Friday, December 24, 2010

The Eleven Doctors

I'm a big fan of Doctor Who, and now that I finally finished my individual drawings of the eleven Doctors, I thought I'd combine them all into one image. One incredibly long image.

I've only seen bits and pieces of the first three Doctors, so I have to admit I don't really have much of an attachment to them. Like most Americans, my "first" Doctor was Tom Baker-- he defined the role for me and was my favorite for many years. I liked Peter Davison, Doctor #5 a lot as well. I've only seen one episode each of the Sixth and Seventh Doctors, which isn't really enough to judge them fairly. I thought the Eighth Doctor was OK; too bad he only got to appear one time. I enjoyed Christopher Eccleston's Ninth Doctor, and was sorry to see him go after only one season. David Tennant's Tenth Doctor quickly became my all time favorite. Matt Smith is no slouch as the Eleventh Doctor though. He won me over by the end of his first episode.

I really like the new series (or NuWho, as some fans call it) that started up in 2005. Although the old series had its charm, what with the cardboard sets and paper mache aliens, it's nice to finally see the show done with a larger budget and modern production values. 

I tweaked a couple of the drawings for this group portrait, fixing some little things that were bugging me. I think the blue background might be a little intense. I may have to desaturate it a bit. When you've got eleven characters it's tough to find a color that goes with them all.

You can get a better eye full of the Eleven Doctors over here.

All eleven Doctors are vector drawings, done entirely in InDesign.

While I was messing around with the main image, I accidentally changed all the drawings to solid black. I kind of liked the way they looked and decided to post it. I was amazed that you can still tell which Doctor is which even in silhouette.


  1. As a mega-big Whovian, (Tom Baker still my fave) this is just awesome Bob! YOU ARE THE MAN!
    best Christmas greeting from the Roads of Autumn Dusk,

  2. Thanks, Happy Whisk! Glad you like it.

    Thanks, rogue! Tom Baker was my first Doctor, so I still have a soft spot for him. David Tennant's still my favorite though.

  3. That looks really good. I wonder if you'd be allowed to sell prints.

  4. KW: Probably for a little while, until the BBC got wind of it.

    Maybe I could call it "The Eleven Physician." It's just 11 medical men standing around in odd costumes, holding medical equipment of their own invention. Yeah, that'll work!

  5. Is there any plans for the companions to be drawn?

  6. I don't know if I'm up to drawing all of the companions. How many have there been, 30 or 40? Maybe some of the more popular ones, like Sarah Jane, Leela and Romana.

  7. I am a huge Doctor Who fan. Could I use this image for some buttons I want to make. They would be awesome on my backpack. I would happy to send you some too!

  8. I am a huge Doctor Who fan. Could I use this image for some buttons I want to make. They would be awesome on my backpack. I would happy to send you some too!

  9. Try to do Peter Capaldi

  10. @Anonymous: We've got to wait and see what his outfit looks like first.


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