The Automatic Man

What do you get when you combine two icons of genre fiction, one world wide web and many hours of procrastination? Genuinely brilliant works by those mastercraftsmen; the fans.

Sherlock Holmes versus Cybermen by Dan McDaidDan McDaid, British comic book artist/writer on such DWM strips as The First and Hotel Historia has taken a fans wish to see an unforseen adventure between the Doctor and Sherlock Holmes and made it into a one page masterpiece.

The Automatic Man sees Sherlock Holmes, in a top hat rather than his familiar Deerstalker, and Dr Watson getting caught up in an intriguing Cyberman plot involving human hybrids – with the Tenth Doctor bursting through the scene.

Each character is more representative of their various images rather than realistic models and his heavy shading recalls a lot of classic British comics like Dan Dare.

The piece was one of the many commissions that McDaid draws for anyone with a bit of spare cash and an over-active immagination.

For more of McDaid’s Who related art click here.

(Thanks to Matt)


Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

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