Series 8 of BBC’s long running sci-fi adventure Doctor Who may be in the books, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still celebrate Peter Capaldi’s reign as Time Lord. And if you’re looking for something to fill the time while you wait for the Blu-ray release of the most recent series and the Christmas Special, these fantastic new, pulp style posters may be just the distraction you’re looking for.
Commissioned by the magazine Radio Times, these pieces, designed in a throwback style, are the work of artist Stuart Manning. Each one focuses on an episode featuring Capaldi’s twelfth incarnation of the venerable Doctor, and as you can see, they all focus on elements from the particular episode, working in themes, visually and otherwise, from the specific chapter. For instance, there’s dinosaurs on the “Deep Breath” poster, a mummy from “Mummy on the Orient Express,” and, well, a Dalek on “Into the Dalek.”
Combining bold period imagery and typography, these capture an old school, retro vibe, and could very easily be mistaken for movie posters from a bygone era, adorning the walls in a classic movie house. Also, if you have the impulse to collect and display these pieces in your own home theater, that can be arranged. Here’s what the release from Big Chief Studios says:
We are proud to announce an all new stunning art collection celebrating series 8 of Doctor Who. Created especially for publication in the Radio Times by artist Stuart Manning in time for each episode, the posters were all individually designed in a retro style. Particular attention was paid to create striking imagery combined with gorgeous period typography. This amazing art will be available to order very soon and will be sold separately as Limited Edition Art Prints, as well as a portfolio collection.
While it started off strong, Doctor Who season 8 gathered some mixed reviews from fans as it progressed. (I haven’t had time to catch up on them myself.) While Capaldi’s dour, more serious Time Lord was a welcome change for many after Matt Smith’s rendering, often referred to as a human cartoon, towards the end of the season it sounds like they hit some speed bumps. Though the latest series only just wrapped up a few days ago—no split season shenanigans like previous years—the Blu-ray release is already scheduled for December 9, just in time for the holidays.