The Five Doctors Telecomic #5

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PANEL 1: Typical Tom & Lalla dialogue of the time

PANEL 2: Nothing to do with the greatest show in the galaxy…

PANEL 4: A nod to Edna Mode’s “No capes, dahling!” And nobody could disagree that their wardrobes do indeed need smartening up…

PANEL 6: A re-use of Tom’s well known line about June Hudson

continues Monday

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The Five Doctors Telecomic #4


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This gives you your first real inkling as to why I set the fourth Doctor’s intro sequence here. Having had his old outfit totally Mandrell’d, he’s off to get himself a new one…

As I mentioned in a previous post, this makes sense if Nightmare of Eden takes place after Shada and not before it. His clothes getting torn to shreds gives him a legitimate reason to get himself a new outfit, and there’s nothing to say that the transmission order of the stories is the same as the order in which the Doctor experienced them…

PANEL 1: The Tardis background was grabbed from the Season 17 DVDs, and so I needed to lighten the roundels to the left of Tom’s head to match those of the Tardis set from Season 16.

PANEL 4 : Blake’s Seven fans will immediately recognise this geezer from Gambit, a rather dodgy Season Two ep. Doctor Who fans know him better as Aubrey Woods, the Controller from Day of the Daleks. Once I’d worked out that the Doctor was going to change his gear, I needed a sequence to show that. Hence the Doctor’s arrival at his favourite designer’s gaff…

PANEL 5: Kolpasha is where the comic strip Victims was set, DWM’s attempt to explain the Doctor’s change of clothes.

PANEL 6: Hudson Mode is a mash up of June Hudson and Edna Mode!


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The Five Doctors Telecomic #3

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With this page we start to get our first bits of original content as we carry on from where the end of Nightmare of Eden left off. Panels 3 to 6 utilise shots of Tom and Lalla from that story set against backgrounds grabbed from the stories in Tom’s final year.

As ever, the challenge was trying to come up with authentic sounding dialogue for this period in the show’s history, something that’s always fun to do.

The fact that some of Dr Tom’s old clobber is hanging on the hatstand in the background of the final panel gives you another clue as to why Tom’s Doctor gets timescooped from here instead of Shada as per the TV original…


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The Five Doctors Telecomic #2

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Unlike the TV original, in this version Doctor Tom gets timescooped after the events of Nightmare of Eden. Why? Well, there are sound storytelling reasons for doing something different, which will become clear as the strip continues. But apart from anything else, we’re all so familiar with the story that I didn’t see the point in doing a “what if Borusa hadn’t botched it?” version. I wanted to do something different enough to warrant people looking at it!

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The Five Doctors Telecomic #1


doctor who titan comics five doctors telecomic 1The cover of “Issue 1” is a nod to the famous Radio Times cover for the original transmission…

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PANEL 1:  New Series Gallifrey plus Classic Series Dark Tower. Had to be done.

PANEL 5:  Slight updates to the shots of Troughton and Pertwee, and Bill added to make up the trio.

PANEL 6:  No celery. No question marks. Huge improvement.

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A slightly truncated version of the Eye of Orion sequence leads us into Tom’s arrival in the story…

Question One: if we’re going to do a telecomic version of the story, one where Dr Tom is involved, then where does the adventure take place for him? The obvious answer is at the start of Shada, since that’s where he got timescooped from on TV. However, that creates certain logistical problems. For a start it would mean adding Romana II to the story, and we’ll have enough to do adding Tom to the cast.

Question Two:  which version of Tom do we use? Which outfit will he wear? The burgundy one from his last year? The classic Hinchliffe version? Or the parody version with the extra long scarf and the flying ducks?

Answering both those questions led me to only one possible option for where the story takes place for Dr Tom, which in turn answered the question of which outfit he would be wearing…

Continues Tuesday.


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Series 9 Ratings Update

The Husbands of River Song got 7.69M viewers on Xmas day, which updates the Series 9 ratings graph like this:

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January 23, 2016 · 5:28 pm