Last month I created another entry in my series of Doctor Who portraits, based upon the actors who have played the title role in this long-running BBC science-fiction series. I time-traveled to the year 2013 this time, for an illustration of the current incarnation of the Doctor, as played by Peter Capaldi. Some people will quibble over the numbering, but I’m counting him as number thirteen and that’s that! 🙂
The thirteenth actor continuing the role of the Doctor is Peter Capaldi…
Peter Capaldi is a proper fan of the show too, having grown up watching it and even famously writing fan letters! With the ever-younger modern casting of the role, he had feared perhaps his time might have passed him by before being cast. Maybe it is his look, but he reminds me a bit of Jon Pertwee (the third Doctor) but if I close my eyes I can almost hear Tom Baker (the fourth Doctor). I guess what I’m saying is that while he is absolutely putting his own acting talents and spin into the role, he is evoking classic Doctor vibes as well, and that is a part of what makes this whole regeneration thing work for the show.
This is actually my first color illustration in my portrait series. My earlier illustrations of the first Doctor and the second Doctor were in black and white with shades of grey as a homage to how their episodes were shot and originally aired that way. All of the other Doctors have been shot and broadcast in full color, so that’s how they will be drawn by me.
Who will be next? Only time will tell! 🙂 Meanwhile, please let me know what you think of this and remember, if you’d like an original commission by me or would like to hire me as an Illustrator, please use the Contact page and let me know as much as you can about your request.
Puns and LEGO building blocks… what could go together better?
As a long-time Doctor Who fan, it was inevitable that I would draw a LEGO TARDIS at some point… almost as inevitable as turning the Tom Baker story Logopolis into a LEGO pun! That was the story that signaled the end of Tom Baker‘s era as the Doctor, and eventually introduced us to Peter Davison in the role.
If you haven’t guessed by now, I am a long-time fan of Doctor Who. The only reason I haven’t watched every episode of the series is because of the tragic loss of so many of the earliest episodes of this long-running science-fiction show from the BBC. So over a period of a few days during the past week I decided to tackle creating some of my favorite logo designs from this show’s history.
The blue diamond logo design first showed up near the end of Jon Pertwee‘s tenure as the Doctor. It lasted until the next-to-last season of the Tom Baker era. The title sequence used the blue version, while the more colorful version has been used in various marketing and product offerings. If you look closely, there are slight differences beyond just the color changes.
Next up is the neon logo, introduced in Tom Baker‘s final season and used all the way to the end of Peter Davison‘s tenure. This is probably my favorite version of the show’s title design. It was more painful to draw than you might imagine, not because it was difficult but in order to get all the accents just right, I had to be painstakingly methodical about the way I constructed it.
Last, and I guess in some ways least… the title design from the Sylvester McCoy era. In the actual title sequence, this is a three-dimensional design that rotates. It’s actually kind of slick when you see the animation in action. I don’t hate this logo design by any means, I just don’t love it as much as the others in this post.
Let me know what you think!