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Published on January 31st, 2008 | by Christian Cawley

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Dave Gibbons in Death Ray!

Don’t know how I missed this one – I’m evidently a slow reader – but the January 2008 edition of Death Ray magazine features an interview with illustrator Dave Gibbons whose work once adorned the pages of Doctor Who Weekly!

While the interview covers most aspects of Gibbons’ career, there are a couple of Doctor Who items that might be of interest, beginning with Gibbons getting started on the magazine:

The original idea was that he [Dez Skinn] wanted Paul Neary, who was the in-house art guy, to pencil it and me to ink it. I didn’t really want to do that… but I did happen to know that John Wagner and Pat Mills had done a few proposals for the Doctor Who TV series for BBC, so I came back to Dez and said, “How about if I draw the whole thing and I’ll stop working for Freeway and IPC? I’ll get Pat Mills and John Wagner to write it.”

So Dez agreed and I drew with them initially writing it, but then Steve Moore took over as scripter [sic].

There’s a wee bit more to it – regarding the difficulties of drawing the Fifth Doctor:

Tom Baker was an easier face to draw than Peter Davison, who frankly looked like a blancmange. For the first episode that had Davison in it, his agent saw it and actually wanted to pull it because he thought we’;d made his client look very ugly and I must admit the likenesses weren’t great in that episode.

But he was kind enough to let us go to the BBC an, in a break from shooting an episode, to actually do a real complete set of shots – all around his head, looking up, looking down, different expressions – and drawing him got a lot easier after that.

If you haven’t picked up a copy of Death Ray yet, do so now! Forget SFX, Cult Times, whatever it is you buy; Death Ray is brought to you by the man who helmed SFX at its inception, and Death Ray succeeds in mining quality seams to bring you glorious and insightful articles.

I’m not being paid for this. It pisses over SFX, seriously, so do yourself a favour.

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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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