Thursday, November 16, 2023

Titan Comics Debuts the Fifteenth Doctor on Free Comic Book Day 2024!


Titan Comics is pleased to announce that it is returning to the TARDIS once more on Free Comic Book Day, with the release of DOCTOR WHO: THE FIFTEENTH DOCTOR: FREE COMIC BOOK DAY EDITION. Available in participating comic shops May 4, 2024. 

Written by master of sci-fi and fantasy, Dan Watters (Loki, Home Sick Pilots, The Sandman Universe), this special issue kicks-off an all-new DOCTOR WHO comic series starring the FIFTEENTH DOCTOR (Ncuti Gatwa) and his companion in time and space, RUBY SUNDAY (Millie Gibson). 

The launch of the new series in 2024 marks the 10th anniversary of the first DOCTOR WHO comics under Titan Comics. The publisher first started travelling with the Doctor in 2014 and hasn’t stopped since. Now, in its 10th year, Titan Comics will be part of an exciting new era of Doctor Who with the Fifteenth Doctor. 

On the Free Comic Day edition of DOCTOR WHO: THE FIFTEENTH DOCTOR, series editor, Jake Devine says, “Doctor Who Free Comic Book Day marks the first appearance of the Fifteenth Doctor in Titan Comics and I'm so excited - it feels like we've been waiting for this new era forever! We've got an incredible story to tell from a fresh creative team with a spectacular vision. I can't wait for fans to get stuck in!”

Free Comic Book Day takes place every year on the first Saturday of May. With over two thousand stores and several comic book publishers participating, the event gives readers a chance to grab a free comic and meet fellow comic readers. Readers can find their local participating store HERE. 

Look out for more news on Free Comic Book Day 2024 from Titan Comics, as well and further announcements on the DOCTOR WHO: THE FIFTEENTH DOCTOR comic series. You can follow Titan Comics on Facebook, X, and Instagram.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Vworp Vworp #6 Out in November!


The acclaimed Doctor Who comics and artwork fanzine Vworp Vworp! returns with its sixth issue in November 2023.

Edited and designed by Colin Brockhurst and published by Gareth Kavanagh, this 180-page issue celebrates the genesis of the show in 1963, with a host of features and interviews with talent from both sides of the camera.

With three fabulous covers from Robert Hack (Cover A), Jeff Cummins (Cover B) and Andrew Orton and Colin Brockhurst (Cover C) to choose from AND an exclusive DVD to thrill, get ready for a deep dive into the very best art, interviews and fan scholarship as we rapidly approach the 60th anniversary of Doctor Who on November 23rd.

Highlights of Issue 6 include:

    • THE WAIF FROM SPACE – we catch up with CAROLE ANN FORD to discuss her memories of the earliest days of Doctor Who and the joys and frustrations of playing the Doctor’s granddaughter.

    • We take in THE VIEW FROM THE GALLERY, as Andrew Orton painstakingly reconstructs the sets and conditions for the filming of An Unearthly Child sixty years ago in Lime Grove Studios.

    • Exclusive interviews with MARK GATISS and actor BRIAN COX, discussing the making of their 2013 hymn to the Hartnell era, An Adventure in Space and Time.

    • DESPERATELY SEEKING REG – Vworp Vworp!’s editor Colin Brockhurst turns detective, seeking the trail of the very first actor to grace Doctor Who, the mysterious REG CRANFIELD.

    • Who was THE FAMILY WHO? We take a deep dive into the lives of Doctor Who’s first family, the Hartnells, with recollections from his daughter ANNE CARNEY and a rare interview with Bill’s wife, HEATHER HARTNELL.

    • Brand new interviews with vision mixer CLIVE DOIG and the Radiophonic Workshop’s BRIAN HODGSON, two television pioneers who broke new ground working on 1963’s 100,000BC.

    • HUNTERS OF THE BURNING STONE – we go behind the scenes of Doctor Who Magazine’s seminal 50th anniversary celebration comic strip with writer SCOTT GRAY and artist MARTIN GERAGHTY.

    • In-depth, illustrated articles on several of Doctor Who’s 1963 pioneers, including JACQUELINE HILL, ANTHONY COBURN, DAVID WHITAKER, NORMAN KAY, REX TUCKER and FRED RAWLINGS… and much more!

Also, as well as short stories by JOHN DORNEY and JOHN PEEL, issue 6 features three brand new comic strips featuring the First and Fifteenth Doctors:

    • THE NIGHT BEFORE – the Doctor and Susan navigate the strange phenomenon of Beatlemania! Written by Tim Quinn with art by Tim Keable.

    • OVERDUE – a curious history book on the shelves of Shoreditch Library spells danger for the Doctor and Susan. Written by Lance Parkin with art by Faiz Rehman. 

    • HISTORY, BANGS AND STINKS – It’s 1963 and there’s a new Doctor at Coal Hill School, just not the one we were expecting! Written by Paul Ebbs with art by Simon Brett.

Our exciting FREE GIFT this issue is a DVD packed with brand new animations and archive features exploring the genesis of the show, intriguing what ifs and sidesteps into the unknown! Expect:

    • A MEETING ON THE COMMON – A dynamic, 18 minute animation of the much loved alternative opening to Doctor Who, as told by David Whitaker in his classic 1964 novelisation Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks. Directed and animated by Mel Meanley, adapted by Ian Winterton and starring Stephen Noonan (the Doctor), Adam Grayson (Ian), Helen Stirling-Lane (Barbara) and Kerry Ely (Susan).

    • WE FLAME TO PLEASE – Ever wondered what Doctor Who getting the Hanna-Barbera treatment would have looked like back in 1966? Wonder no longer, with this lovingly written and animated homage to the golden age of children’s animation from Graham Kibble-White. Join Dr Who on a visit to the Stone Age, complete with repeating background and laughter track, starring Siobhan Gallichan as Dr Who, with Adam Grayson, Helen Stirling-Lane and Stephen Noonan.

    • INTERLUDE ON TOTTER’S LANE – A short drama written by Andy Lane, exploring the consequences of life with the Doctor and why he must never go back to the very beginning. Starring Peter Purves as Steven Taylor and Siobhan Gallichan as the Doctor. Presented as a ‘telesnap reconstruction’.

    • ORIGINAL DOCTOR WHO NOVEMBER 1963 RADIO TRAILER RECONSTRUCTION - A reconstruction of the long-lost original Doctor Who radio trailer. Originally recorded by William Hartnell in advance of the very first broadcast, the trailer offered listeners their very first glimpse of the Doctor. This piece of radio history has been re-recorded by Stephen Noonan using the original script retained in the archives.

    • AN AUDIENCE WITH WARIS HUSSEIN – A career retrospective with Doctor Who’s very first director, the BAFTA and Emmy winning Waris Hussein, in conversation with Matt Charlton. Recorded at VideOdyssey Studios, Liverpool, in 2019.

Order Vworp Vworp! issue 6, price £12.99, from now. Pre-orders open later on 15th November. Ships worldwide from late November onwards.

Friday, November 3, 2023

The Star Beast Promo Poster!

 The BBC released a promo poster image for the upcoming special The Star Beast:

Does it look vaguely familiar? Compare it to the cover for the Marvel Comics’ first issue of the Doctor Who comic featuring art by Dave Gibbons:

Thank you to Russell T Davies and all those behind-the-scenes for giving us Doctor Who comic fans a treat!

Sunday, August 13, 2023

Deluxe Illustrated Novelization of Rose Coming in November!

To celebrate the return of showrunner Russell T Davies to Doctor Who, a special deluxe edition of ROSE will be published this autumn. Novelized by Russell from his original script, ROSE is the story that relaunched Doctor Who for the 21st century.

Originally published in 2018, this deluxe edition of ROSE features illustrations from acclaimed artist Robert Hack. It is set to publish on 23rd November 2023, to coincide with Doctor Who's 60th anniversary.

"In a lair somewhere beneath central London, a malevolent alien intelligence is plotting the end of humanity. Shop window dummies that can move - and kill - are taking up key positions, ready to strike.

Rose Tyler, an ordinary Londoner, is working her shift in a department store, unaware that this is the most important day of her life. She's about to meet the only man who understands the true nature of the threat facing Earth, a stranger who will open her eyes to all the wonder and terror of the universe - a traveller in time and space known as the Doctor."

ROSE is the story that brought Doctor Who back for the 21st century - and Russell T Davies's novelization, based on his script, set the standard for new-era Target novelizations. Now with illustrations by acclaimed artist Robert Hack, this is Rose as you've never seen it before...

The Underwater Menace Comes to DVD in November!


The Second Doctor’s partially missing adventure will be animated with four new episodes in color and high definition, releasing on DVD and Blu-ray.

BBC Studios continues to offer Doctor Who fans the opportunity to extend their at home collection by announcing the latest release DOCTOR WHO: THE UNDERWATER MENACE on DVD and Blu-Ray. The two-disc box set contains the fourth series story as well as special features. This classic series stars the Second Doctor Patrick Troughton and co-stars Anneke Wills as Polly, Michael Craze as Ben and Frazer Hines as Jamie McCrimmon. 

The original 1967 master recordings of all except episodes two and three of THE UNDERWATER MENACE were lost soon after the programme's original transmission. However, audio-only recordings of the missing two episodes have survived and have been used to create a brand new fully animated presentation of this lost classic.

This story sees these characters navigate through their adventures in the underwater city of Atlantis where they meet with Professor Zaroff, who plots to destroy the Earth by draining the oceans. Fans can expect a super jam-packed series bursting with unseen exclusive content. All episodes have been animated in colour and black and white, whilst including original film elements. 

The Underwater Menace

DISC ONE (Main Feature)

Episodes 1-4 - Animation - Colour

Episodes 1-4 - Animation - Black and White

DISC TWO (Special Features)

Episode 1 - Reconstruction

Episodes 2 & 3 - Original 1967 Episode

Episode 4 - Reconstruction

A Fishy Tale - Making of Documentary

Australian Censor Clips

The Man from Miditz

Frazer Hines Introduction for Episode 2 as per the original VHS release

BBC News Report (South Today)

BBC Radio Solent Piece (audio only)

Photo Gallery

Animation Gallery

PDF material including camera script

DOCTOR WHO: THE UNDERWATER MENACE will be available for fans to buy from November 2023.