Doctor Who Comic UK has always represented excellent value for money. After all where else are you going to get a Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctor story together in one monthly publication? Issue #7 goes one step further, and inside its 100 pages you will find FOUR very awesome Doctor Who stories for you to enjoy.
First up it's the Twelfth Doctor in part 2 of The Fractures.
When the Doctor returned Clara to Earth, she expected a brief respite from adventure. Instead, a crack has formed in the Void between universes – and trouble is spilling out.The Fractures themselves are genuinely creepy, kudos to Brian Williamson for his excellent artwork here, and the story from Robbie Morrison features some great interplay between the Doctor and Clara.
In our world, UNIT scientist Paul Foster was killed in a car crash, while his family survived – in his, it was his wife and daughters that perished. Now, this alternate Paul Foster has made the leap through the Void to reunite with his family. But he doesn’t belong in this dimension, and a menacing group of body-hopping entities known as the Fractures are hunting Foster to stop reality from rupturing!
Can the Doctor save the universe AND bring a family back together – or will sacrifices have to be made?
I said last month that the first part of The Fractures felt very much like an episode ripped straight from series 8 of Doctor Who, this time we've gone back a few years with echoes of (and the occasional Easter Egg from) the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctor's eras. There's a nice cliffhanger too, meaning you're definitely be back next month to find out how the story ends.
Next up we have a double helping of Eleventh Doctor, in The Eternal Dogfight and The Infinite Astronaut.
Alice, Jones and ARC have joined the Doctor aboard the TARDIS. During a time-twisting adventure where the flow of time reversed inside the vortex, the Doctor succeeded in preventing Jones’ death and the destruction of an entire planet.Technically they are parts one and two of the same story but it's very nice to have them presented together.
Now Alice must return to London and confront the challenges of everyday life. With her landlord in the process of evicting her, and as she mourns the loss of her mother, the last thing she needs is to face a sky full of alien fighter pilots. But travels with the Doctor never do turn out quite as you’d expect...
It's something of a bizarre story, in a good way though... in a zany bizarre good way. Al Ewing really does capture the essence of the Eleventh Doctor within his dialogue, the same can't be said for Warren Pleece's artwork. Does this distract from the adventure though? Not one bit, it's quality artwork through and through, but it's just more of an impressionistic take on the Time Lord, that's all.
Part 2 of the Tenth Doctor adventure The Weeping Angels of Mons closes out issue #7 of Doctor Who Comic UK.
The Doctor and Gabby are trapped in the chaos of World War One, where trench foot is the least of their worries. With the TARDIS seemingly scattered across No Man’s Land and the Sonic Screwdriver in the hands of the military, the Doctor and Gabby must now convince the skeptical Captain Fairbairn that they are not spies – or face the firing squad! Far from the trip to paradise Gabby was hoping for, they’re stuck in a desolate wasteland where even the statues are deadly. Can the Time Lord’s new companion make it out alive?You really are in for a heck of a treat here. There's a good argument to be made that The Weeping Angels of Mons is the best Tenth Doctor adventure to appear in comic book form. Plus, outside of Blink it's easily the best use of the Weeping Angels in any medium.
Right from the off part 2 will chill you to the bone as the concept behind this particular adventure is laid out to the reader. And it doesn't let up, not for one single minute. If you want to find out just how far people will take the suggestion "don't blink" then you've come to the right place. Be warned, this is dark stuff. Brilliant, brilliant dark stuff.
I can't tell you that Doctor Who Comic UK #7 is the best issue yet, but that's only because there hasn't been a poor one to date! What I can say is that if you even have just a small appreciation of Doctor Who (and I'm guessing the fact that you've read this far means that that is a given) then, hand on heart, you will love this.
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