Doctor Who – Weapons of Past Destruction
I read this book a few years back when I found it at the public library and I was really impressed. It reminded me of why I used to love seeing Chris Eccleston in the role of the title character. The artwork was amazing and Cavan Scott penned a tale that felt like a Series One episode. I could even hear Chris’s voice coming off of the page. I laughed out loud at few times and reveled in the total experience.
This past week, I finally got my hands on the next three volumes and read it again so I could jump back in the TARDIS with the Ninth Doctor, Rose, and Captain Jack Harkness.
I liked that the book told a story that we wouldn’t have seen on the television show. The special effects are larger than life and would have been quite expensive to produce on film. This is where graphic novels have immense power. The universe is wide-open, as it were. It’s a huge canvas that the creative team of Scott, Blair Shedd, Rachael Stott, and Anang Setyawan utilize brilliantly.
Doctor Who – Doctormania
There are several short stories in this volume and even one that plays with the fact that Doctor Who is a television show. An alien basically freaks out when she meets the Doctor and Captain Jack, who just happens to be the president of his fan club. Of course, things aren’t exactly what they seem.
The next story is another one of those larger than life tales that the creative team pulled off in the first volume of this series. It even has a few cameos from stars of the 9th and 10th Doctor’s runs
Doctor Who – Official Secrets
It was really cool to see Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart popping up in this volume. And once again, we get a story with big monsters and a scale that the first series of the TV show wouldn’t have been able to pull off. But it still feels authentic. We also get a glimpse into the past of Captain Jack Harkness.
Doctor Who – Sin Eaters
Titan comics did a fantastic job with this series. I was sad to see it come to an end. I loved the way it dealt with the after-effects of The Time War and referenced things we know about the future from watching the 11th Doctor’s adventures on the screen.
There’s a scene in this one where we see the pain the Doctor still suffers from his role in the time war. It’s a touching moment that nearly brought a tear to me eye. Since this series was released after the 50th anniversary special, the creators were able to fill in the blanks and give extra meaning to some of the things we saw in the first series of the show. In fact, they even let us know where these comic adventures fall between episodes of the original series.
This was a great series and I highly recommend it. I only wish there were more to read. I miss the 9th Doctor. It’s great to see him still having adventures in time and space.