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The Toymaker's Revenge by PaulHanley The Toymaker's Revenge by PaulHanley
11"x17" ink on Bristol

Commission for ~TheDeviantMakepeace [link]

The Celestial Toymaker's one of my favorite Who villains, despite the fact I don't think he's ever really been done justice in the handful of stories he's appeared in (I think Big Finish's "The Magic Mousetrap" came closest). I'd love to see him resurrected in the new series (Ian McKellen? John Hurt?)- maybe even as a series' "Big Bad". I miss the Doctor's more surreal adventures and adversaries (The Mind Robber, Warrior's Gate, Enlightenment, etc)...
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Zarine-Aybara Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Love this!
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jchubb72 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014

Peri really want's out of that card doesn't she?


Is it possible to do a commission of a card prison for Peri, Nyssa and Ace?

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weeya1 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
I agree, they should have the Toymaker back because for 1: he is immortal. 2:he is dang scary and awsome. 3: he is one of the best villains in DW (did I also mechen that he is scary?)

I'm trying to find where I can get books that has him in it and I don't know what the names are, aside of the...Magic Mousetrap? (mabey I should use Google....)

Great art work =D
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doctorwhofancal Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
This is an amazing piece, I really love it
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Aghorishaivite Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Professional Writer
He's one of my favorites too.
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Harnois75 Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You got a colored version of this? (Ooh look at me, I'm talking all American)
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner May 17, 2011  Professional
I started one back in the day- it was a very red/gold kinda palette. More exciting stuff came up though, and I never got back to it (and honestly, I probably never will either).

Hey- when are you gonna do some Toymaker art??? It seems to be one of the few Hartnell stories ya haven't touched on. I think it'd benefit greatly from the "big budget" look ya gave to stuff like Myth Makers, Keys of Marinus, etc. I'm seeing something very Alice in Wonderland meets Winsor McCay...
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Harnois75 Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, I should do some Toymaker art actually. I've got so many Hartnell things sketched but awaiting the final inspiration.

Good news about BF, very pleased for you.
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Professional
Man, if I had some cash I'd commission a few o' those Hartnells, just so you'd get 'em done. :D

Hmmm... actually- let me send ya a note about that. ;)
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theoryofeverything Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
You're my HERO. I absolutely adore the Toymaker. (Haven't got around to the books, or the audios... I had been contemplating buying The Magic Mousetrap already, but now I positively HAVE to get it!)

Anyway, love the composition, the expressions... everything! You did such a great job on this.
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Professional
Thanks! I'm a huge fan of the Toymaker too. I keep hoping "The Moff" will resurrect him in some form (how 'bout John Hurt?)- a Moffat-scripted Toymaker would be beyond amazing.

Nice avatar, btw!
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Rassilon001 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010
I hear rumor he's actually on the way... so you may need to alter those cards into an Ace for Eleven, and then a King and Queen for Rory and Amy, respectively.
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theoryofeverything Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
Ooh, that would be epic! Adding that to my new series wishlist... I'll admit I had to Google John Hurt, but having done so, I heartily approve of your casting choice.

And thanks, I hope to make it a photo of my own version soon. :]
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MagnusMacbeth Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
he could be the one who made the tardis explode
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weeya1 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
That must be the "Mind Robber", which is the 2nd doctors erea.
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thenotunnameless Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010
I think either Richard Belzer or Zachary Quinto would be good choices if they're going to have the Celestial Toymaker look like the Michael Gough version.

Also, I know it's HIGHLY unlikely that they'll make it, but once I'm familiarized with the Matt Smith Doctor, I plan to write a new Celestial Toymaker story and submit it to the BBC.
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JoeEngland Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
I agree, though there are some pretty conceptually whimsical characters in the current rogue's gallery. There's the Trickster I suppose, the Weeping Angels, the Empty Child... and then there are all those who are just referenced. The Nightmare Child, The Could-Have-Been King and his army of Mean-Whiles and Never-Weres... lots of potential there.
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the-lest Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the detail in this is stunning. The crosshatch shading looks fantastic, and you've even done all the tiny details - it really brings life to this piece.

I am not familiar with the Toymaker... forgive me for being stupid (haven't seen many of the older Who's).
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Professional
Thanks! The Toymaker was a villain from waaaaay back in the 1st Doctor's era (and later appeared in a few of the books, comics, and audio adventures). He was basically a godlike being driven slightly mad by the boredom of eternity, so he resorted to challenging people to games. Sort of the Whoniverse equivalent to "Q" from Star Trek, but not as nice.
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the-lest Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Was he a Time Lord... or something else? I am totally gonna have to watch the older series (try to watch them ALL before March hahah)
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Professional
He wasn't a Time Lord- in fact exactly what he was was never answered. The Nightmare Fair (a story that was intended for the 6th Doctor but never filmed), suggested that he may have been from an entirely different Universe (which explains why he didn't seem to obey the same laws of physics).

Unfortunately his one TV story is mostly lost (like a lot of the 60s episodes), but to be honest... what's left of it isn't that great. It's one of those cases of where 60s Who was suffering painfully from having no budget. The character's a great idea though, and I think could be a knockout if brought back today...

As for watching the entire orignal series before March... it's something like 700 episodes. Good luck. :D I actually did watch most of the original series in order a while back (what's left of it), and it took about two years!
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OnmeiRyoushi Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
^ ^ The New audio adaptation of The Nightmare Fair is also very, very good. It's part of the Missing Stories series. I love this- it looks like the drawing would be great for a coming strip type thing. Lovely detail- I don't agree with people when they say you can't make something look effective and realistic without using shading and all that nonsense. This is brilliant. Well done ^ ^

Plus, I do feel a pang of pain for my favourite stuck in the card there </3
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009  Professional
Thanks- and thank you for the fave! :)
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OnmeiRyoushi Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
^ ^ That's okay.
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Golubaja Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Amazing! :clap:
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional
Thanks!
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TeenDalek Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009
Roll on The Nightmare Fair!
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Arcalian Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
One of your best pieces, is there a diferent inking style here?

Oh, and Ian McDiarmid for the role.
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009  Professional
Thanks! I don't know if it's different per se, probably just much more carefully executed b/c it was a made-to-order piece, (which also meant it had to stand up on it's own in B&W- so that meant shading it a little more than usual). Actually I was intially a little unhappy w/ it b/c I thought the line weight looked kinda weak (that can happen when you're drawing certain types of things on a huge scale), so I went back and did a bolder outline on things like the cards, the hands, and the Toymaker's face (I always refer to that as "Bryan Talbot-ing" :D ). In the end, I was pretty happy with the results (for once :D ).
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UltraMatt Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
very awesome! I've always loved the toymaker in any of the stories he was in. I agree the Magic Mousetrap captured him the closest (and was one of the scariest audios I've heard).
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Professional
Yeah Magic Mousetrap's "puppet" version of the Toymaker is easily the creepiest portrayal of the character to date (I really need to do a sketch card of that one of these days). The story also tapped into the Toymaker's mythic quality, and there's some appropriately surreal imagery (I love the "sky tapestry" bit). Definitely one of my fave BF stories of recent years...
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UltraMatt Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009
Same. Plus pairing him off against the Seventh Doctor seemed like a wonderful idea. Wonder how good the BF version of The Nightmare Fair is with that portrayal of the toymaker though..hmm..
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Professional
The BF version of Nightmare Fair is decent enough, given the source material (I never thought it was the greatest of stories). I'm glad it exists, certainly. There are a few great bits here and there (especially some of the Toymaker's dialogue), and they did a reasonable job of preserving the 80s Who feel. I'm much more excited about Mission to Magnus (Sil's back!) and some of the lesser-known "Lost Stories" coming up...
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UltraMatt Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009
The one that interests me is The Macros...that one is the one I'm looking forward too..espcally since it was originally suppose to be a Second Doctor story. I'm curious how that will be adapted
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Alan-WK Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009
Very cool! Good work! I like that you made Peri as the 5 of hearts card (presumably 5 because of the digits on each hand)! Nice touch! :D
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fourth-heir Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009
pah - it'll take more than that to contain the awesome might of Colin's outfit ;P
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Professional
If it was the Ultimate Adventure coat, I think it just might rupture the Toymaker's transdimensional trap. :D
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MikeMcelwee Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009  Professional General Artist
Agreed. Silence In the Library/Forest of the Dead are the cloeset we've come to surreal Doctor Who, but you could never see something like Warrior's Gate or the Mind Robber get commissioned now.
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Professional
Yeah, Moffat's scripts have veered toward the surreal more than anyone else in Nu Who. I agree with ya we'll probably not see anything as far out as Warrior's Gate again- but I think they probably could pull something off w/ that sort of visual flair as long as they keep it grounded (i.e. provide simple, understandable explanations for things and not a lot of dense, "Bidmeadean" exposition). I'd love to see a CGI'd Celestial Toyroom with a Winsor McCay / Terry Gilliam kinda style going on...
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MikeMcelwee Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
Ah, the Bidmead era. I still shake my head in wonder when I watch Logopolis and Castrovalva. All those abstract physics concepts being bandied about... universal entropy...the basis of all matter being mathematics... being trapped in a giant MC Esher reality construct...and this was a mainstream family show!
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Professional
Yeah, I think Bidmead's hard-sf approach probably confused a lot of "mainstream" viewers, but those ideas certainly thrilled my little 9-year-old brain. Nu Who definitely seems "dumbed down" held up to those shows- but given their success, I guess it's hard to argue w/ them going the low road. I'm hoping more of those big ideas creep back in during the Moffat era though...
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Draculasaurus Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009
really well done!
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PaulHanley Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2009  Professional
Thanks man!
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