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The Power of the Daleks (animated)


For those less versed in Whovian lore, The Power of the Daleks is the first full story to feature Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor.  It aired in 6 weekly episodes from November 5 until December 10, 1966.  Sadly, the entirety of this serial was lost during the BBC’s archive purge in the late ’60s and early ’70s.  All that remains of the original footage are a few very short video clips that were used for other things, some still pictures, and the complete broadcast audio.  This is where we now pick up the narrative.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Power of the Daleks, the BBC has taken that original broadcast audio track and animated all six episodes, releasing the results in the UK starting on November 5, 2016, and to the rest of the world in the weeks since...

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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.

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Doctor Who: The Third Doctor #1

Paul Cornell returns to Doctor Who comics with THE HERALDS OF DESTRUCTION! When something enormous crashes into Bedfordshire, the Doctor, Jo Grant, and the forces of UNIT under Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart mobilise immediately – and find themselves in the middle of a pitched battle against a terrifying invader… But the shocking face that awaits their return to base may tip the whole world off its axis!

It’s classic Third Doctor action as you’ve never seen it before!

I’m not versed in the history of all the Doctors on Doctor Who; the Third Doctor is really quite different from any of the other Doctors I’ve seen. Instead of operating alone, with a companion along for the ride, this Doctor appears to be attached to British military intelligence, or at least a branch thereof...

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Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #5

Modern-day Seattle sees the Doctor, Jack, and Rose pulled into a city-wide civil war between strangely empowered citizens. But when they start mutating into horrendous monsters, the Doctor and friends find themselves out of their depth! Fighting side by side with a face from his future, can the Doctor restore normalcy to the city before it’s completely overrun?

Well, isn’t this a pleasant surprise!

After the garbled, poorly-drawn mess of the last story arc’s finale, I’d washed my hands of old Number Nine. Between the uselessness of Jack Harkness and the scumbly birds-nest of linework, there was little to recommend this comic at all.

But with the fifth issue, Titan has cleaned up its act...

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Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #2.12

Filled with new purpose, and information from the mouth of the WAR DOCTOR himself, Alice is closing in on the truth behind the Doctor’s possible-crime. But something horrific is stirring within the Squire, and the Doctor finds himself caught between duty and honor! Plus, Abslom Daak makes a fateful decision…!

And in this week’s episode of The Ugliest Doctor, no one has a single clue what’s going on. Including the comic’s creators.

The art is even worse than in the first issue. The dialogue makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. Actions occur disjointedly. Any sense of fun or interest from the Dr. Who series is simply missing. Even Titan’s preview summary (see above) seems to have little to do with the storyline. Is anybody paying attention? Who’s in the driver’s seat?!

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