Ace artist Paul Hanley has been teasing some of the incredible artwork he’s been working on for Obverse Books upcoming Doctor Who-inspired short story anthology Forgotten Lives, in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK.
They say a person is the sum of their memories — a Time Lord even more so. But some people live so long that there is no longer room for all the memories; they find themselves diminished, whittled away piece by piece…
For many years, Doctor Who has implied that William Hartnell played the Doctor’s first incarnation — but there has always been room for doubt. In the 1976 story, The Brain of Morbius, we were given glimpses of eight stern-faced men in assorted historical costumes — Doctors before the one we know as the first.
What were they like, these forgotten Doctors? What worlds did they visit, and what adventures did they have there? Who were their companions, and who were their enemies?
And perhaps just as interesting — what sort of stories would this forgotten prehistory of Doctor Who have told?
Forgotten Lives seeks to answer those questions, while raising money to benefit research into preventing and curing the loss of memory and identity that human longevity brings.
Paul Hanley has very much run with developing the fleeting images of past Doctors scene during the mind battle in The Brain of Morbius between the Fourth Doctor (as originally screened!) and Morbius.
Not only has he worked incredibly hard to develop full costumes – he’s also designed their own unique TARDIS control rooms, too, work he initially discusses on his Patreon page, and he’s also posted an album of the Doctorson his Facebook page.
The past Doctors who featured in the story were of course in actuality members of the Doctor Who production team, including producers Barry Letts and Philip Hinchcliffe, writer and script editor Robert Holmes, and others.
Featuring stories from Aditya Bidikar, Simon Bucher-Jones, Kara Dennison, Paul Driscoll, Andrew Hickey, Philip Purser-Hallard, and others yet to be revealed, Forgotten Lives will be published in late 2020.
A stop-motion movie-maker, commercial artist, and “sort-of-pro” comic artist as he has described himself, Paul Hanley has done official work for Godzilla and Judge Dredd (for IDW Comics), Firefly (Toy Vault Inc.) and Doctor Who (Titan Comics and the game Doctor Who Legacy from Tiny Rebel Games). He’s also created cover art for some Paul Magrs‘ Iris Wildthyme books.
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