Published on May 3rd, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds29
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.
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:
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.