Irregular Webcomic! #3701

Jul. 27th, 2017 10:11 am
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Comic #3701

The other effect, when time is shrunk but spatial dimensions remain the same, produces either Bullet Time or Time Stands Still, depending on the severity. If you ever hear weird high-pitched buzzing sounds, it's definitely a sign that someone has had their timeline sped up so fast that you can't perceive them visually, and can only hear their voices incredibly sped up.

New Comics Out Today

Jul. 26th, 2017 05:13 pm
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Wednesday 26th July sees Titan release the latest Comic form adventures of the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors.

Doctor Who: Ninth Doctor #14

Writer: Cavan Scott
Artist: Cris Bolson, Adriana Melo
Colourist: Marko Lesko
Cover A: Simon Myers ​cover B: Photo – Will Brooks Cover C: Arianna Florean​​​

THE BIDDING WAR - PART 1!

​With some knowledge of his past life apparently restored, Jack is determined​ ​to put right his misdeeds as a Time Agent – in particular, stopping his past​ ​self from erasing the criminal Zloy Volk from the timeline, using an Eradicator​ ​gun. But... Zloy Volk is very much alive. How?! Even worse, in the process of​ ​stopping his past self from erasing Volk all over again, JACK was seemingly​ ​erased! The Doctor, Rose, and Tara are on the scene...

Doctor Who: Ninth Doctor #14 Cover A (Credit: Titan / Simon Myers )Doctor Who: Ninth Doctor #14 Cover B (Credit: Titan / Arianna Florean​​​)Doctor Who: Ninth Doctor #14 Cover CDoctor Who: Ninth Doctor #14 (Credit: Titan)Doctor Who: Ninth Doctor #14 (Credit: Titan)Doctor Who: Ninth Doctor #14 (Credit: Titan)Doctor Who: Ninth Doctor #14 (Credit: Titan)Doctor Who: Ninth Doctor #14 (Credit: Titan)

​Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor #3.7

Writer: Nick Abadzis
Artist: Giorgia Sposito with Iolanda Zanfardino
Colourist: Arianna Florean with Nicola Righi
Cover A: Robert Hack Cover B: Photo By Will Brooks Cover C: Blair Shedd

Vortex Butterflies - Part 2!

After their collective ordeal in Ancient China, the Doctor received a mysterious signal... which turned out to be from his future self!

Though the Tenth Doctor won’t remember the exact details of their meeting, the warning from the future will linger... Having abandoned Gabby and Cindy in London at the house of an old friend, it turns out the Doctor may have left more problems than solutions in his wake – as Gabby’s powers began to manifest on an unprecedented scale!



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Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor #3.7

Writer: George Mann
Artist: I.N.J Culbard
Colourist: Triona Farrell
Cover A: Simon Myers Cover B: Photo By Will Brooks Cover C: Rodney Ramos Cover D: ​Iolanda Zanfardino

THE MEMORY FEAST - PART 2!

The TARDIS team came across a huge spaceship... in what was supposed to be completely abandoned space!

Once inside, they found enormous microclimates filled with everything from pterodactyls to burning suns! Of course, the wonder did not last as they were chased by memory parasites – the Thrakes – and the world inside the ship began to disintegrate, just as they came face to face with a mysterious coffin...



Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor #3.7 Cover A (Credit: Titan / Simon Myers )Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor #3.7 Cover B (Credit: Titan / Will Brooks )Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor #3.7 Cover C (Credit: Titan / Rodney Ramos )Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor #3.7 Cover D (Credit: Titan /  Iolanda Zanfardino)Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor #3.7  (Credit: Titan)Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor #3.7  (Credit: Titan)Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor #3.7  (Credit: Titan)Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor #3.7  (Credit: Titan)Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor #3.7  (Credit: Titan)

Irregular Webcomic! #1596 Rerun

Jul. 26th, 2017 10:11 am
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Oh come on, you would have been disappointed not to get a hobbit pun today, and you know it.


2017-07-26 Rerun commentary: Uncle Bilbert would be a great subject for his own comic series, I think. It sounds like he got up to many more interesting adventures than Lambert.

Irregular Webcomic! #3700

Jul. 25th, 2017 10:11 am
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Comic #3700

I almost made the mistake of having Paris address "Triana spaceport". This would be a bit like flying a plane from Europe to the USA and then trying to talk to and land at "USA airport". Instead, there's a global Triana space traffic control system, which directs traffic to and from the many spaceports around the planet. I tried going back over the comics to determine what cargo they had loaded before leaving on this trip, but I couldn't find anything saying what Serron had acquired for their outbound trip from Bune. (I hope I didn't miss it somewhere - though if I did I'm sure some observant reader will find it. It's actually not that important for this strip.)

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Episode 1528: Mopey-Shtick; or, The Wail

This scene was written this way, verbatim, in our planning notes years before we got up to starting detailed work on Return of the Jedi. The allusion to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was just too delicious pass up.

As it turned out, when we got to the sailbarge fight, we came up with a better idea, and ran with it in the actual comic. I, personally, was very sad to see this one fall by the wayside. But I'm pleased that it has new life and finally sees the light of day as the final non-canon bonus strip in this extended intermission after the original six films.

As previously announced, the next strip will be the opening strip of our treatment of Rogue One, appearing on Tuesday 1 August. See you then as we continue the Darths & Droids journey into an exciting new frontier!

Tennant tops "Doctor" eBay listings

Jul. 24th, 2017 03:34 pm
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With the recent announcement of a new Doctor, online auction site eBay have taken a look at who is the most popular Doctor in their listings ...

ebay LogoDoctor Who? Tennant leads the way in eBay.co.uk ranking

With Jodie Whittaker announced as the latest Doctor, eBay.co.uk has taken a look at the most popular Doctors of all time and revealed that it’s the tenth Doctor – David Tennant – that takes the ‘sonic sceptre’. With nearly 6,000 current listings for ‘David Tennant’ on site (19th July) the online marketplace has revealed that the feisty Scot tops the ranking, selling more than one related item per hour in the last three months!

In at close second is the fourth Doctor, Tom Baker who graced our screens in the 70’s, selling nearly 2,000 related items in the last three months. With popular items of memorabilia including his trusted multi-coloured scarf and canine pal K9.

In third place is the most recent Doctor, Peter Capaldi, whose dry wit and charm has placed him firmly in the nation’s hearts, and seen him sell nearly a 1,000 related items in the last 90 days– that’s 11 items every day. Another recent addition to the ‘Doctor-hood’, Matt Smith, fell into fourth place with 10 related items sold per day and caped crusader Jon Pertwee followed shortly behind in fifth.

With nearly 190,000 listings for Doctor Who listed on 19th July, and a sonic screwdriver selling on site every hour in the last three months, it’s clear that the nation is geared up to greet the latest rendition, this time a Time Lord with a difference.

Top 10 Doctors:
David Tennant
Tom Baker
Peter Capaldi
Matt Smith
Jon Pertwee
Peter Davison
William Hartnell
Patrick Troughton
Paul McGann
Colin Baker

With thanks to: eBay / LAUNCH

Irregular Webcomic! #3699

Jul. 24th, 2017 10:11 am
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Some readers did point out the anachronism in Merlin mentioning C++ in strip #3694. I knew that when I wrote it, because it was a deliberate setup for this resolution. The TV Trope of characters living in reversed time is named, appropriately enough, Merlin Sickness, since the canonical example is Merlyn from T. H. White's 1958 version of the Arthurian legend, The Once and Future King, dating back to book one of the cycle, The Sword in the Stone, originally published in 1938. This aspect of Merlin's character has become something of a standard in newer works, although White invented it and it was not part of more traditional Arthurian legend. It's cool what you can do with a well-placed bit of anachronism, isn't it?

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ATB Publishing have announced the forthcoming publication of Red White and Who: The Story of Doctor Who in America:

Red, White and Who: The Story of Doctor Who in America (Credit: ATB Publishing)RED WHITE AND WHO
THE STORY OF DOCTOR WHO IN AMERICA

Written by Steven Warren Hill & Jennifer Adams Kelly, Nicholas Seidler, and Robert Warnock with Janine Fennick and John Lavalie
Full wraparound cover art by Dani Jones
Published by ATB Publishing on 21st August 2017

“This is genuinely fascinating stuff… a warm, dryly caustic in places, look at the way the show was viewed, received, influenced by and ultimately loved by the American audience... you’ve earned this book.”
– Gary Russell, from his foreword


Every American DOCTOR WHO fan has a story to tell, and fans of the iconic British television show love to tell stories. All of them from the casual to the obsessed, will happily regale others with the tale of how and when they discovered the greatest science fiction media franchise ever. Most early American fans first met the Doctor in the early 1980s, nearly twenty years after the show began in 1963...but the story of Doctor Who in America – a complex and fascinating journey into pop culture – stretches much further back.

In this book, you’ll find the rich history of everything Doctor Who in the USA – from American TV Guide listings of Canadian broadcasts in 1965, through the Dalek movies, the BBC sales attempts, the official debut on American television in 1972, the explosion in popularity among US viewers in 1979, the twentieth anniversary celebration in 1983, the conventions, the merchandise, the clubs, the video releases, the USA Tour, and every imaginable fan activity including cosplay, fan productions, PBS pledge drive volunteering, websites, podcasts, and much more, to the new heights of success, popularity, and participation in the 21st century. It’s an enlightening and entertaining journey for everyone who admires Doctor Who...and not just for American fans, but devotees around the globe.

Think you know everything there was to know about our favorite Time Lord and his history? Get ready to discover a “New New World” in RED WHITE AND WHO: THE STORY OF DOCTOR WHO IN AMERICA!

The 6x9 paperback book contains over 600 images across its 700+ full colour pages - a full list of contents and index can be found via the ATB Publishing website.

Christmas Details Announced at SDCC

Jul. 23rd, 2017 10:30 pm
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This news item contains official information released by the BBC at the Doctor Who panel at San Diego Comic Con. some readers may consider the information spoilers.

Twice Upon a Time: Mark Gatiss, Peter Capaldi, David Bradley (Credit: BBC)


The BBC has announced that Peter Capaldi’s final episode of Doctor Who, to be broadcast this Christmas will be called

Twice Upon a Time


Twice Upon a Time: Pearl Mackie (Credit: BBC)The episode will also feature Pearl Mackie returning as Bill Potts. Viewers will have to wait until Christmas to discover exactly how Bill, who will appear throughout the episode, makes her return.

It was also revealed that Mark Gatiss will co-star in the episode in a guest role, playing a World War One soldier - known so far only as ‘The Captain'

As previously revealed in the closing moments of the 2017 series finale, the special will feature Peter Capaldi’s current Doctor team up with the First Doctor, played by David Bradley.

Irregular Webcomic! #1595 Rerun

Jul. 23rd, 2017 10:11 am
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It's not clear whether these three are just the only Martians trying to invade Earth, or if these three are in fact the entirity of the Martian race. We've never seen any others, or had anything that implied the existence of more of them.


2017-07-23 Rerun commentary: It's now been established in the canon that these three are in fact the last three Martians in existence. It definitely makes it easier for me that way, since I don't have any other Martian minifigures. Readers may imagine I have loads and loads of Lego bricks and figures, but in reality you could probably fit all of the Lego parts that I own into a box... hmmm... about the size of a dishwasher. Okay, okay, to most people that is loads and loads of Lego bricks...

Doctor Who Magazine 515

Jul. 22nd, 2017 04:44 pm
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Doctor Who Magazine 515 (Credit: Panini)The next issue of Doctor Who Magazine takes a look back over the last several years of Doctor Who, as its outgoing head writer Steven Moffat leaves the show with this year's Christmas Special.

With his first contribution to the show in 2004, The Empty Child, did he expect to still be writing for the series some thirteen years later?
No, God, no!. God, no! I also didn’t think I’d do the showrunning job for more than three years, and I’m here after six series. Yes, I’ve been writing Doctor Who stories since 2004. That’s a hell of a long time. When I wrote The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances, I wondered if I’d ever write another Doctor Who story. I was very keen to, I really wanted to. I remember asking, ‘Would you have me back next year...?’
What's next for the writer?
I’m looking forward to the idea of not having to automatically say no to everything else! Whether that’s writing jobs, or weekends away. I can write different things. I’m looking forward to that, hugely. But I am so glad it happened. I’d have been miserable if I’d never got to write Doctor Who! It’s been amazing. Of course it’s been amazing.

Also inside this issue:
  • PRODUCTION NOTES Steven Moffat writes his final column for DWM, and his last-ever Doctor Who words!
  • THE TOP 20! A look back at 20 amazing things about the Steven Moffat era of Doctor Who – plus tributes from Russell T Davies, Chris Chibnall, Mark Gatiss and many others...
  • THE EMPIRE OF MARK GATISS The concluding part of our all-encompassing interview with actor/writer Mark Gatiss!
  • THE PARLIAMENT OF FEAR There’s a brand-new adventure for the Doctor and Bill Potts in Part 1 of a new comic strip story, written by Scott Gray, with art by Staz Johnson.
  • RISE AND FALL Reviews of the 2017 series, and the season finale World Enough and Time/The Doctor Falls.
  • TURNED UP TO ELEVEN The Fact of Fiction examines the Eleventh Doctor’s début adventure, 2010’s The Eleventh Hour!
  • REVIEWS The latest DVD and audio releases are put under the microscope.
  • COMING SOON Previews of all the latest Doctor Who CD and book releases.
  • PLUS! All the latest official news, the Watcher’s column, prize-winning competitions, the DWM crossword, the 2017 Season Survey – and much, much more!

Doctor Who Magazine issue 515 is on sale from Thursday 27 July.

Irregular Webcomic! #1594 Rerun

Jul. 22nd, 2017 10:11 am
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Ah, roleplayers. They can justify anything.

This was a pain to shoot, because the bars kept getting in the way of the faces. I considered building a set with an open doorway and Photoshopping some sort of glowing energy field over it, but ... Hmmm. Why didn't I do that? Maybe next time someone gets locked up in a cell. That shouldn't be too long.


2017-07-22 Rerun commentary: Hmmm. I really need to make sure I remember that Photoshop idea next time one of these guys gets locked in a cell. I guess it has been a while, now. Who'd have thought?

Tributes Paid to Deborah Watling

Jul. 22nd, 2017 10:44 am
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Tributes have been paid to actress Deborah Watling, who died yesterday after a short illness.

Watling played Victoria in the 1960's, alongside Patrick Troughton and Frazer Hines, who was one of the first to comment. Deborah Watling (Credit: Big Finish)Watling was an active member of the convention circuit and much loved by many other stars of Doctor Who. Nicola Bryant tweeted "I am so sad to hear of the passing of the lovely Deborah Watling.We had so many laughs & heart to heart", while Katy Manning added "So deeply saddened to hear that the wonderful funny talented #DeborahWatling has gone on her awfully big adventure ,oneofthe absolute best"

Deborah Watling's sister is the actress Dilys Watling and her brother the former actor, and current Member of Parliament for Clacton, Gyles Watling, who told PA
She was bubbly, vivacious, with a great sense of humour. We grew up together – she was ahead of me in the acting game. She had a great career. We toured together all over the country and shared digs – we had a wonderful life. She passed away peacefully.
In recent years Watling had returned to the character of Victoria for Big Finish audio productions. Senior Producer David Richardson said
Victoria was one of the Doctor’s loveliest companions from one of the show’s greatest seasons, and Debbie was always a joy to work with at Big Finish and so committed to the work. The Doctor Who universe has lost another of its shining stars.
Deborah Watling is survived by her husband Steve.

Deborah Watling 1948-2017

Jul. 21st, 2017 06:53 pm
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It is with deep sadness we report the death of Deborah Watling, forever known as the Second Doctor's companion Victoria.

Deborah Watling joined Doctor Who in 1967, just over 50 years ago. She remained with the series for just under a year, playing the Victorian orphan taken into the care of the Doctor.

Alongside Patrick Troughton and Frazer Hines, Watling would occupy the Tardis throughout what is now viewed as the classic monster era of the show, featuring Cybermen, Daleks, Ice Warriors and, of course, The Yeti.

Deborah Watling was born on 2nd January 1948. She was born into a theatrical family, her father the actor Jack Watling and her mother the actress Patricia Hicks. It was inevitable that she and her siblings would end up on the stage and by the age of ten, she was appearing in the ITV series The Invisible Man, playing the niece of Peter Brady.

In 1965 she played Alice Liddell in the BBC Wednesday play written by Dennis Potter and based on the life of Lewis Carroll. It was this appearance which led her to be cast as Victoria Waterfield in the final story of Season four, The Evil of the Daleks.

It wasn't initially to be a companion role. The producers were hoping to persuade Pauline Collins, who had appeared in the previous story, to stay on. When Collins declined, the role of ongoing companion was offered to Watling and Victoria joined the TARDIS crew.

It is well known that the team of Troughton, Watling, and Hines got on extremely well with Watling often the butt of the boys jokes. Many of her stories have been wiped since transmission, and the return of two to the archive a few years ago, The Enemy of the World and most of The Web of Fear brought her considerable delight.

She left Doctor Who in April 1968, at the end of Fury from the Deep. Small roles in the films That'll Be the Day and Take Me High followed. On TV she appeared in Rising Damp and The Newcomers and in 1979 she played Norma Baker in the ITV series Danger UXB.

She briefly returned to the character of Victoria in 1993, for the Children In Need skit, Dimensions in Time before recreating Victoria in a number of audio plays for Big Finish.

Deborah Watling was diagnosed with lung cancer six weeks ago and died earlier today.

Irregular Webcomic! #3698

Jul. 20th, 2017 10:11 am
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Islay is an island off the western coast of Scotland, which all by itself makes up one of the five officially designated whisky producing regions of Scotland. The whiskies from Islay are known for being strongly smoky and peaty flavoured. Adding water to whisky is one of those eternal debates that may never be settled. Just search the Internet for "add water to whisky", and be amazed by the over a million page hits returned. In case that's a bit overwhelming, here's a decent, moderately scholarly one to start on. The general consensus is that adding water changes the flavours you experience as you drink your whisky, but opinions are strongly divided over whether that's a good thing or a bad thing. Our friendly Scottish mining engineer obviously has an opinion.

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