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Doctor Who: The Betrothal of SontarDoctor Who: The Betrothal of Sontar by Gareth Roberts

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book collects the Tenth Doctor's first comic book stories, with all but the last one having Rose as his companion. The strips originally appeared in Doctor Who Magazine Issues 365-380 and the the 2007 Doctor Who Story Book.

The Betrothal of Sontar (365-367): The first 10th Doctor comic book story and the titular story from this collection finds the Doctor on an arctic world where a bunch of deviations in the Sontarans have a base far from the action of the war and under the command of a purebred Sontaran who ends ups using the Doctor to find a doomsday weapon. This is actually the weakest story in the book. It's a Sontaran story where no one acts like a Sontaran. The purebed Sontaran has a mustache and sits around alone with his chest plate off revealing a hairy chest and wears fur shoulder pads. Even with a generic alien, this would be an average story. For bungling the Sontarans, it's a notch below that. Grade: D+

The Lodger (368): The Doctor is stuck on Earth and living with Mickey for a spell. The story is fun and does a nice job putting the Doctor into a unique situation. Roberts would later take the idea of the comic and make it a TV script for the 11th Doctor. You'll find the barebones of the idea here but other than the Doctor being good at soccer, little of the plot crosses over. Grade: A-

F.A.Q. (369-371): This is a story that actually is reminiscent of "Fear Her" (a story that aired in the same series as the comic strips), so it's weird the magazine ran this one. The story is better than "Fear Her" but the similarities are striking. At any rate, the Doctor and Rose arrive in a block where weird things are happening and people are disappearing and strange things start happening including mysterious disappearance and three boys being turned into trees. It all seems to center on a boy and is sister. This story twists around like a pretzel, it's very clever and rich with a lot of emotion, psychology, and misdirection at work. The commentary in the back reveals the real life modeling of the characters which makes the story even more enjoyable. Great concept and really good execution. Grade: A

The Futurists (372-374): This is the type of story you see in comics, audio, and novels, but never on the TV series as we have a story based on an obscure fact of history, sprinkle in sci fi and enjoy. In this case, the Doctor and Rose land in Italy between the Wars where the Futurists are beginning a movement that would become Italian fascism. An alien transports one of these Futurists back in time and gives him the chance to conquer the world. This is a wonderfully researched story that has several great twists in the final parts. Mike Collins art is great throughout the book (excepting some of the Sontaran designs in the first story of course.) but this is his best work in the book. I love his drawings of 1920s Italy and the clothing for the era is superb too. There's also a few nice humor bits sprinkled throughout.I loved Rose showing the psychic paper to an illiterate soldier. Grade: A+

Interstellar Overdrive (375-376): The TARDIS lands on a tour ship featuring a zombified singer leading a band of misfit has-beens. Of course, there's a murder mystery and a few nice end-jokes. The Time Loop that's a big plot device for the cliffhanger is a bit weak as the Doctor and Rose remember everything which serves to expedite the time loop solution but also isn't really how those things should work. Still, this is a fun story. Grade: B+

Opera of Doom (2007 Doctor Who Story Book): This story finds the Doctor taking Rose to the opera where strange things are afoot and an alien eats music. This is a story that's too short but that's really the fault of the BBC which demanded a shorter length to protect its Doctor Who Annual and that hurt this tale. It could have done with a few more pages, but it's okay as is with a nice comic and some good lines. Grade: B

The Green Eyed Monster (DWM 377): In Rose's final comic story, writer Nev Fountain decided to play with the idea promoted by many that Rose and her crew were kind of poor and trashy where Rose's adventures with the Doctor and one adventure in particular are fodder for a Jerry Springereseque Daytime talk show. This strip not only gets Mickey in, but also Jackie and in a quiet unusual way. Fountain manages to gently poke fun at some of Doctor Who's tropes as an alien princess tells the Doctor, "Our scientists have been mystified as to why our planet is solely populated by stunningly attractive with physical ages of eighteen to twenty." The strip does a lot in 10 pages, playing with Rose's jealousy of other women around the Doctor, perceptions of the Tyler family, and even works a riff of Peter Davison's famous line from the Fury of the Deep. Nicely done. Grade: A

The Warkeeper's Crown: The only visual teaming of the Brigadier and a revived series Doctor finds the Brigadier kidnapped from a Remembrance Day ceremony in full uniform. He arrives to find he's being asked to lead a war-like species into battle because he's the greatest military leader the Doctor knows. They also kidnap Mike Yates, however instead of the Brigadier's former UNIT aide, they kidnap a back bench member of parliament whose kind of petty. There are a few confusing points in the plot, but this is ultimately a love letter to the Brigadier and it works. It's a great dynamic between the post-time War Doctor and the Brigadier as the Brig realizes that the Doctor has been a war. Good stuff. Also, a key moment from the Series 8 finale may have had its genesis in the last page of this comic. Grade: A-

With the exception of the first story, I found most everything else in the book to be thoroughly enjoyable. There are some great concepts. Even though, many of these were planned with very little known of the 10th Doctor they captured the character well. Rose was usually pretty good, though she did occasionally become a bit of a comic foil. This is a very solid volume of comics from Doctor Who magazine that's a must read for fans of the 10th Doctor.



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Published on February 04, 2015 22:42 • 137 views • Tags: doctor-who-comics, rose-tyler, sontar, tenth-doctor
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Vol.1Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Vol.1 by Nick Abadzis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book features adventures of the 10th Doctor set sometime after Series 4.

To start off with, let's talk about the art: Wow! Elena Casagrande nails the art. Her likeness of Tennant, of the TARDIS interior is perfect. She puts so much into each character. The art throughout this is incredibly complex and rich. I've rarely seen a comic look this good unless it was painted by Alex Ross.

The stories are fairly good. Gabby makes a great new companion. She's a likable and interesting character who you can easily relate to. The stories were fairly clever themed. I'd like the first one centering on New York's celebration of the Day of the Dead, and the second one on another planet involving a reclusive artist and her insane assistants. There were some decent concepts, with the second story revisiting the idea of block transfer mathematics from the Fourth and early Fifth Doctor era without seeming too wistful.

The biggest problem is that while Casagrande captures the physical appearance of the Tenth Doctor, Abadzis really struggles that Doctor's unique voice. There are a few parts of the book that are a bit verbose, and I should there are some elements in the second story parents might find problematic. Still, this is a gorgeous book and gives a wonderful new look at Titan's 10th Doctor Title.



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Published on April 27, 2015 19:28 • 104 views • Tags: comics, doctor-who, tenth-doctor
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor, Vol. 2: The Weeping Angels of MonsDoctor Who: The Tenth Doctor, Vol. 2: The Weeping Angels of Mons by Robbie Morrison

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book collects Issues 6-10 of Titan's Eleventh Doctor Comic series.

The first four issues feature the return of the Weeping Angels, this time going up against the Tenth Doctor and Gabriella in World War I. The artwork in here is simply glorious. After, "Blink," the Weeping Angels got away from their original concept of sending people back in time for far more ordinary means of murder, probably because the original method would mean creating costly locations. But in comic book form they can create the locations with a stroke of the pen. The art is great and there are some beautiful full page and two page spreads. The writing by Morrison is very good and he does a solid job of capturing the feel of the Tenth Doctor particularly in this post-Donna era. That angst about having a companion comes through clearly. True, the end did seem to borrow from, "The Family of Blood," and there was a pointless straw man about religion and a priest whose faith depended on them not being real angels. Still, this was a solid story otherwise.

Issue 10 features a return visit to New York for Gabriella in, "Echo," a story involving a sound creature in New York. It a typical romp that would have worked well in Doctor Who magazine as a tell a story the television show couldn't touch.

Overall, this is another nice collection for the Tenth Doctor.



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Published on January 31, 2016 00:31 • 100 views • Tags: doctor-who, tenth-doctor
Doctor Who: Four DoctorsDoctor Who: Four Doctors by Paul Cornell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The Four Doctors is an engaging story bringing the 10-12th Doctors together in an epic adventure to discover the truth behind a picture showing the three together despite Clara's attempts to manipulate the timeline to avoid it.

Overall, it's a fantastic time travel adventure that also looks at how the Doctor's lives (and by extension our own) change on the basis of the choices that we make and makes use of the Voord (who have been surprisingly popular in spin-off media over the last couple of years). Cornell gets all the characters just right and the art work is gorgeous. If I had one complaint about the book, it's that for a book called, "The Four Doctors," It' s really hard to figure out how the number tallies. Is the fourth Doctor, the War Doctor who is a catalyst for some of these events, an alternative reality Doctor, or the Ninth Doctor who makes a cameo in the final issue.

Either way, this is a still a solid book, worth a read for fans of the new series.



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Published on April 02, 2016 09:04 • 119 views • Tags: doctor-who, eleventh-doctor, tenth-doctor, twelfth-doctor
Doctor Who: The Widow's CurseDoctor Who: The Widow's Curse by Dan McDaid

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


The Martha Jones and Donna Noble eras in Doctor Who Magazine are captured in this book Here's a breakdown story by story:

The Woman Who Sold the War: On an alien world, a former Prime Minister put the word in hawk to an evil corporation. It's a somewhat tedious story that tries to add twists but mostly fails to make anything appealing. Overall, somewhat of a dud to start. Grade: D

Bus Stop: A man on the bus encounters the Doctor in the middle of an adventure. It's a funny idea, though I think it's not enough to effectively fill a 10-page story. A 4-6 story for the Annual might have been better. As it is, it's padded. Grade: B-

The First: A lovely pseudo-historical that finds the Doctor and Martha travelling with the unsuccessful South Pole expedition of Ernest Shackleton. The story is well-written as the truth about the aliens is slowly revealed. Shackleton is a written as a strong three-dimensional character who is fleshed out quite well. This one was a joy to read. Grade: A

The Solar Shield: The Doctor and Martha land on a Solar where the crew's assignment guarantees death in five years. This one's a quick one where a shirt holds the key to saving everyone. Okay, but unremarkable Grade: B

Death to the Doctor: An amusing tale that finds enemies plotting the death of the Doctor as vengeance as a way to gain reputation. An amusing story with a funny twist .Grade: B+

Universal Monsters: A bit of an homage to the Universal Monster films of the 1940s and 50s.. The art style is a bit jarring, but I can understand what they're going for. Okay, but not that great. Grade: B

The Widow's Curse: The titular story is a bit of a sequel to a Tenth Doctor TV episode. It's all about vengeance. It's a fair tale with some interesting twists. Grade: B+

The Immortal Emperor: The Doctor and Donna arrive in ancient China where something very wrong is going on. This eight page story from the 2009 storybook would have done better being fleshed out in a longer story. Grade: B-

The Time of My Life: Donna Noble's time on television ended tragically and it seemed all too short, this was doubly true for the Magazine comics where she only appeared in one story prior to this story. This story gives a sampling of Donna stories that might have been, which are of mixed quality, but the stollllry concludes with an emotional sucker punch on the final page. Grade: B+

Overall, the book was okay. There was one story I loved, one I really didn't care for, and the rest I can take or not. This was a bit of a letdown from the two prior New Who collections



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Published on July 07, 2016 22:18 • 89 views • Tags: doctor-who, tenth-doctor
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor, Vol. 3: The Fountains of ForeverDoctor Who: The Tenth Doctor, Vol. 3: The Fountains of Forever by Nick Abadzis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The Fountains or Forever is actually the first Tenth Doctor book where one storyline runs through the entire book as the Doctor tries to intercept a powerful artifact and when that fails, he has to unlock its mystery and things more complicated when an aging Hollywood startlet is re-invigorated. The story also has a nice call back to a classic series villain.

Overall, this is a story that holds a reader's interest. Gabby's friend Cindy is an interesting character that I'd like to see more of. As usual, the art on this series is top notch with Elena Casagrande turning in some superb work.



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Published on November 25, 2016 15:42 • 36 views • Tags: doctor-who, fountains, tenth-doctor
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor, Volume 5: Arena of FearDoctor Who: The Tenth Doctor, Volume 5: Arena of Fear by Nick Abadzis

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This book collects Issues 6-10 of Year 2 of the Tenth Doctor.

Issues 6 and 7 is the titular Arena of Fear story with our characters all separated and without their memories, divided into two groups and some even are being used by the villains who took away everyone's memory. The story is okay, but it doesn't really going anywhere interesting, particularly with the build up in the last volume, you'd really expect something more epic. It felt like Jack Harkness was inserted to have a Captain Jack guest star and that the writer missed a key distinction with Jack's character.

The Free Comic book day special has Cindy joining the Doctor and Gabby in the TARDIS. It's fun, if a bit frantic and hard to follow.

Issues 8 and 9 has the Doctor visiting a paranormal book fair because of course you go to a book fair when you could anywhere in time and space. Gabby is doubting Cindy's place as the newbie in the TARDIS. There's possession, weirdness, and a bit of mystery. It's a fairly good story with a bit of pathos for the Doctor.

Issue 10 is another trapped in the TARDIS story with Cindy lost and the TARDIS possessed. It's very pacy and it sets thing up for another confrontation with the Osirans who dominated Volume 3.

Overall, the volume is okay. It's hurt by the art is not being quite as pretty as previous volumes but also, it feels like some things are done just because they can. The addition of Cindy to the TARDIS crew doesn't seem to add much. It's true that in the previous series of 11th Doctor stories, Rob Williams had two additional companions and it worked, but they had reasons to be there, Cindy just doesn't seem to, but we'll find out how it works out in the next volume.



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Published on March 19, 2017 06:01 • 106 views • Tags: doctor-who, tenth-doctor
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Volume 6 - Sins of the FatherDoctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Volume 6 - Sins of the Father by Nick Abadzis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Sin of the Father collect Issues 11-14 of the Tenth Doctor Year 2 storyline. It begins with the Doctor, Gabby, and Cindy arriving in the Jazz age where Cindy falls for a hy young musician and then an alien strikes and the Doctor has to stop the alien from fulfilling its ultimate purpose.

The second story has the Doctor and Cindy going off on a mission to fulfill their deal with Anubis' quest and discover something astounding and mysterious on a familiar planet while Dorothy and Gabby hang back in Anubis' garden and make discoveries of their own. The plot has some great twists and turns with an ending that would be solid if not for one big issue.

The Anubis storyline has been in the background for the last four books and it's not resolved at the end of year two. Instead, we're left with a big mystery for year three rather than a resolution, which is disappointing.

The final story doesn't carry on this storyline. It's a story featuring three of the Titan Comics Doctors that's spread across time and space. This is okay. I just wish I knew where it was from.

What does make the book work is the character development. I really began to get a sense of who Cindy was as a character, which I hadn't had before and how they compliment each other in the TARDIS. The stories themselves were fine, but the art is a less spectacular than when the series began and more just servicable.

I'm still interested enough to carry on for the next volume, and hopefully that will have some resolution to the big issues of Year 2.



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Published on April 01, 2017 10:35 • 60 views • Tags: doctor-who, tenth-doctor
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Volume 7 - War of GodsDoctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Volume 7 - War of Gods by Nick Abadzis

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This book brings Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor: Year Two to an end with issues 15-17 and also includes Issue #5 of the Year 3 series.

Sutekh has returned to menace Anubis and our heroes in a final showdown and he has some allies. The art is very good and brings the scale of it to life beautifully, and the story is okay. To be honest, I think the Osirian storyline has dragged on far too long and outlived its usefellness. This storyline has been running since the Third Volume of Year One off and on.

Issue 5 is a one shot featuring a monster trying to feed on the Doctor’s pain. The art is substandard. Gabby doesn’t look like herself at all, and the story’s been told before and a little bit better.
Overall, this is an okay volume but just okay. I hope Year 3 brings a better fresh start for the Doctor.




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Published on June 29, 2017 13:52 • 58 views • Tags: doctor-who, tenth-doctor, titan-comics
Doctor Who: The Crimson HandDoctor Who: The Crimson Hand by Dan McDaid

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book collects the final 10th Doctor comics. After the 2008 series and until Series 5 truly got under way in the Spring of 2010, the Tenth Doctor was on his own and companionless on television with few adventures. Thus Doctor Who Magazine gave him his own companion and own 2009 Season complete with story arc.

However, Majenta Pryce is far from a typical "companion." She first met the Doctor in Issue 394 of Doctor Who magazine when he thwarted her hotel that was ripping apart time. The Doctor encounters her again at a prison called, "The Thinktwice" where her memory has been wiped. She recovers enough of her memory to blame the Doctor for the whole thing and demand she be taken to a planet, but first some detours.

Overall, the book works fairly well. It'a case where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The only bad story is the story without Majenta called Space Vikings because it's just Vikings IN SPACE.

However, many of these stories were middling. What stands out as good are the Stockridge Child which features the return of Max Edison. The Age of Ice finds the returns of the Skith and this time they're in Australia with some lovely art. The Deep Hereafter has the Doctor becoming a hard boiled detective of sorts (though they thankfully this was a short story) and then the ending of "The Ghosts of the Northern Line" captures the world-weariness of the late Tenth Doctor's era. But probably the only really great story is the titular, "The Crimson Hand" where at least the truth about Majenta is revealed and the universe will never be the same.

Overall, this is a fun book with plenty of good stories and a very solid thru-line.



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Published on July 24, 2017 18:26 • 94 views • Tags: doctor-who, doctor-who-magazine, tenth-doctor

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