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Published on August 29th, 2010 | by Andrew Reynolds

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)

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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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