Junkyard Demon from Doctor Who Monthly 58-59

Moffat: Mining Comics For His Own Ends?

During his first season as Executive Producer Steven Moffat made perhaps the most explicit link between Doctor Who and its comic incarnation with Gareth Roberts well-received adaptation of his own DWM comic serial, The Lodger.

Junkyard Demon from Doctor Who Monthly 58-59

However, according Mark Kardwell over Comic Book Resources, creators who’ve worked on the comic-book adventures have commented that Moffat is somewhat dismissive of the contributions comics have made to the character’s extended canon.

There are hundreds of references within the show that call upon that rich history – take last week’s Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS which featured the recurring series MacGuffin “the Eye of Harmony,” which has Alan Moore to thank for around 50 per cent of its back story.

Meanwhile the whole impetus for that episode, the TARDIS being scooped up by scrap merchants, was borrowed from the Fourth Doctor serial Junkyard Demons.

Back in the Russell T Davies era, ‘Kronkburgers’ and ‘Mood Pushers’ made appearances – there’s no denying that the comics have had the greater impact on the look of the show:

The art direction of the show hasn’t hidden the comic-book influences in its recent past: Bryan Hitch was hired as concept artist when the show relaunched in 2005, redesigning the TARDIS console room; then-showrunner Russell T Davies repaid the debt by having the assistant Rose Tyler essentially cosplaying as Hitch’s Jenny Sparks for a sizeable chunk of Season 1, and later freely admitted basing the look of two characters from the show upon designs lifted wholesale from 2000AD.

In fact, Kardwell was so enamoured with the Junkyard Demons and the influence of Adi Granov’s Cybermen artwork on the recent redesigned Cybermen for Neil Gaiman’s Nightmare in Silver that he’s calling for a TV adaptation of Steve Parkhouse and Mick McMahon’s strip.

So should the show adapt other serials? Which serials would you like to see adapted for television? Do you think Moffat is dismissive of the comic canon?



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