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July 17th, 2013 29 comments

BBC Worldwide and IDW Publishing Celebrate Doctor Who

BBC Worldwide and IDW Publishing Celebrate Doctor Who

San Diego, CA (July 17, 2013)—IDW Publishing and BBC Worldwide will conclude their joint celebration of the Doctor’s 50th anniversary with the release of a Doctor Who Special the final week of 2013. This oversize issue will be written by fan-favorite Doctor Who writer Paul Cornell and features art by Jimmy Broxton.

In this special one-shot story, a strange force flings the TARDIS and the Doctor into our own universe! 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!

BBC Worldwide and IDW have worked together since 2007. For the 50th Anniversary celebration, IDW launched a new ongoing series led by writer Andy Diggle, and the new Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time, an extended maxi-series that spotlights all eleven Doctors. Additionally, IDW brought forth the first-ever Doctor Who crossover in any medium, the 2012 Star Trek: The Next Generation/ Doctor Who event series Assimilation2. The BBC Worldwide/IDW partnership will conclude following the end of these 50th anniversary celebrations in December.


“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,” states Soumya Sriraman, Executive Vice President Home Entertainment and Licensing.

“We’ve been extremely proud to be the American home to new Doctor Who comics these last six years,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief. “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.”

IDW was the first American comic-book publisher to produce original Doctor Who comic books, starting in early 2008 with the release of Doctor Who: Agent Provocateur. IDW also released the first Doctor Who comic to bring every iteration of the Doctor into one series in Doctor Who: The Forgotten.

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

Categorised under: Books, Graphic novels and comics


  • TheIrishGallifreyan

    July 23rd, 2013 - 1:12pm

    Similar to Red Dwarf: Back to Earth then.


      July 28th, 2013 - 6:04pm

      Basically – YES 😉

  • The Whovastatron

    July 20th, 2013 - 1:33pm

    If I knew where I could get these comics then I would definately get this.


    • GeneralRose

      July 20th, 2013 - 4:51pm


    • Love DoctorWho

      July 29th, 2013 - 10:24am

      You can get them at forbidden planet London megastore, downstairs in the comic section

  • Anonymous

    July 18th, 2013 - 7:13pm

    The first crossover in any medium?

    It doesn’t matter if people hate it Dimensions in Time beat you by nearly fifteen years.

  • The 3rd Doctor

    July 18th, 2013 - 7:10am

    I Agree with that!

    • The 3rd Doctor

      July 18th, 2013 - 7:10am

      Dalek Sec

  • Dalek Sec

    July 18th, 2013 - 4:15am

    Sounds like something my 13 year old self would want to happen. Hopefully this won’t be like an fanfic written by some crazed fangirl.

    • DoctorArkham

      July 18th, 2013 - 6:31pm

      It says its written by Paul Cornell.

  • Dalek The Supreme

    July 18th, 2013 - 1:24am

    Sounds interesting! Especially considering this company makes Transformers comics (Though I sadly haven’t read them)

  • Sonichammer

    July 18th, 2013 - 12:59am

    This was just posted by Charlie Kirchoff (Colourist at IDW) ON Facebook … “IDW/BBC’s partnership ends at the end of the year. Working on Dr. Who comics has been my life since ’07. It’s a shock that this chapter will soon be closed. But at least I have a ton of Who working through to the end of the year!”

    This is a sad day

    • Mels

      August 12th, 2013 - 3:13am

      Wow, I wasn’t expecting that either. IDW have done a lot of great things with the comic series, and I wasn’t expecting them to stop any time soon.

  • MAXP

    July 18th, 2013 - 12:17am

    I must say despite the fact it’s been done over and over (the 90’s Spider-man animation also did it, Marvel comics did it with their 1984 series a few years back) I think it’s a truly naff idea. Totally damages the suspension of disbelief and 4th wall factors with this pseudo-reflexive silly-ness.

    • Shane

      July 18th, 2013 - 10:15am

      I toltally agree. While watching Doctor Who (or any TV show) that show is “real” and takes place in “our” universe unless stated otherwise. Saying that it is in another universe and somehow bleeds its way into our one as a fictional show destroys it. Some people (*cough* Tumblr fangirls *cough*)love the idea as it makes it more plausible that the whole thing is real, albeit in another universe but for me the opposite effect is true and makes Doctor Who less realistic, literally saying he is fictional within the medium itself.

  • ExiledinGeeksville

    July 17th, 2013 - 9:03pm

    Well if there was any writer who could do this without it being a total fanfic it’s Cornell.

    Am I reading this correctly, that IDW will not have the Doctor Who license after this year?

    • Daibhid C

      July 17th, 2013 - 9:27pm

      All the best ideas for aniversary specials sound like bad fanfic … having all the Doctors meet, for example. You get away with it because it’s an aniversary special.

      It’s also not even the first time a Doctor Who comic has celebrated an aniversary with this idea; the comic strip for DWM’s 20th aniversary involved the 8th Doctor going back to 1979 and meeting Tom Baker!


    July 17th, 2013 - 9:00pm

    That actually sounds very good! I’ll have to track this down when it comes out!

  • AlphaOmega

    July 17th, 2013 - 8:58pm

    How’s he gonna react when the girl tells him he’s gonna regenerate at Christmas XDDD

    • MAXP

      July 18th, 2013 - 2:02am

      Funny! And now he can also watch old episodes of himself and say “damn, some of the monsters I’ve fought like the giant rat in the sewers and the Myrka look a bit fake and lame in this universe.”

  • Esterath13

    July 17th, 2013 - 8:56pm

    Red Dwarf did and it was terrible. So why would Doctor Who follow suit..?


    July 17th, 2013 - 8:21pm

    It’s been done –


    • MasterKasterborous

      July 17th, 2013 - 8:36pm

      That was exact same thought.

  • Daff

    July 17th, 2013 - 8:20pm

    its been done over and over, League of Gentlemen did it, Red Dwarf did it, so why not Doctor Who, this sounds pretty fun i’ll buy it


      July 17th, 2013 - 8:22pm

      Ha, just as I post my comment, you mention good old Red Dwarf as well.

      Great minds think a like 😀

  • Trenzalore

    July 17th, 2013 - 8:16pm

    Will probably get VERY confusing

  • Explosive Cookie

    July 17th, 2013 - 8:14pm

    Sounds like a fan fic….but it’ll be interesting…I guess. May get a copy

  • Doctor Who Crazy Ross

    July 17th, 2013 - 8:11pm

    No, I don’t like this idea at all.

  • Fezmeister

    July 17th, 2013 - 8:09pm


    I’m really not liking this idea. It’s like a bad fanfic.


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