‘Doctor Who’ comics: Titan gets license, new books coming in 2014

Jan. 21, 2014 | 12:15 p.m.
Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald on the set of "Doctor Who." (Adrian Rogers / BBC)

Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald on the set of “Doctor Who.” (Adrian Rogers / BBC)

The Tenth and Eleventh Doctors are returning in new “Doctor Who” comic books from Titan Comics later this year.

BBC and U.K. publisher Titan have teamed to release stand-alone adventures featuring the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors (portrayed by David Tennant and Matt Smith, respectively, in the long-running science-fiction television series). The Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) also will be featured after the new TV season kicks off later in 2014.

The 2013 "Doctor Who" special from IDW Comics, by writer Paul Cornell and artist Jimmy Broxton, marked the end of the Doctor's tenure at the North American publishing house. (IDW)

The 2013 “Doctor Who” special from IDW Comics, by writer Paul Cornell and artist Jimmy Broxton, marked the end of the Doctor’s tenure at the North American publishing house. (IDW)

The deal with Titan, which BBC announced Tuesday, marks a new home for “Doctor Who” comics, which have been published by IDW in North America since 2008. During that time, IDW launched an ongoing series by writer Andy Diggle, an extended series (“Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time”)  spotlighting all 11 Doctors so far, and introduced the first “Doctor Who” crossover, in which the Time Lord met Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the USS Enterprise, with “Star Trek TNG/Doctor Who: Assimilation2.

IDW wrapped up its “Doctor Who” run in December with an oversize special by fan-favorite writer Paul Cornell and artist Jimmy Broxton. That issue, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of “Doctor Who,” took the time-traveling alien to our universe, where he discovers the TV show about him and encounters a little girl who is a fan.

“We’ve been extremely proud to be the American home to new ‘Doctor Who’ comics these last six years,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s chief creative officer and editor in chief, earlier this year. “We feel like we’ve said a great many things with our comics — so it now feels like a good time to let ‘Doctor Who’ comics regenerate along with the coming new Doctor on the TV series.”

Creative and production teams for the new Titan “Doctor Who” comics will be announced in the coming weeks.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+

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