REVIEW by Ellen Bell

NWR Issue 105

The Bad Doctor: The Troubled Life & Times of Dr Iwan James

by Ian Williams

After training as a doctor, Ian Williams honed his drawing skills at art school and in 2007, while working as a general practitioner in rural Wales, he began publishing strip cartoons on his website, under the pseudonym Thom Ferrier. The Bad Doctor: The Troubled Life and Times of Dr Iwan James is his first graphic novel.

Comics such as The Beano, with their irreverent narratives and anarchic characters, were long considered to be the sole preserve of children. Trashy, easy reads frowned upon by adults, they were bought with pocket money and consumed as greedily and as quickly as ten penn’orth of sweets. Parents, teachers, neighbours and siblings, none were spared the lampooning and the more preposterous the scenario the better. Here was a safe space to represent, contain and work through all that pre-adolescent angst. Ian William’s graphic novel, The Bad Doctor, appears to offer that same catharsis but to grown-up, jaded medics.

The Bad Doctor narrates the trials and tribulations of Dr Iwan, a middle-aged, conscience-ridden GP...

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