I know I wasn't alone in having a difficult time saying goodbye to David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor in the "Doctor Who" television universe earlier this year. While the first full season with Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor certainly eased the pain, it also helped to have the Tenth Doctor continuing his adventures in IDW's "Doctor Who" comic book series. All that ends this week, however, as the publisher concludes the final arc of Tenth Doctor stories with today's issue #16.
During New York Comic Con, I spoke to "Doctor Who" writer Tony Lee about the impending end of his Tenth Doctor stories and what he has planned for the Eleventh Doctor when the series relaunches in January 2011. IDW also provided us with some new art from the upcoming Eleventh Doctor run.
"When we started doing the Tenth Doctor, we wanted to try and keep it with the Russell T. Davies style of stories, so you had a long arc," Lee told MTV News. "Anyone who's read the ongoing series knows that from issues #1-16 there are things that go all the way through it. When you actually read the final episode, you realize it links completely into the first one."
Now that he's moved on to the Eleventh Doctor and his companions, Lee indicated that the plan was to compartmentalize the Doctor's adventures a bit more — much like new "Doctor Who" showrunner Steven Moffat is doing with the television series.
"When we started working out the Eleventh Doctor stories, we wanted to try and get away from that a little bit and make it a bit more fun and [with] a bit more one-shots, two-shots, and three-shots rather than these long sprawling epics. Not to say we're not going to do [sprawling epics], but we wanted to have a bit more fun in the same way the fifth season has on TV."
As far as how the Eleventh Doctor's comic book adventures will differ from those of his predecessor, Lee offered up some details about how his cast has changed for the new series.
"In this one, there's a bit more humor in it," he said. "We have two amazing new companions in Amy and Rory, and when we did the Tenth Doctor ones, we had Matthew and Emily. Matthew had a very dark arc, and you always knew he was going to have that fall, but with Rory you have a very strong comic character — but he's not actually a buffoon."
"[Rory] has a sense of humor. He's got a very dry wit, and it's great to play with." added Lee. "The stories we're doing with this give us a chance to really play with this relationship that Rory and the Doctor have, as well as the relationship between the Doctor and Amy."
Lee even revealed a few details about where the trio's travel's will take them in the comic book corner of the "Doctor Who" universe.
"There's a lot of Earth and historical-style stories, but we're going to take him into space a bit and give him a chance to play around in the stars," he laughed.
"Doctor Who" #16 hits shelves today, and the second printing of Lee's six-issue "Doctor Who: The Forgotten" miniseries will be released November 17. IDW's new Eleventh Doctor adventures kick off January 2011. You can check out some art from the series below. (Click on the images to see larger versions.)