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Published on October 29th, 2012 | by Christian Cawley

RTD: BBC Books Turned Down Graphic Novel

Last week we brought you news of Russell T Davies’ non-involvement with the Doctor Who 50th anniversary. However, it seems that this isn’t down to the former showrunner…

Chatting to the Telegraph as part of the promotion for his new show Wizards vs Aliens, Russell revealed that he had approached BBC Books about a Doctor Who graphic novel – only to be turned down!

Clearly, Russell isn’t happy about it. And who can blame him?

“Don’t ask me about the 50th anniversary [in November 2013], because it’s nothing to do with me,” he says. “I’m just a happy viewer now. This’ll teach me though – I did ask BBC Books if they fancied a graphic novel, and they went, ‘No’. I sat here thinking, I could write a graphic novel, I could even draw the graphic novel, that’d be brilliant… No. There we are then, I tried.”

It’s pretty disappointing, we think you’ll agree – but more to the point, what about the content of the aforementioned graphic novel?

Could it possibly have been – gasp – the Time War?!



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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

4 Responses to RTD: BBC Books Turned Down Graphic Novel

  1. avatar Rick Lundeen says:

    Wow. I have to wonder if there wasn’t more to the story. That’s odd to say the least. Must be a budget thing—I guess.

  2. avatar TimeChaser says:

    Perhaps the BBC already have their own idea for a graphic novel, or have given the green light to someone else, and they don’t want news leaking out so soon so they just turned RTD down cold?

  3. avatar Ian McArdell says:

    I suppose it depends how well they sell. There have been two in recent times, produced out of order for various reasons, so maybe any further editions are contingent on them making a decent return. I can’t believe an RTD tale wouldn’t sell well though… perhpas he can find the storyline a home with Big Finish! Mind you, he does have a solid reputation for lying his arse off when the occasion calls for it, so you never know…

  4. avatar BOJAY says:

    That just sounds nuts, to me. If sales is a concern on the BBC’s part, they need to be reminded that the graphic novels actually need to be good for people to want to buy them, and having them a bit less ridiculously high priced might help as well. I think RTD would have come up with something much more intriguing than some of the stuff that has actually been produced and released. This plays suspiciously like disrespect to me.

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