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Comic Review: ‘Doctor Who: Doctormania’ Pt. 1

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SynopsisThe Ninth Doctor is BACK – and this time he’s ONGOING! In Part 1 of ‘DOCTORMANIA’, the Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack uncover a mysterious video. Tracking down its source could help Jack uncover why his mind was wiped – but the first step takes the Doctor to a planet where he is, inexplicably, a celebrity!

Writer: Cavan Scott

Artist: Adriana Melo

Publisher: Titan Comics

Release Date: April 13, 2016

Price: $3.99

Review:

The Ninth Doctor is back with Doctormania, and it has a really unique plot.

This comic has the Doctor in a world where people are aware that he is a television character. It made me wonder if the actual Doctor looks like his television counterpart, or if the Doctor on TV looks as close to him as producers could find. This comic does imply this plot point, and I hope they go into further detail in the subsequent issues.

The Doctor is approached by his fans in this comic, but I wasn’t too pleased with how those fans were characterized. It’s very tricky for shows and comics to adequately portray their fan base, and most of the time that portrayal is done poorly (a notable example being past Doctor Who and Sherlock episodes). I was not a big fan of Cavan Scott’s portrayal of Doctor Who fans, who were characterized as squeeing little girls wanting to take selfies with the cute Doctor. There may be some fans who would act like that, but the majority are civil, making this interpretation not the most accurate.

That characterization is the only negative I have for this comic, and it’s not a big deal, it’s just a peeve of mind that doesn’t necessarily reflect the comic’s worth.

The actual story is very engaging and builds up the ending very well. It ended on a note that made me very excited to read the new issue, but it did also make me a little upset when I realized that there will only be three comics in this miniseries. I hope that three is the magic number, and I can’t wait to scoop them all up from my comic shop!

The last thing I want to mention is the variant covers , which are so beautiful. I’m half tempted to go out and buy all of them. Titan Comics always has such beautiful variant covers, and it makes me really happy that other artists are invited to come in and show their love and care for the comics.

Here are a few of my favorite variant covers:

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It’s upsetting that this comic is short, but it definitely left me excited to go on more adventures with Nine, Rose, and Jack.

 

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Review: Doctor Who: Ninth Doctor #1

Writer: Cavan Scott
Artist: Blair Shedd
Number of Issues: 1 (of 5)
Page Count: 32pp
Publisher: Titan Comics
Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 1, 2015

I was extremely excited for this series as the Ninth Doctor is one of my favorites.  He’s the Doctor I started with, and over time I’ve grown to care about him more and more. So when a series with him, Rose, and Captain Jack was being released, I had to beg the editor to let me review it.

There on the Tardis, going through space like any other issue, and of course the doctor lands in the wrong spot…or did he?  The Excrothian is not where it’s supposed to be.  It has disappeared.

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The Tardis is then pulled in by a tractor beam onto a ship, where they are met with giant robots questioning them, and trying to destroy them.  Of course, in true who fashion they escape. Unfortunately, the ship comes under attack, and they must fight their way out of this, literally.  The Doctor, however, is not pleased with how Jack is handling it.

The issue ends with a cliff hanger where Rose is lost in space, and could be gone forever, but we all know the Doctor will have some trick up his sleeve to save the day.  Right?

I give this issue a Nine, and a definite must read!

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Interview with Cavan Scott, Writer of the New Ninth Doctor Comics Series

GeekGirl World recently had the privilege of interviewing Cavan Scott, the writer for the upcoming Doctor Who: Ninth Doctor Series, published by Titan Comics.

GeekGirl World: When did you first meet the Doctor?

Cavan Scott: Back in the 1970s, during Tom Baker’s reign, because that’s what it was! He just was the Doctor. In fact, I was ever-so-slightly scared of him with that voice and those wide-staring eyes, but he was my Doctor through and through.

GGW: What doctor do you personally identify with?

Scott: Ooh, that’s a good question. I think the Tenth Doctor tries very hard to be liked. Perhaps a little too hard at times and gets it wrong from now to now, becoming a bit too loud and showy-offy (if that’s a word). I’ve been guilty of that in the past too.

GGW: Why write your new series on the Ninth Doctor?

Scott: Because I wanted to take number nine out into space where we never really got chance to see him. Plus, it’s my thank you to the cast and crew of the 2005 season for taking the gamble and bringing Doctor Who back – and with such style.

GGW: Follow up – Do you feel he didn’t have a long enough time being the doctor?

Scott: Actually, you know I think he did a hell of a lot in those 13 episodes. Yes, I would love to have seen Christopher Eccleston do more stories – who wouldn’t? – but it’s amazing how much he packed in there, so many emotions and levels. Of course, it shouldn’t have been a surprise. The man’s a legend.

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GGW: Do you have a favorite companion and if so who is it?

Scott: I hate being asked this as I have so many favorite companions, from Jamie and Sarah Jane Smith (*the* Doctor Who companion) to Romana and the 80s companions I grew up watching when I was getting more into Doctor Who fandom. I always had a bit of a crush on Tegan!

I’ll tell you who I would love to write – dear dopey but dashing Harry Sullivan, who traveled early on with the Fourth Doctor. You could have a lot of fun with Harry.

GGW: If you could travel with any Doctor who would it be?

Another great question. I love the Sixth Doctor, but I suspect it would be quite a rocky ride. The Eighth Doctor would be fun. I love his enthusiasm and joy. He’s a man who just wants to discover and explore. Yeah, let’s go for him.

GGW: If you could wear any one piece of clothing that any Doctor has worn, 
what would it be and why?


Scott: Ha! The Tenth Doctor’s coat, because its all dramatic and swishy!

GGW: How do you feel about the new doctor?

Scott: Number 12? I like him a lot. Spiky and bad-tempered, although I’ve a feeling we might see him mellow over time. Not much I hope, though. My daughters love how rude he is. That thing of seeing an adult being bad-mannered and acting like a kid. They always laugh like drains whenever he tells someone to shut up!


GGW: If you could bring back a Doctor and companion for one episode who would
 it be?

Scott: Well, if I had the power of time travel, the Third Doctor and Jo Grant. I’ve had the privilege of working with lovely Katy Manning on a series of Big Finish audios called Iris Wildthyme and adore her. And she was perfect as Jo, both alongside Jon Pertwee and then when she returned in the Sarah Jane Adventures alongside Matt Smith.

And who wouldn’t love to see a new Third Doctor story? So much of his character is to be found in the Twelfth Doctor, I think.

GGW: Any other doctor who projects on the horizon?

Scott: Yes, but I’m afraid I can’t say what yet. Spoilers!

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