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Published on July 29th, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds

Paul Cornell Scripts IDW’s 50th Anniversary Special!

IDW Publishing and BBC Worldwide will conclude their joint celebration of the Doctor’s 50th anniversary by blasting the Eleventh Doctor into a strange, perplexing, utterly exasperating new universe…ours.

In this special one-shot story, a strange force flings the TARDIS and the Doctor into our realm! Once here, the Doctor encounters a 10-year-old girl who happens to be a huge fan of the Doctor Who TV show. The Doctor grapples with being a fictional character as well as and a monster lurking at the girl’s school on the way to coming face-to-face with the actor who portrays him, Matt Smith!


What’s more this special issue will be written by fan-favourite Doctor Who writer Paul Cornell and features art by Jimmy Broxton.

The issue draws to a close both the 50th anniversary run which started with writer Andy Diggle, and the new Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time extended maxi-series that spotlighted all eleven Doctors and – IDW’s licence with BBC Worldwide.

Soumya Sriraman, Executive Vice President Home Entertainment and Licensing, commented:

“IDW is a great partner and we’re very proud of the comics that we have created and released together. By extending our partnership, we are able to provide Doctor Who fans with more than 20 additional titles in celebration of the 50th Anniversary.”

Meanwhile Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief added:

“We’ve been extremely proud to be the American home to new Doctor Who comics these last six years,” said. “We feel like we’ve said a great many things with our comics—so it now feels like a good time to let Doctor Who comics regenerate along with the coming new Doctor on the TV series.”

BBC Worldwide will announce the plans for 2014 in the next coming weeks.


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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

7 Responses to Paul Cornell Scripts IDW’s 50th Anniversary Special!

  1. avatar A Nonnie Mouse says:

    “We feel like we’ve said a great many things with our comics—so it now feels like a good time to let Doctor Who comics regenerate along with the coming new Doctor on the TV series.”

    Which in English means they raised the licencing fee and they didn’t want to pay the increase.

  2. avatar January says:

    Lamest plot ever! Thanks for the heads up though. At least now I know to avoid that one like the plague.

  3. avatar Al says:

    @January – You must not have seen IDW’s storyline about spam or the stories featuring a dinosaur as a companion then. This is tame compared to those. And this is Paul Cornell, who gave us things like Human Nature. I’m willing to give benefit of the doubt, especially since it’s starting to sound like IDW was given fairly short notice to wrap up their series. Does this mean IDW won’t be doing any more classic strip reprints either?

  4. avatar TonyS says:

    Paul Cornell has a tried and tested track record. This sounds like an excellent idea for a story.

  5. avatar Mugen Pharoah says:

    I hope IDW are going to pay Doctor Who Magazine royalties for ripping off their Eighth Doctor story when he enters our universe and meets Tom Baker.

    The recent DWM strip with Ian and Barbara is how you do an anniversary story.

  6. avatar Jason Z says:

    I really don’t remember that DWM with the Eighth Doctor meeting Tom Baker… though I must have read it when it came out… but this really sounds to me like the plot of ‘Red Dwarf – Back to Earth’. Which, I must admit, I really enjoyed…

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