Last month Doctor Who Comic UK spoiled us with 100 pages of brilliant adventures in time and space, featuring the Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors. And they've done it again, squeezing in four stories for your enjoyment. And if you're anything like me then enjoy it you will, as this issue includes the final chapters of possibly the best Tenth Doctor adventure to appear in comic book form, which also happens to be easily the best use of the Weeping Angels that you will find outside of Blink.
But as usual, let's start with the Twelfth Doctor.
In our world, UNIT scientist Paul Foster was killed in a car crash – in his, his wife and daughters perished, and only he survived. This alternate Paul Foster has crossed through the Void to reunite with his family in our reality. But he doesn’t belong here, and a menacing group of body-hopping interdimensional entities known as the Fractures are hunting Foster to stop reality from rupturing! Now the Fractures have infiltrated UNIT headquarters, and Chief Scientific Officer Kate Lethbridge-Stewart knows there’s only one person who can help them – the Doctor. But he and Clara have problems of their own!The third and final part of The Fractures will plunge you straight into Series 8 territory. You'll be reference spotting. A lot. But, as hard as it may be, do try and put your 'Eye Spy Book Of TV Who' aside and just enjoy Robbie Morrison's brilliant creation here, as the Fractures themselves are a great addition to Who mythology. And one I'm quite sure we've not seen the last of.
Alice believed her mother had returned from the dead, only for it to be revealed as a trick by SERVEYOUinc’s deplorable Talent Scout. Accidentally volunteering herself as Infinite Astronaut, Alice was forced to embark on a dangerous imension-crossing mission to discover the Creator’s true identity. While their quest ended an interstellar war, Alice’s inability to feel the cosmic wonder she witnessed has left her empty. Now, the Doctor has had enough. No one hurts his friends and gets away without at least a stern telling-off. It’s time to lodge a complaint – at SERVEYOUinc Headquarters!Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor always gave good speeches. Take, for instance, his monologue in The Rings of Akhaten - a classic Eleventh Doctor moment. And there are one or two of them here in The Rise And Fall, because when someone hurts a friend of the Eleventh Doctor you know he's gonna give them a mouthful. And you know it'll be exquisitely delivered.
I wasn't the biggest fan of the previous Eleventh Doctor story (The Eternal Dogfight/The Infinite Astronaut), there was nothing wrong with it as such it was just a little 'out-there' for my liking. Whereas here, in The Rise And Fall, the story feels real, as in a totally authentic Eleventh Doctor adventure.
Al Ewing does an excellent job, making what is essentially a mid-series story arc issue into an essential read, nicely setting up the back end. In short, you'll be back for more!
Wrapping up the issue we have parts 3 and 4 of The Weeping Angels of Mons.
On the battlefields of WWI, the soldiers believed mysterious moving statues were saving them from the horrors of war, but the Doctor knows the truth is far worse. Having recovered his Sonic Screwdriver and won the trust of Captain Fairbairn and his troops, the Doctor must now lead the survivors to safety. But stranded in a derelict warzone, under fire from artillery bombardments, the Time Lord is beginning to question humanity. With the TARDIS missing and the Weeping Angels closing in, will the Doctor and Gabby ever escape the trenches?What more can I possibly say about this story? For me it's the ultimate Tenth Doctor comic book adventure. Heck it might just be the best Doctor Who comic book story ever. Honestly.
All reviews are clearly subjective, and as I've sung the praises of this story for the last three issues let me offer a link to a combined Weeping Angels of Mons review from my fellow WarpedFactor'er Tony Fyler. Partly because he puts it so much better than I can, and partly to show that it's not just me who thinks it's amazing. Buy this issue. Buy the collected graphic novel. This is an essential story to own.
So there we have it, another excellent collection of Doctor Who comic book adventures for your enjoyment. If, like me, Doctor Who Comic UK has kept you going while the show has been off air, then it's likely Titan Magazines have now got you hooked on the publication. And let me tell you, having read a couple of the stories to come they are never ever gonna let you go. You're in this run for life buddy! (happy face)
Doctor Who Comic UK #8 is available in newsagents now, alternatively you can subscribe and get 3 free Doctor Who: Titans Mini Figures!!