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Marco Polo - on the mountain by Harnois75 Marco Polo - on the mountain by Harnois75
From the Doctor Who story Marco Polo (1964) The Doctor and his companions join Marco's caravan as it travels towards China.

Edited to add: This picture now published in the May 2014 issue of Sci-Fi Now magazine.
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therandomfactor Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014
TheChrisOfFenric Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on getting published.  Well deserved.
PCamenzind Featured By Owner May 14, 2014   Writer
Gloria155 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
 at first i was like "oh that's a nice pic' right" then i saw the tardis... XD I love da picture continue like tht! 'w'
SynCallio Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
AndrewLohmann Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Mark Eden (who plays Marco Polo) puts such a compelling case for remaking this story on you tube that you really should do it with Edens introduction. The Youtube video has a wonderful introduction to the story where the actor (as old Marco) tells of his adventure finding things that he could not record because no one would believe him. Black stones that burn and a carvan that travels in the sky in which the people who travel in it tell him the future. Your picture Harnois75 is a lovely complement to this lost or discarded firt Doctor Who story made after the pilot series had proven the TV series.

The title of the first episode "The Roof of the World" is a superior title for a film.

crazyartist12 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
the lost stories.
total: 170-190
VGRetro Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I wish that they could reissue the novelization with this image instead of the one they used.
sv7who Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
excellent pic, captures the story superbly
Sparrow-Canyon Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011   Traditional Artist
Super cool! Love the St. John's detail on the old TARDIS...
jonukwho Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Charming and brilliant visualization of a lost story!
boosterjones1999 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
From my FAVE story!!!!!!!
Jarvisrama99 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
Let the adventure begin! Nice job. I hate that we don't have these stories in existence anymore, but I love this artwork! Great mood.
Mr-Ripley Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hi, your wonderful work has been featured here [link] :)
Professor-Kirby Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Featured in my current journal :)
Panic-Moon Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
Gorgious illustration, love the scale given by the mountains.
SammEater Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010
Ian's outfit in this episode is so cool (you know that robe with chinese symbols). :D
DoctorFry Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Another epic. :)
The TARDIS just looks iconic wherever you draw it. xD
HerbalJabbage Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
Brilliant! The composition is lovely. I especially like the sky, there is some great colour in there! It remainds me that all those episodes where only the soundtracks exists always look completely epic and vibrant in my mind if I'm listening to them. I haven't heard many, but I remember seeking out Marco Polo because I'm a bit of a fan of Mr Polo!
TheDoctorsNurse Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I've always wanted to see that episode.
GoldFrancine Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
Great colors!
Ant1975uk Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010
*spins down on mission impossible rope, dodging lasers*
TheGreenMoon Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
ah! Imagine actually seeing that in the mountains. :rofl: lol poor horse...

This is absolutely fantastic! *faves* There's this...emotion and beauty in it that really attracts me...I love how in the morbid, cold weather, you see...a horse pulling a cart with a...police box on it. Gosh, it makes me giggle! X) Not what you'd expect! Wonderful!!
PaulHanley Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Professional
I think this might be my fave of your Hartnell-era work (which is really saying something). It captures the adventurous spirit of the story perfectly. It would've made a great cover for the novellization, actually.
Harnois75 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, I must admit I quite like it too. Somehow, despite the budgetry limitations, and the inability to edit, and the fact that it was all shot in an incredibly small studio, the Hartnell era manages to feel like one epic journey - especially during Ian and Barbara's time. The full gamut of where the Tardis can go is explored during that period and I wanted to capture that scope, particularly with Marinus and Marco Polo.

I have some other Hartnell story images I haven't posted yet, all the Ian/Barbara era. They're just not quite finished yet.
PaulHanley Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Professional
Totally agreed. The Hartnell years had an "anything can happen" feel, and even the style could change dramatically story-to-story (slapstick, costume drama, space opera, adventure, even semi-musical westerns!). Around the time Troughton came in, they settled into the "monster of the week" formula, and while I love that too, the Whoniverse from that point on does feel a bit smaller. One thing I love about Big Finish is they brought back that feeling to some degree. I think the TV show could still branch out too, as long as the stories are entertaining. Alien invasions lose a bit of their thrill when ya expect 'em every week- kinda like the Master always popping up in Season 8...

And as for the other Ian/ Barbara era pics ya got semi-finished in your vaults- OH YOU TEASE.
AdAbsurdum Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
*cue jaw-droppery*
Oooohh, this is BRILLIANT!
Very nice composition! Also, mule-drawn TARDIS = win!
Harnois75 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. I love the epic scope of the Hartnell era, not easy in Limegrove studios, so I'm showing my appreciation for how it succeeds in inspiring the imagination.
polvoice Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
That's gorgeous! :O

I love the atmosphere of it.
Harnois75 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. I have a soft spot for it myself.
Martgritte Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful piece :)
Harnois75 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Chimaera-Stormhawk Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's really cool
Mazzi294 Featured By Owner May 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing! What do you use? :D
Harnois75 Featured By Owner May 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I work mostly in gouache, however, I quite often paint the elements seperately these days and composite it in layers in photoshop. I try not to fiddle with the actual art too much, so it's still essentailly traditionally done, but I have a few more options if editors want me to rejig things for the sake of text etc.

Mazzi294 Featured By Owner May 28, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, i'm always interested in how people work. Your work is so clear, it's wonderful :)
jinkies36 Featured By Owner May 26, 2009
Absolutely wonderful! I have a soft spot for Doctor Who landscapes, especially of this quality!
mebee Featured By Owner May 26, 2009
Wonderful! =)
FromArt-ToArt Featured By Owner May 26, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice job on the mountains :)
Harnois75 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
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