Doctor Who News Dreadnaught 2

Published on September 4th, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds

8th Doctor Dreadnaught Strip Animated!

Ever wanted to see an animated version of the Radio Times Eighth Doctor versus the Cybermen comic strip Dreadnought? Well now you can thanks to super-fan and voice of the Doctor Andrew Merkelbach!

Dreadnought was part of a series of five comic stories featuring the Eighth Doctor, printed in the Radio Times, which ran for forty-two issues after the premiere of the Doctor Who TV Movie in 1996.


Each one was scripted by Gary Russell with art by Lee Sullivan, colour by Alan Craddock and lettering by Elitta Fell.

The series was prematurely ended by the Radio Times before its planned 60 issue run could be completed.

Back in 2009, Andrew – who has been the voice of the Eighth Doctor in both the official Doctor Who Online Adventures series and various fan productions since 2005 – started work on the first part of his adaptation, which so far has attracted over 40,000 views online.

Now, he’s aiming to complete the second of two six minute episodes just in time for the 50th anniversary.

Starring Lesley Lyon as companion Stacy Townsend, Dan Armitage as her fiancé Bill and Andrew Merkelbach as the Eighth Doctor, the project has already garnered praise from Big Finish and the artist on the original strip Lee Sullivan.

You can view the first part here. Be sure to check out the Facebook fan page and Andrew’s twitter page @8thDoctorVoice for all the latest news on the project. And you can read the latest in our Whispering Gallery series, in which Lee Sullivan guides us around ten pieces of art, here!


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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.

3 Responses to 8th Doctor Dreadnaught Strip Animated!

  1. avatar Ian Gettings says:

    Once you get past the initial imitation of the voice, there are a lot of times when it really works well. This is a good piece of work and I got involved with the story.

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  3. avatar Neil says:

    I enjoyed this animation of the 8th Doctor.It would be great for the BBC to back projects like this.Theres no alot of tv action for McGanns Doctor, and if the BBC have no funds or thought to making any animated or live action 8th Doctor adventures, it has to be up to someone else.I think this is a great way to start!!.I was looking forward to part 2 but now it looks like this wont be happening anytime soon.Come on BBC longterm this surely can only be to your advantage.

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