Some of you may recognize this piece. I first posted this back in 2010 fourpanelhero.deviantart.com/a…
, a commission for a regular client and friend. I had never seen an episode of Doctor Who at that time, so I had to do a crash course in the characters in their world. I thought I hit all the key points, and the client was very happy. But then this piece started circulating around the internet, on all sorts of Doctor Who fan sites, threads and blogs, and one criticism dogged me at every web portal--I had Amy pond refer to him as "Doctor Who", rather than "The Doctor". Fans completely disregarded my art and my writing in favor of dwelling on this one mistake. So this wound up becoming one of my most popular pieces, for all the wrong reasons.
Jump ahead to three weeks ago. During the "Guardians of the Galaxy" panel at Comic Con, actress Karen Gillan (who played Amy Pond on "Doctor Who") removed her wig to show that she went bald for her role in the Guardians movie. I immediately felt like I predicted that would happen three years earlier, even though I was just making a joke! Evidently, the entirety of Doctor Who fandom saw the connection as well, and attention focused again on my cartoon and its glaring error.
I decided it was a good comic, mistake or not, and I aimed to put things right. I went back in and changed the name to "Doctor". I also tweaked some other things--I changed the term "pharmacy" to "chemist", since that's what they call pharmacies in England (thanks to a sharp-eyed British fan who caught that one). I also gave The Doctor his familiar red bow tie, which I'd previous had black. I even removed the previous "Doctor Who" logo I'd used in favor of the more modern version used these days. Lastly, I did some minor tweaks to lines and colors, just to polish 'er up a bit.
I'm making prints of this cartoon and selling them at Fan Expo in Toronto. If you always liked this cartoon but were irked by the errors, then come and buy the updated version, which should put Doctor Who fans' minds at ease and allow them to enjoy the art and humor. And for those who still have a problem with the cartoon, keep it to yourself. This piece ain't gettin' no more changes.