PANEL 4: Although it’s a nice gag when they all say “fortunately I do” on telly, in the telecomic it proved far too problematic so I just gave the line to Bill instead!
Monthly Archives: March 2016
PANEL 1: Funny how nobody remarked on this at the time. I needed an extra panel for this page so cutting back to Susan & Turlough, who simply get ignored in the original, gave me a panel to complete the page.
PANEL 6: Pertwee gets a bit Meta here. Fictionally, it’s Prezza Borusa. Factually it’s Uncle Terrance.
PANEL 1: I like the fact that for once, here we actually get to see the effects of time travel with 1973 Jon meeting the 1983 Brig
PANEL 3: On telly, we don’t hear what Jon says, if anything, as he shoves Pat out the way when he returns to study the obelisk so in the telecomic version I gave him a line to help make sense of the image in the panel.
PANEL 4: If Tom had taken part, I’m sure there would have been some sort of reunion moment for him and Sarah while Jon is talking to the Brig. A lack of available panels meant I cut it back to a repeat of the Aberdeen gag from School Reunion.
PANEL 4: The first thing to do here was to extend the background to accommodate Dr Tom, then replace the heads on his predecessors. I had Tom use the Brig’s first name, something Dr Jon hardly ever did, just to differentiate their relationship with him.
PANEL 6: Sometimes you have enough panels to tell each segment of the story, sometimes you have one too many, as here. I think the dialogue here is in keeping with the original, something you’re always conscious of having to do, and it’s a nice little acknowledgement of the Dicks Doctrine of “same man, different face”.
This was one of the few places in the story where I could add in some new material, inspired by a moment during the “Five Doctors, One Studio” DVD extra where Pat offers Jon a jellybaby. It was such a lovely moment I just had to find a way to work it into this version, all the more so given that Tom was there too!
PANEL 1: When it came to Pat’s Doctor the easiest option was to take all his heads from The Three Doctors since he was already in colour! In this, not only is his hair flat his costume is bloody awful, like bad cosplay. The shirt is a horrible dingy grey with a collar that looks nothing like the one he wore when playing the role and those trousers look like the ones he wore in his first two stories. Luckily most of his shots are from the waist up from here on in!
As per the TV version, Dr Jon is the first to arrive, looking rather different to his appearance in the original. I was never going to just do “the TV story but with Tom in it”. I always intended to replace the heads of the first three Doctors with the “correct” versions, and for Pertwee that meant replacing 1983 Jon with 1974 Jon.
If the Third Doctor has been timescooped from somewhere between The Time Warrior and Planet of the Spiders – he recognises Sarah, putting this, I would argue, somewhere between Peladon and Metebelis Three – then he would have been wearing a bow tie, as he did during that run of stories, instead of an open-necked shirt. I’ll leave it to your inner fanboy to have fun working out where all the Jon shots have come from! It wasn’t always easy to find a 1974 shot where he was looking in more or less the same direction as a 1983 shot!
PANEL 2: Dr Jon refers to Sarah’s line from when they first met earlier in the story
PANEL 3: A reference back to Tom’s line about Jon in The Brain of Morbius
PANELS 4 & 5: You’ll notice that Jon and Tom have swapped places as they passed by each other between panels. Since I couldn’t do much about where the TV Doctors were standing around the obelisk, I had to find a way to get Tom into the only gap where he could go, which was screen right.
And here’s Hartnell, back for the first time since Part One!
As before, when I did The Three Doctors as a telecomic, I had to find shots of Hartnell’s head in more or less the same position as Hurndall’s and overlay them on the body. Having an existing torso to map everything onto made things easier in a lot of ways but a bit more complicated in others, and it saved on the colourising for a start!
And since Hartnell’s here that can only mean that Pat and Jon aren’t far away either!
PANEL 1: Tom and Tegan finally make it to the tomb, which I extended by adding in the extra stuff from the “Five Doctors, One Studio” DVD extra. This allowed me to create an additional entrance to the tomb just beyond the transmat that Pat uses for “calling the capitol” on TV.
PANEL 2: The writing on the plinth in the TV version is rubbish, frankly. It’s far too big for a start, even if it is stuff from the original edition of The Making of Doctor Who. Much better, I thought, to have a set of Gallifreyan Runes instead, so that’s what I did.
PANEL 3: On TV the area above the bier is rubbish so I had to create my own. In the absence of a giant statue of Rassilon, which I wouldn’t have had room for anyway, I settled on a giant chandelier instead.
PANEL 4: Typical Tom line and just the sort of “interesting” thing I can imagine him saying
PANEL 6: On TV it was Pertwee who released the forcefield but in this version, since Tom has got there first, and he has met the Hartnell Doctor, it made more sense for him to do it as soon as he got there.