DOCTOR WHO Concept Art from Shelved Animated Series

     April 3, 2013

One mainstay of being a Doctor Who fan is making fun of, lovingly, the low budgets the show has often suffered from, though it’s also part of the series’ endearing charm.  But one way to make the Time Lord and companions unencumbered on their journeys would be to animate them — so why hasn’t this happened yet?

Well, there have a been animated incarnations, 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 animated Doctor Who series in the works, though it was shelved so as not to distract from the live-action series.  Hit the jump for more on the project, some of the really cool concept art and what Norton had to say about it all.

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 to with 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?  (Though as some people noted, who would do the voices?)  But look … look at the images!  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, but 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 …

Here’s the concept art: