Doctor Who: animated series concept art unearthed

News Louisa Mellor 4 Apr 2013 - 08:42

Take a look at concept art for the abandoned animated Doctor Who project...

Let's take a minute or two on this chilly Thursday morning to ponder something that might have been, specifically, an animated Doctor Who project from DC and Thundercats artist, Dan Norton, that promised to "touch on all the versions [of the Doctor] and fill in some gaps".

Our chums over at Bleeding Cool have unearthed some exciting concept images from Norton's deviantART account, showing what a different beast the scrapped animation would have been to previous iterations, from failed 80s Nelvana pitch, through to Scream of the Shalka, The Infinite Quest and Dreamland (about which we chatted to writer Phil Ford last year).

Norton accompanied the images with these words about the abandoned project:

Yeah man, we were so close… Had a few revisions creatively that were requested and so we retooled. It was going to be epic man. End of the day, BBC didn’t want anything to distract from production of the tv show.

Well, what was close to happening didn’t. Since the BBC eventually passed on, you will be rewarded with! This is the pitch poster I had only 7 hours to do. Starting to with first Doctor, the series would have touched on all the versions and filled in some gaps.

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Damn shame, this looks great. Watched the Infinite Quest again yesterday...and was again struck by how well animation suits the Doctor's world. You can do things at a pace and on a scale that's just not possible in live action.
Would've been great to have seen an 11 doctors animated special for the 50th. Would get round some of the more obvious challenges in bringing back to old incarnations.

Looks like it could've been well-good! I know some people believe animation/cartoons take away from their live-action counterparts but I think this would've only added to Who's fan-following, not detracted from the main show. What a shame this will never happen.

Looks like Peter Cushing's non-cannon Doctor

This would have been brilliant! Hopefully someone will do an animated Doctor Who someday its seems like a no brainer they could animate the big finish audio adventures.

Ah, yes - if only he'd had a cannon...

This does look nice. However what they should be doing is going back and animating all the stories that are missing and junked by the BBC. I know they have done some of them and some DvDs have the missing episodes etc, like the upcoming Ice Warriors DvD and the Invasion.

But just imagine if they animated the missing first and second Doctor stories, all of them. And did them in colour, using the voice tracks they have. I am sure there would be a market for it.

Most of the Troughton era is missing entirely. They could do some of the big stories from there, the Dalek ones etc. In colour or black and white it would be good. I am looking forward to seeing the Ice Warriors Patrick Troughton story in full for the first time ever when its released.

They could do one or two stories a year and the 50th is a perfect time to be doing it. But I will just have to be happy with the ones we are getting. There is a huge gap in the market for this though if anyone had the gumption and money to get out there and do it.

I thought that at first, but think it is Christopher Eccleston. Shame as PC always gets missed out.

Last time Cushing had a cannon, Alderaan got toasted!

True. That's fair enough , but I like to see moving pictures. I have watched Doctor Who all my life and I am used to seeing a Tv show where people move about etc.

If they did a proper job on the animation, something along the lines of a Pixar film style of Japanese manga like Akira then it would look amazing. The Cosgrove Hall style stuff done for the missing Invasion story was serviceable and that's about all you could say.

Imagine if they took a story that's totally gone and animated it in Akira style animation and visuals? Would that not be the coolest thing ever? And I bet it would sell like mad too.

They don't have to do it to every story, just pick a good one and start there. And looking at the animation for the Ice Warriors its improved no end since the invasion. It all comes down to time and money like everything.

Also no modern kid today is going to want to watch a telesnap Doctor Who, unless they are a hardcore fan. But I bet they would watch a cool animated classic one. I have seen lots of great stuff on you tube that fans have done, reconstructions etc. Its a wonder no fan has not gone out and made their own animations.

One chap has remade Patrick Troughtons first story scene for scene, with himself as the Doctor and other fans as the rest of the cast, along with classic Dalek props and so on. Its great, but he is not Patrick Troughton sadly.

Needs more boobage

Shakes fist angrily at the BBC come on now, this could have been so much fun and perfect for the 50th anniversary.

Looks brilliant. With months in-between episodes, it'd be great to have a really high quality Doctor Who animated series. BBC could even get the same team to produce entire series with past Doctors reprising their roles.

If the general public wanted to see a slide show, they'd go to work and view a powerpoint presentation.

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