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Themed sketchbooks: Zack Smith’s Doctor Who

The weekend means nothing for the automatons at Robot 6 — my week of spotlighting themed sketchbooks continues with a look at the enigmatic enigma of the Doctor. Who? The Doctor. Star of television, some movies, and comics — on both sides of the ocean — these interpretations of Doctor Who show some lurking fans in notable comic creators, and also a wish list of who we’d like to see do a Doctor Who strip some day.

Comics journalist Zack Smith took on the challenge of collecting sketches of the (in)famous Doctor. And he’s just getting started! Here’s what Zack had to say about it:

10th Doctor, Weeping Angel & Sally Sparrow by Jeff Parker

There are lots of themed sketchbooks out there, and I’d recently seen ones that dealt with the likes of G.I. Joe and Star Wars.  I’d noticed how many comic creators were fans of the Doctor, and how a number had posted fan art on their websites.  I thought it would be fun to take advantage of this and get a book that covered the ENTIRE history of the series, dating back to 1963.

In total, I got a dozen pieces to start off the book. The biggest surprise I got, though, was finding out some great comic creators WEREN’T Who fans — including Paul Pope, Amanda Conner and Jonathan Hickman! If you read their work, you’d swear it was influenced by them!

I have a number of goals for future pieces. Mike Allred wasn’t doing sketches, but I’d love for him to do the Second Doctor, or maybe the early models of the Cybermen, which were essentially sock-masks with radio parts glued on. It might be fun to get Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba from Vertigo’s Daytripper and The Umbrella Academy to do Captain Jack’s late paramour Ianto Jones. And Kate Beaton would be perfect for the Seventh Doctor!

The long-term goal is to fill all 100 pages or so of this sketchbook, with no repeats. But with 11 Doctors, six incarnations of the Master (including Eric Roberts), and various Daleks, Cybermen, Companions, spinoffs and miscellaneous aliens, I think it’s possible!

You can see his growing collection in a Facebook album he set up. Here are a few favorites:

4th Doctor by Tom Scioli

5th Doctor by Adam Hughes

Captain Jack Harkness by Howard Chaykin



While I don’t dedicate any of my sketchbooks to a single theme, I’ve gotten a lot of Doctor Who sketches, which you can see here. Some of the artists I’ve hit know about the show, like Kelly Yates (worked on Doctor Who: The Forgotten), Roger Langridge (occasionally does comics in Doctor Who Magazine and Amy Mebberson and Jacob Chabot (fans). Then you get something like Humberto Ramos doing the Tenth Doctor, which comes out awesome despite his not knowing about the character.

Its a shame Amanda isn’t a who fan, she’d do an awesome Rose Tyler.

I think Kate Beaton would be perfect for the 8th Doctor! I always wanted her to draw 1st and 8th hanging out together for some reason!

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