The oversized 48 page issue comes with contributions from artists Dan McDaid, Mitch Gerads, Blair D. Shedd and many more – as well as a prologue to the next arc – starting with issue #9, written by Tony Lee with illustration by Josh Adams.
Newsarama caught up with Adams to chat about the annual and to find out what’s in store for the illustrated Eleventh Doctor in the next arc:
“When I finally got to read the annual top to bottom, I felt like not only was every creator excited about the content but were really trying to out do each other and I think when you read it you’ll really get the benefit of all that passion.”
Testament to that passion is the fabulous M.C. Esher-inspired cover for the annual which features a Doctor drawn by each of the artists involved; Adams’ contribution is the Doctor standing at the bottom.
Speaking of his and Lee’s role in the annual and beyond Adams is can’t wait for fans to see what directions they take the Doctor in:
“My part in the annual is really a prologue to issue #9 and yet when you read it, you realize it’s like anything Time Lord related; so much bigger on the inside: Detectives, aliens, talking dinosaur, giant squids, Native American Indians and egg whisks! Of course, if you think that’s something, issue #9 has so much more.”
Adams – a lifetime fan of the show – also praised the worlds created by writer Tony Lee:
“Tony Lee has been creating amazing stories in the IDW series, quite in step with the content Steven Moffat produces for the television series and for the scripts I got to draw, he really gave me the kinds of juicy details that you could only wish to see on the show.”
The Doctor Who Annual 2011 is available now from IDW for $7.99