Now that the epic eight-issue Next Generation/Doctor Who mini-series from IDW Publishing has concluded, TrekMovie presents a Star Trek Doctor Who Christmas Special, briefly reviewing a completely random and entirely subjective literary and art history of the intersections of the Trek and Who franchises. Read on about some old (and not so old) Trek/Who stuff after the break…
The Doctor and the Enterprise
Written by Jean Airey, published by Jean Airey and Pyrodonian Renegades, R&R #13, 1981
Earlier this year, after picking up the first issue of Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 from IDW Publishing. I decided to take a trip back in time and read what is probably the first Star Trek/Doctor Who crossover, a short novel written by Jean Airey, published in a 1981 zine. The Doctor and the Enterprise introduces the Fourth Doctor (played by Tom Baker in the long-running BBC television series) to Kirk, Spock, McCoy and the crew of the original series. The Enterprise finds itself in the Doctor’s universe, needing his help to get back home. Kirk is suspicious of the Doctor’s motives but is eventually won over after a series of adventures.
Airey tells an interesting tale, but her novel is mostly a character study of Kirk, Spock and the Doctor. I liked the story, but it never really goes anywhere, meandering a bit, just long enough for Kirk to get over his mistrust of the Doctor and part friends. Hardcore Trekkies and Whovians curious about the first crossover of these two fabled franchises might get a kick out of the story, but it’s not going to rock anyone’s world.
There are many different printed editions of this novel and the text of the story is archived in many locations out on the intertubes. Airey’s story was serialized in the first six issues of the Star Trek fanzine, Enterprise. Some editions were altered by the publishers without the author’s permission, sanitizing explicit references to the two franchises. More recently, a re-imagined version appeared in the forums at StarTrek.com with a mock cover based on the design of Doctor Who novels being published at the time. A sampling of the many editions of The Doctor and the Enterprise are appended below for your amusement.
You can read the original version of Airey’s The Doctor and the Enterprise online at SciRev.net ( Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 ). More information about this novel can be found at Fanlore and TARDIS Index File
The Doctor and the Enterprise in zines and books
Jean Airey may be the first and best known fan author writing Trek/Who fiction, but she isn’t alone. Many zines devoted to television series fan fiction have featured the Doctor and the crew of the Enterprise. Airey wrote a followup novella for adult readers titled The Lieutenant and the Doctor, published in The Blue Guardian #13, about the young and attractive female officer assigned as liaison to the Doctor during the events of The Doctor and the Enterprise. A good website to explore for Trek/Who fan fiction is Fanlore. If you prefer scholarly studies to gen/het/slash fan fiction, Star Trek and Doctor Who fans go under the social studies microscope in Science Fiction Audiences by John Tulloch and Henry Jenkins. A few more covers are displayed below.
The Doctor and the Enterprise in comics
For a time, from late 1976 to mid 1978, Doctor Who comic strips and Gold Key Star Trek comics were reprinted side-by-side, in black & white, in a weekly British publication, Mighty TV Comic. Much later, in 1990, a very forgettable Trek/Who parody titled Dr. Whom Meets Star Wreck was published by Imagi-Mation Graphics. The comic featured computer-generated art of Doctor Who with original and next generation crews. Until IDW Publishing stepped up to the plate this year, comic books weren’t a friendly medium for Trek/Who crossovers. However, Doctor Who has a long history in comics and I recommend the Doctor Who Comic Strip Index if you’re interested. One final note about IDW’s Trek/Who comics. Although the recent mini-series has concluded, three more variant editions of the eighth and final issue of Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 will be published next year by Dynamic Forces. Ordering information about the first Dynamic Forces variant is available now.
The Doctor and the Enterprise in professional art
Last, but not least, here are a few examples of professional art featuring Star Trek and Doctor Who. The earliest example I was able to find is the 1972 cover art for an album of television theme music, illustrated by John Peter Britton. The artist featured Spock, Kirk and the Enterprise prominently, pushing the Doctor up into a corner, even though most of the theme music was for British television shows. Other interesting art I found include Kirk and the Doctor in the style of animated Star Trek by Jon Douglas, an incredible drawing by Mike Mayhew, colored by Rainier Beredo, of a Trek/Who battle featuring Cybermen, Daleks and Klingons, and a piece by Ulises Farinas that includes practically every science-fictional movie and television character ever conceived. Follow the Mayhew, Baredo and Farinas links for higher resolution versions of their art.
Star Trek vs. Doctor Who, composition of original images from TAS and the animated Doctor Who series The Infinite Quest by Jon Douglas, 2010
Ok, that’s all folks! I really only touched the surface of this topic. If you know of other interesting Trek/Who fiction and art, please add a link in the comments. Happy holidays and keep on trekkin’ and doing whatever you Who folks do.
Mark Martinez is an obsessive-compulsive Star Trek comics reader and collector. You can visit his website, the Star Trek Comics Checklist for more than you ever needed to know about Star Trek comics.