Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #6

Welcome back to the 70s (or is it the 80s?)! The Doctor becomes entangled once more with the forces of UNIT when a cache of potentially devastating top secret material is leaked to the media. But does the UNIT whistleblower have a point? Alien invasion and internecine intrigue combine in an explosive new story!

I think I’ve finally pinned down what irks me about the writing in Ninth Doctor #6: there’s something about the way the characters keep throwing in extraneous information whenever they speak. The typical rule for comic book dialogue is, “trim the fat” – simple and elegant is best. If you have to explain something, do it clearly and straightforwardly. Instead, Ninth Doctor’s characters tend to – in the very apt British phrase – “natter on” quite a bit.

I’m all for adding baroque flourishes to dialogue, but you have to pick your moment. If every character is adding something under their breath every other line, it does make for distractions, especially when you’d like to focus on the giant monsters appearing out of nowhere to attack things.

This issue does have some creative touches with regard to giant monsters (I won’t spoil anything for you), but mostly gets bogged down trying to crowbar in some old Dr. Who series history. The art in the Ninth Doctor is still a little off-putting, with weirdly claustrophobic angles and scribbly linework.

In the end, Ninth Doctor #6 is trying to do too many things at once. Giant monsters tend to overwhelm the narrative (quite literally), so you can’t keep cramming in subplots until the issue gets indigestion. The Ninth Doctor just doesn’t have the constitution for that sort of thing.

Final Verdict: 2 out of 5.

Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #6 can be found at Titan Comics

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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