Book Reviews: Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Vol. 1 and Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Vol. 1

One of the best things that can happen for the fans of any popular franchise is the creation of good extended universe content (note: one of the worst things that can happen to said fan base is when a creative company suddenly disavows this extra content. I’m looking at you Disney). For a while Doctor Who has had a pretty strong extended universe game, mainly in the form of novels, but there have been other mediums as well. In recent years IDW has been putting out a strong Doctor Who comic game, which is why it is welcome news that since acquiring the property Titan comics is knocking it out of the park.

The new comics follow the adventures of the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth Doctors, respectively, with stories taking place between the televised episodes. Old companions (Martha Jones!) are back, and new companions are coming. It is great to spend a bit more time with familiar faces now gone, and with the comics you get to see the adventures unfold rather than just imagining them in your mind when reading a novel.

The real star of these new comics is the writing and images. It feels and looks like Doctor Who. From the absent-minded wittiness of the Tenth to the child-like befuddled antics of the Eleventh the stories and dialog are spot on. The artwork in the first of the new comics is a great balance of realism and cartoon. Its images are both familiar and new at the same time.

Of course it is still early in Titan’s Doctor Who run, artists and writers will change, but if things stay consistent then there are good things ahead. Fans of Doctor Who should definitely check out these comics. They will not be disappointed.

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