Doctor Who fans are eagerly awaiting this Saturday’s return of the hit show on BBC America with the episode titled “Let’s Kill Hitler,” not to mention the return of the 11th Doctor Matt Smith. Until then, you can check out his adventures in the Doctor Who Annual from IDW, in stores today, with an all-star line-up of creators. Newsarama spoke with one of them about his work and got an exclusive sneak peek at some preview art from an upcoming arc!
As I mentioned, the Doctor Who Annual 2011 features the Eleventh Doctor in his first-ever Annual adventure. The issue is oversized at 48 pages and contains three full stories as well as a prologue to the next arc by writer Tony Lee and artist Josh Adams.
The next arc of IDW’s Doctor Who, by Lee and Adams, starts with issue #9, set to be released September 28. It just so happens that’s the same day Adams’ famous father, Neal Adams’ New Avengers #16.1 comes out. “When I finally got to read the annual top to bottom, I felt like not only was every creator excited about the content but were really trying to out do each other and I think when you read it you’ll really get the benefit of all that passion,” artist Josh Adams told Newsarama.
“My part in the annual is really a prologue to issue #9 and yet when you read it, you realize it’s like anything Time Lord related; so much bigger on the inside,” said Adams, “Detectives, aliens, talking dinosaur, giant squids, Native American Indians and egg whisks! Of course, if you think that’s something, issue #9 has so much more.”
The artist said he worked through Independence Day weekend as well as Comic-Con week in order to meet the tight deadlines for the book but couldn’t be happier with the results. “Tony Lee has been creating amazing stories in the IDW series, quite in step with the content Steven Moffat produces for the television series and for the scripts I got to draw, he really gave me the kinds of juicy details that you could only wish to see on the show.”
This isn’t just a job for Adams, it’s also a joy. He’s a big fan of the long-running British TV show. “My apartment is jam packed with all sorts of ’geek’ goodies but take one look and it’s clear that Doctor Who really rules over all,” he told us. “So getting to work on the comic and adding my name not just to the great list of talents who have done the comics but who have created nearly fifty years of amazing sci-fi history just means the world to me.”
The Doctor Who Annual 2011 also features stories by Echoes writer Joshua Hale Fialkov and artist Blair Shedd, Doctor Who Magazine writer/artist Dan McDaid, and writer Matthew Dow Smith and artist Mitch Gerads. The cover features an illustrated Doctor by each of the artists involved, Adams’ is the one standing at the bottom.
“I really enjoy being able to tell stories that a whole family can enjoy while not being to broad or oversimplified and Doctor Who is a series that really takes that sentiment to heart,” he said.