STAR TREK and DOCTOR WHO to crossover via IDW

It was only a matter of time.

Two of the most popular science fiction franchises ever will finally official crossover this May as the crew of the Enterprise-D and the TARDIS will meet courtesy of IDW Publishing in Star Trek: the Next Generation/Doctor Who : Assimilation2.

Officially announced today by StarTrek.com, the series will feature the Doctor (in his 11th regeneration) and Captain Picard and his crew against the  Borg, and the Cybermen.

The series will be written by Scott and David Tipton (Star Trek: Infestation) , in collaboration with long time Doctor Who comics writer Tony Lee, with art by J.K. Woodward (Fallen Angel).  The covers will be provided by Woodward and David Messina  (Star Trek:Countdown)  Variant covers  will include a rare wrap-around photo cover and one by Joe Corroney, featuring the TARDIS crew aboard the Enterprise. 

For Star Trek fans not familiar with the Doctor Who universe, Cybermen were created by Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis.  Their first appeared in 1966 in the episode “The Tenth Planet” part 1. They were once human from the Solar System’s lost 10th planet, Mondas, which was Earth’s twin. The humans there had to evolve to survive on a planet with out a star. They upgraded their physical bodies with technology and removed all emotion. To propagate, they seek out others to convert into Cybermen, Believing themselves to be the superior lifeform, they want to dominate the galaxy.

For Doctor Who fans not familiar with the Borg, they first appeared in the Star Trek: the Next Generation episode, “Q-Who” in 1989.  The Borg are a collective of cybernetically enhanced lifeforms from the Delta Quadrant. Little is known about their origin other than they were once “flawed and weak” like humanity, but they evolved to include the synthetic, on their way to their goal of perfection.  Believing that they are the superior lifeform, tThey seek to expand and conquer the galaxy by assimilating the worlds they conquer, turning all into Borg.

It will be very interesting to see how these two adversaries with such similar goals and methods work together, and how the Doctor and the Enterprise will find a way to defeat them.  On a personal level, I do wonder if they will acknowegde the fact that Star Trek has been referenced as a television show, most recently in “The Impossible Astronaut” when a woman saw a member of the Silence, and asked “is that a mask?  Is that Star Trek thing?”

Fans of both series will have to wait until May to find out, and they will have to buy it, because “resistance is futile.” Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 #1   will have 32 pages and sell for $3.99

About David Vandervliet

Once, King of all these lands, but now I am just an aging nerd. I enjoy talking about my favorite things to geek about, and hopefully I say something to make you think a little too. My favorite things include: Comics, Doctor Who, Star Wars, Star Trek, Science, Astronomy, Math, Music, theatre, movies, writing, baseball, college football (Go Blue!)
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4 Comments

  1. Ohmgodtotallyawesome!!!!!! I can’t wait for this!

  2. Concerning the fact that Star Trek was referenced as television programme as far as I can see there’s a couple of ways around that:

    1 It wasn’t referenced as a television programme at all and the “Spock” gags were a reference to something/someone completely different and the “is that a star trek thing” in context simply meant is that to do with journeying into space (alright alright I know that’s a bit of a stretch).

    2 There was some sort of pyschic bleed through from the Trek universe to the Who universe which resulted in Rodenberry (or maybe someone completely different in the Who universe) jotting it down as what they believed to be a work of fiction and when Doctor and co ended up in the Trek universe since the fiction is reality there by some sort of wibbley woobley memory wemory or pyschic wiykic they lose all concious memory of the “fiction” record of the UFP ect in their universe. I like 2 better.

    • Dan,

      If Spock had any meaning at all outside of Star Trek, that may make sense – but no, you can’t make a pop culture reference that an audience will get, and have it mean something else, it’s like using the word TARDIS and say it has nothing to do with Doctor Who

      Your second thought is more of what I expected, but there has been nothing in the story so far to suggest that, yet.

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