If you are like a lot of your fellow Whovians, you are finding yourself in various stages of withdrawal and desperately wanting April 23rd to get here so that you can watch new episodes of our favorite time lord. If you are one of those poor souls, I have some great news for you.
BBC Worldwide America and IDW Publishing announced on Saturday the launch of a new venture, making copies of the comic book adventures of The Doctor and his companions available on iPhone, iTouch, iPad, and Sony PSP units. These will not only include the adventures of the Eleventh Doctor, but also the adventures of his previous incarnations, including reprints of some of the classic stories from the past.
In a statement, Jeff Webber, director of e-publishing for IDW told of the company’s excitement on the digital release. “We’re excited to bring out Doctor Who comics on the PSP, as it’s a perfect comic for the game audience. For Apple devices, while all of the issues are also available in our IDW Comics app for our regular readers, there are many ravenous Doctor Who fans that may not be familiar with the comics. So we created a stand-alone Doctor Who Comics app that lets us feature the Doctor at the top level of the app store, offering users worldwide a completely focused experience.”
Webber went on add, “Plus, it’s just awesomely fun to build an app that keeps the look and feel of something that could be a part of the Tardis itself. It’s just possible that the app might start pulling in comics from the future that haven’t even been created yet!”
This will be the first time that Doctor Who fans outside of the United States have been able to read the comics as, until this digital offering, they have only been available in the US. According to the press release, there are currently forty issues of the popular comic available with more being added every month.
This promises to be a very handy thing, not only for those in the US who are familiar with the comic, but especially for those internationally who have not had the chance to enjoy these printed adventures. It is especially a great addition for fans of the Doctor who have iPhone or iPad as they can now enjoy both their favorite episodes (which are available from iTunes) and the digital comics as well.
If you are interested in learning more about the new app, then click here for more information. The app itself is free, and while some issues will also be free, most of the comics will have to be purchased.