| Faction Paradox (2003)
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Publisher: Image Comics Inc.
Publication Date: August 2003 - November 2003
Country: United States
Faction Paradox was, at its core, a way to tell Doctor Who stories without having to pay the BBC royalties. Most elements of the Faction Paradox universe are metaphors for elements in the Doctor Who universe, to the extent that one might almost say it's Doctor Who told from the perspective of a reporter who had to invent names for everything they were witnessing. It's not a perfect analogy, but, roughly, Faction Paradox is to Doctor Who what The Watchmen were to the DCU.
This comic series is a tiny part of the overall Faction Paradox universe, which has been developed in both novels and radio dramas.
Stories involving the Faction are typically set against the backdrop of the "War in Heaven", a war between at least two forces "the Great Houses" (a thinly disguised metaphor for the Time Lords of Gallifrey), and the "Enemy". These two parties fight against each other throughout all of time. Observing this conflict is a group called "Faction Paradox", established by a rogue member of a Great House, named "Grandfather Paradox". Upset with both participants in the war, he has built a cadre of like minded individuals who delight in interfering in this war, creating time paradoxes wherever possible. It is very easy to see this figure as a metaphor for the Doctor. That's not to say he is the Doctor, nor is it to minimize the importance of other members of the Faction, but merely to illustrate the core structural similarity between Faction and Doctor Who.
While the Faction Paradox universe has enjoyed a long life elsewhere, the comic series was never completed. According to editor Lars Pearson, the series was indeed cancelled after issue 2. Though he claimed that the story will eventually be presented in its entirety, he also said, in 2005, "don't hold your breath waiting for an issue #3."
Number of issues cataloged: 2