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How to Write a Doctor Who Comic

Just fill in each page on one of these empty pagination sheets with nonsensical doodles that only you can understand – this is called a “plot.” Then join all the incidents together by writing a script. It’s easy! Why not try it at home?

 

... Seriously, the way these things work is as a rough visual guide to help plan and pace action and incident through a 22-page episode of Doctor Who. You might want to check these out with a copy of each of the relevant issues to hand.

The first, for Tenth Doctor #3.11 was originally intended for regular artist Giorgia Sposito when I thought we’d be working “Marvel method” with just a plot breakdown for each page which she’d illustrate and I’d dialogue later. Turned out we did it the usual method of me writing her a full script, though.

The other two were notes to self, essentially basic visual plots by way of which I work out the main beats and “page-turns” of a story. These were for specials that took place during 2017’s Lost Dimension crossover for Titan Comics, and there was a lot of story to cram into each issue.

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Note the appearance of the RED TARDIS at the end there, just to remind myself what the gruesome cliffhanger was.

This one's for Tenth Doctor #3.9...

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The final one is for Eleventh Doctor #3.10 and is the first and only time I've written for the eleventh Doctor and his companion Alice, which was a sojourn from my usual spot as regular writer on the tenth Doctor comics. I love writing for Tennant's Doctor, but it was huge fun to take a break from him and find the cadences and vocal mannerisms for both Matt Smith and Patrick Troughton, whose second Doctor made a cameo in this story.

 

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