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Concept art from scrapped DOCTOR WHO animated series

Posted on April 4, 2013 at 6:21 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

doctor who animated series concept art

One of the chief complaints about Doctor Who has always been its less than stellar effects due to a limited budget. But if the beloved franchise were to be animated, it could avoid those constraints and be limited only by the artists imagination, not to mention it would open up a whole other avenue of fans and merchandise. There have been animated incarnations in the past, though in very small doses; but Dan Norton, who has done work on DC and WildStorm comics, revealed recently that there was a very cool Doctor Who animated series in the works. Unfortunately, it was shelved so as not to distract from the live-action series.

Norton posted on his deviantART account (via Bleeding Cool) that:

“Yeah man, we were so close… Had a few revisions creatively that were requested and so we retooled. It was going to be epic man. End of the day, BBC didn’t want anything to distract from production of the tv show.

Well, what was close to happening didn’t. Since the BBC eventually passed on, you will be rewarded with! This is the pitch poster I had only 7 hours to do. Starting with the first Doctor, the series would have touched on all the versions and filled in some gaps.”

All of the versions? And filled in some gaps? Norton also goes on to explain his style, giving the drawings skinny legs that end nearly in pinpoints, while making the facial animation more of a “Euro” form from the anime base.

Sadly, the project doesn’t seem like it will be moving forward anytime soon. In the meantime, the series’ 7th season midseason premiere came close to breaking records for BBC America, showing that there’s still an ever-growing audience here. It seems that more of the Doctor would certainly be appreciated.

Check out the art below:

doctor who animated series concept art

doctor who animated series concept art

doctor who animated series concept art

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doctor who animated series concept art

doctor who animated series concept art

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