Thursday, 21 August 2014

Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #2 Comic (August 2014) Review

The comic opens with an recap from the last issue, with information on The Doctor, Gabby and the alien known as ‘this thing’. While it’s good to remind yourself of where you left of, the information about The Doctor seems a bit unnecessary as it’s just repeating what hundreds of books and comics have already said about him. If somebody’s picking up #2 and didn’t read #1, the last thing I think they’re going to be questioning is who the Doctor is. But anyway, onto the story itself.

The resolution to the excellent cliffhanger from issue #1 isn’t really a resolution, the Doctor waves his sonic and they run away. It seems a bit of a cop out really. The Doctor also stands around talking a lot, which, although he does this (such as in Tooth and Claw when he stops to marvel at the werewolf) it seems to linger to the point of ignoring the danger. The Doctor also name drops a few Mexicans, which is always nice as continually adds more unseen stories to the history of the Doctor. He also changes suit within a few frames, which could possibly mean even more adventures have taken place between the times we see him.

The new companion, on the other hand, has more sense than the Doctor. Gabby is clever and is the sort of companion who can hold their own. She is also quite logical, assuming the Doctor is a policeman because of his police box. I like this, as it’s an obvious idea that’s rarely touched on.

The Pranavores are a brilliant idea. Harmless, invisible beings that feed off empathy. It’s nice to see an alien in Doctor Who that isn’t evil, it’s good to have some friendly ones. It’s also an idea that Doctor Who does very well, creating things that exist but we cannot see. This means that we can believe they exist in our world, which is bringing the show to life. There’s also Cerebravores. I assume these are linked to the Haemovores from the TV episode The Curse of Fenric. Again, nice relationship with the show itself.

The artwork is consistently good, with some very nice frames that lead me to believe that this would look beautiful if directed on screen. Once again there's a great cliffhanger, this time with peril for both Doctor and companion, who are now separated. That's one thing that Doctor Who - in whatever media it's in - does very well: cliffhangers.

Overall, the story is moving at a good pace with a good relationship between the Doctor and his new companion. However, I can't help but think the writers are just playing on the Tenth Doctor's quirks from the series and exaggerate them to try and recreate the character for us. The endless conversations with himself, machines that go 'ding'... it feels more like a pastiche of the Doctor. The artwork and story make up for this though.

The Gallifrey Times Rating: 6/10
Thanks to Titan Comics for providing an advance copy for review.