Panel to Panel Goes Underground with Doctor Who comics writer Mark Wright

Scenes from "The Pestilent Heart" Part One from Doctor Who Magazine Issue 501. Montage by Mike Collins
Scenes from “The Pestilent Heart” Part One from Doctor Who Magazine Issue 501. Montage by Mike Collins

Episode 59 of Doctor Who: Panel to Panel is available for download, and interviewed this time out is Mark Wright, the new ongoing writer of the Doctor Who Magazine comic strip.

Mark WrightA writer who frequently collaborates with Cavan Scott, he also served as a production assistant on DWM beginning with Issue 448 and is very busy at present as co-editor of Panini’s Doctor Who Complete History part work, which will keep him busy for the next two years! His credits include numerous Doctor Who audio adventures for Big Finish, Iris Widthyme stories and much more.

With Cavan, he’s co-author of the best-selling Who-ology, the official miscellany to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, and the BBC audiobooks Doctor Who: The Nu-Humans and Doctor Who: Night of the Whisper.

Mark joins erudite host Jeremy Bement to chat about his career, plans for the comic and more.

Plus, there’s a review of Part One of Mark’s story “The Pestilent Heart“, which started in DWM Issue 501, a creepy story set in 1970s London that sees the return of the avian Corvids who first appeared in “The Highgate Horror” earlier this year.

The story is drawn by Mike Collins, inked by David Roach, coloured by James Offredi and lettered by Roger Langridge and in online discussion on the publication of the first episode, Mark revealed how much research he and Mike put into ensuring the visuals were historically accurate – even including Underground ticket barriers that had only just been introduced, which I hadn’t realised had been first introduced on the Victoria Line, that long ago.

Also reviewed is the Tenth Doctor story Tesseract, first published by IDW and just re-published by Titan Comics, Doctor Who comic news and more.

 

• Follow Mark Wright on Twitter @mwrightwriter | Instagram

• If you’re interested in writing Doctor Who comics, then Mark’s partner in creation, Cavan Scott, will be revealing exactly what goes into writing and creating a comic strip in the Doctor Who Gallery at the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff, on Wednesday 10th and Wednesday 17th August. Learn from expert himself and get the opportunity to create your very own Doctor Who comic story! (And if you missed the brilliant Target Books covers exhibition at London’s Cartoon Museum earlier this year, the gallery of original cover art will also be on show at the Experience, as will the best covers of Doctor Who Magazine‘s record-breaking 500 issue run. More details here

• Get it on iTunes here or on doctorwhopaneltopanel.podomatic.com – or listen to it right here!

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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