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.
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.
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!
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.
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.