The first part of The Fractures, told in issue #6 of Titan Comics’ Twelfth Doctor adventures, stuck very closely to modern, contemporary Who – Coal Hill pupil in the Tardis, Kate Lethbridge-Stewart and UNIT at the Tower, wandering time traveler in an orange space suit and so on. Part 2, if anything, feels like we’ve gone back a few years, touching bases along the New Who timeline, all the way back to the first new series in 2005, as we learn what the Fractures are, and why they’re messing with the lives of ordinary Londoners.
Tony reviewed The Twelfth Doctor #7 from Titan Comics.
The Tenth Doctor #9 – amazing story, great artwork.
The Weeping Angels of Mons has been, from its earliest panels, haunting, spooky, and heartbreaking by turns. Writer Robbie Morrison has delivered a Tenth Doctor story of real nuance and heart, a love letter to the ordinary men who found themselves, voluntarily or not, changing their day to day world for a hell of muck, bullets, wire, fear, noise, gas and all the horrors the human race had by 1914 devised.
In that environment, the Weeping Angels work superbly, terrifyingly well – arguably better, in fact, than in any of their TV adventures so far.
Tony reviewed The Tenth Doctor #9 from Titan Comics.
‘I’m just a mouth on legs’ – but so much more. Tegan Jovanka.
‘Well, that settles it – she’s got to come with us!’
As ‘Welcome to the Tardis’ parties go, it’s not the most promising beginning, and yet Tegan Jovanka is the go-to companion of the Peter Davison era, the one your mind immediately conjures up when you picture the early 80s Tardis. Of the Fifth Doctor’s companions, she’s the one who stays the longest, and the one who lets him get away with least in the way of prevarication, fecklessness or shoddy piloting. In essence, Tegan is the Fifth Doctor’s whetstone – with his personality so much less inherently bluff and commanding than that of his fourth incarnation, it’s Tegan who frequently makes the Fifth Doctor buck his ideas up, or at least gives him an ideal to live up to.
Tony paid tribute to a great 80s companion – Tegan Jovanka.
Snakedance was a great statement of historical honesty.
The past is rarely anything like the fluffy legends we establish in its name.
That’s a key theme of Snakedance, where the Mara, last seen becoming a giant snake and evaporating in a puff of its own reflection in Kinda, is a popular figure in the local semi-mythological history of the planet Manussa.
Tony remembered Snakedance, the second story involving The Mara.
The Fifth Doctor Box Set – better than you might imagine.
The Fifth Doctor Box Set is one of those instances where Big Finish pull just a couple of stories together, and usually sell them at a price akin to two new release DVDs (£25 download, £30 CD) – a big financial investment if the stories don’t live up to the enjoyment you could get from two new release DVDs. This box set reunites the ‘full Tardis’ crew – Nyssa, Tegan and Adric returning alongside Fifth Doctor Peter Davison for two ‘early Fifth’ era stories. So ultimately, before you shell out for this one, you have to ask yourself one question – how much do you like Adric?
Tony checked out the Fifth Doctor Box set from Big Finish, including Psychodrome and Iterations of I.
The ongoing saga of the Eleventh Doctor, Alice, Jones and ARC against ServeYouInc and in particular the villainous dream-come-true merchant known as the Talent Scout is nearing its end, which means this issue of the Titan Comics Eleventh Doctor series turns towards the wrapping up of plot strands. In this issue we find out how the Talent Scout came to be, what his connection is to the mysterious entity of which ARC is essentially the living brain (keep up, this is an Eleventh Doctor saga!), and why he’s been plaguing the Doctor and co for so long now.
Tony reviewed The Eleventh Doctor #11 from Titan Comics.
The 80s saw a spectacular renaissance of the Master.
The Master was originally a Doctor-specific creation. He was the Anti-Pertwee, and his original function in Doctor Who was to provide either a convenient ‘Moriarty-style’ thorn of evil genius in the Third Doctor’s side (mainly, but not exclusively while he was trapped on Earth), or to be a gateway through which other monsters of the week could rock up in our part of the galactic neigbourhood, con the bejeesus out of everybody and threaten to kill us all, or turn our planet into a planet-sized wheel of brie.
Tony examined the renaissance of the Master, throughout the Peter Davison era in particular.
Peter Davison, preparing to battle evil and score runs as the Fifth Doctor.
As well as being the youngest Doctor to date when he took over the keys of the blue box, Davison at 29 was the Doctor who had had the most public recognition from his prior TV work, at least since Hartnell’s Army Game days.
As WarpedFactor began a celebration of all things Fifth Doctor, Tony looked back on the pre-Who career of the man who gave him life – Peter Davison.