To celebrate the release of Titan Comics‘ newest Doctor Who graphic novel, Alternating Current, Blogtor Who spoke to the series’ writer Jody Houser about creating the Thirteenth Doctor’s off-screen adventures
First launched back in 2018 to coincide with Jodie Whittaker‘s debut outing as the Doctor, Titan Comics‘ ongoing Doctor Who series continues to document the many off-screen adventures of the Thirteenth Doctor and her companions.
Behind all of these stories is writer Jody Houser, whose previous work includes Dark Horse Comics’ Stranger Things and Critical Role series, as well as numerous projects with Marvel Comics, such as Amazing Spider-Man, Star Wars, to name just a few.
Over the past two-and-a-half years, Houser has taken the current TARDIS team across space and time, bringing them face to face with a whole host of allies and enemies, both old and new. In her most recent story, Alternating Current, the Thirteenth Doctor, Yaz, Graham, and Ryan find themselves in a post-apocalyptic alternate reality, where the Earth has been conquered by the Sea Devils. They’ll have to join forces with the Tenth Doctor, along with the leader of the human resistance, Rose Tyler, to try and set the timeline right.
To celebrate the release of Alternating Current, Blogtor Who were fortunate enough to speak with Jody Houser herself about her experience of writing this latest Doctor Who comic adventure, as well as her relationship with the show, plus the parts of the Doctor Who universe she’d like to explore next:
How were you first introduced to Doctor Who, and how long have you been a fan of the show?
I first watched the Doctor Who movie with the Eighth Doctor when it was on TV. When the new series launched in the US, I was on board from the start.
How does working on Doctor Who comics compare to the other projects you’ve worked on in the past?
It’s actually not too different from a lot of the licensed comics that I’ve written. The biggest difference is really the longevity. There is so much more history than most of the properties I’ve worked on.
How did the idea for Alternating Current first come about? What inspired you to bring these different parts of the Doctor Who universe together?
There was a lot of discussion with Titan and BBC about what we could use from the (at the time) upcoming season. This was also built off the successes of the previous team-up with Ten and Thirteen.
Is there a particular scene or line of dialogue in Alternating Current you’re most proud of?
I’m proud of the way the second issue transitions between the Ten and Thirteen scenes. I was really happy with the flow of it.
Did working on this volume during lockdown present any particular challenges?
Not being able to work outside of the home was something of a challenge… Although I’ve been technically “work from home” for about five years now, I’ve tried to have a change of scenery while writing fairly often, and had writing dates with friends.
Now that you’ve written several stories for the Thirteenth and Tenth Doctors, which other incarnations of the Doctor would you be most keen to write for next?
I’d love to write Nine and the War Doctor, looking at the effects that the war had on them.
Alternating Current features a number of iconic creatures and companions from Doctor Who’s history, including the Sea Devils and Rose Tyler. How did you approach adapting these well-loved characters for comics?
For Rose in particular, I really wanted a version of her that would conflict with the Doctor in a way we’d never seen. For the Sea Devils, it was very much about finding a place for them in the story when they weren’t the primary villain. It was a lot of work balancing all the characters, but a lot of fun having so many toys to play with as well.
Are there any other friends or foes of the Doctor you’d particularly love to incorporate into a future Doctor Who Comic story?
What can readers expect from your latest Doctor Who Comic story, which follows the Doctor’s best enemy, Missy?
A lot of chaos in Missy’s very specific flavor.
Doctor Who Comic: Alternating Current is available to purchase now from Forbidden Planet, Amazon, ComiXology, and all good comic retailers.
A brand new story in Titan Comics’ Doctor Who roster, featuring the exciting and loveable Thirteenth Doctor as she teams up with fan-favorite Tenth Doctor, played by David Tennant, as they face the terrifying Sea Devils, with the help of Rose Tyler!
After the Tenth and Thirteenth Doctors’ first adventure together, a paradox of their meeting has caused a radical rewrite of history… Sea Devils have taken over the Earth! Rose Tyler leads the human resistance, but there’s more going on than first meets the eye. Can the Doctors reunite, defeat their enemies, and bring reality back to normal? Collects Doctor Who #1-4.
Doctor Who Comic continues with Missy #2, which is available to purchase now from Forbidden Planet, ComiXology, and all good comic retailers.
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