Not getting your Doctor Who fix from the live-action version? Well, the BBC was very close to pulling the trigger on an animated series to accompany the show, but axed it at the last minute a few years ago. Want to see some recently unearthed concept art?
The BBC had experimented with animated Who adventures before but almost launched a full-fledged series to accompany the new version of the show. They got as far as commissioning some art pitches to show off the style, which had a pretty unique look, but didn’t give the project a green light for fear it would distract from the flagship Who series.
Artist Dan Norton worked up a lot of the concept art, and with the series officially defunct, he shared his sketches to give fans a peek at what could’ve been. Here are a few of his notes on the project:
“Yeah man, we were so close… Had a few revisions creatively that were requested and so we retooled. It was going to be epic man. End of the day, BBC didn’t want anything to distract from production of the tv show.
Well, what was close to happening didn’t. Since the BBC eventually passed on, you will be rewarded with! This is the pitch poster I had only 7 hours to do. Starting to with first Doctor, the series would have touched on all the versions and filled in some gaps.”
Though Doctor Who is still regarded as a “family” show, appealing to kids and adults, it’d make perfect sense for the BBC to launch an animated series to hook Who fans while they’re young. What better way to introduce the next generation of TARDIS travelers to the world of Time Lords and Daleks?
Check out some concept art from the aborted Doctor Who animated series below: