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Doctor Who In Comics 1964 – 2011 Exhibition

Doctor Who In Comics Exhibition

27th July – 30th October
Cartoon Museum
35 Little Russell Street
London WC1A 2HH

Doctor Who is the world’s longest‐running comic character based on a TV programme. He is a uniquely British superhero by turns eccentric, wise, often kind, sometimes dangerous, but ultimately mysterious. This exhibition of over 100 works is the first to showcase the Doctor in his many incarnations and shows how the character has evolved in comics over the last 47 years. The museum hopes that during the exhibition the public will help solve the mystery of who created a number of early comic pages including iconic images of the Daleks and Davros.

From Dalek Omnibus, 1976 Artist unknown and The Crimson Hand, (detail ) Doctor Who Magazine, 2010 Martin Geraghty, David Roach, James Offredi © Doctor Who Magazine/Panini UK

The show includes all eleven Doctors – plus his early film incarnation played by Peter Cushing. Doctor Who in Comics is of course intimately connected to the TV programme, but the comic stories have also taken fans on imaginative and far‐flung adventures which would have been way beyond the budget and special effects capacity of the BBC. The Doctor has been appearing in comics for 47 years and has been drawn by many great comic artists including Frank Bellamy, Martin Geraghty, Dave Gibbons, Dave Lloyd, John Ridgway and Lee Sullivan. Between 1989 and 2005, when the programme was off the air, apart from a one‐off TV film in 1996, the Doctor lived on in comics, the only place where fans could continue to see their hero in new adventures.

Doctor Who: The Usual Suspects Revisited,Specially produced for Doctor Who in Comics Exhibition 2011 © Lee Sullivan

Doctor Who first appeared on BBC television on 23 November 1963. The programme rapidly attracted a following – particularly with the appearance of the Daleks in the second story. What is less well known is that on 14 November 1964 the Doctor featured in his own strip in TV Comic and he has continued to appear in comics in every year since. In 1979 he finally got his own title with the arrival of Doctor Who Weekly. Its descendent Doctor Who Magazine continues to this day and is the biggest selling SF magazine in the UK.

In his comic life the Doctor was sometimes ahead of his time. In 1980 he was accompanied by his first black companion Sharon – 25 years before Mickey or Martha Jones appeared on screen. Favourite villains such as the Daleks, the Cybermen, and the Master make several appearances and many important characters such as Sarah Jane Smith, K‐9, Brigadier Lethbridge‐Stewart, Rose Tyler, Mickey Smith, Martha Jones and Amy Pond all feature. It also includes the original illustrations from the 2006 story which went on to inspire the famous TV episode ‘Blink’, and artwork from the only story to be written by a ‘Doctor’ – The Age of Chaos by the Sixth Doctor, Colin Baker.

The exhibition includes stories from TV Comic, TV Century 21, Doctor Who Weekly, Doctor Who Monthly, Doctor Who Magazine, Doctor Who Adventures and the American Doctor Who magazine. It has something for fans of Doctor Who of all ages, showing how a story evolves from script to finished page. The museum is also running special Doctor Who themed workshops for kids over the summer.

The Cartoon Museum is open Tues – Sat, 10.30 – 17.30; Sun, 12‐17.30.
Admission £5.50, £4, £3. Free to under‐18s.
All Doctor Who material is © BBCtv © Doctor Who Magazine/Panini UK

Artists in the exhibition: Frank Bellamy, Doug Braithwaite, Mark Buckingham, Mike Collins, John Canning,Paul Crompton, Vincent Danks, Al Davison, Dave Gibbons, Steve Dillon, Martin Geraghty, Paul Grist,Gerry Haylock, Walt Howarth, Dicky Howett, Richard Jennings, Daryl Joyce, Roger Langridge, Dave Lloyd, Paul Neary, John Ridgway, John Ross, Andrew Skilliter, Ben Templesmith, Ron Turner,Barrie Mitchell, Adrian Salmon, Lee Sullivan and Andy Walker.



  • Cartoon Museum

    August 1st, 2011 - 11:39am

    £4.00 is for concessions – 60+, or registered unemployed. Hope that helps.

  • Cartoon Museum

    August 1st, 2011 - 11:38am

    Yes – you can buy Doctor Who Magazine plus the graphic novel reprints of various classic stories.

  • booboo

    July 31st, 2011 - 9:29pm

    because he was in comics and this is what this exhibition is about

  • forever dalek 1323

    July 31st, 2011 - 9:07pm

    why is the movie doctor included when he was not included in the series

  • MasterKasterborous

    July 29th, 2011 - 9:53pm

    Although I agree that the picture would be better, I have to say that as the picture is for the exhibit to makes sense.

  • McGann is the Doctor

    July 29th, 2011 - 1:52pm

    I see. Why is it that people LOVE those films > ? Steven Moffat likes them too !

    The only Peter Cushing film I ever enjoyed was “At the Earth’s Core”. If he was DR Who in that, then I oculd understand all the fan-love for him. ❓

  • Intergalactic

    July 28th, 2011 - 12:34pm

    That pic would be brilliant if the non-canonical Peter Cushing character wasn’t there.

  • MasterKasterborous

    July 27th, 2011 - 2:32pm

    If people would like to know this is what the different prices mean.

    £5.50 = Adults
    £4.00 = ??? (Not Mentioned In DWM)
    £3.00 = Students (Valid Student ID Needed)
    £0.00 = Under 18’s

    If you are under 12 you must be accompanied by an adult.

  • booboo

    July 27th, 2011 - 1:19pm

    But i just love the films, give me a Peter Cushing Figure with a couple of Movie Daleks in a set anyday

  • McGann is the Doctor.

    July 27th, 2011 - 1:19pm

    Oh that’s a shame, I bought this AWESOME 11th Doctor comic from FP, want to see the other parts of that story. (it’s about Jack the Ripper)

  • McGann is the Doctor.

    July 27th, 2011 - 1:18pm

    He isn’t even a BBC Doctor ! PC desn’t count ! 😡

  • MasterKasterborous

    July 26th, 2011 - 2:07pm

    Well I’m under 18 so I’m happy.

  • booboo

    July 26th, 2011 - 12:04pm

    as far as we know, we might go ourselves it look good

  • SuperDoctorWhoFan

    July 26th, 2011 - 11:58am

    I’m guessing that means there showing Comics with that Doctor, is that right Booboo?

  • booboo

    July 26th, 2011 - 11:02am

    different age groups i imagine

  • Hector Sandler

    July 26th, 2011 - 9:36am

    The comic is great. I like the picture of all the Doctors including the unofficial Doctor Roy Cushing.

  • MasterKasterborous

    July 26th, 2011 - 12:05am

    What do all the different prices mean?

  • booboo

    July 25th, 2011 - 9:45pm

    i dont think so

  • thedoctorinafez

    July 25th, 2011 - 9:45pm

    E.P.I.C sounds epic and so cool

  • the doctor

    July 25th, 2011 - 9:36pm

    Can you bye comics booboo?

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