IDW’s Doctor Who comics license ends with 50th anniversary special

Doctor Who annnual

IDW Publishing and BBC Worldwide will conclude their joint celebration of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary with the release of a Doctor Who Special in the final week of 2013.

This oversize issue will be written by Doctor Who writer Paul Cornell and features art by Jimmy Broxton – and will mark an end to IDW’s license to publish Doctor Who comics.

In this special one-shot story, a strange force flings the TARDIS and the Doctor into our own universe! Once here, the Doctor encounters a 10-year-old girl who happens to be a huge fan of the Doctor Who TV show. The Doctor grapples with being a fictional character as well as and a monster lurking at the girl’s school on the way to coming face-to-face with the actor who portrays him, Matt Smith!

MTV Geek has a short clip of Paul Cornell discussing the Special here.

BBC Worldwide and IDW have worked together since 2007. For the 50th Anniversary celebration, IDW launched a new ongoing series led by writer Andy Diggle, and the new Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time, an extended maxi-series that spotlights all eleven Doctors which has featured the work of several British comics creators including Lee Sullivan, Mike Collins, Gary Erskine and John Ridgway, with #7, with art by Kev Hopgood, due for release next week.

Additionally, IDW brought forth the first-ever Doctor Who crossover in any medium, the 2012 Star Trek: The Next Generation/ Doctor Who event series Assimilation2.

The BBC Worldwide/IDW partnership will conclude following the end of these 50th anniversary celebrations in December.

“IDW is a great partner and we’re very proud of the comics that we have created and released together,” says Soumya Sriraman, Executive Vice President Home Entertainment and Licensing. “By extending our partnership, we are able to provide Doctor Who fans with more than 20 additional titles in celebration of the 50th Anniversary,”

“We’ve been extremely proud to be the American home to new Doctor Who comics these last six years,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief.

“We feel like we’ve said a great many things with our comics – so it now feels like a good time to let Doctor Who comics regenerate along with the coming new Doctor on the TV series.”

IDW was the first American comic-book publisher to produce original Doctor Who comic books in the US, starting in early 2008 with the release of Doctor Who: Agent Provocateur. IDW also released the first Doctor Who comic to bring every iteration of the Doctor into one series in Doctor Who: The Forgotten.

BBC Worldwide will announce the plans for 2014 in the next coming weeks. It will be intersting to see if any news comes out following the Doctor Who panel at San Diego Comic Con on Sunday.

Doctor Who of course continues as one of the world’s longest-running TV-related comic strips, as ever, in Britain’s Doctor Who Magazine.

Dave Sim's cover to Prisoners of Time #7

Dave Sim’s cover to Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #7

IDW’s Doctor Who Release Schedule

July 2013

  • Doctor Who Series 3 #11
  • Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #7 (of 12)
  • Doctor Who Classics Volume 3
  • Doctor Who Series 3 Volume 2 TPB

Doctor Who Prisoners of Time #8

Doctor Who Prisoners of Time #8

August 2013

  • Doctor Who Series 3 #12
  • Doctor Who Prisoners of Time #8 (of 12)
  • Doctor Who Series 1 HC
Doctor Who Classics Volume 5 #4

Doctor Who Classics Volume 5 #4

September 2013

  • Doctor Who Special 2013
  • Doctor Who Series 3 #13
  • Doctor Who Prisoners of Time #9 (of 12)
  • Doctor Who Classics Volume 4 #4
  • Doctor Who Prisoners of Time Volume 2 TPB

 

Doctor Who - Star Trek TPB

The Star Trek / Doctor Who Collection

October 2013

  • Doctor Who Series 3 #14
  • Doctor Who Prisoners of Time #10 (of 12)
  • Doctor Who Classics #5
  • Doctor Who Omnibus, Volume 2 TPB
  • Star Trek / Doctor Who HC

 

November 2013

  • Doctor Who Series 3 #15
  • Doctor Who Prisoners of Time #11 (of 12)
  • Doctor Who Prisoners of Time #12 (of 12)
  • Doctor Who Classics Volume 4 #6
  • Doctor Who Series 3 Volume 3 TPB
  • Doctor Who Series 2 HC
  • Doctor Who Classics Volume 9

 

December 2013

  • Doctor Who Series 3 #16
  • Doctor Who Special 2013
  • Doctor Who Prisoners of Time Volume 3 TPB
  • Doctor Who Prisoners of Time Complete HC
  • Doctor Who Series 3 Vol. 4 TPB

 

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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