Dan Slott, best known for writing Spider-Man and Fantastic Four comics, has been announced as the writer of three upcoming Doctor Who comic specials from Titan Comics. The issues will come out one per year, with the first, Doctor Who: Special 2022, appearing in April, at 64 pages for $7.99.
As can be seen from the cover, the 2022 special will feature the Tenth Doctor, as played by David Tennant, and companion Martha Jones, as played by Freema Agyeman. Interior art is by Christopher Jones (Doctor Who: The Third Doctor – Heralds Of Destruction and Doctor Who: The Seventh Doctor – Operation Volcano), with lettering by Comicraft. Future specials will star different Doctors and companions.
The press release describes the comic as an “epic story that sees companion Martha Jones captured by the insatiable Pyromeths, and her only hope for survival is to keep them distracted with sensational untold tales of the Tenth Doctor facing off against his greatest foes — both classic and new!”
Slott is quoted as saying, “One of the worst secrets in comics is that I am one of the world’s biggest Whovians! I’ve been regularly watching Doctor Who since the Tom Baker years and am deeply devoted to every incarnation of the show! I’ve been waiting to write stories for the Doctor my whole life! And I couldn’t be happier than getting a chance to tell an all-new tale of the Tenth Doctor –- and to be doing this with Chris and all the fine folks at TITAN! Allons-Y!”
“I’m very excited to be working on this project with Dan – he’s a huge Who fan, and it shows. This Doctor Who special exudes all of Dan’s creativity and love of storytelling, with a few surprises along the way!” says Doctor Who comics editor, Jake Devine. Titan Comics Publishers Dr Vivian Cheung & Nick Landau mention that this story “will lead into a year long chapter for our favourite Time Lord.”
On Twitter, Slott clarified “None these specials will interrupt Jody Houser‘s exceptional run of Doctor Who comics!”
Would 💙💙 to talk about this today, but I'm under deadline.
Wanted to clarify 2 things:
1) None these specials will interrupt @Jody_Houser's exceptional run of Doctor Who comics! I made sure of that before saying "yes".
2) It's 1 special a year for 3 years. Not 3 in 1 year.🙂 https://t.co/r0Rsjqstjk
— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) December 16, 2021
He also teased “a surprise artist on the 1st cover/the main cover”.
Please add the 2022 Doctor Who Special to your pull list ASAP.
It comes out in April.
(There's a surprise artist on the 1st cover/the main cover. You might want to make sure you get a copy of that reserved. It's gorgeous. Trust me. If you can't get it later, you'll be miffed.)
— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) December 18, 2021
Look for Doctor Who: Special 2022, the first of three annual specials from Slott, to arrive in stores in April of next year.