BBC Launch Doctor Who Comic!

The current Doctor Who Magazine carries the news that the BBC are launching their own Doctor Who publication. Doctor Who Adventures will be aimed at 6-12 year old boys, and be available fortnightly, containing comic strips, interviews and puzzles. The magazine will launch in the Spring to tie-in with the new series. Doctor Who Magazine 365 also confirms that the story to be wirtten by Stephen Fry in the next series has been pushed back a series, and is replaced by a tale by Matthew Graham whose previous credits include “This Life” and “The Last Train”.

Staying on a DWM theme: features a few words from comic strip artist Mike Collins, whose pencils are giving us David Tennant for the first time this month. Of the new adventure, he says:

“It is his first big adventure set on an alien world, and it follows on from the Christmas special.”

But hinting at the adventures to come, Mr Collins added, “There are no Daleks this time. We have managed to bring the new doctor to one of the older villains – from the Jon Pertwee era. That’s all I am going to say.

“But drawing this villain for the first time has been an absolute joy for me. I am a big sci-fi fan so it is great to get paid for something I love doing.”

I’m not going to reveal the alien, but suffice to say they should be high on the list of the production team to reinvent for series 3…

Meanwhile, the final half of the re-arranged Doctor Who theme tune is available from the BBC’s Official Site – or as they describe it:

Many people call it the “middle 8″. Musicians call it the “b part” and some of you simply know it as “the bit the announcer talked over”.

And finally – congratulations David Hodges, manager of Radio Times Reader Services who came closest in the challenge in the MediaGuardian’s Diary section of guessing the viewing figures for

five Christmas TV shows. People will do anything to get in the papers…

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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