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Burton Hears A Who

Have you ever wondered what Doctor Who would be like if directed by Tim Burton? Of course you have.

Well, we can now have a glimpse of what-might’ve-been, thanks to Brian Belanger – known to Deviant Artists as Illustrator X.

His coffin-esque TARDIS is suitably grim, and the Doctor pulling Amy along has something of The Nightmare Before Christmas about it. The artist says:

Hey, who’s to say that Matt Smith won’t regenerate into Jack Skellington?

Burton is an award-winning writer, director and producer, whose cult work includes Edward Scissorhands, Batman and James and the Giant Peach. He has quite the following, and it seems that name-dropping blockbuster directors is the thing to do at the moment; various reports have mentioned Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings; King Kong) and Danny Boyle (the Olympics; Slumdog Millionaire) in relation to Doctor Who. Of Boyle, Matt Smith said:

I would just have a heart attack if he came anywhere near Doctor Who. I would love it. I just think he is the most brilliant director. I completely admire his work.

Personally, I’d imagine Tim Burton’s Doctor Who to be like a darker Revelation of the Daleks, plus a tinge of Frontios, with the Doctor discovering a planet ruled by apes. The Doctor’s final line would be, ‘Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice.”

Oh, and it’d have Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter in it. Naturally.


When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates (Kasterborous' Assistant Editor) pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything.

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