Review: Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #6

10D_06_Cover_ADOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR #6

STORY BY: Robbie Morrison
ART BY: Daniel Indro
COLORS BY: Slamet Mujiono
COVER A BY: Tommy Lee Edwards
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
PAGECOUNT: 32
COVER PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: Wednesday January 7, 2015

SOLICITATION:

STONE HANDS STALK THROUGH THE CRATERS OF THE SOMME…

When Gabby and the Doctor arrive by accident in No Man’s Land in July, 1916, they’re met by Corporal Jamie Colqhoun, a soldier who knows from bitter experience that there are worse things than the Jerries out in the rat-strewn trenches.

Things that drift through the smoke of a thousand cannon shells, and move only when you look away. Shadows that flit over artillery-blasted field hospitals and throw their terrifying wings over the living. Statues that steal your life in an instant.

The Weeping Angels.

But in a conflict where the life of young men is cheap, and thousands die every day – are the Angels actually offering salvation?

Trapped in the midst of a flock of starving Angels, the Doctor faces his most challenging and terrifying moral dilemma yet!

Comes with three covers to collect including a special cover by artist Tommy Lee Edwards!

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REVIEW:

I’ve been disappointed with Titan Comics’ Twelfth Doctor series, but had yet to read their series based on the Tenth Doctor. This was my first time sitting down to read them, probably because I am a huge fan of the Tenth Doctor. He was the Doctor I was first exposed to in any serious effort to get into the series. I did not want to be disappointed. I had no reason to worry.

Robbie Morrison accurately captures the Tenth Doctor’s tone, which is serious but not dwelling and over-emotional in the face of a problem. When dealing with humans he is patient, but dismissive, accurately mirroring much of his portrayal during Tennant’s time as the Doctor. The story puts the Tenth Doctor up against the Weeping Angels, whom he’s only faced once during his television series, and didn’t fare very well, finding himself and Martha Jones stuck in 1968. The Angels are formidable opponents and Morrison treats them as such here.

10D_#6The art by Daniel Indro is very complex and he gets Tennant’s likeness right more than he gets it wrong. For a licensed property, that’s one of the most important rules for drawing a licensed comic. The rest of the art is detailed, although at times the action seems disjointed as if several separate drawings have been combined into a larger one. There is so much detail that the character likenesses seem reliant on things like clothing and exaggerated body type instead of posture, mannerisms and appearance. I can’t fault the attention to detail, though.

Is it worth following for Doctor Who fans? Definitely. Is it worth reading for fans that don’t know the Doctor. There’s not enough to establish the Doctor, since the story seems to rely on the reader already knowing quite a bit about him already. The Weeping Angels are handled extremely well, though and should be enough to carry a casuaal reader past the cliffhanger and into the next issue.