“Excuse me, Doctor – whoever you are. You’re in my chair.” – Capt. Picard
The rumors are true, and the geekosphere is a-buzz with the news of the latest comic book crossover that many thought could never happen (and purists on both sides possibly wished never would). IDW Publishing — rights-holders for comics adaptations of a range of licensed properties, including Who and Trek — has announced the forthcoming Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2, which will throw together the crews of the Tardis and the Starship Enterprise for the first time. Looking at the leaked cover, it’s not hard to guess who the villians in the story are going to be – Cybermen and the Borg. They pretty much both assimilate people, so it’s a pretty natural fit. The issue will be written by people who have worked on separate comics for both Trek and Who: Scott and David Tipton (Star Trek: Infestation) and Tony Lee (Doctor Who). It will be drawn by J.K. Woodward, who worked on Fallen Angel.
Since IDW acquired the rights to publish Doctor Who comics in 2008, fannish wags have perpetuated the rumor that a crossover of some kind might eventually happen . The rights surrounding the BBC’s Doctor Who TV series has been a much more challenging hurdle to overcome than than most of the other series that IDW runs.
The series is set to launch in May 2012, although American readers will have an easier time getting issues than their U.K.-based counterparts. Doctor Who is rare among U.S. comics series in that its issues can’t be sold on the direct market in the United Kingdom. Panini, publishers of the long-running Doctor Who Magazine, have exclusive rights to print Who comic strips, which means IDW can’t touch it domestically. In practice, however, issues of IDW’s previous and current series have made it over as imports — so U.K. residents will still be able to get their hands on the books if they watch the import shops carefully.
“By joining these two sci-fi powerhouses, fans will be taken on the ultimate adventure through time and space,” said Liz Kalodner of Trek owner CBS in the official press release, with the BBC’s Soumya Sriraman adding that, “This is a perfect partnership for not only Doctor Who‘s incredible fans, but also for the brand.”
Neither party, however, would be drawn on the question of whether the Doctor or Captain Picard makes the better cup of tea.