Doctor Who artist Lee Sullivan interviewed for latest “Panel to Panel” podcast

Episode #148 of the Doctor Who: Panel to Panel podcast with Lee Sullivan

Episode 148 of Jeremy Bement’s brilliant Doctor Who: Panel to Panel podcast is live, and leads with an interview with comic artist Lee Sullivan, back at work on Doctor Who Magazine, drawing “Liberation of the Daleks” by Russell T Davies, Scott Handcock and Alan Barnes.

As we previously reported, the new comic strip ties in directly with the upcoming TV stories starring David Tennant as the mysteriously retroactively regenerated Time Lord.

Episode one picks up moments after the ending of The Power of the Doctor TV special and this special story will run for the next 12 issues, leading straight into the next TV special, due for broadcast by the BBC in the UK and Disney+ worldwide in November 2023.

Lee Sullivan has made a triumphant return to Doctor Who Magazine after a ridiculously long absence, and in this as ever entertaining podcast hosted by the erudite Jeremy Bement, he chats about how the strip came to be, drawing the first adventure of the Fourteenth Doctor and more.

2000AD - 40 Years of Thrill-Power - Lee Sullivan
Lee Sullivan

Lee Sullivan has been a comic book artist since 1987, working on TransformersDoctor Who Magazine (becoming well-known for his drawings of the Daleks), RoboCop and William Shatner’s TrekWorld for Marvel US; Judge Dredd and Mercy Heights in 2000AD; the Radio Times’ Doctor Who strip; the Amulet of Samarkand graphic novel; five years on Thunderbirds Magazine; five years on Fabbri’s Doctor Who: Battles in Time comic strips and three years of DVD Files illustrations, as well as various Who covers for Titan, the programme’s 50th Anniversary celebrations in the form of posters, and a comic strip for the Royal Mail’s Prestige Stamp Book and IDW’s Prisoners of Time. His work has also appeared on the show itself, in the Series 8 episode Time Heist.

Lee has also supplied box artworks for the Big Chief Studios Gerry Anderson 1/6 scale figures.

From 2015-18, he produced six graphic novels for the ongoing Titan comic book series Rivers of London – a continuation of Ben Aaronovitch’s successful series of novels featuring Peter Grant, scripted by Ben and Andrew Cartmel. 

A teaser image from the new strip specially created for the new Fireball XL5 Anthology, written and drawn by Lee Sullivan
A teaser image from the new strip specially created for the new Fireball XL5 60th Anniversary Anthology, written and drawn by Lee Sullivan

Since 2018 Lee has been working as a concept artist in the TV industry and has also produced two album covers for his sax-playing hero, Roxy Music’s Andy Mackay; a series of English-as-a-foreign-language graphic novels for Penguin; and, as well as his latest work for Doctor Who Magazine, has written and drawn a new comic strip for the Anderson Entertainment Fireball XL5 60th Anniversary Anthology.

All his previous Dalek strips for DWM have recently been republished across two “Ultimate Collection” volumes, published by Panini.

• Episode #148 of the Doctor Who: Panel to Panel podcast with Lee Sullivan is available from iTunes or Podomatic

Older episodes of Doctor Who: Panel to Panel are archived on the Internet Archive

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Doctor Who Magazine Issue 584 is on sale now from and WH Smith and select supermarkets priced £6.99 (UK) | Also available as a digital edition from priced £5.99 | Web:

Daleks: The Ultimate Comic Strip Collections

• Daleks: The Ultimate Comic Strip Collection, Volume 1 | £19.99 | 164 pages | Age 10+ | Released: 1st October 2022 | ISBN: 978-1-80491-059-7 | Buy it from AmazonUK | Buy it from Panini UK

• Daleks: The Ultimate Comic Strip Collection, Volume 2 | £19.99 | 172 pages | Age 10+ | Official on sale date: 1st December 2022 | ISBN: 978-1-80491-064-1 | Buy it from AmazonUK | Buy it from Panini UK

The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. 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 "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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