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IDW Artist Interviewed

Illustrator Kelly Yates is a long term fan of Doctor Who, and got the dream opportunity to work on the IDW comic series Doctor Who: The Forgotten last year.

Speaking to his local paper, Yates talked about the long-winded path he took from studying sports science to becoming a graphic artist, as well as covering the background on The Forgotten, a ten part series in which each issue features one incarnation of the Doctor to date.

It was a lucky break that got Kelly his first issue of The Forgotten, and he was worked on issues 4 and 6 to date.  Thanks to meeting IDW editor Denton J. Tipton with a sample of his artwork at the San Diego Comic Con, Kelly Yates was called into the breach some months later:

"I asked him to keep me in mind for a fill-in issue or one-shot," Yates said. "About two months later, I got an e-mail from him saying ‘Opportunity knocking.’ The lead artist had an emergency in the family, and they asked, was I able to step in and fill in on issue four."

Yates completed issue 4 of The Forgotten in four and a half weeks, and issue 6 in three. 

"I’m a perfectionist, and I’m pretty critical of myself," he said, "Overall, I’m happy I completed this project quality-wise and on time. I would have liked more time, but deadlines are deadlines."

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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