There’s been a lot for Doctor Who fans to celebrate this year, with a 50th anniversary and the introduction of a new Doctor. And as many thousands of words as I’ve written about the show in the last 12 months, I was pretty sure I’d said everything I have to say about the subject, at least for a while. But damned if a young Aussie artist isn’t dragging more superlatives out of my head thanks to these brilliant “Tim Burton-ized” versions of the first 11 Doctors.
The series, with which I would happily wallpaper my office, is the work of 15-year-old Australian artist Michael Kenny. The Doctors have been reimagined in all sorts of different ways, but translating into the twisted style of Tim Burton has to be one of my favorites. I would watch the shit out of this animated series, is all I’m saying. Michael, you can’t see it, but I’m giving you a standing ovation. Even if your rendition of Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor has ensured that I won’t be getting any sleep anytime soon.
Wisecracks aside, I really do love how Kenny has tried to capture each Doctor’s personality in their Burton-ized portrait, from Ten’s wily charisma to the First Doctor’s stern condescension.
This kid is far more talented than any 15-year-old has any right to be, so it’s possible that I hate him a little bit. But only a little bit. Well done, kid.
And look, he even did a version of the Doctor’s Impossible Girl, Clara Oswin Oswald! Here’s hoping he’ll do versions of the Ponds, River Song, and Peter Capaldi’s Doctor sometime soon. Check out the rest of the Doctors below, and head over to Kenny’s deviantArt page for more lovely work by the lad.