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Old July 17 2013, 08:37 PM   #1
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IDW Publishing's License Concludes

...but not before Paul Cornell writes a story about the Doctor landing on our Earth, meeting a 10-year-old Doctor Who fan, and then meeting Matt Smith himself!

From the press release:

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."
Oh, and about that story...

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!
As for the conclusion of IDW's run with Doctor Who, I'm a little sad. Not everything they've done has been golden (Assimilation2, I'm looking at you especially), but they have produced some pretty enjoyable work, particularly Tony Lee's first series.

Since IDW has shown that there's a market for Doctor Who comic books, I wonder who will pick up the license next.
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