We told you back in February that a comics crossover between The Doctor and the crew of the NCC-1701-D was in the works at IDW Publishing, and sure enough the official confirmation arrived shortly thereafter. With the series hitting comic shops next month, we’ve got some more details about what the crossover will entail, and how it will unite two of SF’s most iconic mechanical menaces, Trek‘s Borg and Who‘s Cybermen.
Here’s the official plot description from IDW:
Launching in May, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION/DOCTOR WHO: ASSIMILATION² will feature fan-favorite villains the Borg and the Cybermen as they create an unholy alliance resulting in potential disaster for all humanity. Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise find themselves joining forces with the Doctor and his companions, with the fate of the galaxy hanging in the balance.
The merging of Trek and Who should be fun for fans of both properties, and focusing on an alliance between the Borg and Cybermen is a clever way to tie it all together. And while the series is ostensibly a crossover between the modern Matt Smith version of The Doctor and the TNG-era Enterprise crew, a newly released cover image for the series’ third issue suggests that the storyline may involve both other incarnations of The Doctor and more well-known Trek characters as well…
That, of course, is TOS-era Kirk and Spock alongside Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor. Should we be surprised that different time frames are involved in a Doctor Who crossover? We should not. Will the series expand even further to include still more Doctors, or perhaps characters from Deep Space 9, Voyager, or Enterprise? There’s no way to know for sure at this point, but eight issues leaves plenty of room for variety, and it would certainly fit with the epic scale writers Scott and David Tipton are shooting for. In the meantime, keep an eye on your local comic-shop shelves next month for the arrival of Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation².