Episode #121 of the Doctor Who: Panel to Panel podcast is live – and this time around, host Jeremy Bement chats with Gareth Kavanagh, who recently launched Cutaway Comics with Colin Brockhurst, offering new stories featuring characters first seen in Doctor Who.
Gareth talks about his Kickstarter for the Lytton mini-series developed with former Doctor Who Script Editor Eric Saward, with art by Barry Renshaw, which we reported here, Vworp Vworp magazine and more.
Following the early success of their Kickstarter, the Cutaway Comics team have added some exciting stretch goals for Lytton, just before the crowdfunded draws to a close in a few days time, the most ambitious of all a one-shot comic bringing back Eric Saward’s Orcini and Bostock.
“I thought we may as well go big or go home, as the cliché runs,” Gareth told downthetubes, as the crowdfunder closed in on gaining £10,000 in backing, “but I like the idea, great characters and Eric is keen so why not, ran the thinking?“
The proposed one-shot Orcini comic would be a long overdue return for one of Eric Saward’s most celebrated creations.
Orcini: Master of the Grand Order of Oberon, as played by William Gaunt in the 1985 Doctor Who story Revelation of the Daleks, Oricini is a space knight, who battles evil across the five galaxies with his loyal squire, Bostock, at his side.
The tales of these legendary caste of space knights who dedicate their lives to fighting against evil are known across the Galaxy. The legends of these quasi-mystic beings speak for themselves.
For reasons we have yet to learn, one of their number, Orcini, has been excommunicated from the Order. Cast out and dishonoured, Orcini has been reborn as a Soldier of Fortune. Accompanied by his faithful squire, Bostock, this mythical pair have embarked on a Galaxy-spanning quest to vanquish evil and maybe, restore their honour.
Orcini has had many adventures. Songs of his victories are sung across the Five Galaxies. The legends talk of a man who need just breathe on his enemies to make them wither and die. But the latest assignment has Orcini at a disadvantage. On paper, it seems a straight rescue, but is life ever that simple at the Outer Systems of the Galaxy?
“Orcini and Bostock are a refined double act, played with flair, and completely in keeping with some of the finest duos to have graced Doctor Who’s screens,” notes Publisher Gareth Kavanagh comments.
“The thought to bring them back for this Kickstarter was irresistible, and a perfect way to reward those who have pledged their support to the project already, if we can meet the stretch goals.
“Lytton and Orcini are two characters that Doctor Who fans can’t quite let go of,” he adds. “It’s testament to Eric’s creation of them that fans want to see more stories with them and explore their backgrounds further.
We are very proud to exploring them with their creator at the helm, and if the pilot is successful, we’d love to continue Orcini’s adventures.”
Orcini will be available to those backing the Cutaway Comics Kickstarter and will be issued if the top funding goal is met. Other goals include merchandise packages which include new commentaries for classic Doctor Who serials, and prints and posters based around launch title, Lytton.
Cutaway Comics continues to invest in the future of the imprint with work progressing on future titles which include Omega: Vengeance and Paradise Towers: Paradise Found.