Over the years I’ve watched more than my fair share of Doctor Who – in fact some of my first TV watching memories are of watching the Doctor. So I guess the Doctor has been part of my life. It has been much the same with my art. From the earliest struggles (when are they going to end?) I have found inspiration in the Doctor. So yesterday I got a notion into my head to make a combination of the drawings I’ve made over the years of the characters from the modern Doctor Who series. After a bit of rummaging around I came up with 9 images which seemed to fit perfectly the bill.
Everything was perfect – 9 images in my favourite square format – great. Then a sinking feeling hit me, where’s Freema Agyeman? I could not explain why I hadn’t made a drawing of what I think is the most striking of all the Doctor’s companions. I then panicked – could the reason be that, well, she wasn’t white? I really hope not but I you can never discount such things and you must always confront them. I actually think it is just more prosaic, I just didn’t think I could make a drawing that was good enough – I’m not sure the quick drawing I made this morning does the woman any justice but I’ll have to live with that.