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Published on October 25th, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds

Sketching the Eleventh

IDW and DC artist Josh Adams – son of ’Silver Age’ comic book legend Neal Adams and occasional pundit for Kasterborous favourite Bleeding Cool -  has been sharing his views on capturing the Eleventh Doctor during his run on the IDW series with VeryAware.

The artist – who took over the current run from issue #9 onwards – spoke to the site at the New York Comic Con about how involved Steven Moffat and the BBC are with the writers and artists over at IDW- who have really stretched the parameters of the Tenth and now the Eleventh Doctors respective universes:

“They’ve commented on them before. But it’s more that our writers write the stories and try not to step on the toes of the show. We have certain parameters we have to follow, we can’t do this or that because we know it may come in the next season, it’s going to change. But we get away with a lot. It really just has to be okay with the BBC. They have to say it’s alright.”

It’s not just the content that the Beeb keep a watch over. The likenesses and personalities of both the Doctor and Amy are kept a watchful eye on too:

“They made me go back and change the length of the hair in certain panels. In certain areas it looked a little too short.

“It’s a lot of freedom to kind of explore but we still have to stay true to the actors and their looks. Because they really do define the characters. I make it my personal business to make sure that when you look at the Doctor in the comics it’s that same kind of quirky posture. That if he was going to run across a room he’s going to have that weird sort of crazy little lunge that he does and all his little quirks.”

It’s this larger than life quality that makes drawing characters like the Doctor more preferable than the stoic, real life characters. While Doctor Who is no cartoon it does offer more potential for dramatic posing and sketching than using Adam’s own example, a cop show.

To read Adams’ thoughts on the digital revolution and just who is his favourite Doctor (clue: it rhymes with ‘scheleventh’) head over to VeryAware.

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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.




One Response to Sketching the Eleventh

  1. Alex says:

    I just double-checked and Matthew Dow Smith, not Adams, is the artist on IDW issues #10 and 11 – the “Body Snatched” storyline, with #10 coming out last week (I’m assuming Smith draws Part 2 as well). I’m not a fan of Smith’s art on this series, personally, so if Adams is taking over (#12 would be the earliest) I’m glad to see it.

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