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The Baker Street Justice Society by PaulHanley The Baker Street Justice Society by PaulHanley
Finally found a tiny bit of time to do this commission where I was asked to draw the Doctor meeting Sherlock Holmes. And since i never make life simple for myself, I decided to throw in pretty much the entire Victorian-era Whoniverse and make it a crossover with Alan Moore's THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN to boot.

There's a text piece to accompany this, though those not familiar with LEAGUE and classic WHO should probably turn back now... :D

A lost excerpt from the Black Dossier...


(An abridged account of the short-lived "Holmes Group".)

With the Murray group essentially disbanded in the aftermath of the Invasion of 1898, the Service was bereft of the class of agents it needed to counter extraordinary threats. Worse, new intelligence brought to the attention of Her Majesty's Government made it clear that the Tripod menace was operating in league with another Martian race- reptilian bipeds later designated as ICE WARRIORS. With their alien allies, the shape-shifting ZYGONS and the energy-composed VARDANS, the remaining force began a "Secret Invasion" of our weakened Empire.

At wit's end, M had no choice but to ask his less distinguished little brother, Sherlock, to assemble a substitute group of miscreant (but obtainable) adventurers until Murray could organize something more palatable to HMG.

Holmes was an associate of the semi-legendary alien interloper known as THE DOCTOR (a.ka. "Dr. James MacCrimmon", "Dr. John Smith", "Merlin", etc.), having met him in 1887 in an investigation involving a theft from the Library of St. John the Beheaded (see MAUPERTUIS AFFAIR). Though the Doctor himself declined the younger Holmes' invitation (a pity, as HMG would have used the opportunity to carry out multiple Royal execution orders dating back as far as Elizabeth I), he did send a number of associates to his aid. Not disposed to forming any sort of "League" under his brother's direction, the younger Holmes' group decreed itself a "justice society"- cooperating with (but not necessarily subordinate to) the Home Office.

The Society, pictured clockwise from top left:

DR. JACKSON LAKE- aged 89, renowned explorer and adventurer. A seemingly typical teacher of maths from Sussex, he underwent a dramatic change under undisclosed circumstances in 1851. Suddenly a genius in multiple disciplines, Lake set about "righting wrongs" , travelling the world in a hot air balloon. Engaging in too many extraordinary endeavors to list, he was described by some as "the most interesting man in the world", and was loved by countless members of the lower classes for his efforts to cure disease, famine, and poverty across the globe. A miscegenist, Socialist, and pacifist, he was held in very low regard by this department, and HMG was glad to see the back of him after the Martian affair was concluded. He is said to have retired to India, where he engages in teaching arts and sciences to impoverished villagers- as well as other similar activities to undermine the Empire.

MR. H.G. WELLS- author and researcher, expert on the Martian threat. Mr. Wells also had a wide knowledge of astronomy (a science in which the younger Holmes proved feeble). When asked the source of his experience with alien worlds and cultures, Wells cryptically claimed to have travelled "quite widely" in his youth. One of the more distinguished members of the group, his reputation was somewhat tarnished later in life by his Socialist views and accusations that all his literary works were plagiarized from his sister, Helena.

MS. LEELA- a strange, savage warrior woman of mysterious origin. Though some claims are on record of her being found floating on a hatbox on the Amazon, she identified herself as being from "Gallifrey" (presumed to be a small Irish village of no distinction), and sometimes made reference to being in the service of a woman "Romana" or the equally mysterious Dr. Claudius Black.

JACK HARKNESS- a supposedly indestructible man, was a recent addition to Torchwood's unsavory roster of degenerates. Reputed to be a particularly poor agent (even by that wholly redundant organization's low standards), he failed in his assignment as HMG's mole in the group for the secondary objective of locating and capturing the Doctor. Worse, he was removed from active service for a week after making tawdry advances toward Ms. Leela, who defended her honor in a manner which challenged even his endless capacity for speedy recovery. A similar fate befell legendary big game hunter JOHN RIDDELL, who was briefly considered to replace Harkness in the group before equally lecherous behavior resulted in his untimely defenestration.

MR. HENRY GORDON JAGO & PROFESSOR GEORGE LITEFOOT- Friends of Ms. Leela's who had their own reputation as amateur sleuths, having played a part in the investigation of the infamous Limehouse Murders of 1889, as well as a number of other threats since (see FAR-OFF TRAVELLERS' CLUB; GABRIEL SANDERS INCIDENT; TULP MURDERS). Litefoot, though from a good family, was an intellectual who wasted his time and fortune on the duo's meandering pursuits as crimefighters- as well as philanthropic service to the Metropolitan Police Department and general association with people beneath his class. Jago, conversely, was a drunkard whose career in theatre and vaudeville meant that, socially speaking, he had nowhere to go but up- except possibly when in the presence of the younger Holmes' riff-raff.

DOKTOR VON WER- a supposedly German scientist and inventor. Little is known of Von Wer. He dressed like a tatterdemalion panto player and was sometimes accompanied by his "grandchildren" or a strapping young Scottish man of low intelligence. The Service will leave the reader to their own conclusions, but wonders why Torchwood never tried recruiting him.

MADAME VASTRA- A discovery of Jago's, was a former sideshow performer who suffered from an unusually advanced form of Ichthyosis. Like her contemporary John Merrick, she managed to rise above her deformity, achieving a certain status in London's high society. She travelled widely, and visited Japan where she developed a particular fascination with the dying samurai culture, and acquired a sword made by the legendary Hanzō clan. She had a fearsome reputation, and this writer must admit a certain admiration for her, as a woman who stood apart from the Holmes Group's gang of deviants. She even did the Crown a special service in disposing of the Dr. Gull mess for us in 1888, as well as some other lesser threats to the Crown (see SWEETVILLE; SIMEON AFFAIR). When one Service agent asked if it was true she ate her enemies, she is said to have smiled strangely at her servant girl, Jenny, and said, "And allies too." Apparently a private joke, the meaning was lost on this Department.

JENNY FLINT- A matchgirl rescued by Vastra, and later her maidservant. Jenny was trained by Vastra in a variety of combat styles, including hand-to-hand forms and wrestling techniques Vastra claimed to have learned in India. Dedicated to her education, Jenny and Vastra were known to train in private for hours, even days on end, with an unbridled enthusiasm- and in fact often seemed interested in little else. Again, the author is forced to wonder why two such virtuous women would associate themselves with such an unwholesome group. The pair were sometimes accompanied by a STRAX, a hairless pygmy manservant of disagreeable temperment.

SHERLOCK HOLMES- The less that can be said of him, the better.

DR. JOHN WATSON- A decorated army veteran of alleged high character, and the younger Holmes' only friend. Again, one wonders why he would be found in such company.

"LT. COLUMBO" (no known first name)- The group's strangest member- a babbling simpleton of no discernible talent, use, nor origin. Having stumbled into the operation when it was well underway, he was known to repeat strange non-sequitir phrases like "Deerstalkers are cool." or inexplicably invoke the name of Apache insurgents. Despite his idiocy, he did have a seemingly limitless capacity for causing accidents that ultimately proved beneficial to the operation's success. When he was taken hostage by the Ice Warriors, he clumsily dropped one of their weapons into the ship's cooling system, causing it to overheat and explode. Nearly undone by his own dim-wittedness, he was rescued at the last moment by an alien spacecraft piloted by a Neanderthal and the long-thought-missing explorer REDVERS FENN-COOPER (see GABRIEL CHASE CONSPIRACY). When Holmes, Von Werr, and Harkness toasted Columbo afterward, he was noted to have said, "Forget it. No really- forget it." He disappeared shortly thereafter. Strangely, the three men could not provide any additional information on Columbo during the debrief, nor even recall that such a man had been part of their group.

Thankfully, Ms. Murray was persuaded to form a new League shortly thereafter, and HMG was spared any such further nonsense.
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EmeraldKalEl268 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017
I so want to see or hear adventures of this group, hmmm
BloodRedFullMoon Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am disappointed. There is no Strax in this image.
Everything is better with more Strax. And more grenades.
PaulHanley Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Professional
Strax was kinda dead (and had no connection to Victorian times) back when I drew this, otherwise he would've been in it.  I did update the text to give him a shout-out after he turned up alive in "The Snowmen" though. :)
BloodRedFullMoon Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, yes, that explains it of course.
In all honesty, the gang needs their own spinoff series ... there is only so much Strax you can fit into DW itself without overdoing it I guess xD
shakeyspear Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Professional General Artist
Lovely artwork and likenesses!
Paleodon Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016
I'm surprised you didn't include the 4th Doctor.  If whoever wrote this dossier is an example of British Intelligence and the government, said people need all the help they can get.
HFJ13 Featured By Owner Edited May 7, 2016  Student Writer
For the first three or four seconds, I went through the thinking process of, "Well, this is apparently just some fairly well illustrated photos of various English people. What's so special abou-OH MY GOD LIZARD MAN."
zzzteg Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015
Your forgot Emily Morris, the investigator of ghosts (Lost in Time )

And I
think that you need to update the
Black Dossier to include Lady Me/Ashildr and miss Oswald. Or maybe update the drawing itself.
PaulHanley Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Professional
You think, huh?  Well, if you think you got the money to commission me to do any of that, maybe I actually will "need" to update this.  Till then, thanks for lookin'. :P  

Usually when there's an exclusion from pics like this it's not b/c I "forgot" it- it's b/c it's too obscure or tangential for 99% of the people who might happen to look at it (and I'd definitely be part of that 99% in her case).  No offense to the character, but she doesn't have any connection to the Doctor, so there's no reason he'd have recruited her (the same goes for Clara and "Me", since they're in his personal future).
Al-Ocramed Featured By Owner May 10, 2015
Yeah, in my mind, there has never been a "Sherlock Holmes", but rather several people as Holmes, either using the name as an alias or having adventures attributed to him or her, and that the writer of Sherlok Holmes was a chronicler of these mysteries.  Thinking this way allowed me to include the multiple interpretations of the Holmes stories, as well as any stories involving "Jack the Ripper" (via "Babylon 5").

Good job!  :thumbsup:
DarthBinks Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
I love this.  Especially the bit about Jack "making tawdry advances" and Leela killing him over and over again in retaliation.  It's EXACTLY what they would do if they met.  If Big Finish ever get the rights to the new series, I hope they make an audio out of this- hopefully Frazer Hines can do a decent impression of Troughton's not-so-decent accents...

Actually, I'd love to see BF do a sequel to Enemy of the World with Frazer Hines voicing Salamander.  Maybe Four and Romana can meet him while trapped in the Vortex during Five Doctors/Shada.  I'd love to see him get his "wan chonce" for revenge.
wrestlemania489 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I love how it includes not one but two incarnations of The Doctor, as well as Jackson "The Doctor" Lake. 10/10
Shadowkey392 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
Dear god I love this!  Especially your description of the Eleventh Doctor as a babbling simpleton of no discernible talent, use, nor origin.
blinkereye123 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
An instant masterpiece. Thank you :).
AzabacheSilver Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Fascinating ideas!
Orumon Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
Lovely picture, storytelling and arc welding.
GentlemanMummy Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
I do like that you submitted this half a year before Eleven did his Sherlock Holmes impression. Great minds and all that.
SquibbleRainbowkitty Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
do this with tom baker and replace the sherlock/watson with the new sherlock/watson.


(this is still brilliant though.)

PaulHanley Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Professional
Well, pay me for the commission and I'll get right on that.


SquibbleRainbowkitty Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't have any money.
It was just an idea, not really a request.
I'd rather see Benedict Cumberbatch as the Doctor.
don't have money for that either though.
Sadly, i've got NO money.

If i did, i would pay for a finish to Sarah Jane Smith: Final Report.
PaulHanley Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Professional
I would LOVE to get back to the Sarah Jane comic one day... but honestly, I doubt it'll ever happen now.  Like "The Doctor & I", it was just too much time invested for something we couldn't make money off of- especially when we had original projects and paying gigs being neglected.  But yeah, if someone ever gave me a grant to finish it, I'd be all over it.  We talked about Kickstarter at one point, but I doubt it'd be legal, for copyright reasons.

Maybe one day I'll polish off the script for the remaining pages and post it, just so people knew how it ended.  The ending really was the best part and it's a shame we never got to that payoff.
SquibbleRainbowkitty Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I look forward to seeing that if it happens!

The best i could do would be like, three dollars, which probably isn't enough.
But for now the end is left to the misty realm of imagination...
PaulHanley Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Professional
Yeah... probably not enough. ;)
SquibbleRainbowkitty Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh well. *boop.*
greendalek Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Magnificent!  I adore the department's choice of words in describing Strax...
Waldo13 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Columbo! soo 11

the doctor is such a name droper
Doctorwholovesthe80s Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
If you ever get a chance to make this a real comic issue, I would so buy it!! Jago, Litefoot, and Jackson Lake alone makes me very happy, everybody else is icing on the cake.
zippysaboteur Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
heh heh heh  and allies too:-P
KingUglySquirrel Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Brilliant. I always thought it would be cool to have a LOEG type thing weve these characters, and it's really great finally seeing them together. And also top marks for the little details in the text, that gave a nerdy fan like me little "yeah!" moments with all the obscure references, (e.g: MAUPERTUIS AFFAIR and TULP MURDERS). Great work again. :)
chaos-in-compounded Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist
.......i LIKE it.
pharmmajor Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Wouldn't there be some temporal issues with the 2nd and 11th Doctor interacting?
locuas Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
2th has already met 1th, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th. it's a little later to worry about it :p
PaulCowan Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Brilliant. Would love to see a complete comic strip story featuring this gang. You should suggest it to DWM.
GerbilComics Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love that you haven't only spent so much time on the artwork, but the writing is in such great detail as well! In fact, I love all of it! You've even put in obscure in-jokes, like that 'Irish village' called Gallifrey! (I really didn't see that one coming). But some do go over my head --- what is the Second Doktor von Wer doing in 1899?

Oh, I can just imagine this group on all kinds of adventures in the 1890s... brilliant!
Hawkmonger Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"When one Service agent asked if it was true she ate her enemies, she is said to have smiled strangely at her servant girl, Jenny, and said, "And allies too." Apparently a private joke, the meaning was lost on this Department."

I'm afraid to look at fan fiction dot net. Please don't make me think of that place!
perro69 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Don't go in there, Jenny is Vastras wife!
doubler554398 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013   Digital Artist
is that the second doctor behind Madamme Vastra?
colourcodedchaos Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Well, yes. You may note that Doktor von Wer is German for "Doctor of Who"...
doubler554398 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013   Digital Artist
PaulCowan Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional Filmographer alias he used in "The Highlanders".
SynCallio Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how the writer comments that it's too bad they never got ahold of the Doctor, not realizing that they had two. The upper-class snobbery in the writing is hilarious.
Watsonaire Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
ab-so-lu-te-ly brilliant!!!

shared as Fanart of the Day on Baker Street Irregulars / facebook (incl. link and credit, of course)

Thank you :D
boblennon1 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think it would have been great if you would have done 4 XDD get it
cause his actor was
imma go now
sorry for the bad idea
jaime9526 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely job on the backstory, especially Jackson and the Gabriel Chase spaceship. Of course Ace ended up in Victorian Russia, and the doctor teamed up with Holmes in the NAs. If you fancied expanding it :)
PaulHanley Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Professional
Actually, "All-Consuming Fire" is already referenced here (the whole passage about Holmes' previous meeting with the Doctor, the Library of St. John the Beheaded, etc).
jaime9526 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I never managed to finish the book xD
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thejunkyardfaerie Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"And Allies, too."

I think I just about died.

This is the most fantastic thing ever.
thejunkyardfaerie Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely fantastic <3

(by the way, you're probably already aware of this, but Jenny's last name is Flint)
SeaPlume Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student General Artist
This concept and your image are fantastic alone, but the supporting text is so fun and adds even more depth to this creation. Bravo!
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