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Who Will Win the Doctor Who Comics Licence?

Panel by panel, blow by blow, Bleeding Cool have been serialising the US Doctor Who licencing saga and now in a third act twist that no one saw coming, ‘KA-POW!’ Boom! Comics have pulled out of the race to ink and pen the next Doctors comic adventures.

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At the weekend Bleeding Cool reported rumblings that the US Doctor Who licence was likely to be going to either Titan or Boom! – with a late bid by Arcana being pushed with the log line that the BBC would be the company’s only licence.

(We should note here that despite Bleeding Cool’s poor reputation when it comes to lost episodes, they’re almost always on the money when it comes to comic industry stuff.)

The London based Titan Comics proposed buying the UK published Doctor Who Monthly (which holds the UK comics licence for its serialised strips) from Panini and publishing it in line with their other media magazines.

Meanwhile Boom! Comics (who have had enormous success with recent licences like Adventure Time and Regular Show) seemed like an ideal fit thanks to their strong position in the US market – a position strengthen by the recent acquisition of Archaia – their withdrawal from discussions leaves the future of the licence open to question…

Could an announcement be imminent on who’ll replace IDW as the Doctor Who licence holder? What does this mean for the rumoured planned-at-IDW Doctor Who serial written by Mark Waid? And who would you like to see win the race for the licence?

And wouldn’t it be better if one company produced Doctor Who Magazine and the Doctor’s wider exploits in comic strip form?

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.

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