Monthly Archives: January 2016

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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Coming Soon…

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Happy Who Year!

2016 marks fifty years since we first saw everything from Volcano, episode six of The Dalek Masterplan, to Part Three of The Highlanders. And every year up until 2039 will be the fiftieth anniversary of some Who story or other…

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Volcano went out fifty years ago today, New Year’s Day 1966, and saw the epic adventure of The Dalek Masterplan restart after a week off buggering about with not a Dalek in sight. You don’t notice it straight away but this gives the story a Part One and Part Two structure that allows for a Story Gap between the two where a lot more adventuring than just The Feast of Steven can take place…

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With every Classic Series story having been Fan Edited over at Whoflix, a project that we finally completed last year, it seems that the time is right to undertake my own viewing marathon and rewatch all those edits [and listen to the ones we can’t see], starting today, at the rate of one  a day. Feel free to join in, and if you’ve not watched a Fan Edit before then feel free to start!

It’s going to be an interesting journey as this will be the first time in years I’ve watched any of these edits since completing them. Ever since DWM’s Time Team came along, a viewing marathon has become a fan rite of passage but the idea of doing it with the broadcast episodes fills me with dread. Fan edits on the other hand run, on average, about the length of a New Series episode so one of those a day will be easy enough to do and the whole thing should be over by about the end of July. January will be taken up with Hartnell, February with Troughton, March with Pertwee and April & the beginning of May with Tom and the rest of May with Davison. June will see out Colin,  with July covering Sylv & McGann.

As far as Fan Edits in 2016 are concerned, the only one outstanding from the Classic Series is The Underwater Menace. I’m currently working on that one, trying to do something a bit better than just static telesnaps for the missing eps. It’ll be ready when it’s ready. In the meantime there’s the audio edit and the comic strip version to be going on with. The only other edits to do are from the New Series, unless, as a result of my viewing marathon, I decide to go back and redo something…!

2016 will also see our second Telecomic, the other obvious one to do after The Three Doctors…

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