Monthly Archives: July 2015

Three Doctors Telecomic #7

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PANEL 1:
In this version, Gallifrey gets mentioned prior to it’s original revealing in The Time Warrior and we get the first Marvel-style “Editor” note, helping to give this the comic strip feel I was after.
Although the implication from TTD is that the Time Lords we see in that story are the President and Chancellor, I felt it made more sense if they were the CIA, acting on the President’s instructions, as that would allow me to get both versions on screen together.

PANEL 2:
“By order of the Prezza” seemed to be a stronger motivation for breaking Time Law #1 and bringing Jon, Pat & Bill together than the original, and it provided further justification for bringing the two versions of the Time Lords together, which I always wanted to do .

PANEL 3:
Another TDA Easter Egg, name checking Rassilon.

PANEL 4: 
When the Prezza has finished, the monitor defaults to the New Series’ gallifreyan graphics.

PANEL 5:
I always wondered why we never saw a scene like this in the TV version, particularly since Bill is able to communicate with the TARDIS with no problem, and he’s stuck in time eddy! So I put it here, not just because it works, but also because it will help make sense of a puzzling moment later on in the ep.

PANEL 6:
Finding shots for the various “new” scenes and moments in this version sometimes entailed using shots from elsewhere in the story, such as here. If memory serves, it’s from Part 4 where Jon is chatting with Bill.

Three Doctors Telecomic #6

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PANEL 3:
The TARDIS monitor gets greyed out again, whereas on TV it’s playing a loop of the flare effect used when the blob attacks.

PANEL 4:
The New Series’ version of Gallifrey, yay! Had to be done. The chance to combine both the New and Classic series’ like this was too good an opportunity to miss.

PANEL 5:
I took the opportunity to put both versions of the Time Lords – from both Three Doctors and Deadly Assassin – on screen together to help reconcile the two. And, as an Easter Egg, the President from TDA paraphrases Tom’s opening narration from that story.

PANEL 6:
The monitor shows the black hole from The Impossible Planet/The Satan Pit, a rather more convincing visual than the 1972 version! And another Easter Egg from TDA, name checking the Eye of Harmony.

Three Doctors Telecomic #5

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PANEL 4:
In the original screen grab for this, Jo is obscured by Benton so I had to find a shot of Katy from elsewhere in the story and insert her here.  If memory serves, it’s from part 4.

PANEL 5:
On TV, the TARDIS monitor in this scene is relaying the shot from this camera, which looks kind of weird. So that had to get greyed out, as per the Fan Edit.

Three Doctors Telecomic #4

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PANEL 2:
Coming up with suitably dramatic Marvel-esque captions, like here, was sometimes a bit of a challenge but always fun.

PANEL 5:
Love the look on Jo’s face!

Three Doctors Telecomic #3

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Like the previous installment, lots of blue berets and use of the cloning tool…

Back in the day – 2011 – all the captions and speech balloons for this were done on Kerpoof, a resource which is sadly no more. It was a great little tool which allowed you to create that comic strip mixture of Normal and Bold text within the speech balloon itself, saving you a lot of time and messing about with different layers.

Three Doctors Telecomic #2

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PANEL 5:
If UNIT really had been a United Nations organisation, then they would have had blue berets instead of the bog-standard khaki ones. Blue CSO put paid to that so here it’s nice to give them the proper berets they would have had in the real world.

PANEL 6:
There are rather more of Omega’s ‘Orribles in this shot than there were on telly, another advantage of a Telecomic over a TV budget

Three Doctors Telecomic #1

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THE COVER:
I love the design and layout of Titan’s Doctor Who Comic and so paying tribute to it for this project was always going to happen. Just as the TV story was 4 episodes, so the Telecomic adaptation is too and each issue will have its own cover.

CREDITS:
Again, inspired by Titan but with a title sequence screen grab as a background. The little screens at the top were inspired by their use in DWM’s Fact of Fiction.

PANEL 1:
The huge amount of work involved in putting this together inevitably meant some cuts and Dr Tyler was the first to go. What makes this version different from the TV original is the addition of Hartnell so we want to get to the point where he turns up as quickly as we can. That’s why we start with the Dr & Jo arriving back at UNIT, after having investigated the disappearance of Mr Ollis on TV, as if they are just turning up for work!

PANEL 3:
First use of a split-screen panel, to help with the pace and to jazz things up a little bit given that, unlike a real comic strip, you can’t choose where to position the camera and everything is shot face on to the action.

PANEL 6:
One of the creative constraints of adapting the story for this format is that you only really have about six panels to play with, on average. So you have to structure your storytelling to take account of that, trying to end on a point of drama, a mini-cliffhanger, if at all possible. Like here.