It was only a matter of time.
Two of the most popular science fiction franchises ever will finally official crossover this May as the crew of the Enterprise-D and the TARDIS will meet courtesy of IDW Publishing in Star Trek: the Next Generation/Doctor Who : Assimilation2. IDW is the current license holder for both properties
Officially announced today by StarTrek.com, the series will feature the Doctor (in his 11th regeneration) and Captain Picard and his crew against the Borg, and the Cybermen.
The series will be written by Scott and David Tipton (Star Trek: Infestation) , in collaboration with long time Doctor Who comics writer Tony Lee, with art by J.K. Woodward (Fallen Angel). The covers will be provided by Woodward and David Messina (Star Trek: Countdown) Variant covers will include a rare wrap-around photo cover and one by Joe Corroney, featuring the TARDIS crew aboard the Enterprise.
For Star Trek fans not familiar with the Doctor Who universe, Cybermen were created by Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis. Their first appeared was in the 1966 episode “The Tenth Planet” part 1. They were once human from Earth’s twin, the Solar System’s lost 10th planet, Mondas. The humans there had to evolve to survive on a planet without a star. They upgraded their physical bodies with technology and removed all emotion. To propagate, they seek out others to convert into Cybermen. Believing themselves to be the superior lifeform, they want to dominate the galaxy.
For Doctor Who fans not familiar with the Borg, they first appeared in the Star Trek: the Next Generation episode, “Q-Who” in 1989. The Borg are a collective of cybernetically enhanced lifeforms from the Delta Quadrant. Little is known about their origin other than they were once “flawed and weak” like humanity, but they evolved to include the synthetic, on their way to their goal of perfection. Believing that they are the superior lifeform, they seek to expand and conquer the galaxy by assimilating the worlds they conquer, turning all into Borg.
It will be very interesting to see how these two adversaries with such similar goals and methods work together, and how the Doctor and the Enterprise will find a way to defeat them. On a personal level, I do wonder if they will acknowegde the fact that Star Trek has been referenced as a television show, most recently in “The Impossible Astronaut” when a woman saw a member of the Silence, and asked “is that a mask? Is that Star Trek thing?”
Fans of both series will have to wait until May to find out, and they will have to buy it, because “resistance is futile.” Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 #1 will have 32 pages and sell for $3.99
The above image will NOT be in the series…. but how cool would it be if was?