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Cinder- the War Doctor's companion by PaulHanley Cinder- the War Doctor's companion by PaulHanley
So this was an exciting one...

A lot of Who fans out there might know that today is the debut of George Mann's novel "Engines of War"- which for the first time gives us a story that happens completely within the Time War.  A much smaller fraction of fans who follow my Tumblr blog might also know that I've been working on a giant commission project for the last month that involves drawing almost all the Doctor Who companions from TV and other media.  Well, I'm lucky enough to know George a little bit, and he mentioned that "Engines" would feature a new companion- so of course I jumped at the chance to collaborate directly with him on depicting her.  This may not be a BBC-approved design, but it IS author-approved, which is the important part for me. :) 

George suggested singer Hayley Williams as a starting point for Cinder, and I wound up sticking pretty damn close to that facially (if this were an official gig, I would've kept that more subtle- but since it wasn't...).  Her costume is kind of Joan Jett meets Snake Plissken- very much a post-apocalyptic punk to compliment the War Doctor's own look.  The scavenged Dalek gun is based on descriptions in the book, with some aspects borrowed from a similar prototype toy Character Options showed off a few years ago (I don't think it was ever produced, sadly).  But if any really dedicated cosplayers or prop-builders out there ever want to try to recreate it, the body of the gun is an old French MAT-49.  

And by the way, I can't overstate this enough... pick up the novel- it's fantastic.  I realize I have a slight bias here, but it was a real joy to read and delivered WAY more then I expected from an official BBC tie-in book.  Even without the geek-out stuff (and there's a lot for New AND Classic series fans), it's just a damn good story.  It throws a lot of light on one of the most mysterious chapters of the Doctor's life, and depicts some stuff that's as epic on the character level as it is on the cosmic.  Once you've read it, you won't look at Hurt's scenes in "Day of the Doctor" the same way again. Hopefully this is just the first of many War Doctor novels, audios, comics, etc, etc.  Remember folks- all the 8th Doctor started with was 3/4 of a TV movie. ;)

It won't hit the US till September, but you lucky folks in the UK can get the novel right now: www.amazon.co.uk/Doctor-Who-En…
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Faderunner Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is basically the way I picture the character any time I read the book now. Finished it the first time then looked her up to see if there was any fan art or official look for her, saw this, said "yep, that's her". Can you imagine if they actually did get Hayley Williams to film or record stuff with John Hurt as Cinder. Extremely unlikely (and I have no idea how she'd be as an actress), but it would be amazing. Then again, just more on screen material for the War Doctor in General would be amazing.
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DANGERcomics Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I haven't read the book but I've been hearing good things about it so it's definitely on my to read list :)
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android65mar Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015
A great depiction of this could have been character. Shame they couldn't adapt it for telly- love to see more John Hurt (always a fan of his predating any Whovian stuff).
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Laharl234 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Actually the War Doctor's I think tied with the Eleventh as my favourite incarnation. Just the fact that he's a warrior, not a healer, is a novelty. Wish there were video games with him, because he'd be perfect for more action-oriented gameplay over the stealth we've seen thus far.
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always687 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
I just finished the novel, and I love your artwork! I had trouble figuring out how the gun looked, and now it makes sense! Cinder looks amazing.
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doctorwholittle Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014
CINDER!!!! Awe-inspiring art, as always, Mr Hanley!

(And, FYI, I ~still~ plan to do a cosplay of your 'interim' Eight. Loving the Civil War-inspired elements you chose.)
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Mellissandria Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014
Just added her in Doctor Who:Legacy!
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Doctorwholovesthe80s Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I like how she also has a apocalyptic Ghostbuster look going.
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PurpleChaos Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
whoops i confused cuinder and Antimony
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darkshadow278 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014
Would be surprising if Hayley Williams did play Cinder if she was added in the Day of the Doctor.
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GJTProductions Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014
Cinder reminds me of Ace, for some reason. (Would like to know what happened to Ace - best I can tell from the Wiki is that she ultimately joined the Time Lord Academy despite not being Gallifreyian. Did she survive the Time War? Is she stuck in the pocket dimension with Gallifrey? Did she escape somehow?)
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Doctorwholovesthe80s Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Well, according to this one episode of "Sarah Jane Adventures" she is running a multi-billion charity 'A Charitable Earth', so that is the most canonical fate for her as of now.
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ChronoSFX Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
Would make a cool Cosplay design. 
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Professional
One already exists, actually! pbs.twimg.com/media/BzXGuYXCQA…
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ChronoSFX Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
Well... can't say it was a bad idea.  :)
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4154165 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014
This is so awesome!
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Hadalis Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
Agree with you. Just read the novel and loved it. Beautiful image, by the way!
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MikeMcelwee Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
I like this immensely!
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CynicalClassicist Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
The War Doctor is such a gift for the Expanded Universe. There is so much potential.
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Professional
I agree.  It's weird that some old-school fans consider his Doctor a waste of a regeneration, when they're the same ones who rally around the Eighth Doctor (now)- he wouldn't be a fraction of what he is without all the expanded universe material that came later. We've only seen the tip of the iceberg with "Engines of War".
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crazyartist12 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
aye, prepare for the explosion of a new whoiverse
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xelianthought Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
Awesome. 
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Dinodc98 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Hell yeah!
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countmall Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
I think the gun was produced.  I'm pretty sure I saw in at my local comic store.
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MasterPerryMartin Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
VERY nice! :D I'd like to see a bit of Cinder in the show (and a bit more of the War and 9th Doctors, while I'm saying that).
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JTS0 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
That would be something wouldn't it, personally if she showed up, I'd need War Doc involved, she was his companion after all, perhaps his only companion.
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MasterPerryMartin Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
He didn't really take companions. Think of all the ones the 8th Doctor mentioned in Night, they all died on his watch in the Big Finish works. And that was outside of a warzone. Guess he wasn't taking any chances.
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DukeNukem2417 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Very, VERY brilliant!   And I NEED to get that novel ASAP, because....I just NEED to! 
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pixletwin Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
I would love to see your take on the Skaro Degradations and the Possibility Engine. :)
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Professional
Well... funny you should say that...

All I can say is, that just might happen.  And maybe in a more official capacity than you might expect.  ;)
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ShadeFallen Featured By Owner Edited Aug 11, 2014
I love it! Thanks for sharing.
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NoSirAll13 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This. Is. Fantastic. Is that a Greenpeace shirt I see? *SQUEE* You have given me a real reason to read this book, cover to cover and back again several times.
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xtrainerbrendanx Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
(MIND EXPLOSION)
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tangerinewarning Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014   Photographer
Wow.
I have been eagerly awaiting the publishing of 'Engines of War', this makes me want to grab it even more.
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freyalise Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
Must not add this to my cosplay list, must not add this to my cosplay list...
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Denton743 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Student Filmographer
With your permission sir, may I please use this image in my review for the book on a Youtube video and article?
It is a very beautiful image and I would be very appreciative :)
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional
Sure! :)
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Denton743 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Student Filmographer
Thank you very much.
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rockhollywood Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG yes! I hadn't heard about the book till now, but this image alone makes me want to pick it up. "Joan Jett meets Snake Plissken" -- PERFECT!
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DraconiusAsmertal Featured By Owner Edited Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish this was BBC approved. I do a lot of image finding for TARDIS Wiki so that characters can have a depiction in an infobox and not just text. But their policies are licensing policies set rigid constraints for where the images can come from. Otherwise, I'd be asking for permission to include the drawing of Cinder in an infobox.
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Professional
Well I can lay some good news on ya there- I'm currently working on a modified "2.0" version for the Doctor Who: Legacy game:  fav.me/d7x3a37

So yes, BBC-approved official art is on the way. :)
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DraconiusAsmertal Featured By Owner Edited Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful! I saw the Twitter post which had Athena Stamos pose for a rotoscoped version of Cinder in-game art underway. Glad to see you moving up in the world with your works!
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Professional
Btw, not sure if this is high enough resolution for TARDIS wiki purposes, but Legacy has posted some of the final art for the BBC-approved version of Cinder that appears in the game: www.tinyrebelgames.com/#!birth…   If they allow it, I'll post a higher-res version when she actually debuts in the game next month. 
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DraconiusAsmertal Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah,  I think I'll wait till then. The wiki prefers high quality images, and widescreen at that. Since it is authorized by the BBC, there shouldn't be any disputes.
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Professional
Strangely enough, the rotoscoping was for legal reasons.  Since Cinder was originally based on Hayley Williams, she had to be changed up for the game, and using a different real person as the model (in an easily  provable way) was the easiest solution.  It works for the game though, since most of their art is essentially rotoscoped anyway. Certainly made my job easier though! :D  All I really had to change from Athena's photos was her hair and some very minor details.
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Mrfipp Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
I've preorded this book, but sadly it won't be here until September. I cannot wait for it to get here.
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CraigOxbrow Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great stuff. I look forward to seeing the whole set.

Interesting choice, too. (Not that I've ever seen Hayley Williams act, but I believe she could.)
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BlackLanternDaddy Featured By Owner Edited Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Reading the book as well. I've even made a version of the theme for it: www.youtube.com/watch?app=desk…
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wanderersdaughter Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
this is Amazing!! LIKE wow!!!!
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trav28 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Professional Photographer
Halfway through the book and loving it!  I think you caught her lieness there spot on ;)
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