Thursday 8 March 2012

A little more on Assimilation2

Comic Book Resources have posted an interview with Scott and David Tipton on their forthcoming TNG/Doctor Who crossover, Assimilation2. The writing duo were very careful to give away little more than what we already know; Borg and Cybermen team up, with the Doctor, Amy, and Rory working with the Enterprise-D crew to defeat them. They did talk a little about what they are not doing, regarding abundant crossover cameos:
I think we have to be careful not to go too crazy with the cameos and the Easter eggs in a book like this. That temptation is there to try and squeeze in all of the Doctor's rogues' gallery, and all of the Federation's most dangerous foes, and soon you can lose track of the story you set out to tell in the first place. So, while longtime Trek fans and Who fans will no doubt recognize some familiar people, places and things, we're trying to stay focused on telling the best story we can.
As well as some incite into similarities and contrasts on the crossover subjects:
...speaking in generalities, what's always come across to me as the major difference is that the Cybermen just seem angrier. There's an emotionality to the Cybermen that sets them apart, despite their claim to be free from emotion. It also tends to be their Achilles' heel, or at least, it has in the past. What do the Borg want? What do the Cybermen want? And why would they work together? Therein lays the tale...
It's a little daunting, admittedly, in that "Next Generation" is science fiction, while "Doctor Who" can sometimes veer more into the realm of science-fantasy. It's easy to think the two wouldn't mix, since Captain Picard is so serious while the Doctor is often so funny. But people forget that there were some hilarious moments in "Next Generation," and that when the Doctor gets serious, he can be downright frightening. I think the contrast between the two is going to be where the real fun is.
You can read the full interview at CBR. Issue one of Assimilation2 is also now available for pre-order, and according to my local comic guy will also (unlike other IDW Doctor Who comics) be available in the UK.


Unknown said...

Wouldn't Picard make a good companion?

8of5 said...

Maaaybe, I could see him getting frustrated with the Doctor sometimes. But I guess that kind of challenge to how the Doctor does things is what can make for a good companion.

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