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Published on November 8th, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds

The Doctor’s Biography…

How would you write a biography of every one’s favourite time lord? Would you sit back and let the details of the great man’s life unfold -  keeping a judicious, observant eye over the whole of his life span like the Time Lords themselves? Seems wrong…

Or would you dive head first into the beguiling madness that would grip any writer attempting to find the core of a man whose history was not only spread out across the universe but, due to the nature of time travel, constantly changing? It’s not like you’ve got a name to go by either, just the legend; the Doctor.

Of course such a feat is beyond the realm of mere mortals (plus, apparently the Doctor is fictional, who knew?) but one man has just been charged with writing a bio-comic on the ‘actors’ who played the Doctor by Bluewater Comics.

That man is writer Paul J. Salamoff – film producer and the man behind such fare as Bobby, Starship Troopers 3 and Legion.

Salamoff told Science Fiction Zone:

“We decided on Matt Smith (The current incarnation), Paul McGann (The Eighth Doctor), Tom Baker (the Fourth Doctor) and William Hartnell (the First Doctor) and there will also be a trade paperback expanded edition which will feature one more Doctor, but I will keep that a secret for now. No Spoilers!”

Salamoff, who has written several other bio-comics for Bluewater including one for Bo Obama – Barack Obama’s Mutt-in-Chief – is a life long Doctor Who fan:

“When I grew up in Massachusetts I used to watch Doctor Who on WGBH, which was Channel 2.

“And my first memory was a black and white episode about the Silurians and it scared the crap out of me! However, my father got me into it, and, gradually I became obsessed with the show.

“I was so obsessed that I would buy all the toys or the books I could get my hands on. I even built my own life-size K-9. When I moved to Los Angeles in 1989, I still kept the torch alive.”

For more on Salamoff’s career, his chat with Doctor Who fan Steven Spielberg, and TARDIS ownership head over to Science Fiction Zone.

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About the Author

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.




4 Responses to The Doctor’s Biography…

  1. Bryan Simcott says:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Am-Doctor-Unauthorised-Diaries-Timelord/dp/1906361460

    Here is the nearest thing, done a couple fo years ago by John Peel and Pete Wallbank. very nice, but a few errors and glitches asdie, it was lovley.

  2. Alex says:

    I’m not a fan of the half-hearted approach. Why pick and choose the Doctors? There are 11 of them (12 if you count Cushing). So do 11 or 12 biographies.


    • Hey Alex,

      If this first Issue is successful we’re going to do 2 more that will include the rest of the Doctors.

      Peter Cushing is already going to be included in the Trade Paperback Edition of the comic.

      Very best,
      Paul J. Salamoff

  3. Rick Lundeen says:

    I agree with Alex. Half way is NO way. Bluewater comics—it’s a mystery that they can stay in business anyway.

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