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Published on July 26th, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds

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?


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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.

5 Responses to Who Will Win the Doctor Who Comics Licence?

  1. avatar Bob James says:

    IDW is a great imprint, and has done a very exceptional job with Doctor Who here in the States. This gives me something more to discuss with Tony Lee when I see him at the upcoming annual midwest Chicago Tardis convention this November. BOOM! is also a very fine imprint as well, but I wonder what’s behind the license being up in the air.

  2. avatar Al says:

    This is actually a shock. I had no idea IDW was on the way out. Boom has done a great job with the Avengers/Steed and Peel and Farscape titles, but they aren’t carried by a lot of comic shops and they just cancelled their Avengers title (I have no idea if they still publish Farscape – haven’t seen one in a couple years).

  3. avatar Mugen Pharoah says:

    Yes but…..the Fifth Doctor’s shirt is green!

    • avatar Bob James says:

      The image above is not from any IDW publication, as far as I can recall……….

  4. I hope Titan don’t get the license, there comics and tie-in magazines are abysmal.

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