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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who are you?

2. What is the process you go through to create your comics?

3. When are you going to ink and colour the comics?

4. What's with all these other comics? I want to see The 10 Doctors/24fps/House of Paulus!

5. In The 10 Doctors, when will we see Eleven/Martha/Donna/River Song/Jenny/etc?

6. But I really, really want to see Character X/Plot Point Y/Doctor Z! Make them show up/come back!

7. What's the difference between the comments sections on posts and the forum?

8. For The 10 Doctors, do you have your ending set/the story all plotted out already? How many pages is this going to be?

9. Your Anthony Ainley Master is cool, but when will the other incarnations show up?

10. Why doesn't Doctor X have companion A with him? At what point in their own time lines are all the Doctors experiencing "The 10 Doctors"?

11.Why aren't you including (factoid) from the "New Adventures" book (title) or the (detail) from the "Big Finish" audio adventure (name)?

12.I've written a story/script, and I'm looking for an artist. Will you use it for a comic?


1.Who are you?

I'm Rich, the guy who draws the strip. I'm a storyboard artist working in Halifax, Nova Scotia on children's television shows, including Lunar Jim, Animal Mechanicals, Bo On The Go and Pirates. I've got some personal projects happening as well, including the various Doctor Who comics and the other strips here, a daily webcomic called Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic.

And I'm Hilary, the gal who built and runs the site; I'm the one to blame if the website goes blooey at any point. I'm a costume designer and wardrobe technician by day, tech geek by night. I used to work in the gaming industry, but theatre called and I caved in. Rich insisted that I add something about myself into the FAQ, so there you go.

2. What is the process you go through to make this comic?

The process I go through is a little different for each of my comics.

For "The 10 Doctors", I had a story set in my head with notes scribbled down on various bits of paper hither and yon and scattered through my studio office and my computer desk at home. I knew who and what each Doctor was going to face, which companions would appear where and when, how the various bits were to come together and what the end was going to be. What I didn't know was how the dialogue and various encounters were going to play out. That part was all improvised as I drew it. Sometimes a bit would take a page, half a page, or maybe four or five pages. That's why I couldn't predict how long it was going to take or how many pages there were going to be.

For "House of Paulus", I have a cast of characters and once in a while they jump up and down and scream "DRAW ME NOW!" I get on a roll with them and I need to draw a few at a time, then they'll get themselves into a corner and leave me alone for a while so I can get on with other things. Although I have started up a new story with them, they've been pretty quiet for a while so I can get on with other things.

"Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic" is like that too. Only they've matured rapidly (or relatively rapidly, seeing as how I have to have a strip ready for every single day with them) into lengthy dramatic stories. I'll have an aspect or a story I want to explore with my characters, and they'll take me on a ride with them. It's improvised and heavily character driven.

"24fps" was like that. But it became such a chore to draw them and fix them up in FLASH that I kinda gave up on it. Once in a while I'll think "wow, that was clever. I should do more." But then I doodle Paulus or Bob or the 4th Doctor and I forget all about it.

3. When are you going to ink and colour the comics?

The short answer is, I have no plans to. The comics are done for my own recreation during slow points at work, on pieces of copy paper with whatever pencil I happen to have in my hand when inspiration strikes. If I were to try to sit down in front of Photoshop and clean, ink and colour every panel, it would suddenly become a chore and wouldn't be any fun for me anymore... consequently, it would probably stop.

At some point I may pick up a few of them or a couple of my favorites and ink and colour them, but it's got to be fun. I started a comic that was carefully rendered and typed in FLASH, but since I don't have continuous 24 hour access to a computer, and they're time consuming to create, it too has stumbled to a halt.

As long as my comics stay scribbly, I can grind 'em out faster than you can read 'em!

4. What's with all these other comics? I want to see more of The 10 Doctors/24fps/House of Paulus!

Tough. This is a casual thing for me, and in order to keep up the quality of the writing and art, I need to stay inspired. Sometimes that means doing a whole bunch of one strip in a row, sometimes that means shifting my focus for a while to something new. Asking about one strip or another occasionally is fine, but nagging is never cool.

If you're only interested in 10 Doctors updates, there has been an RSS feed set up that will let you know when that specific strip has been updated, and ignores all the others. Look up in the page header for the link. To read the archives of one specific strip, look to the right for the links to the category archives.

5. In The 10 Doctors, when will we see Eleven/Martha/Donna/River Song/Jenny/etc?

You won't, most likely. I started drawing this comic in 2007, and as far as the Tenth Doctor is concerned, he hasn't met/picked up any of those people yet. I've had the story plotted out for a long time, and I won't be altering it to keep up with currently airing episodes.

6. But I really, really want to see Character X/Plot Point Y/Doctor Z! Make them show up/come back!

No. I don't do requests in my own strips. You'll have to wait and see where my story is going.

7. What's the difference between the comments sections on posts and the forum?

The post comments sections are for one-off comments on the strips as they go up. The forum is intended for the longer threads and conversations that can spring up about the show or strip. Please do use the forum instead of relying on the comments sections; it makes our isp happier.

8. For The 10 Doctors, do you have your ending set/the story all plotted out already? How many pages is this going to be?

Yes, no, maybe? I've had the major arc for the story in mind the entire time, and an ending, and at one point I sat down and worked out all the plot points that have to happen in order to get to that ending and have it all make sense. The dialogue and minor plot points, though, happen as they come to me and sometimes mean changing my other plans around as I get inspired.

Despite having an outline worked up, though, I have no idea how many pages it's going to take. Sometimes scenes I think will take pages and pages to do fall into place in one or two, and scenes I think will be over in four panels take three pages. I'm going with the flow, so your guess as to the final length is as good as mine at this point.

9. Your Anthony Ainley Master is cool, but when will the other incarnations show up?

Okay first of all, that is not the Anthony Ainley incarnation of the Master. I will admit there is some similarity, but that's because Ainley was my favorite Master and I can't help but be influenced. However, the Master in my comic is a totally new incarnation. After the FOX film, the Eric Roberts "incarnation" of the Master was absorbed into the heart of the TARDIS. According to my comic he remained in there as part of the power core for some time before he learned or deduced the results of the Time Wars that were brewing in the not too distant future. Opportunity arose when a Time Lord technician got too close to the power core and he possessed his body, causing a regeneration that he was able to manipulate into his happy familiar goateed form. He proceded then to steal another TARDIS and go back in time to put into operation a complicated plan to take over Gallifrey and the Federation with a genetically altered army of Sontaran clones, bred to be loyal to himself.

This is just a part of a much larger story involving the 10 incarnations of the Doctor. And it's very complicated. Bringing in other incarnations of the Master would only make things worse and more confusing. The concept is worthy of being another comic entirely and I may draw that at some point, but for the moment I prefer to let the Master play a smaller role in this one.

10. Why doesn't Doctor X have companion A with him? At what point in their own time lines are all the Doctors experiencing "The 10 Doctors"?

Here is a list of the Doctors and the points at which they are expiencing the events of "The 10 Doctors".

The 1st Doctor & Susan were taken from a time shortly before the 1963 pilot episode "The Unearthly Child". Thus they do not remember any of the events of the series yet and the TARDIS chameleon circuit still works. They have not yet met companions Susan Wright and Ian Chesterton.

The 2nd Doctor, Jamie MacCrimmon and Zoe Herriot are taken from the fanon season 6b, a non televised period of adventures that lie between Patrick Troughton's last episode "The War Games" and before Jon Pertwee's debut in "Spearhead From Space". The explanation is that instead of just forcing a regeneration on the 2nd Doctor and banishing him to Earth at the end of the trial as they SAID publically that they would, a secret pro-intervention organization of Time Lords known as the Celestial Intervention Agency (CIA) used him as an agent to continue his work in fighting evil, but on their terms. They installed some control devices on his TARDIS gave him a Stattenheim remote control and made him work for them in return for relative freedom. He did this for a while, but protested that he needed his companions to assist him. They returned Jamie (with his memory restored) and Victoria Waterfield, and later Zoe (memory restored, though this is only for my comic). After a while he began to become difficult to control and so they followed through on the sentence, regenerated him and banished him to Earth. This was created to explain the story anomalies as seen in "The Three Doctors", "The Five Doctors" and "The Two Doctors". Without this, his actions in these episodes makes no sense in continuity.

The 3rd Doctor and Jo Grant have come from right after "The Three Doctors" and before "Carnival of Monsters". After joining with his first two incarnations to save Gallifrey and, consequently, the universe, from destruction at the hands of Omega, the Doctor's banishment has been lifted, the secrets of the TARDIS have been restored to his memory and a new dematerialization circuit given to him. He and Jo are taking a little trip together for the first time.

The 4th Doctor, Romana 2 and K9 mark II are taken from sometime between "Shada" -the unaired, incomplete episode, and "The Leisure Hive". A nebulous period for this particular team when they're just tripping around the universe enjoying themselves, still under the influence of the randomizer the Doctor installed in the TARDIS to keep them on the run from the Black Guardian after the events of "The Key to Time" season. We don't know how much time has passed between episodes and with them both being Time Lords, it could be ages!

The 5th Doctor, Tegan and Turlough are from right after "The Five Doctors", still on the run from Gallifrey so the Doctor doesn't have to take his place as President, this story rings too familiar to them since they'd just dealt with incarnations 1, 2 and 3. The televised episode to come is "Warriors of the Deep".

The 6th Doctor and Perpugilliam "Peri" Brown were on their way to B-- ... almost mentioned at the end of "Revelation of the Daleks" just before the season haitus and before "The Trial of a Time Lord". Anyone who happens to have found the missing season episode novelizations from the scripts that weren't shot in that would-have-been second season of Colin Baker's run, would know that B-- is actually Brighton. This is the period they were lifted from.

The 7th Doctor and Ace are taken from somewhere after "Survival", the last episode of the classic series, after "Dimensions in Time" and...well, frankly before Ace left the Doctor, obviously before the Fox film.

All that can be said is that the 8th Doctor is the only one still experiencing his own time line and it's some time after the Fox film ("The Enemy Within") and before he regenerates.

The 9th Doctor and Rose come from soon after "Father's Day" and before "The Empty Child", so they haven't met Captain Jack yet.

The 10th Doctor is experiencing this story from a point right after "The Runaway Bride", the point at which I started writing the comic, and before "Smith & Jones", which I gave a nod to with Martha's appearance at the hospital.

For a more complete chart of the relationship between "The 10 Doctors" and the Doctor Who series, click here

11.Why aren't you including (factoid) from the "New Adventures" book (title) or the (detail) from the "Big Finish" audio adventure (name)?

Doctor Who is first and foremost a TV show. Other media spun off from it are optional supplemental flavourings. I have watched as much of the show as I've been able. I have not bothered to read all the novels and all the short stories and all the fanfics nor listened to all the audio plays and all the audio books and watched all the fan films. I'm only going with what the show has outright stated. That being said, there are a few things I've picked up that I'm giving a nod to here and there. But my story in no way relies on the reader's knowledge of these selected stories, nor does it imply their canonity.

12.I've written a story/script, and I'm looking for an artist. Will you use it for a comic?

Sorry, but no. Or rather, yes, but for my usual freelance professional rates (e-mail for a quote), and if I have space in my work schedule. This blog is for my own stories, and I have more concepts in the queue already than I have time to get to.

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