By now, most fans of Star Trek, Doctor Who and/or comic books have heard about IDW Publishing‘s plans to bring together the Doctor (as currently portrayed by Matt Smith) and the crew of Captain Picard’s Enterprise in a special crossover mini-series later this spring. The story was first posted by the folks at BleedingCool.com and has since propagated to the usual sites devoted to comics and/or either fandom. Here’s BleedingCool’s original posting:
While this will be the first officially-sanctioned crossing over of the two properties–facilitated by IDW’s current licenses to publish comics based on both shows–Trekkies and perhaps a few diehard Whovians know that there have been a few scattershot, oblique references to the Doctor in the occasional Trek novel over the years. The one I tend to remember is in an older book, My Enemy, My Ally by Diane Duane, in which she has a scene with Enterprise crewmembers watching a holographic story featuring what can only be Tom Baker’s Doctor, scarf and all. There also was word that producer Russell T. Davies, while working on the Doctor Who series several years ago, had explored the possibility of an on-screen crossover with Star Trek: Enterprise, which still was in production at that time.
(That might well have been insanely cool, particularly if they’d managed to pull it off with Christopher Eccelston’s version of the Doctor.)
Elsewhere? Longtime fans of either property almost certainly are aware of Jean Airey’s fanfiction story The Doctor and the Enterprise, which featured Tom Baker’s Doctor meeting up with Captain Kirk’s Enterprise. I remember reading that in the early 80s when it was published in serial form in a long-defunct fanzine. That version later was collected into a trade paperback (a copy of which I still own…nootch.), as well as a pretty shoddy knock-off version in which the names of the characters, ships, equipment and so on were renamed in the hopes of avoiding the ire of the BBC or Paramount Pictures.
After the “firestorm” of NerdRage which accompanied IDW’s plans to produce their Star Trek/Legion of Super Heroes crossover, the reaction to this new project has been surprisingly tame. Don’t get me wrong; there’s the usual bleating from the usual groups of folks who complain about everything at the usual sites, but once you run that gauntlet, the negative responses to this news have been relatively sedate. There’s also a bit more in the way of apparent excitement this time around. Whether that’s due to Trekkies and Whovians having more in common than either side would care to admit, I don’t know.
As for me? While the current incarnation of the Doctor isn’t my favorite, I still think the crossover idea is fun all on its own. That said, I’m disappointed in the lack of mouth-frothing fan fits, as I tend to be greatly amused by such antics whenever something like this is announced. Ah, well.
Now, if they could just get on with revitalizing my dream Trek crossover project, I’d be happy:
Who’s with me?