“Lost” Doctor Who strip materialises

Artist Russ Leach has just posted these wonderful pages drawn for a Doctor Who Adventures story in progress when the comic was sadly cancelled.

The story was scripted by Kieron Moore and was a casualty of the title’s low sales, despite inventive and enjoyable work on the Panini UK title. The strip had reached as far as being coloured by John Michael Burns and we’ve included two finished pages he’s posted online.

The creative team on this version of Doctor Who Adventures also included former TV series script editor Andrew Cartmel and artist Grant Perkins, the comic edited by Jason Quinn.

Doctor Who Adventures went “on hiatus” earlier this year (see news story) although Panini stated at the time that it might return. Perhaps that may still happen next year, with the debut of the new Doctor played by Jodie Whittaker.

Here’s hoping Panini collect the stories they published for the title and include this. Russ, who completed the whole unpublished story, clearly has a good eye for likeness – his Twelfth Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, is terrific.

Russ is currently working on Ben 10 Magazine for Cartoon Network, drawing licensed Marvel characters for Marvel/Hachette’s Draw The Marvel Way and drew all the lead strips for Panini’s version of Doctor Who Adventures. You can find him online at www.russleach.com

Doctor Who Adventures - Unpublished Twelfth Doctor Strip 1

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Doctor Who Adventures - Unpublished Twelfth Doctor Strip 4 Colour
Doctor Who Adventures - Unpublished Twelfth Doctor Strip 5

Doctor Who Adventures - Unpublished Twelfth Doctor Strip 5 ColourDoctor Who Adventures - Unpublished Twelfth Doctor Strip 6

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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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