David Lavelle

Old Fusion

Old Fusion is a collaboration between illustrator Alister Pearson and graphic designer David Lavelle, producing Special Editions of Alister’s popular book and video cover illustrations for the BBC’s Doctor Who television series. We digitally remaster the original art, and ‘remix’ with elements from other paintings in Alister’s extensive portfolio. In many cases we enhance the revamps with newly painted elements and digital renderings. The new artworks have been published in limited edition art cards, auctioned as framed one-off prints to support charitable causes and occasionally been included in CD sleeve designs for BBC Audiobooks’ ongoing series of Target novelisation readings. All illustrations © Alister Pearson, reproduced with kind permission.


Doctor Who – The Trial of a Time Lord (Revisited).

Exclusive print for a charity auction at a Doctor Who convention in 2018. For this limited edition print Alister wanted to update the artwork with his painting of the 1980s TARDIS, originally commissioned for the Doctor Who 30th Anniversary Calendar (1993). This painting was combined with a digital rendering of the Time Lords’ space station tractor beam to pull the composition together. We also took the opportunity to revisit the colour grading in certain parts of the image.


Doctor Who – Survival (Revisited).

Exclusive print for a charity auction at a Doctor Who convention in 2018. For this limited edition print Alister painted a new foreground landscape to replace the original. The new painting contains more detail and a more accurate rendering of the colour.


Doctor Who – The Dominators.

Exclusive A3 print for a charity auction at the Capitol Doctor Who convention in spring 2018. Remastered from the VHS artwork (BBC Video, 1990, and subsequently used on a paperback reprint by Virgin Publishing / Target Books 1990) and a new painting of part of the set used in the TV production. The remaster of the  unedited painting will be featured in the interior inlay artwork of the BBC Audiobook published in September 2018.


Doctor Who – The Robots of Death.

Extensively remastered from the reprint novelisation artwork (Virgin Publishing / Target Books 1994). The revamped artwork would have featured a new portrait of Tom Baker, but was never completed.


Doctor Who – The Ark.

Exclusive print for Fantom Films signing event. Remastered from the reprint novelisation artwork (Virgin Publishing / Target Books 1993) with a new background using processed creative commons photography from the Hubble Telescope and a new painting of the character Steven Taylor played by Peter Purves.


Doctor Who – The Invisible Enemy.

Remastered from the unused reprint novelisation artwork (Virgin Publishing / Target Books 1994). The reprint of this title was originally intended to be published alongside a reprint of The Horror of Fang Rock. Although the Fang Rock painting was completed and cover proofs sent to the book trade, both reprints were abandoned when the Target reprint programme was cancelled in 1994. Alister consequently stopped working on The Invisible Enemy, which remains unfinished. However, he asked me to remaster it for inclusion as a curio in the interior inlay artwork of the BBC Audiobook published in August 2018. (The cover of the audiobook, left, uses the first edition artwork by Roy Knipe.)


Doctor Who – The Three Doctors.

Exclusive print for Fantom Films signing event. Remastered from the VHS artwork (BBC Video, 1991) and a brand new painting of the story’s villain, Omega. An alternative version, with a different treatment of Omega (right, remastered from a photo), was produced for an A3 print to be auctioned for charity at a convention.


Doctor Who – Terror of the Autons.

Remastered from the VHS artwork (BBC Video, 1993) for an exclusive one-off print.


Doctor Who – Survival.

Exclusive print for Fantom Films Pandorica convention in Bristol in November 2017 attended by several members of the original cast. Remastered from the novelisation artwork for Doctor Who – Survival (Virgin Publishing / Target Books 1990), and a photo of Anthony Ainley (The Master). For this revamp Old Fusion went back to Alister’s original plan to incorporate the Master’s face into the body of the kitling, the sketch for which can be seen on page 127 of The Target Book (Telos Publishing 2007, see inset).


Doctor Who – The Five Doctors.

Exclusive print for Fantom Films signing event. Extensively remastered from the VHS artwork (BBC Video, 1990), with the addition of the character Rassilon from the back cover of Doctor Who – The Eight Doctors (BBC Books, June 1997) and a new painting of Tom Baker. An alternative version, with the addition of K9 (right), was created for an A3 print to be auctioned for charity at a convention.


Doctor Who – Planet of the Daleks.

Exclusive print for Fantom Films signing event. Remastered from the reprint novelisation artwork (Virgin Publishing / Target Books 1992) with the addition of Jon Pertwee’s portrait from The Ghosts of N-Space (Doctor Who – The Missing Adventures, Virgin Publishing 1995). Holding aloft her copy of the art card is Katy Manning, who played Jo Grant in the original television story (photo courtesy of Simeon Carter).


Doctor Who – The Abominable Snowmen.

Extensively remastered from the unused cover illustration for Doctor Who – The Scripts: The Abominable Snowmen (Titan Books 1994), and a detail from the first edition novelisation artwork of Doctor Who – The Evil of the Daleks (Virgin Publishing / Doctor Who Books 1993). This artwork was originally created for an event in September 2017, but held back due to a change in scheduling.


Doctor Who – Pyramids of Mars.

Exclusive print for Fantom Films signing event. Remastered from the reprint novelisation artwork (Virgin Publishing / Target Books 1993) with additional swathes of Tom Baker’s scarf from A Device of Death (Doctor Who – The Missing Adventures, Virgin Publishing 1997).


Doctor Who – Evolution.

Exclusive, one-off signed print raffled for charity at an event in May 2017. Remastered from the first edition artwork for Evolution (Doctor Who – The Missing Adventures, Virgin Publishing 1994). This was a simple job to remove the artist’s initials and some unwanted detail from the right hand side, apply some digital polish to remove dust and scratches and extend the clean burgundy background on either side. Not strictly an Old Fusion project as we didn’t add anything new to it, but it was a nice remastering gig and a pleasure to work on such a gorgeous portrait of my childhood heroes.


Doctor Who – The Tomb of the Cybermen.

Exclusive print for Fantom Films signing event. Extensively remastered from the VHS artwork (BBC Video, 1992), with an additional Cyberman from a poster for Doctor Who Magazine issue 123  (Marvel Comics, April 1987) and reference photography of the original set.


Doctor Who – The Key to Time.

Exclusive print for Fantom Films signing event. Remastered from two archive prints of an unused cover illustration for a proposed reprint of a non-fiction book by Peter Haining. The illustration was subsequently updated with the seventh and eighth Doctors and auctioned for charity. The challenge with this job was to add the extra Doctors from the lower quality print to the higher quality version, and add extra detail to the top and sides so it could be formatted to A4.


Doctor Who – The Trial of a Time Lord.

Exclusive print for Fantom Films signing event. Extensively remastered from the VHS artwork (BBC Video 1993), first edition novelisation artwork for Doctor Who – The Ultimate Foe (WH Allen & Co / Target Books 1988) and Doctor Who – Mindwarp (BBC Audiobooks 2013, based on updated artwork for the 1989 novelisation) with processed creative commons photography from the Hubble Telescope.


Doctor Who Target Books – The First and Seventh Doctors.

A special illustration used on the private view invitation for an exhibition of Target book cover illustrations (below, centre), hosted at the Cartoon Museum in London in spring 2016. The illustration brings together the first and seventh Doctors featured in the Target Books series of novelisations (1973-94), taken from Alister’s covers for The Target Book (Telos Publishing 2007) and Doctor Who – Survival (Virgin Publishing / Target Books 1990), one of the last novelisations. The artwork also accompanies an article about the exhibition in Doctor Who Magazine issue 499 (below, left) and features on the dedication page of the 2016 hardback edition of The Target Book (below, right).


Doctor Who – Four to Doomsday.

Background plate for BBC Audio’s audiobook CD and download. Extensively remastered from an original on-spec painting (1985). The new repeating pattern was delivered to BBC Audio, who combined it with a new scan of Alister’s artwork for the reprint of this title (Virgin Publishing / Target Books 1991). The deep red colour-cast is a nod to the red background for the novelisation’s first edition (WH Allen & Co / Target Books 1983).


Doctor Who – The Power of the Daleks.

Exclusive print for Fantom Films signing event. Extensively remastered from the first edition novelisation artwork (Virgin Publishing / Doctor Who Books 1993) with processed creative commons photography.


Doctor Who – Remembrance of the Daleks.

Exclusive print for Fantom Films signing event. Extensively remastered from the first edition novelisation artwork (Virgin Publishing / Target Books 1990) with processed creative commons photography.


Doctor Who – The Tenth Planet.

Exclusive print for Fantom Films signing event. Remastered from the reprint novelisation artwork (Virgin Publishing / Target Books 1993) with an additional Cyberman from a poster for Doctor Who Magazine issue 123  (Marvel Comics, April 1987).


Doctor Who – Revenge of the Cybermen.

Exclusive print for Fantom Films signing event. Remastered from the reprint novelisation artwork (Virgin Publishing / Target Books 1991) with the addition of Tom Baker’s Doctor from A Device of Death (Doctor Who – The Missing Adventures, Virgin Publishing 1997).


Doctor Who – The War Machines.

Exclusive print for Fantom Films signing event. Remastered from the first edition novelisation artwork (WH Allen & Co / Target Books 1988) with the addition of the character Dodo Chaplet from The Man in the Velvet Mask (Doctor Who – The Missing Adventures, Virgin Publishing 1996).