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NO CONTROL

Featuring the First Doctor and Magnus, the War Chief, this adventure takes place before AN UNEARTHLY CHILD

Well, it's a young first Doctor, innit? And the War Chief. And a swirly background. The lyrics of the song "No Control" by David Bowie put me in mind of the thoughts of a renegade Time Lord's frustrations, inspiring a War Chief backstory. In the song, the protagonist is being told, "Stay away from the future/Back away from the light...Sit tight in your corner Don't tell God your plans/It's all deranged" and he replies, "If I could control tomorrow's haze/The darkened shore wouldn't bother me/If I can't control the web we weave/My life will be lost in the fallen leaves...See how a sinful man/Burn his tracks, his bloody robes/You've gotta have a scheme/You've gotta have a plan/In the world of today, for tomorrow's man..."


THE PRYDONIAN CANDIDATE

Featuring the first Doctor, this adventure takes between FLASHBACK and BIRTH OF A RENEGADE.

What fanboy can resist the temptation of a Gallifreyan First Doctor story? The Hartnell portraits come from two different DWM covers (the contrast between the monochrome TV-era Doctor and colour Gallifrey Doctor was a happy accident) - the inset picture is from Andrew Skilleter's book "Blacklight".


THE DEVILS OF LOUDON

Featuring: the first Doctor, Ian and Barbara, this adventure takes place between VENUSIAN LULLABY and THE RESCUE.

This was my first Hartnell cover - as you can see, some of the cutting around the Doc is a bit rough (if it was Photoshop I could have feathered the edges to soften the cutaway lines). It had to be a historical, and Aldous Huxley's historical account 'The Devils of Loudon' (later made into the Ken Russell film 'The Devils') would make a great X-rated historical - mad priests, sex-crazed nuns, exorcisms and burnings, bring it on!


THE ROSEGARDEN FUNERAL OF SORES

Featuring the first Doctor between THE TIME MEDDLER and EMPIRE OF GLASS via THE THREE DOCTORS

This originally started life as a cover featuring the first and third Doctors (see thumbnail, right) but I recently went back to the original and decided that it would make a good First Doctor cover on its own - roses and monks are very First Doctor motifs, after all. I used my Doctor-less original and added a suitable still of Hartnell from "The Smugglers". It actually balances out the cover more, as Hartnell resides where a patch of red nothingness originally sat!


THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE

Featuring the first Doctor, Vicki and Stephen, this adventure takes place between GALAXY 4 and THE MYTH MAKERS

The usual runaround - Doctor and Vicki trespass on some holy ground, get banged up and discover shady goings on, Steven does his heroic bit to try and save them... All that, but mainly I liked the foreground image of the dome, and Vicki is one of my favourite early companions. Nice colours too!


FIRE AND ICE

Featuring the first Doctor between GALAXY 4 and THE MYTH MAKERS

This started life as an attempt to create a cover for a story with an Icelandic Alliance, Reykjavik setting (the 51st century war mentioned in The Talons Of Weng Chiang). I really struggled to find an image of Magnus Greel's seal, and had to make do with a low-grade screengrab taken from one of the pillars in Greel's lair, which I played around with in Effects to make it stronger. The original colourscheme was ice-blue (see thumbnail, right), but I reversed the colours and added the portrait of Hartnell (from "The Three Doctors" publicity photos) to make it a bit more striking.


TRAFALGAR

Featuring the first Doctor, Steven and Dodo, this adventure takes place between THE ARK and THE CELESTIAL TOYMAKER

I'm very pleased with this one. An interesting historical setting, and I wanted my covers to use most of the main companion line-ups in the series. It was inspired by the covers of PDAs "The Tomb Of Valdemar" and, to a lesser extent, "Salvation", and I think it's quite successful.


BLUE VEILS AND GOLDEN SANDS

Featuring the first Doctor, Ben and Polly, this adventure takes place between THE SMUGGLERS and TEN LITTLE ALIENS

A more generic cover, inspired by the name of one of Delia Derbyshire's compositions used in "Inferno", utilising some excellent stills of Michael Craze, Anneke Wills and William Hartnell.




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