“It’s a Torchwood reference!” I explained to my doubtful wife, while sketching this during the last Calgary Expo. “Okay, actually it’s a Doctor Who reference, because it was a Doctor Who episode where the Daleks were fighting the Cybermen at Torchwood One which was located at Canary Wharf…”
“And do you think people are going to get that?” she asked.
I showed the pencil sketch to two of my table visitors. They frowned at it. “It’s Canary Worf!” I told them happily. They dutifully tittered.
I was triumphant. “Seeee?”
I was at the Edmonton Expo with Jeremy Thew (and the rest of the usual gang) and he didn’t know what to draw. “Do the Fire Nation Attacked meme from Avatar,” I said, “but with the Human Torch and Firestorm and Fire from DC Comics and… Pyro… and…”
He didn’t want to do it. And as I sat there trying to look cute and sell things to people, I thought about doing it myself. And then I thought about drawing the Ice Nation with Mr. Freeze and Captain Cold and Killer Frost (it’s been done) and then I thought about Timebenders.
And then I decided to skip the boring preamble!
For the benefit of young people, the Timebenders are Phineas Bogg from Voyagers!, Doc Brown from Back to the Future, the Twelfth Doctor, Mr. Peabody, and Sam Beckett from Quantum Leap. Want to learn more? Take a voyage to your local library–which was a building people used to go to where there were books containing printouts of Wikipedia and you had to be quiet.
Available on shirts and everything else!
There, see? Shonna isn’t the only one who can do slightly dirty prints of Calgary Expo guests.
This started out as a fun idea to draw Amy Pond in one of the TARDIS dresses you see at conventions a lot, but it went somewhere else pretty quick. Public Call Box? Pull to Open? What is the key for?
I’m so very sorry, Karen Gillan.
At Edmonton Expo I promised that the prints of The Doctors Three I had at the table would be the very very last ones ever. That was only partially a marketing gimmick; at the time we already knew that Peter Capaldi was going to be the new Doctor Who.
Of course we didn’t find out what his costume was going to look like for quite some time. And then it was some time after that until I remembered that I’d better get that print updated for Emerald City.
So today I spent the day that most of us celebrate spring by travelling forward in time one hour by adding the Twelfth Doctor to this print. I was originally going to put him in the back but of course that doesn’t make any sense. So it’s the back row for you, potato-head!
An intelligent person would have thought ahead and coloured each Doctor on a different layer. I did not.
Now available as a T-shirt!
And other stuff!
No, not Batman. The Victorian English Great Detective. Right, that one.
It’s the conceit of Doctor Who that Sherlock Holmes, a fictional character, was based on Madame Vastra, a lesbian woman from a reptilian hominid species that descended from Earth’s dinosaurs. The connections are obvious!
I don’t know why Sherlock Holmes can’t appear in Doctor Who. No, Holmes never actually existed, but neither did underground-dwelling dinosaur people.
Anyway, Vastra completes my seventh season booster pack of magnets! They will be available here soon, and at the conventions I’ll be showing at for the rest of this year: Edmonton Expo in September, Emerald City in March, Calgary Expo in April, and CONvergence in July. I’d love to show at the Vancouver Fanexpo but they insist on having it the weekend before the Calgary Expo every year and I couldn’t do both. My face would fall off and I would die.
Idris (“The Doctor’s Wife”) wasn’t one of the options in my Doctor Who magnet poll, but Lisa suggested her. It makes sense to do a character from one of the most popular recent episodes, even if she only appeared the once–at least, only once in that form.
Only one more magnet to go to complete the Season 7 pack before the Edmonton show at the end of September!
I resisted doing any magnets from the classic Doctor Who, because I figured the current fans won’t really know the original series. I don’t.
But I created that poll to pick what magnets are going in this year’s booster pack, and y’all voted the First Doctor up pretty high. Sure, I know it’s my friends casting multiple votes, but what the heck. He was in the season finale, after all, sort of.
So here you go, here’s the grumpy ol’ First Doctor!
Next up, a character I didn’t think to put in the poll, but Lisa suggested today. So it’ll be a surprise!
Even though I put her in the poll, Clara was always going to be the next magnet. I was just waiting for season 7 to be over to figure out what the iconic look for Clara would turn out to be. However, much like the mystery of Clara’s nature, the answer at the end of the season turned out to be… nothing, in particular.
So I drew Victorian Clara, who I felt was the most interesting of the Claras. That probably doesn’t speak well of Clara as a character if, at her most interesting, she was a herring, a teaser, a blurb. Maybe she’ll be more interesting later.
The polls are still open as to what the other three magnets in the Season Seven Set are going to be, so go to the main page and cast your ballot! (It’s not going to be the Twelfth Doctor.)
I ordered magnets today! They should be here in a week. I was checking out a local printer here in Kelowna but we never got out of the quotation stage. That’s fine, my current printer has been great! But these things take time; I really should have gotten them printed long before now.
A few people at previous shows have asked if I have a Doctor Who print, and it certainly seems silly not to! I could have made a print out of the magnet artwork but that seemed like taking the easy way. (I’m certainly willing to put it on a t-shirt though!)
So, art that’s new! New art.
You may notice that this wasn’t completely done in Illustrator. Yes sir, there’s good old-fashioned pixels at work here!
Here’s this on a t-shirt!
It’s not that I don’t like River Song. It’s hard not to like her; she’s vivacious and sassy and mysterious and the smartest and the Doctor can’t help but be intrigued by her because everyone likes her and there’s a term for that. And it’s generally considered to be damned sloppy writing.
But, again, by no coincidence everyone likes River Song, therefore lots of people ask for River Song magnets and so here we are. This is what you’ve wrought, people. Reap what you’ve sown. Sue-en? Whatever.
I sold out of Doctor Who magnets in October, and I’ve been holding off on ordering more because I wanted to add River and the new Companion, and of course we didn’t really know who the new Companion was. So I figured I’d hold off until after the Christmas Special, since it would introduce her (or re-introduce her, I suppose) and then she’d join the Doctor and I would know what her costume looks like. A decent handle on her character, you know. An in-road.
Except as it turns out we don’t. You screwed me, Who! You screwed me!
The four new magnets are back from the printer and posted on my store!
Of course I’ve added them to the complete set of magnets, so if you’ve bought them already, don’t buy them again–buy the expansion pack! Or, buy the expansion pack for yourself and the complete set for any Doctor Who fans on your Christmas list. I’ll allow that.
Finally! The sixteenth Doctor Who magnet.
I wasn’t surprised that Martha didn’t win my little poll. Donna is way cooler than Martha. There’s one big thing wrong with Martha: her unrequited love for the Doctor. It came right on the heels of Rose’s love for the Doctor and nobody was interested in it. Least of all the Doctor.
Donna Noble was immediately a thousand times better. “You want to mate?!” In fact, everything Donna shouted was glorious.
Now that all four new magnets are done I’ll send them to the printers. Should be about a month or so, at which point they’ll be available on Etsy as part as the main set of magnets, and separately for the people who already bought the main set of magnets.
Christopher Eccleston was the second most-requested new magnet, after Rory. And since the first Doctor we start watching is always our Doctor, Christopher Eccleston is my Doctor. Of course, I came to like David Tennant fairly quickly, but he never really replaced the Ninth Doctor for me.
I’m still not really on board with Matt Smith. I rewatched the Eccleston season while working on this magnet, and it was just better then.
In honour of season six and a half of Doctor Who starting today, here’s my fourteenth magnet: Rory the Centurion! He doesn’t wear the centurion outfit all that much, and he certainly doesn’t have the Auton finger cannon, but I always want to pick the most iconic look for each character, and sometimes characters change their clothing.
Although in Doctor Who that’s not as many characters as you’d think.
So the big question that was asked about my Doctor Who magnets was “Do you have more stock at home?” And the answer was unfortunately, no, but I should have.
The second biggest question I was asked was “Is there a Rory?” And the answer was also no, but nerdammit there should be! There will be. There almost is. I inked him and he’s next.
The third biggest question was “Is there a Chris Eccleston?” and there will also be one of those, if for no other reason than the man is spectacularly easy to draw. Take Bert’s nose, put it on a bowling trophy, you’re done.
Nobody asked for an Ood, but I did one because I like them! As I recall, that’s the same reason I did a Judoon. That probably explains why I was left with six of them once everything else was gone. Now they’ll have equally unpopular Ood to keep them company. They’ll have a little relationship there, on the magnet board. Oodoon.
I was also asked many times for a set of all eleven Doctors. The catch is the same person did all the asking. Sorry, Kyle, you’re forgetting the rule: boys look, but girls buy things. And I don’t think girls are real desperate for a Jon Pertwee magnet.
Want to know what the fourth new magnet will be? Me too! We’ll find out together. It’ll be a thing.
At long last, the Doctor Who magnet set is all finished and available on my store!
The magnets actually arrived from the printer a little before Christmas; it took a while to find plastic bags the right size and start cutting them out. But now they’re all ready to go!
There’s going to be a special deal if you find me at a convention: an exclusive Thirteenth Doctor magnet! Well, technically a second Tenth Doctor magnet, wearing the brown suit instead of the blue suit. Only available at conventions, at no extra charge!
(I’ll also have the magnets available for sale individually at conventions, but I don’t think I’ll list them on Etsy that way.)
There’s going to be twelve Doctor Who magnets. I won’t tell you who they’re going to be, but there’s going to be twelve because the magnets come in sheets of four.
Naturally I’m going to sell them in 12-packs, as well as singly. Lisa suggested that I reserve one magnet to only be available in the bundle packs, as a collector item. I wrinkled my nose in the particular way I reserve for marketing gimmicks or for when the cat’s eaten turkey.
“Well, how many of the collectible Lego figures did you buy?” she asked.
“About sixteen?” I guessed.
“Wasn’t it fun collecting them all?”
“No, I was angry,” I said! “I’ll never get the last three. Why can’t I just buy them outright?”
“Yes, but you’re a boy.”
Evidently what to take away from this is that people like not being able to buy things they want without first buying a lot of things they don’t actually want. If you look around you’ll find a lot of evidence and home shopping channels that support this.
–Which leads me here.
The Tenth Doctor generally wore either a blue suit or a brown one (or, in “Journey’s End,” both, simultaneously). Which led me to a conundrum: which suit should the magnet wear?
Then it occurred to me: why not print both, and make one of them a rare, collectible thirteenth magnet only available in the bundle pack?
Now the only problem is deciding which suit is the Unobtainium Suit?
Next I’ll do the Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond, which I’ll be getting Lisa’s help with because doing actual people this way is hard. Then, I think the Tenth Doctor and Rose. And then the Fourth Doctor.
The Doctor Who magnets sold super well at the Expo, helped along by the black Dalek, who pimped out the table all weekend. Several people wanted to buy him. A surprising number of people pronounce it “Darlek,” which I suppose is the pronunciation one might arrive at for a word one’s never seen written and only heard spoken by British people.
So it’s time for new magnets. First up, the Judoon! God I love those goofy rhino guys.
Aww. Next up, a Weeping Angel!