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Published on February 14th, 2012 | by Andrew Reynolds

Tom Baker’s Life Story in Graphic Novel Form?

Orbit's The Cast of Doctor WhoIn an attempt to get around the fact that none of this is licensed by the BBCBluewater Comics have been telling the life and times of the actors behind the Doctor with Orbit: The Cast of Doctor Who – a homage to the great men and their uncanny ability to tie the history of the show together.

This collected graphic novel edition of the comic series , written by Paul J. Salamoff with artwork by Jaime Martinez Rodriguez, Scott Boyce and DJ Burgess (with cover art by DC Comics artist Joe Philips), will feature lives and times of William Hartnell, Tom Baker, Paul McGann and Matt Smith – including a bonus biography of the 1960’s movie Doctor Peter Cushing.

Bluewater Comics specialise in quirky biographical comics that trade off the reputation of luminaries as varied as Barack Obama, George Carlin, and Lucille Ball while also ripping stories straight from the gossip pages for dubious titles depicting the troubled lives of celebrities such as Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan.

Orbit, the banner title that the series falls under, is a shameless attempt to skewer towards the male demographic (like they need help finding comic books) using genre writers or cult icons like Steven King, Gary Gygax and Howard Stern.

Orbit: The Cast of Doctor Who graphic novel is available to pre-order now for £4.55 from Amazon.


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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.

6 Responses to Tom Baker’s Life Story in Graphic Novel Form?

  1. avatar Bryan Simcott says:

    Surely this is about as low as you can get, without actualy being one of those awful Unnoffical Biog annuals you see at xmas. Trading on scurrilous news stories and journalists photos.

    This is “being differnt by having cartton images of actors in thier Doctor who costumes. How can this be allowed by the BBC. surely its an infringement of copyright likenesses to evenn have them on the cover with the TARDIS (the BBC owns the copyright on police boxes too, so they cant even use that as an excuse)

    this just smacks of pure rip off material.

  2. avatar farsighted99 says:

    It’s a lovely drawing though…

  3. avatar penfolduk01 says:

    I see no Police Box. It has no sign that says “Police Box”. It could just as easily be a portaloo… ;-)

    Also, it looks like they’ve been careful to use clothing that is reminiscent of the actual costumes, rather than being actual costumes that were worn.

    Does seem a bit cheeky though.

  4. avatar DJ Burgess says:

    Well… coming from someone who is thoroughly steeped in sci-fi, and is a major Whovian, this (as cheeky as it was) was quite fun to work on. As far as the BBC having an issue with anything in the comic as far as the written material or the visuals – BWC was actually quite careful about anything that was skating dangerously close to copy-write infringement was either removed or changed.

    and, for the records of Kasteroborous – The BBC was completely aware of the comic.

    Hope all of you enjoy checking it out!

    ~DJ B.

    • Thanks for stopping by and leaving your thoughts, DJ B!

  5. I’m the writer of THE CAST OF DOCTOR WHO and as a lifelong fan of the show (and owner of the 1996 McGann Tardis console) I really wrote this comic with all my heart.

    Of course we would have loved the participation of the BBC but it didn’t happen. They did make sure we were not stepping on any licensing issues and we did remove a number of pages that they asked us not to use.

    I did a lot of research on each of the actors and when I talked to Paul McGann at the Gallifrey One con, he didn’t seem to be upset by it at all and even signed a page from the comic for me.

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