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Published on October 3rd, 2011 | by Scott Varnham

Out With The Old, In With The New

The comic company that have been in charge of Doctor Who for the last few years, IDW, have announced a change (or regeneration, if you will) in writing staff for their Doctor Who line. Tony Lee, who has been the writer since 2008 is leaving the post (albeit temporarily, as he’s doing some work for them on a Doctor Who mini-series in 2012).

Speaking on his Facebook page explaining his decision to leave, he said:

This hasn’t been an easy decision to make, but it’s the right one. I’ve been writing the ongoing, monthly comic for almost thirty issues now, through two Doctors, two show runners and two editors.

Everyone here at Kasterborous wishes him the very best of luck in his future endeavours.

Coming on board to the good ship Doctor Who is Joshua Hale Fialkov, who will be taking over officially as of Issue 13 of the current run. Speaking via his Facebook fan page, he spoke of his decision thusly:

It’s a dream come true to write the character that I’ve loved literally for as long as I can remember. I’m going to do my best to make every single one of the amazing people responsible for Who proud.

I’ve never actually read any of their comic collections or adventures (they’re good reads – Ed), so it doesn’t make a blind bit of difference to me but the article that we sourced this piece from briefly tried to kick up a fuss as the new writer is an American (possibly something to do with the Britishness of the show). However, I think that as long as he has some knowledge of what has gone before (so he doesn’t plagiarise his predecessor) and as long as he stays true to the character, then that’s all you need.


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In his spare time, Scott writes for Kasterborous, his personal blog at WordPress and the revived Starburst Magazine. He’s also on Twitter (as @Scott_V_Writer) where he tries to be interesting and verbose in 140 characters.

3 Responses to Out With The Old, In With The New

  1. avatar Alex says:

    I don’t have a problem with the change of writer. Lee did a good job, but it was become a one-man band over there, and the last few issues – in which Lee introduced a robot dinosaur as a companion (no, seriously, Frobisher had nothing on this guy) – was even by my tolerant standards a bit over the top. IDW should be using different writers, not the same guy (hopefully they’ll start changing it up). I mean, there’s no reason why IDW couldn’t get someone like Kevin Smith to do a Doctor Who story, or some other noted comic writer. Paul Cornell is doing comics for DC now, and if he isn’t under exclusive contract to them, there’s even the chance of seeing him do a DW comic story.

    I don’t see a problem with a non-American writing for DW. Remember one of the creators of the series was a Canadian, and I believe there have been American writers for the TV show before (or if not I don’t see any reason why there shouldn’t be). As long as they have good stories to tell and know how to tell a Doctor Who story specifically, the writer could hail from Greenland for all I care.

  2. avatar Alex says:

    ^ Heh, heh. I meant to say “non-British writer” above, not “non-American” – oops!

  3. avatar Michael McElwee says:

    There are plenty of British comic book authors writing for American titles — Mark Millar, Warren Ellis, Peter Milligan, Grant Morrison, Simon Furman to name but a handful. Surely the door can swing both ways?

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