No More Doctor Who Comics From IDW After This Year?

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doctor who bannerTroubling news coming ahead of Comic-Con for Doctor Who comic book fans. It seems that IDW and the BBC Worldwide‘s partnership will end this year after all of the comic book publisher’s big 50th Anniversary celebration issues have concluded. The news came inside of IDW‘s press release announcing even more plans to celebrate The Doctor‘s golden anniversary.

A brand new oversize issue written by Paul Cornell with art by Jimmy Broxton was announced. It will feature The Doctor crossing over into our universe and learning that he is a fictional character. He’s going to bump into Matt Smith as well. It’s all very meta and has the potential to be either a huge success or a cheesy story. With Cornell writing, I’m betting on success. The bigger news is that December will mark the end of IDW‘s Doctor Who license. The BBC will announce further plans at the start of 2014. This would be a huge blow to Doctor Who fans. IDW has overseen an incredible run of great comic books that among other things, featured the first ever crossover with another series. Hopefully this is just a bit of hardball and negotiations are underway for a renewal. If it doesn’t happen, it will be interesting to see who picks up Doctor Who. You can read the full press release below. What do you think about IDW possibly moving on from Doctor Who?

                                                                                                                                                                                                       

BBC Worldwide and IDW Publishing Celebrate
Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary

doctor whoSan Diego, CA (July 17, 2013)—IDW Publishing and BBC Worldwide will conclude their joint celebration of the Doctor’s 50th anniversary with the release of a Doctor Who Special the final week of 2013. This oversize issue will be written by fan-favorite Doctor Who writer Paul Cornell and features art by Jimmy Broxton.

In this special one-shot story, a strange force flings the TARDIS and the Doctor into our own universe! Once here, the Doctor encounters a 10-year-old girl who happens to be a huge fan of the Doctor Who TV show. The Doctor grapples with being a fictional character as well as and a monster lurking at the girl’s school on the way to coming face-to-face with the actor who portrays him, Matt Smith!

BBC Worldwide and IDW have worked together since 2007. For the 50th Anniversary celebration, IDW launched a new ongoing series led by writer Andy Diggle, and the new Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time, an extended maxi-series that spotlights all eleven Doctors. Additionally, IDW brought forth the first-ever Doctor Who crossover in any medium, the 2012 Star Trek: The Next Generation/ Doctor Who event series Assimilation2. The BBC Worldwide/IDW partnership will conclude following the end of these 50th anniversary celebrations in December.

“IDW is a great partner and we’re very proud of the comics that we have created and released together. By extending our partnership, we are able to provide Doctor Who fans with more than 20 additional titles in celebration of the 50th Anniversary,” states Soumya Sriraman, Executive Vice President Home Entertainment and Licensing.

“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/Editor-in-Chief. “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.”

IDW was the first American comic-book publisher to produce original Doctor Who comic books, starting in early 2008 with the release of Doctor Who: Agent Provocateur. IDW also released the first Doctor Who comic to bring every iteration of the Doctor into one series in Doctor Who: The Forgotten.

BBC Worldwide will announce the plans for 2014 in the next coming weeks.

Release Schedule:

July 2013
Doctor Who Series 3 #11
Prisoners of Time #7 (of 12)
Classics V #3
Doctor Who Series 3 Vol. 2 TPB

August 2013
Doctor Who Series 3 #12
Prisoners of Time #8 (of 12)
Doctor Who Series 1 HC

September 2013
Doctor Who Special 2013
Doctor Who Series 3 #13
Prisoners of Time #9 (of 12)
Classics V #4
Prisoners of Time Vol. 2 TPB

October 2013
Doctor Who Series 3 #14
Prisoners of Time #10 (of 12)
Classics V #5
Omnibus, Vol. 2 TPB
Star Trek / Doctor Who HC

November 2013
Doctor Who Series 3 #15
Prisoners of Time #11 (of 12)
Prisoners of Time #12 (of 12)
Classics V #6
Doctor Who Series 3 Vol. 3 TPB
Doctor Who Series 2 HC
Classics Vol. 9

December 2013
Doctor Who Series 3 #16
Doctor Who Special 2013
Prisoners of Time Vol. 3 TPB
Prisoners of Time Complete HC
Doctor Who Series 3 Vol. 4 TPB

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