In Review: Doctor Who: The Seventh Doctor #1 Operation Volcano

The team behind 'Remembrance Of The Daleks' brings us a new comic book adventure for the 7th Doctor

Synopsis: The Seventh Doctor and Ace have long traveled through space and time in the Doctor’s TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimension in Space), facing all manner of deadly alien intelligence, and witnessing countless unique wonders.

Most recently, they defeated the war-like Kla-Shi-Kel – without firing a shot!

Afterward, while witnessing the Kepler Alignment – in the company of some marshmallows and a roaring re – the TARDIS alerted the pair to an urgent request for assistance from an old friend: Group Captain Gilmore…

Review: This newest adventure for the seventh Doctor and Ace is penned by the team of Andrew Cartmel and Ben Aaronovitch, who were responsible for the epic ‘Remembrance Of The Daleks’ story, which was the first time we see a Dalek ascend stairs.

The story centres on the discovery of an Alien spaceship in the desert of South Australia. Captain Gilmore’s role in this story sees him in 1968 and again in 2028, which means that there is a fair bit to keep track of in the overall narrative. So we see a bit of flashing back and forth between those two-time lines. But the main one from the point of view of the Doctor and Ace is in 1968.

At 65 pages. This opening issue is pretty big, but part of that is because we get part one of another story in the issue, which looks like it may be from the comic strips from Doctor Who Magazine.

As first issues go. This is pretty good and has a lot of set up. But given that Cartmel and Aaronovitch know how to tell a good story. I’m looking forward too seeing how the second issue builds on the various little reveals we have seen thus far. Especially the one concerning Captain Gilmore.

The artwork by Christopher Jones captures the likeness of Ace and the Seventh Doctor perfectly and the action scene that goes across a good few panels towards the end of the issue is absolutely bloody fantastic.

The colors in this issue are provided by Marco Lesko who does an awesome job of enhancing the brilliant line work of Jones.

Overall. I really enjoyed this first issue. It feels very much like Cartmel and Aaronovitch have never really stopped writing the seventh Doctor and Ace because of the dialogue and friendly banter that was Ace and The Doctor is very much there.

Doctor Who: The Seventh Doctor #1 Operation Volcano
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Ian Cullen is the founder of 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: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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