Doctor Who News Doctor Who volume 3 issue 1 from IDW

Published on May 19th, 2014 | by Philip Bates

CLOSED: Exclusive Competition: Five Doctor Who Comic Bundles to Giveaway!


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Those kind folk at Humble Bundle have teamed up with Kasterborous to offer you the chance to read all of IDW’s brilliant multi-volume series starring the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors, David Tennant and Matt Smith.

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Which writer would you like to see pen an ongoing Doctor Who comic series – and why?

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About the Author


When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything.

41 Responses to CLOSED: Exclusive Competition: Five Doctor Who Comic Bundles to Giveaway!

  1. avatar david says:

    Philip bates

  2. avatar Marc says:

    I would love to see Warren Ellis take a shot. Although he might take it to darker places than some might like I think that the Whoverse should be all encompassing. Not to forget that his humour would lend itself well to just about any iteration of the Doctor.

    • avatar ahlaamf says:

      I would honestly love to see Warren Ellis doing some Who. His limitless imagination, budding originality and just plain hilarity would do the job perfectly. And he’s no stranger to weird sci-fi, his head is always in the clouds with living nanobots and flying pocket universes. Ellis’ interpretation of the Doctor/’s is something that would be very interesting to see; he has quite the dark and suspenseful approach to things, and I’m pretty sure he’ll have it towards Doctor Who. The simpler stories, in which there isn’t any time-travelling involved but are just as entertaining would be wonderful. Not to mention, there’ll be great, snappy dialogue shooting around, loads of space exploration, and quick-paced action. And not to forget, Ellis most definitely has the expertise when it come to comic books, as seen in Orbiter.

  3. avatar Raishel says:

    I’d like to see Russell T. Davies pen a Doctor Who spinoff series in the Alternate Universe with Rose and Metacrisis Ten.

    • avatar Raishel says:

      Sorry–forgot the why. :) I’m a huge Ten/Rose fan, and I’d like to see an official version of what they’re up to, and since RTD was responsible for creating that storyline, I think he’d be the best person to write the spinoff.

  4. avatar vidarraven says:

    Paul Cornel he has written for the TV series and comics as well as novels, I think he could bring back a touch of Gothic Horror to the series

  5. avatar janny van dorst says:

    I’d love to see an episode written by Jim Butcher. His The Dresden Files are so much fun to read, and there sort of are similarities with Doctor Who. Harry Dresden is a wizard, in a world with wizards, vampires, trolls, you name it. But most ppl don’t know those things exist. But Harry, who is kind of a black sheep in the wizard community, is in the phonebook and even advertizes. Not that ppl believe he really is a wizard, more of a quirky detective. Anyway, the characters are very well written en likeable, and everytime Harry sets out to help someone, he gets into all kinds of trouble. Ending up having to save the world.(again) Not an easy task when your fellow wizards dont trust you(backgroundstory). Its filled with wonderfull characters and monsters. And it’s serious and exciting, but also filled to the brim with humour. I often find Harry using quotes of Princess Bride, Star Wars, etc. The similarities with The Doctor, who is also a bit odd, but gets the job done, who has companions he goes on adventures with, who gets into all kinds of trouble without wanting to, can be found if you want to. The things I love about The Doctor are similar to the things I love about Harry Dresden.
    I would love to see Jim Butcher come up with an adventure for The Doctor and new ppl or monsters for him to meet. The way he lets Harry find solutions to his problems could be really fun and intresting to see with The Doctor. :)

  6. avatar Warren Howarth says:

    I’d personally like to see one written by Joss Whedon to get his take on things especially following on from his take on the Avengers stuff. Now although this seems like an obvious choice, he’s never ever done anything DW related, but always made reference in his own efforts on screen, and his blend of dry humour and pop culture knowledge would fit perfectly. I’d always imagined that a story by Joss would fit better from a companions perspective, something along the lines of Blink!

  7. avatar Sophie Leonard says:

    I would love to see Neil Gaiman do something since he has written an episode of DW before and it was awesome, it would be so cool to see a comic with his style of writing and plot arc. I’m a huge fan of his work, and of him. And since he’s already worked on Doctor Who projects I think it’d be a great fit for him!

  8. avatar Christian Weiss says:

    I’ve always liked Dan Slott’s work for Marvel comics, whose tenure includes The Amazing Spider-Man, Arkham Asylum: Living Hell, Avengers: The Initiative, The Mighty Avengers, She-Hulk, The Superior Spider-Man, The Thing, and Silver Surfer. Slott has been a rather understated writer, but he always manages to breathe new life into each series he pens. I think giving him something like a new Who series to work on would fit perfectly.

  9. avatar Evan says:

    Neil Gaiman.

  10. avatar Jake Jamison says:

    Definitely either Neil Gaiman, because he’s already worked with comics and DW, or Dan Slott because I love his writing on Spider-Man

  11. avatar Jrodlivewire06 says:

    Id like to see Nicholas Briggs of big finish write some comics about the 8th doctor and lucie. I love the 8th and his audio adventures with lucie were amazing. Would love to get some visuals to the stories

  12. avatar dv says:

    I’d like Terrance Dicks to pen a comic. He’s got great form with writing Doctor Who, as shown by the many, many Target novels that he penned over the years, and I think that he could bring an interesting twist to a Doctor Who medium largely untapped by classic series writers.

  13. avatar Tim S says:

    As crazy as this sounds I would love to see Stan Lee write a doctor who story.

  14. avatar Tom Dyke says:

    Love suggestions so far. Dan Slott and Warren Ellis particularly both great writers. I would personally go for Brian K Vaughan because of his incredibly imaginative writing. Saga, Ex Machina and The Private Eye have all been superb so far. For me, he has the scope of ideas that could supply original and spectacular new life into the adventures of the Doctor. Saga particularly is brimming with ideas, some of which could translate very well into the Whoniverse.

  15. avatar alf hughes says:

    I would love to see terrance dicks pen a comic because he helped loads of older dr who fans to read with his novelisations AND he penned some classic dr who stories

  16. avatar totoroacorn says:

    I think it’d be really cool if we could get some of the old actors and companions of the Doctor to write a series, because they would be one of the people who know the character the most, and be familiar with the adventures. If not, I’d like Neil Gaiman. We all know he’s written some episodes and he’s also done some comics, so I think he’d be the perfect choice! I’ve read his books, and each of them has a sense of really good supernatural elements and some philosophical elements, so we’d have the same opportunity to voyage across the galaxies, and also make it resonate as well.

  17. avatar Pablo Esparza says:

    It would be so crazy and maybe not a PERFECT DOCTOR WHO EPISODE, but…… could do great to increase the common knowledge of the series…… written by George Lucas!!!!!! and maybe add a cameo or direct reference to the Star Wars Universe…….

  18. avatar Time Lord Enthusiast says:

    I think it would be interesting to see Scott Snyder take a crack at a Doctor Who ongoing. While I have yet to read his American Vampire series, his work on Batman has been outstanding. He’s been able to add more to the mythos, but without corrupting the past. We’ve seen Gotham transform into a living, breathing entity, a character unto itself. His creation of the Court of Owls has allowed him to seep this illuminati-style organization into Gotham’s history and make it feel as if they’ve always been there, hiding in the shadows for these past 75 years. He is the light to Frank Miller’s dark.
    Snyder might be the best person to tackle the War Doctor’s life throughout the Last Great Time War. It’s an area of the Doctor’s life that I’ve never wanted to learn much about. I find that finding out too much would ruin both the majesty and the horror that such a widespread conflict entailed. Someone like Snyder could give us a good taste of how such events played out, but without destroying what RTD and Moffat have been able to create over the past decade.

  19. avatar D. Justin says:

    Alex Garland. His sci-fi material is fresh and edgy, while his human stories are honest and poignant; a perfect mix for The Doctor. He’s conquered the novel, succeeded with film and would do “fantastic” work in comics.

  20. avatar Elena says:

    I would love to see Stan Lee write a Doctor Who comic story. Seeing the Generalissimo himself tackling another icon of the ages would be absolutely amazing. Plus I would love to see a crossover between the two, maybe with Cap meeting the Doc?

  21. I would really like to see an episode written by George Lucas….. i know it may not turn out being the best episode, but i think it would be great for the series to get more fans over the world, Besides it could be a great chance for a direct reference on Doctor Who to the star wars universe, and why not, maybe a cameo from any actor of the original or new trilogy now that episode VII comes to theathers.

  22. avatar Janet Morrissey says:

    I’d love to see one by J. Michael Straczynski. As far as I’m concerned, he has it all – great characterization, great stories, and an edge when it’s needed. (Have you seen Dream Police #1? I rest my case.)

  23. avatar Ian says:

    I’d like to see the Who legend Terrance DIcks. The man who wrote the most Target books and his description of the sound the Tardis makes ‘Weening groaning sound’ even had a mention in The Day of the Doctor!

  24. avatar Jeremy D says:

    Definitely, Paul Cornell. Although the 11th Doctor is my favorite incarnation, “Human Nature / The Family of Blood” is my favorite story. It was one of the episodes with David Tennant at his best, with great atmosphere, great acting, an engaging plot with no plotholes I could fathom. Obviously, the episode’s success (like any other’s) is a collaborative effort, but I thought that the brilliant writing was key to it.
    So, a comic with more of that great writing would be welcome (actually any format). It was dramatic, thought-provoking, had poignant connections to a historical period without the faux persona of a history celebrity made modern (what a great idea), with eerie, original villains with understandable goals.

  25. avatar Holly S says:

    I would like to see Neil Gaiman write some stories for the comics. His episodes of Doctor Who are some of my favorites. I think he could bring some awesome twists and interesting plots to the comics!

  26. avatar Moritz Weckbecker says:

    !Spoilers, sweetie!
    Does contain tiny, tiny spoilers for Sherlock Season 2, Episode 3.

    I know that Stephen Thompson and Mark Gatiss both write an episode, but I would love to see them writing one together. Here’s why:
    Mark Gatiss was the writer of ‘Nightmare in Silver’ and I actually don’t have to add that it was such a brilliant episode. That the Eleventh Doctor had to fight the Cybermen (or at least the head of them) in his brain was so ingenious. I like battles in the mind way more than a real fight (even more in Doctor Who, because he is the most clever man in the universe and suddenly he faces someone as smart as him).
    Stephen Thompson wrote my most favourite episode – of ‘Sherlock’. Of course I mean ‘The Reichenbach Fall’ (I’m so mainstream, I know…). What was so good about this episode was that you began to doubt the main character. Keep that in mind.
    So that’s my idea. Lately (more or less) the rumour popped up that Peter Capaldi is actually playing the Master. Does that remind you of something? You could easily create an adventure similar to ‘The Reichenbach Fall’, but this time you wouldn’t ask yourself, whether the protagonist invented the antagonist or not, you’d ask whether they were the same person! Mark Gatiss could invent a story serving as the basis for this plot, maybe even something with the Cybermen, because I love them and they were quite rare lately.
    Although this is very unlikely to happen, it would be absolutely fantastic!

    • Neil Gaiman wrote Nightmare in Silver.

      • avatar Moritz Weckbecker says:

        Oy, screwed it up. Sorry. So that means that it would be Stephen Thompson and Neil Gaiman.

  27. avatar noisyleroi says:

    Alan Moore…He’s taken historical genre characters and given them new life in a complex narrative…from the Invisible man to Dan Dare, James Bond and even the Rolling Stones.. His take on The Doctor could give an entirely novel twist to how we see this character in relation to all these other quintessentially British fictional icons and their influence on current culture. Many fans want a Sherlock crossover, why not go deeper?

    • avatar Tom D says:

      I think Alan Moore has actually written DW comics

      • avatar noisyleroi says:

        Well he did “back-up stories” in DWM…but they were set in the Doctor Who universe and did not involve the Doctor per say…usually tales about villains that the Doctor might introduce in a Twilight Zoney-manner. I think an actual Moore deconstruction/expansion of the Doctor such as his Nemo work would be interesting.

  28. avatar David Younger says:

    I’d like to see Matt Smith write his own episode.
    He is obviously a talented actor but we would then find out just how talented he really is.
    I know this is ridiculous but surely after so many episodes, something must have rubbed off.
    It would also be funny to see Peter Capaldi playing a role written by Matt Smith. A clash of styles.

  29. avatar Galts says:

    RTD – he could use the comic to re-write the re-write of the Time War. Then nine and ten’s post-war angst wouldn’t feel so meaningless!

  30. avatar Ulrika says:

    Russell T. Davies. I think he makes great episodes, and I’d love even more Doctor-y stories to follow!

  31. avatar Trevor V. says:

    I’m of the mindset fantasy authors have a slight edge when writing Doctor Who, especially good fantasy authors. I guess the obvious choice is Neil Gaiman, but he’s had a stint on the show, so I’m more inclined to let someone else wield the pen. One of my favorite modern-day fantasy authors to emerge is The Kingkiller Chronicle author, Patrick Rothfuss. One of Patrick’s many gifts is his ability to engage both young and old alike. Doctor Who should be accessible to a 10-year old as well as someone who was around back when Hartnell episodes were still premiering, and is with that in mind that I nominate Patrick Rothfuss.

    AnyWHO, that’s my 2¢.

    BTW, I plan to go camping over the Memorial Day weekend, and will be outside the range of cell phone and internet services. On the off-chance my entry is chosen, I won’t be able to reply to any sort of notification until May 26th (PST). If that’s too late, then please select someone else.

  32. avatar Dragoonkain says:

    Well, Gail Simone is my personal favourite writer, and she can write some pretty hilarious stuff that would make for some great comics. Jeff Lemire could create a brilliant moody couple of issues that could reflect Moffat’s work during the RTD era.
    For an ongoing series however, I think Geoff Johns could create a series that is a clever story, unique, engaging, and simultaneously humorous story that’d nail the Who vibe perfectly (I’m thinking of his Booster Gold series as I write this).

  33. I would really like to see Jacqueline Rayner pen a series. She has written novels for a number of different Doctors, and her novels are by far my favorites. I believe she would do an excellent job, and there frankly aren’t enough women writers writing for Doctor Who in any capacity.

  34. would love this package

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