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IDW Publishing (Idea and Design Works) is an American publisher of comic books currently publishing several Doctor Who comics out of the USA. Many of IDW's titles are licensed properties based upon TV and film franchises.
The company initially offered two Doctor Who titles beginning in winter 2007/08: Doctor Who Classics, which reprinted Fourth Doctor stories from Doctor Who Magazine, and Doctor Who, offering all-new adventures for the Tenth Doctor, starting with a six-issue miniseries. In summer 2008, IDW released a second miniseries, The Forgotten, which featured appearances by all 10 Doctors. In October 2008, IDW suspended Doctor Who Classics and launched a related title, Grant Morrison's Doctor Who, a two-issue miniseries which reprinted DWM storylines written by Grant Morrison. In December, the regular reprints continued as Doctor Who Classics: Series 2, continuing the DWM reprints with the Fourth Doctor; in April 2009 the series began reprinting Fifth Doctor strips.
In 2009, IDW published a series of one-shots, which began with The Whispering Gallery in February, followed by The Time Machination in May, and Autopia in June. It launched Doctor Who Ongoing in July (cover title simply Doctor Who), a new monthly series featuring the Tenth Doctor that ran for 16 issues, and was relaunched in January 2011 with the Eleventh Doctor.
Concurrent with Ongoing, IDW continued publishing monthly one-shots until the fall of 2009. These stories occur during the timeframes of the third and fourth seasons and featured appearances by Martha Jones and Donna Noble. As of 2012, IDW continues to publish Doctor Who Ongoing with no further one-shots confirmed as yet.
The Ongoing title (which carries a cover title of simply, Doctor Who with the story's title appearing somewhere on the cover), has been published in two volumes. Volume 1 ran for 16 issues and one Annual, and featured the Tenth Doctor and original companions Matthew Finnegan and Emily Winter. Volume 2 began publication in January 2011, and features the Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond and Rory Williams. (However, the Eleventh Doctor actually made his debut in IDW's first Doctor Who Annual, published in July 2010, when he appeared in a dream sequence of the Tenth Doctor story COMIC: To Sleep, Perchance to Scream.)
Besides Doctor Who, IDW is also the current publisher of comics based upon Star Trek, making this the first time since the late-70s/early-80s that one company has owned the rights to both franchises at the same time (the previous being Marvel Comics). Beginning in May 2012, IDW began publishing the first official crossover between Doctor Who and Star Trek, an 8-issue miniseries titled Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who — Assimilation².
Aside from the comic magazines, IDW also publishes graphic novel-style omnibus collections of its comics. To date, it has reprinted five volumes of Doctor Who Classics, Agent Provocateur (an omnibus collecting the first six-issue miniseries), The Forgotten, and Through Time and Space, an omnibus collecting the first six one-shots.
- Doctor Who (IDW) for a helpful disambiguation of all the IDW titles with "Doctor Who" in the name