Since landing the Doctor Who comics license earlier this year, Titan Comics have been anything but idle. They’ve already launched ongoing comics series focusing on the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors (David Tennant and Matt Smith, respectively), and just last week they launched a Twelfth Doctor series as well. Well, their commitment to spinning new tales of Doctors both old and new continues with the news that an upcoming mini-series will focus on a previously untold adventure of the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) and fan-favorite companion Rose Tyler (Billie Piper).
Bleeding Cool’s Hannah Means-Shannon live-blogged the Diamond Retailer Appreciation Breakfast at New York Comic Con earlier this month, and among the various announcements were the first details about Titan’s Ninth Doctor mini-series. Scheduled to hit shelves in March 2015, the miniseries will be timed to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Doctor Who’s modern revamp, which premiered on March 17, 2006 with the episode “Rose.” According to ScienceFiction.com, the series will be set somewhere sometime around the events of the episode “Boomtown” and will also feature another popular character from the Russell T Davies era: Captain Jack Harkness (played on the show by John Barrowman).
What’s really cool is that the Ninth Doctor miniseries will just be the first of many Who mini-series focusing on the earlier incarnations of The Doctor. Titan apparently has the comics rights to all of the previous Doctors, so while Nine is first at bat, we’ll likely get to see further stories beyond just the “modern” Doctors. That’s very exciting, especially if we get to see Titan dig into untold stories about the Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann) and John Hurt’s War Doctor. Titan also said that each of the mini-series will serve as a sort of “audition” for a possible ongoing series, so if you want to see more comics focusing on a particular Doctor, be sure to pick up their mini-series to vote with your wallet.
The Ninth Doctor mini-series will be written by Cavan Scott. The British author has written tons of tertiary Doctor Who material, ranging from comics to short stories to audio dramas, as well as the book Who-ology. He also wrote tie-in audio dramas for other science fiction notables such as Judge Dredd, Highlander, and Blake’s 7. I’ve never read any of his stuff, but just judging on his resume he seems like a good choice to spin some new tales for The Doctor.
In the meantime, you can check out trailers for each of the current Doctor Who comic series below.