Monday, 19 March 2012

Sneak peek: Doctor Who Matt Smith reunites with Tom Baker, Paul McGann, William Hartnell and Peter Cushing in Orbit

From Coventry Telegraph

Doctor Who star Matt Smith has been reunited with predecessors Tom Baker, Paul McGann, William Hartnell and Peter Cushing.

They all feature in a comic book biography comic published by Bluewater Productions as the show approaches its 50th anniversary in 2013. A sneak peek at some of the pages is included here.
Orbit: The Cast of Doctor Who was first released in January and is now back in stores in a new graphic novel format that this time includes a special bonus biography of Peter Cushing. It tells how he he came to play the Doctor in two feature films that changed some of the basic concepts and are not usually considered part of canon.
Cushing, however, argued that his depiction of the Time Lord was canon, postulating that it was a future incarnation who had been mindwiped and made to relive some of his earlier adventures. Several other attempts have been made to fit the films in with the established mythos.
The first film, Dr Who and the Daleks, was released in 1965 and was followed a year later by Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. Each is a retelling of the first two stories featuring the Daleks on TV.

The graphic novel recounts the biographies of five of the actors who have played Doctor Who, ending with Matt Smith. It's written by Paul Salamoff and drawn by Jaime Martinez Rodriguez, Scott Boyce and DJ Burgess with covers by DC artist Joe Phillips.
Salamoff said he has adored the series since he was a child: "I have been obsessed with Doctor Who for as long as I can remember. My office is literally filled with Doctor Who Toys, Books, DVDs and Daleks. Lots of Daleks."

He added: "I find that the possibilities with the character are endless and the stories touch on every aspect of science fiction that I love."

Darren Davis, president of Bluewater Comics, said: "At Bluewater Comics we felt that a show like Doctor Who needed to have a bio-comic done.

"There have been so many fine actors who played the role of the time traveller, and we just wanted to highlight the careers of a handful of them."

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