No, it’s not Time Leech; it’s a different kind of web comic… a story about the physical manifestation of the internet that you can actually hold in your hand!
The upcoming first-ever Doctor Who comic book starring Matt Smith as the Doctor (or at least it would, could Smith turn himself into a cartoon and act silly) sees the eleventh incarnation of a certain PhD-toting Time Lord and his trusty sidekicks Amy and Rory stranded on a planet completely devoid of life but swarming with internet memes.Â Entering a cyber-esque world in a science fiction story may sound a bit Tron, but really, it’s not.Â But don’t take our word for it; read this eight-page excerpt for yourself!
Upon clicking the above link, you may encounter neglected Facebook invites, holographic spam e-mail, and the Doctor as he gains a new follower.Â Yes, in the Twitter sense.Â There’s also a superb cliffhanger that may involve a monster or two.
From what we’ve gathered, this story is more than adequate for a comic book – in fact, we wouldn’t mind seeing it televised!
Writer Tony Lee:
â€œThereâ€™s no Norton AntiVirus for the TARDIS.Â So the spam e-mails take physical form â€¦ people offering amazing offers from far-off kingdoms who just need a chapo like yourself to help them â€” oh, and your account details of courseâ€¦. And if itâ€™s destroying your inbox â€¦ well, you really shouldnâ€™t be joining those sorts of websites now, should you?â€
In other words, watch out for phishing as well.Â May not be what you expect, but Rory’ll pick up on it fairly quick, so you’ll be fine!
The 32-page Doctor Who #1 from IDW is available this month, priced $3.99 (about Â£2.51).