| Comic news powerhouse, Newsarama are reporting today on news from the San Diego Comic Convention, the industry's largest public gathering. Doctor Who will be getting its own, original American comic book.
While Doctor Who fans have concentrated on the heavy BBC presence at the convention, which has included a Torchwood panel, writer Stve Fritz cornered former Big Finish boss, Gary Russell, for a long interview about the Doctor's comic adventures. Along the way, it was revealed that Russell will be writing a new Doctor Who comic for IDW, publishers of comic versions of several television properties such as Angel, 24, CSI, and Star Trek.
Nick Roche will handle the artistic chores.
The comic will begin as a limited run series, with each issue containing a single story. The Tenth Doctor and Martha will feature, with stories that have a mixture of new enemies and old, including what Russell describes as "something from waaaaaay back in the series history."
The interview does not suggest when the first issue will be available.
Russell has long been associated with Doctor Who. He has written for various lines of Doctor Who novels, and has acted as a sort of ombudsman script consultant for continuity issues on the new series. He is perhaps most famous as the former head of Big Finish's audio adventures. His experience in comics is more limited, but he has written several stories for Doctor Who Magazine. He is also responsible for the first comic appearance of the Eighth Doctor in a series of one-page comics for the Radio Times.
This series will be a first for Doctor Who. Though the Doctor has a long history of short adventures published within magazines and anthological comic publications, it has never before had an original comic book series. The last time the Doctor entered the comic book market, it merely republished work that had previously appeared in Doctor Who Magazine. This publication will also make the Tenth Doctor the undisputed champ of comic Doctors, giving him appearances in more different publications than any other incarnation to date.