The Twelfth Doctor gets Smuzz-ified!

The Twelfth Doctor by SmuzzWhile illustrator and comics artist Smuzz is currently busy on many fronts – not least of them drawing the sixth episode of Crucible for STRIP – he couldn’t resist entering the downthetubes Twelfth Doctor Art Challenge, which has also attracted entries from comic artists such as Mo Ali, John Peter Britton and David Baillie during its first few days of running.

Smuzz, who lives in Lancashire, (“in a house that is bigger on the inside than on the outside”, he claims) illustrates for a number of science fiction magazines, most notably Interzone, where he has topped the reader’s poll as favourite artist many times. He also won the 1997 British Science Fiction Award for best artwork. Work on comic strips includes ‘ABC Warriors’ for 2000AD, an adaptation of the Clive Barker Hellraiser story ‘Original Sin’, and architectural backgrounds for Bryan Talbot’s graphic novel Heart of Empire.

With the confirmation that Peter Capaldi is to be Doctor Who’s Twelfth Doctor, we’re challenging comic artists to post their Twelfth Doctor designs on the downthetubes forum (or, if you’re not a member of the forum, email them to us to post via

The best design (in our view, which may or may not be influenced by the number of ‘likes’ it gets) will win some Doctor Who goodies from the downthtubes Vault of Stuff We Get Sent – and a copy of the amazing graphic novel 3 Seconds by Marc-Antoine Mathieu, out this month from Jonathan Cape.

Not happy about the choice of actor? Think it should be someone else? A woman? An atomic powered green-skinned alien? Then send those designs in, too – but make it clear this is your entry in some way.

Good luck! The competition will close on Thursday 5th September 2013 at 12 noon GMT.

View all the entries

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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