superhero.
The Punisher is closer to a superhero than the Doctor.
the dr has saved planets. the punisher has killed some rapists...
Yes, but the FF have superhero costumes, superpowers, civilian names, they fly around New York fighting supervillains.
they only fight the supervillians if they come. and since the ones they fight only they can really deal with they have to. can you imagine daredevil taking on dr doom?
 
The only things that really annoyed me about Martha were the fact that she was mostly incompetent (fixed quite well by the last few episodes of series three, however) and her annoying pining for the Doctor. If she could've just gotten along with the Doctor as his companion rather than constantly wishing he would ravish her, I think Martha would've made a fine companion.
 
The only things that really annoyed me about Martha were the fact that she was mostly incompetent (fixed quite well by the last few episodes of series three, however) and her annoying pining for the Doctor. If she could've just gotten along with the Doctor as his companion rather than constantly wishing he would ravish her, I think Martha would've made a fine companion.

When she comes back in Series 4, she will have a boyfriend and not be in love with the Doctor anymore. Hooray for Martha in S4!
 
A superhero is a character based on Superman. The Doctor is not based on Superman.

Wikipedia: "A superhero is fictional character "of unprecedented, physical prowess dedicated to acts of derring-do in the public interest.”
 

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