Who Should Write the Other Doctor Who Books?

With the announcement last week that Titan will be publishing two Doctor Who comics later this year, based around the tenth and eleventh versions of the character, I decided to pick the nine writers I think would suit RIGHT DOWN TO THE GROUND if Titan decide to publish books based on the previous iterations of the Doctor. From the first to the ninth, here are my choices for who I think would do a great job with each version of the character.

Art shown here is by Roger Langridge and, I believe, Pia Guerra.

The First Doctor
Kieron Gillen

The First Doctor’s life is a tragedy which spins into control and then out of control once again. And who does a comic book tragedy better than Kieron Gillen? The idea of an old master sat at the console, watching time and space whizz through his hands – that’s something which would be perfect for Gillen’s writing style.

The Second Doctor
Si Spurrier

A more active and hyper version of the Doctor, Patrick Troughton’s dishy dishness would make him pretty great for Si Spurrier. The idea of Spurrier writing Doctor Who at all – firecracker space madness and loopy characters – would be the perfect fit of writer and franchise. But when you add him to a younger and more fast-paced version of the character, to boot? That’d be incredible to read. Troughton’s Doctor was a bag of tics and unexpected qualities and flaws – perfect for Spurrier.

The Third Doctor
Mike Carey

Mike Carey had to be in this list somewhere, so the question was finding a Doctor which would suit him well. And I think Jon Pertwee’s Doctor fits the bill nicely. He’s constantly thirsting for more knowledge and understanding, trying to build himself up into this all-encompassing saviour figure; creating a mythology of himself but also creating his own eventual downfall.

The Fourth Doctor
Isabel Greenberg

You want somebody with a really unexpected perspective on storytelling to write stories about Tom Baker’s Doctor, and Greenberg’s already proved herself to have an unpredictable and incisive style of writing. Her various projects touch on mythology and popular history – but warp them to one side, creating an insular but epic-in-scope world in each issue she writes. If anybody would be capable of creating an offbeat energy for The Fourth Doctor, it would be her.

The Fifth Doctor:
Paul Cornell

Another writer who you HAVE to put in this list – and not just because he wrote the best story of the Doctor Who relaunch thus far – is Paul Cornell. And there’s no question at all that you give him Peter Davidson’s Doctor. An idealistic, heroic and down-to-earth character, the Fifth Doctor’s approach fits in with some of the other heroic characters Cornell has written, from Captain Britain to The Knight. He’s one of the most noble characters, and Cornell would make him shine.

The Sixth Doctor:
John Allison

How do you ‘fix’ a Doctor nobody seemed to like very much? Have John Allison take over. I’m actually coming at this mainly from the perspective of Allison’s artwork, which is bright and personality-driven and expressive – all of which I would like to see The Sixth Doctor be presented as. The audio productions by Big Finish have helped to round Colin Baker’s take into a fairer, more balanced and interesting character – John Allison would be an incredibly unexpected, and therefore incredibly interesting, choice to take that further.

The Seventh Doctor:
Sarah McIntyre

A complex little guy who planned out massive schemes and wheezes in order to trick and trap his opponents, can you imagine a single thing more entertaining than Sylvester McCoy’s Doctor being taken on by Sarah McIntyre. With her bold and idiosyncratic approach to, well, life (but also writing, of course!) seeing her render his exploits would be an absolute wonder.

The Eighth Doctor:
Kate Brown

A romantic hero, clad in swoony attire, hair flopping through the vaccuum of space as he no doubt reads dashing poetry and saves the day before going off to a formal ball?


The Ninth Doctor:
David Hine

I struggled with this one for a VERY long time! He’s my least favourite Doctor, because I can see what the writers wanted to do with him, but he was saddled with a showrunner who doesn’t excel at redemption stories. So when it came time to decide who should be in charge of the Ninth Doctor, I wanted to pick a writer who can do EXACTLY that sort of story, and completely nail it – and that led me to David Hine. Smart and with an immense amount of depth in his writing, Hine would be the person I could see taking the ideas behind the Ninth Doctor and turning them into something compelling.


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