Grant Morrison Talks IDW ‘Doctor Who’ Reprints, Possible Film Ideas

Before “The Invisibles,” before “Doom Patrol,” before “Animal Man,” even before “Zenith” — there was “Doctor Who.” Grant Morrison cut his teeth on the comic versions sprung from the TV version, writing three stories that 20-some years later, people still talk about. Accordingly, IDW is reprinting them, with the first issue collecting “Changes” and “Culture Shock,” now in color and currently in stores, with other early stories by Dave Gibbons soon to come. And now, Morrison wants to do more.

“[These stories] were very early on, when I was starting to work in comics,” Morrison said. “And it came up because I met John Ridgeway through some other work [’Liberators’] on Warrior, so it was kind of through John, he suggested it. I was a big ’Doctor Who’ fan all my life, so it was a good fit, you know. I absolutely enjoyed doing it, and I would love to do more with ’Doctor Who.'”

More comics? “Not necessarily as a comic, because I’ve done enough of it in the comics,” Morrison said.

As a novel, as was the rumor? “I’m not so keen on novels,” Morrison said. “I used to want to be someone who wrote novels, but I actually prefer comics. I like to dispense with descriptions and just have images.”

As a television episode? “If I was going to do it, I’d probably do the television version,” Morrison said. “That would be the thing to see. ’Doctor Who’ for me was always about drama. It was about actually watching it on the television, and the fact that in Britain it was kind of a Saturday night ritual thing was a very primitive, sitting-around-the-campfire kind of feeling. I think that’s the aspect that I always liked: the fact that kids would be terrified, but at the same time, parents would watch it, and they would be able explain to the kids what it was they were terrified about. It was about the communal experience, and it’s become that again, since Russell T. Davies took over.”

“I love the character,” Morrison added. “Jon Pertwee [the Third Doctor], was my favorite, I was really fond of Colin Baker [Sixth Doctor], he was a great actor, a great Doctor, but he had a terrible storyline, which kind of killed that one. I like Christopher Eccleston [Ninth Doctor] as well. He didn’t get enough of a shot at it. But I’ve kinda grown fond of David Tennant [Tenth Doctor] now.”

So has Morrison talked to Davies about doing a show? He demurred a bit. “Well, obviously they know me and I’m sure they must know I’ve wanted to, because I’ve talked to people about stuff, ’Yeah, it’d be nice to do,'” Morrison said. “I want to do something. But I haven’t been contacted yet. Maybe they’ll ask me for season six or whatever it’ll be.”

Just in case Davies or his staff need any convincing, Morrison “always” has Doctor Who stories at the ready. And if Hollywood is listening, Morrison also has a plot ready for a movie version.

“That would be fantastic to do,” he said. “I’ve got quite a good story for Doctor Who. I think it would have to be quite definitive, especially because the recent series have had a few really strong definitive stories, such as ’Human Nature,’ and ’Silence in the Library.’ A couple of those I thought just nailed the character so completely, and that’s what you have to aspire to: a definitive, iconic, almost ultimate Doctor Who story.”

So what’s his story? “I’m not telling,” he laughed. Can’t expect the guy to give it away for free, not when “a dozen people would be lining up to write the Doctor Who movie.” Morrison doesn’t know if any Doctor Who movie plans are in the works, but he’s bettting that “it’s something we’d all like to see.”

Are you reading the “Doctor Who” reprints? Do you watch the show? Do you think they should let Grant write an episode? Do you want to see a “Doctor Who” movie? Should they keep David Tennant, or cast someone else for that?