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Review – Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #13 (Titan Comics)

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Publisher: Titan Comics
Writer: Nick Abadzis
Artist: Elena Casagrande
Release Date: 29th July 2015


The latest issue of the Tenth Doctor continues at break-neck pace as Dorothy acclimatises to her rejuvenated body. Whilst it’s still unclear who, or what, Dorothy has become, her new-found powers of flight see her set off around New York City for what very much feels like an episode of DIY SOS hosted by Rogue. The race is very much on to see who reaches her first: the Doctor (and what is quickly becoming his ‘ensemble’ rather than companions) or our unmarked black spaceship, which continues to loom ominously closer throughout the issue.

I cannot praise Nick Abadzis enough for the direction that he is taking this series. The plot is exceedingly engaging; largely achieved by Abadzis’ tremendous skill at providing just enough information to keep you intrigued and no more! What exactly has Dorothy merged with? Who resides within that spaceship and what are they after? When will the Doctor realise that Cleo should be his next companion?!

In that vein, the characterisation is superb. I could actually hear David Tennant’s voice in my head as I read. As could be said for the series as a whole, the supporting cast is a real strength of the comic. Cleo continues to be a delight and, dare I say it, I’m even warming to Gabby.

In fact, I’d say my only complaint (and it’s a small one) is the mixture of art with filtered real-life images. The effect is jarring. Whilst I haven’t been entirely sold by Elena Casagrande’s artwork in the past, I enjoyed her otherworldly rendering of Dorothy in this issue and would have preferred to see her crack at ‘the city that never sleeps’.

If you’re a Who fan and you haven’t given this series a go, you are seriously missing out.

Roll on 12th August for the next issue!

Rating: 4/5.


The writer of this piece was: Kirsty Hunter
Kirsty Tweets from @kirstythehunter.



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