Pullbox Reviews: Doctor Who The Ninth Doctor – Fantastic!

Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #1

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Writer: Cavan Scott
Art: Adriana Melo
Color: Matheus Lopes
Letters: Richard Starkings/Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt

Publisher: Titan Comics

Available April 13, 2016

I’m a HUGE Doctor Who fan. Most Doctor Who comics are written for fans of the show, and in order to be successful, the Doctor and his companions need to use familiar mannerisms and catchphrases. The Fourth Doctor will offer you a Jelly Baby, the Tenth Doctor might say “Allons-y,” and the Twelfth Doctor will frown and tell you to “Shut Up!”

This is the first of an ongoing Ninth Doctor series, portrayed brilliantly on TV by the gorgeous and talented Christopher Eccleston. His companions for this story are the very familiar Rose Tyler (beautiful Billie Piper) and Captain Jack Harkness (equally beautiful John Barrowman). They’ve just started to gel as a TARDIS team, and as they’re scanning for hits on a temporal beacon, they pick up a message from….Captain Jack Harkness. As they go to investigate, they land on a planet that is all ready to welcome the Doctor. Apparently there’s a wonderful television show called “Doctor Who?” starring someone who looks remarkably like our Ninth Doctor. As he is mobbed by fans of the show, Rose sneaks off to investigate and a significant discovery is made.

Cavan Scott is obviously knowledgable about the details and mannerisms of the different characters as he has much experience writing Doctor Who tie-ins. He takes what we know about these characters and puts them into situations that you KNOW they’d get into. Doctor Nine’s discomfort with being a celebrity is palpable, and Jack’s amazing ability to flirt with everyone is on full charming display. This is just a really FUN story.

The art by Adriana Melo is masterfully done as well, a fitting compliment to Scott’s story. Also acustomed to working on licensed books, her characters look and move and have expressions that the Doctor, Rose and Jack should always have. This is just beautifully done, plus the action is imaginative and the world they land on have interesting, engaging humanoid inhabitants. Lopes’ colors work well, even to getting most of the eyes the right color (although Rose’s are a little on the green end of the hazel scale instead of gold), yet still managing to get our heroes to stand out on the page.

I’ve read a lot of Doctor Who comic adaptations for several different Doctors, and this is simply the best one I’ve read. The action was good, the characters were well-defined (even if you didn’t know the series) and the story is going somewhere. If only there was room for another, more Minnesotan, companion…

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