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Artist Chris Achilleos asks fans help to trace missing Cybermen art

Can anyone find out where this Doctor Who original painting is!? Artist Chris Achilleos, who drew this Tenth Planet art for the Doctor Who WH Allen/ Target Books range back in the 1970s, is trying to track it down.

Chris is a Greek Cypriot born British illustrator, painter and movie conceptual artist. Over the past 40 years, he has created some of the best loved fantasy and glamour art – including many Doctor Who illustrations and book covers – and is acknowledged as one of the top fantasy artists in the world.

The Tenth Planet was published in 1976, and as well as the cover, The back cover included a small illustrated vignette, also drawn by Chris.

“If my memory serves me well, I had this sold for me a long time ago to possibly someone based around Peterborough UK,” he says in an appeal via his official Facebook page. “Or not.

“I don’t have a transparency or any decent scans of it and there for I cannot have it printed in any way.”

A version of Chris’s art was used on the 2012 BBC Books reprint of the novelisation of William Hartnell’s final story and the first to feature Cybermen, set to return to our screens in their original incarnation later in the current season of Doctor Who on television.

If by any chance the present owner see’s this notice, then please contact Chris on AT with @)

• Chris official site is at | Find Chris on Facebook

About John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative" who is 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 25 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary, including DEATH'S HEAD II and WARHEADS. At Marvel he wrote strips for THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS, THUNDERCATS, DOCTOR WHO and co-created SHADOW RIDERS with Brian Williamson and Ross Dearsley. 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. He has written comics for Marvel UK, Judge Dredd Megazine, Lucky Bag Comic, CGL (an Italian publisher), STRIP Magazine and ROK Comics; and edited some of Titan's British comics collections including Dan Dare and Charley's War. 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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