Published on October 21st, 2015 | by Kacy Helwick
Doctor Who Comics: A Guide to the Doctor’s Graphic Companions
In the 1960s, when the first series of Doctor Who aired, it was common practice to novelize popular films and television shows. In a pre-VCR/DVR/DVD world, reading the book was the only way to re-experience a show you enjoyed or catch up on a story that you had missed. Nearly all of the storylines from the original run of the show were novelized, resulting in over 150 books printed between 1964 and 1993. During the years when the show was off the air, novels kept being published. Some were original adventures and some novelizations of radio plays that aired on BBC radio featuring the Doctor. The new run of Doctor Who (the 2005-present era) has not had any of the aired episodes novelized, but there have been over 50 New Series Adventures published, books with original stories featuring the 9th through 12th Doctors.
There are also various graphic adventures of the Doctor. Currently, Titan Comics is publishing 3 ongoing Doctor Who comic series (Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor, Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor, and Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor) and 2 limited miniseries (Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor Miniseries and Doctor Who 2015 Event: Four Doctors).
The Tenth Doctor is set after the events of “Journey’s End”. The Doctor is travelling alone when he encounters, Gabriella Gonzalez, a waitress and aspiring artist that is pushed into the Doctor’s world by a wave of psychic horror that is haunting New York. It has been collected in 2 hardcover editions so far: Revolutions of Terror and The Weeping Angels of Mons. The 3rd volume, The Fountains of Forever, will be released in December 2015.
The Eleventh Doctor also introduces us to a new companion as he continues on adventures while Amy and Rory are settling into their life as newlyweds. Alice Obiefune is sleepwalking through a gray existence after the death of her mother until the Doctor literally brings the color back into her life by running through chasing an alien rainbow dog. This series has also been collected into 2 hardcover editions: After Life and Serve You. The 3rd volume, Conversion, will be out in November 2015.
The first collected volume of the Twelfth Doctor’s adventures, Terrorformer, features a newly regenerated Doctor already on the move coming up against an ancient alien murdering her way towards resurrection as she impersonates the goddess Kali and a violent star on a terraformed ice planet. The 2nd volume, Fractures, will be released in November 2015.
And lastly the two miniseries events: Doctor Who: Four Doctors and Weapons of Past Destruction (the collected edition of Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor) will be coming out in December 2015 and January 2016 respectively.