‘Doctor Who’ #1 Preview – The Eleventh Doctor Makes His Comics Debut!

Late last year, “Doctor Who” comics scribe Tony Lee offered up a preview of sorts for the relaunch of IDW Publishing’s ongoing series that will introduce The Eleventh Doctor — played by Matt Smith in the television series — to the publisher’s comic book universe.

That new series kicks off next week in “Doctor Who” #1, featuring a story by Lee and interior artist Andrew Currie that has The Doctor and his companions, Rory, and Amy, racing against time to save an alien planet from invading mercenaries while dealing with an outbreak of holographic spam on the TARDIS.

And just to get you ready for The Eleventh Doctor’s big debut, IDW has provided Splash Page readers with a preview of “Doctor Who” #1. So straighten your bowtie and put on your favorite fez, Whovians, because it’s time to welcome Matt Smith to the comics world!

Click on the cover image below for a preview of “Doctor Who” #1!

“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,” Lee told MTV News in an October 2010 interview, adding that the new series will put more focus on one-shots and two- or three-issue arcs instead of “sprawling epics.”

It all begins on Wednesday, January 19, when “Doctor Who” #1 hits shelves. Read on for the full solicit information for the issue…

Official solicit text:

Doctor Who #1
Tony Lee (w) • Andrew Currie (a) • Tommy Lee Edwards, photo (c)
The Eleventh Doctor era starts here! When the TARDIS becomes infected with holographic spam, the Doctor, Amy, and Rory are forced to land on an alien world, but it’s been targeted for invasion by intergalactic mercenaries! Don’t miss the first adventures of the new Doctor and his companions in the latest volume of this critically acclaimed series!
*2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
• North American comic debut of the Eleventh Doctor!
• Based on the most successful sci-fi series ever! (Guinness Book of Records)
• With series cover artist Tommy Lee Edwards!
• Ask your retailer how to get:
o A rare split gatefold cover that allows you to open up the TARDIS to reveal the inner workings of Doctor’s time/space machine and the 11th Doctor.
o A super-rare variant cover by Mark Buckingham!

Bowties are cool.

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