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Comic Book Classics

US-based Doctor Who fans are in for a treat, as classic comic strips are set to be republished by new Doctor Who comic publishers IDW

The same company have already got a NuWho strip in production, so it seems logical to repackage the old stuff, doesn’t it?

Doctor Who Classics, will feature – in all-new color – the black-and-white adventures that originally appeared only in Britain as part of Doctor Who Magazine in 1979 and 1980.

The stories feature Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor – the incarnation of the character very familiar to American audiences – with new state-of-the-art colors over art by Dave Gibbons, the man behind DWM’s main comic strip from #1 until #69, before going on to co-create the iconic graphic novel Watchmen.

“This series is appealing to fans because it’s rare for these stories to have been available to readers in the United States,” says Chris Ryall, IDW editor-in-chief and publisher. “A lot of people have never seen these comics at all, let alone in the full, vibrant colors that Gibbons’ art deserves.”

Doctor Who Classic Issue 1 will be available in December, with the modern version not far behind…

As reported in July, IDW will follow the launch of its classics reprints a month later with all-new monthly adventures of the Tenth Doctor.

“We’re giving fans the best of the old and the best of the new,” says Ryall. “The first series looks back at most popular Doctor of the past, and the upcoming series focuses on the best of the present.”


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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