As a child growing up in the ’70s, us Doctor Who fans didn’t have the masses of merchandise that’s available now. The occasional Target novelisation, the odd special publication (The Doctor Who Monster Book, etc) and that was just about it. Not even a comic or magazine. For fans of a certain age, one piece of merchandise has a special place in our hearts – not a big flashy gizmo or highly detailed model. No, it’s a set of cards given away free in some breakfast cereals! Yup, we were easily pleased back then!! The ones I remember fondly is the second set, dating from 1977. I had a thought of getting some artists to recreate the set using their own style, and using the aliens they wanted, although I did stipulate one card had to be a Zygon. (Yes, I know).
First stop, Adrian Salmon
I think I commissioned Ade for these before he did the superb free gifts in Vworp Vworp magazine, but as my memory is rubbish, I stand to be corrected. The original set of cards were very colourful, but here Ade has gone against type and plumped for a black sky, but boy, doesn’t it work well?
Next up, it’s Nick Neocleous.
Nik (as he’s possibly better known) went New Series on me with his choices. Whilst I enjoy the new series’, I think I’ll always be a Classic series fan at heart. Having said that, Nik did choose two of my favourite stories to illustrate. Serendipity! Oh, and the zygon is based on a model I made that he found on my deviantArt site, so I guess this a particularly personal piece.
The last ones I commissioned were from Paul Hanley. If you don’t recognise his name, you will more than likely know his work – more than one of his pieces have gone viral. As with all the artists I feature, I urge you to check out his art in the links below.
Paul came up with a great idea for his set, using The Pandorica as a linking theme, hence Stonehenge in the background and the little spacecraft in the background. I don’t think I led him in any way, but he must have picked up over the years that I have a liking for the reptilian species. Something that had totally passed me by until a certain Mr. Salmon drew my attention to it.
I hope you enjoy these pieces, I really like them; I had fun coming up with the slogans at the bottom of each card, and also the Message(s) From The Time Lords, although I have to admit, Paul Hanley came up with the cracker on his. I’ll leave you to decipher the legends
Adrian Salmon can be found here adriansalmonart.blogspot.com http://ade1963.tumblr.com @AS1963
Nick Neocleous can be found here http://planetnik.com/
Paul Hanley can be found here paulhanley.deviantart.com