I don’t normally read comic books but seeing a cover with both 10 and 13 on it, I just had to order it, & I’m really pleased I did because it’s opened up a whole new platform of Doctor Who stories for me to become obsessed with. This comic is built up of three short stories which are all connected in some way & features three of the Doctors, plus some companions I’d never met before!
Created by: James Peaty, Jody Houser, Rachel Scott,
Pasqualo Qualano & Brian Williamson
The Ghost Ship 🔆🔆🔆
I’ve only ever seen 10 with his on-screen companions so it was rather strange reading about him travelling with Gabby & Cindy, two characters that I’d never even heard of, but the story was a lot more racially diverse than his episodes which is something I absolutely had to appreciate.
As for the story itself, it wasn’t the best out of the bunch (actually, it was the one I enjoyed the least out of the three in this comic), but a new David Tennant adventure is obviously always welcome. There’s a chance I would have enjoyed it more if I was more familiar with Gabby & Cindy, or if it had been one of 10’s on-screen companions, however the story just wasn’t for me unfortunately.
Something I was very happy about was a ‘deleted scene’ from my favourite Doctor Who episode (I won’t spoil it for you, you’ll have to pick up the book to find out) at the end of the story – it put such a big smile on my face & it was a fantastic surprise!!
The Steampunk Conundrum 🔆🔆🔆🔆🔆
Anything steampunk always gets my vote so I really enjoyed this story; 11 was written, & illustrated, really, really well & I could hear Matt Smith’s voice in my head the whole time I was reading. 11 was also typically hilarious, which was great. This story also introduced me to another companion I’d never heard of, & her name was Alice – & I really liked her! I’d really like more stories with Alice, even though 11 isn’t one of my go-to Doctors.
At the end of this story was another additional scene & at this point I realised that the little extras were all connected…
This was the only story in here that featured companions from the show – Bill & Kate. Both of them were written fantastically & I was really excited that I got to read a new adventure with Bill because her character left the show far too soon. I wasn’t totally sold on how 12 was portrayed but he seems to have become my favourite Doctor during the pandemic so I’ll never complain about having new stories with him. I think this was probably my favourite story out of the trio, & I really enjoyed being able to actually see the aliens in these stories because the books don’t come with any visuals.
There was another brilliant extra in here too & I believe the three connect up with a 13th comic story, which is really exciting!
I will always prefer fully fleshed out stories to short stories, so my main take-away from this was that I wish each story had been longer! Nevertheless, this book worked out as a brilliant pick-me-up when I was feeling low & I really enjoyed all the illustrations, especially as someone who struggles to create images in my mind from descriptions. I’m absolutely going to buy more Doctor Who comics, especially the ones involving 12 & 13!
If you like short stories & are a fan of the three Doctors leading up to Jodie taking over the role, then you should absolutely grab yourself a copy of this little book of adventures!
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