Now updated – see last paragraph and comments.
Next to my love for Captain Britain I also have an unhealthy obsession with the classic BBC sci-fi series Dr Who. So imagine my delight when I found on the tumblr of Brian Michael Bendis the Alan Davis’ sketch below, which combines my two favourite characters.
The good Doctor (shown here in his first regeneration when William Hartnell played him,) really does look quite unimpressed that he’s joining forces with a superhero to battle the Daleks and Cap’s nemesis The Fury.
In fact as I view the sketch I can almost imagine Hartnell harumphing and tutting in his fantastic irascible style, while Cap tries not to aggravate him and remain deferential.
As I viewed the sketch the whole idea of Captain Britain and Dr Who began to swirl round in my head, I was sure there was another connection between the two programs, but what was it?
Luckily a visit to the TVtropes website answered the question. Take a look below at the Excalibur supporting character of Alistaire Stewart, brother of Brigadier Alysande Stuart. ( Picture courtesy of Tvtropes.)
That’s quite a resemblance to David Tennant’s Doctor you will have to agree, and don’t get me started on the Stewart’s names and the fact that they work for W.H.O. (Weird Happenings Organisation.)
I’m fairly certain Alistaire made his comic book debut in 1989 a long time before Tennant took over the role of the good Doctor, and that no mention of the Excalibur character was ever quoted as an influence on Tennant’s costume by the BBC or Russell T Davies. Could all this speculation be just a coincidence, I think not!
Do you think a Dr Who and Captain Britain cross over would be any good ? Do you think the look of Tennant’s Time Lord costume is just a coincidence or is Russell T Davies a closet Captain Britain fan ?
Let me know in the comments below.
UPDATED – cheers to Ads who in the comments below points out another Dr Who and Captain Britain link, this time via the supporting character of Merlyn.