12th Comic Titan
Titan Comics have released a preview of their brand-new series, Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #1, which will launch on October 15.
The comic is written by Robbie Morrison and illustrated by Dave Taylor. Cover art is by Alice X Zhang. The comic will be exclusively previewed at New York Comic Con which takes place on October 9-12.
Freshly regenerated and with a new head full of unanswered questions, the Doctor (as played by Peter Capaldi) whisks Clara Oswald (as played by Jenna Coleman) away to a strange and distant world.
Clara thought she was in for an evening of marking essays on the Metaphysical Poets, followed by going out on a date – or at least trying to. You know, normal stuff.
Instead, she’s facing down exotic flora and fauna in her best dress, backing up the Doctor on a trek through traumatically alien undergrowth – and she doesn’t even know what the Doctor is searching for, or what will try to kill them should they find it!
New Face! New Doctor! New Beginning!
Titan explained that they have the rights to all past Doctors and conversations are ongoing about what will appear in future.
When the audience asked why the comics tend to feature “new” companions rather than established ones, the response consensus seemed to be that because those characters already have established “entrances and exits”, it’s a little more difficult to create as much drama as they can create with new characters. Not impossible, necessarily, but just a little more difficult, leading to their choices.
A fan asked that doing back Doctors in mini-series will lead to more. Titan clearly stated that each one of these mini-series with past Doctors is a kind of “audition” for a possible ongoing series. They don’t want to overload retailers or move too quickly, however, given that they are just working to establish their two Doctor lines and now a third in the first instance.
A fan asked if they’ll be doing anything with the War Doctor and Titan said he has “unlimited potential” and has had the “least screentime” so they will be looking into it.
When writers were asked about what Doctors they prefer to write, Nick Abadzis said he grew up with Tom Baker, but he’d be worried about writing him since he “changed quite dramatically” over his run. The Tenth Doctor has been his top choice, but if another appealed to him it would be the 8th. For the “gap years” when Doctor Who wasn’t being made, the 8th was Abadzis’ Doctor. He thinks of the first four growing up, then Paul McGann during the gap period.
The “whole thrust of the editorial line” on their comics, Titan said, it should feel like a “lost episode”, not a visual adaptation of something else and so new companions and stories will always be the priority.
When asked what monsters they want to draw, Zhang said “any kind of monsters except the Daleks”. And added that she’d like to draw The Silence. Fraser loves the old designs, so he’d like to draw the Draconians. The original Silurians, weirder than those later, also intrigues him. Trying to make “old designs” work better in comics than they did on the screen is a challenge.
A fan asked, given that Capaldi is new to the series, is it difficult to create a comic about him and his personality. Titan said it is tough, but BBC have been “wonderful” in giving them scripts ahead and briefing them on the relationship between the Doctor and Clara so they can depict the emotional climate. In terms of needing to know what happens, that’s not as urgent. Peter Capaldi’s Doctor is, in many ways, what you’d expect from Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, which helps. It’s “tricky” and with every episode that airs, they get a better picture, they said. It’s a “fun challenge”, they added.
A fan asked if they ever find themselves working on comics that clash with the main story of the show or that are currently in development, and Titan said that it hasn’t really been an issue yet.
A fan asked if, as writer and artists, they feel constrained by the actors and the acting roles rather than having freedom with their characters. Robbie Morrison said that about “once a panel” he’ll listen to Matt Smith “to listen to the tone” and capture that. Abadzis says he keeps a DVD “on the tray” and does the same but doesn’t feel constrained. Some constraints are a “gift anyway”, he said. He was asked to give the Doctor a new companion “post Donna” which freed him up to explore new territory. That’s how Gabriella came about, a gift for him as a writer.
The most general, final question for the panelists was what they most liked about Doctor Who. Fraser said that it’s all of time and space and there are no limits. Who wouldn’t like that? Everyone wants a TARDIS, Zhang agreed.
The “hardest” thing about writing Doctor Who, Morrison said is getting the voice right, getting it “Who enough”. Abadzis said that Doctor Who is “famed for its possibility” but it’s “got to be fresh”, so coming up with new ideas and needing that “original angle” is the tough thing.
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