Welcome to our third day of our annual Geek Month celebration! As you’ve no doubt picked up, this week’s theme is COMICS, & today sees the return of the ever-popular Whovian Wednesdays, featuring guest blogger Cory “Cash Money” Bowers!
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Hello everyone and welcome to the return of Whovian Wednesdays! It is great to be writing again and I hope that the beginning of Geek Month has been enjoyable. Just a short recap; We have had the 50th Anniversary and Christmas Specials, a regeneration and the start of the Ninth Series, and most important to today, a new line of comics featuring the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors!
Now with Doctor Who and comics, this is a story that reaches as far back as the TV Series, with the first stories appearing in the UK’s TV Comic in Nov. 1964 and the Doctor Who Annual in Sept. 1965. In 1979, Marvel UK began publishing the comics, and continues to do so today as a part of Panini Comics, but since 2008, the US fans have been able to enjoy Doctor Who in the comic format for the first time. IDW Publishing has made stories for the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors, and they published reprints of Doctor Who Magazine (DWM) stories of the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Doctors. But we have recently seen Titan Comics take over the rights to make Doctor Who comics in the US, and they’ve begun making stories for the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors.
There have been several differences between the comics and the TV canon of episodes, but what I find most interesting about the Titan comics is seeing the Doctor interact with new companions, and I also have enjoyed seeing a story that continues between books. For those readers that are fans of the classic series, you might find this to be more familiar to the stories prior to 1996, when it would take several weeks to finish a story, and having this feeling of suspense between stories is fantastic.
Now as some fans may choose to check out the IDW and Titan books, there are a few warnings I would like to leave you with:
1.) These stories aren’t canon, so there have been known to be discrepancies between the comics, the show, and other Doctor Who stories (audio stories, books, etc.)
2.) The IDW and Titan series are separate from the DWM stories, but the IDW classic series are reprints of the Marvel UK/DWM comics.
3.) Just as with the TV Series, there are several eras of the comics, but they have three eras instead of two. The Polystyle era covers many of the early Dalek stories, as well as those of the first three Doctors. The Marvel UK era covers the Fourth Doctor thru the Eleventh Doctor, and the IDW/Titan comics era is a new age of stories for the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors that are made for an American audience.
After having had a lot of time without new Doctor Who, we now have just begun to see stories with the Twelfth Doctor, but for those who may be longing to see their Doctor in new adventures, I definitely recommend looking into the comics as another way to enjoy adventures in time and space.
—Cory “Cash Money” Bowers
Episodes & comics that are Comics related (kinda):
1.) Fear Her
2.) The Infinite Quest
4.) Doctor Who 10th #2 is on shelves now!
5.) Doctor Who 11th #2 is available 09/10/2014!
We’ll see you guys tomorrow for our Thirsty Thursday!! 😀
–Elise M. Gross
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