Of all the comic book artists, in all the websites, in all the world Joshua Hale Fialkov (Tumor) walks into Comic Book Alliance to hurry out a few secrets about his Casablanca based IDW Doctor Who run.
The Eisner-nominated writer takes over the TARDIS from the outgoing Tony Lee in January for a special four issue arc As Time Goes By which sees the Doctor crash slap bang in the middle of the 1942 Warner Bros. classic Casablanca – well, any reason to dig out the fez again.
However rather than locking Hitler back in his cupboard, this time the Doctor will be facing a mystery Who villain.
Needless to say this will be so much more than a straight forward re-imagining of Michael Curtiz’s iconic film, in fact, Fialkov is saying little:
“You’re just going to have to wait to see how all the pieces fit together. We’ve got a compelling noir war time story to tell, and some familiar glimpses from the history of cinema. It’s an absolute joy to write in literally every way.”
That moment of joy started back in Fialkov’s native Pittsburgh where, as a child, he’d sit with his brother and watch this bemusing yet beguiling show from the UK:
“Frankly, I love superheroes, and I love Marvel and DC, but Doctor Who is the one thing that I geek out for uncontrollably…There’s no more critical fan than me, and seriously, I mean that. Ask any of my friends. I genuinely love The Doctor in a really deep way, and getting the book 110 per cent right and 500 per cent awesome was my number one priority.”
That number one priority meant reducing the Doctor down to his basic component, a trait that has followed him through hundreds of writers and artists – his sense of ‘wonder':
“He’s a character who at his basest form is, as he said in Matt Smith’s debut, a mad man with a box. That means there’s room for literally every kind of story imaginable, from horror to romance to adventure to comedy. That’s part of what makes the thing work so well for so long.”
This could be the start of a beautiful friendship…
As Time Goes By begins in January with issue #13 and features art from Doctor Who mainstay Matthew Dow Smith (Uncanny X-Men) along with covers by Mark Buckingham (Fables).