Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #1

BBC presents the ongoing adventures of Doctor Who! On the run with companion Rose and the roguish Jack Harkness, The Ninth Doctor lands the TARDIS on planet Gharusa. But something is definitely amiss! Number Nine can’t even handle a planet full of his biggest fans; what will happen when he meets…himself? Thrill to another mind-and-space-bending episode of The Ninth Doctor!

I was dubious about The Ninth Doctor at first. Film tie-ins have a reputation for being slapdash, and I worried this installment was just another means of turning a quick buck. So imagine my surprise! Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #1 turned out to be rather good.

The art is Dark Horse-esque: Mainstream with just a tiny dash of Independent for flavor. Not a lot of the characters’ personalities come through (granted, Jack Harkness was basically a Ken doll to begin with…) but it does exude a certain chipper earnestness while leading us from scene to scene, much like the show itself. There’s odd inconsistencies between the main characters and supporting cast, as though they’re drawn and inked by two different teams, and some of the action sequences come off a little thin. All in all, though, I was rather impressed.

The story is the charming muddle we’ve come to love and expect from Doctor Who: something about Time Wars and aliens and abducting impressionable young “Companions” and sonic screwdrivers. Who cares? We’re along for the ride, which is always weirdly fun. I really did want to know why and how the Doctor was meeting his doppelganger, and the Reveal at the end left me rubbing my hands with glee (of course this glee was predicated on my prior knowledge of the series and its monsters, so if you’re not acquainted with a few seasons of the TV show, you’ll be left scratching your head).

Some quibbles nibble at the enjoyment. The Doctor’s fans, perhaps intended as parodies of American youth, are simply tiresome. The whole “meta”-situation felt lazy. Since this is Part 1 of 3, I’d like to see how it plays out before I pass judgment, but I feel the writers could have gotten from Point A to Point B without the “Characters realize they’re in a TV show” trope.

Final verdict: 3 out of 5. A packet of crisps, washed down with a refreshing Tizer.

Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #1 can be found for sale on Comixology.

Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.

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