In Review: Doctor Who Comics #1 & #2

Featuring the return of iconic aquatic villains
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Synopsis: After narrowly escaping the Weeping Angels and the Autons in 1960s London, the Tenth and Thirteenth Doctor must team-up once again to save present-day Earth from being overrun by a race of aquatic villains.

Who else can they turn to for help but Rose Tyler, leader of the human resistance!

Review: Having missed the first issue of this when it came out. I figured we’d just review both issues at once.

 

The Story

When the Doctor, Graham, Yazz, and Ryan land on a war-ravaged Earth. It immediately strikes the Doctor that something is seriously wrong with time. The appearance of The Sea Devils only confirms her suspicions. Clearly, the Doctor and her fam have to investigate. And their investigation begins when they all allow themselves to be captured by the Sea Devils. As they arrive at the Sea Devils base camp. The Doctor meets Pete and Jackie Tyler. The parents of Rose, who traveled with the 9th and 10th Doctor. However, neither Pete nor Jackie have any memories of The Doctor.

Elsewhere in London. Rose Tyler is looking at a photograph of happier times when the 10th Doctor’s Tardis materializes. As the 10th Doctor steps out he finds that Rose has no memories of her adventures with him. Despite this, he talks Rose into joining him as he attempts to go back in time to find the source of what or who has created this timeline.

Back at the camp. The Doctor is quizzing Pete and Jackie to get a feel for what happened when suddenly a Skithra Queen blasts through the prison wall to liberate them. As the Doctor quizzes this new alien that has entered the fray. We learn that the changed timeline may have something to do with the abduction of a certain famed Earth Scientist who was taken by another group of Skithra. This gets really trickly when two Tardis’s are set on a collision course in search of the same answers.

 

The Artwork

Roberta Ingranata brings some awesome art to this issue. The likenesses of the characters are fairly consistent throughout. Especially characters like Rose, Jackie, and Pete Tyler who we haven’t seen in a while. Moreover, I really liked how well that she captured The Sea Devils, who are perhaps one of the few alien races from Classic Doctor Who that we haven’t seen in the whole history of the rebooted series. In addition to that, I really like how well the artist captured the sense of a war-torn city. The dilapidated buildings and the fog of war really sold me on the setting of this story.

 

Overall

Jody Houser strikes again with another cracking story for the 13th and 10th Doctors. With these events taking place after their encounter with the Weeping Angels, it will be interesting to see if the Doctors both remember that encounter given what has happened with the timeline. I really enjoyed the callback to the 10th Doctor’s adventures via thirteen filling Yaz, Graham, and Ryan in on past adventures. Furthermore, we get a fun callback to the most recent season of adventures.

Overall. A solid couple of issues, which bring forth a fun adventure that truly does involve time and space. We get to see the Sea Devils make a return as well as The Skithra. I am now looking forward to issue number 3.

 

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Doctor Who Comics #1 & #2

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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