With only days to go until the fundraising ends, former Doctor Who script editor Andrew Cartmel and comic book producer Hans Vang have been chatting to Starburst Magazine about their extraordinary venture into comics; Fan Fiction Illustrated.
With the tantalising prospect of telling ‘Cartmel’s masterplan’ – the stories that were cruelly nixed when the series itself was axed by the BBC – the project has already raised over £2000.
The pair sat down for a Q & A with the magazine to share their influences, discuss the future of the comic and why you should ‘be prepared to be surprised’
With the project well on its way, the pair are already looking forward to making the most of the medium’s unlimited potential:
“Hans Vang: If a good story comes our way, absolutely. Personally, I would like to try to go even crazier, developing a series out of the Nelvana animated series pitch, using the artwork available on the internet as inspiration. I’d like to see The Daleks have their own stories, I’d like to see representations of things like Rose – Defender of the Earth, or whatever that spin-off show was supposed to be called before it was canned. I’d like to see lots of nutty things like that in the ‘zine down the line, and I have a feeling other people would also like to see those ideas represented as something tangible rather than an idea floating in the ether.”
The main selling point for fans of course is the chance to read potential scripts for the sadly curtailed Seventh Doctor era, and it’s a prospect that has gotten Cartmel thinking about what could have been:
Knowing what you know now, if you could have done one thing different during your time with Doctor Who, what would it be?
AC: To write a whole bunch of episodes. But whenever I think about that, I realise it would have meant sacrificing some of the stories by my writers – and it would be hard, if not impossible, to imagine the series without the great scripts crafted by this talented crew.
Now with Fan Fiction Illustrated the pair has their own talented crew of industrial professionals to craft the kind of stories that excite both themselves and fans – it’s a interesting endeavour and one that has just one remit by the creators themselves; it must be fun:
HV: The main objective of this exercise, for myself and for Andrew at least, is to have fun. That said, there’s not much point to the whole thing if we just include every scrap of content sent to us without looking on it with a critical eye, editing and conversing with the writers. I’m constantly looking for talent with whom to work in the future…”