For a while one of my favorite places on the net was Rich’s comic blog. It ran the incredible strip The Ten Doctors, an almost 2 year extravaganza that you can download from this page. My daily visit to the spot to see if the next strip was up was the first place I looked each morning.
When the 10 doctors was finished he followed it with several great Doctor Who strips, The Stalker of Norfolk featuring the 3rd Doctor, Forever Janette featuring the 5th & 8th doctor (crossing over with the series Forever knight) . There was an aborted James Bond Dr. Who Crossover featuring the 3rd & 10th Doctors and multiple bonds which one might hope could someday return.
There was also a story called Outrage, featuring the 6th Doctor that had a crossover with a TV show I’d never heard of, Jem and the Holograms. The 6th doctor being who he is, sees through Jem disguise “I know a complex double reflex stable mobile holographic projection when I see through one” but as the story develops it turns out the Doctor’s and his companion visit to a Jem concert puts them in a middle of a plot involving the Misfits, a renegade time lord and the zygons. (the story was eventually renamed “outrage of the Zygons” once the villains were revealed.)
Over the two months I got to know the characters a little. They very much seemed a kids or young teen girl music show but Morris’s Doctor Who story & excellent art kept me and I suspect other fans unacquainted with Jem and the Holograms interested for the two to three months or so that the story ran.
That is apparently is stark contrast to what Hollywood has managed to do
Those of us hos from the 80s who were planning to meet with lawyers this morning to discuss suing Universal Pictures for viciously defaming the image of Jem by turning her into an annoying ABC Family movie character, don’t even have to bother. Universal got their punishment, because Jem and the Holograms was an even bigger flop than everyone predicted.
How bad? This bad:
Jem had the worst wide opening weekend ever for a movie released by a major studio (Universal Pictures), with major marketing muscle behind it.
However Box office Mojo offers this consolation to this movie that only took in an average of $547 for each of the 2413 theaters that carried it:
Despite the lackluster result, the financial picture for Universal isn’t at all troubling as the film was reportedly made on only a $5 million budget.
That being the case the 1.3 million they took in isn’t going to be as costly a disaster as it could have been.
By contrast Rich’s comic’s blog operates completely by tip jar hits and while Rich has not put out figures on how much the tip jar jingled during his Doctor Who meets Jem days I’ll wager it didn’t result in a loss of over 3 million.
So my advice is this. If you are a reader who has any interest in seeing what a good Gem and the Holograms story is go to this page and read Rich’s story, and maybe kick a dollar into his tip jar on his main page.
As for universal my advice is this. Buy the rights to Rich’s Story, license Dr. Who for the picture remake your Gem movie based on it. Even if you cast a 72 year old Colin Baker & a 51 year old Bonnie Langford rather than a current Doctor I guarantee you’ll make your money back and then some.