REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 2: “Smile”

REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 2: “Smile”

“Smile”, like “The Pilot” before it, represents a return to a classic approach to this season of Doctor Who, and just like the premiere episode, this instalment is refreshingly fun, engaging and tremendously enjoyable. Its structure in many ways is a modern interpretation of the archetypal Doctor Who story; the Doctor and his companion arrive at a  otherworldly locale, wander around for a bit, then get sucked into a conflict due either to the Doctor’s…

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REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 1 – “The Pilot”

REVIEW: Doctor Who – Series 10, Episode 1 – “The Pilot”

Doctor Who returns for its first full season of adventures in over a year. True, we got a solid Christmas Special and the spin-off show “Class,” but in actuality it’s been far too long since the Doctor graced our screens for a run of stories through all of time and space. The first episode of the 10th series, the last series to star Peter Capaldi in the title role, is a fun and engaging story…

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“Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #3”

“Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #3”

As this mini-series is dependent upon the history of the television show and comics, I hope my taking a moment to provide a little bit of context can be helpful. The third Doctor was grounded on earth for the bulk of his tenure, and instead of exploring the universe he was primarily relegated to helping a British agency known as U.N.I.T (Unified Intelligence Task Force) in defeating the baddies that popped up. The third Doctor…

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“Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #2” a Celebration of Confidence

“Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #2” a Celebration of Confidence

“It’s a large universe, Zoe. And there is still much in it…that makes me despair.”  While the first Doctor encapsulated the personality of a wise old school master the interesting thing about the second Doctor is his complex vacillating between being arrogant, insightful, and unsure. This incarnation of the Doctor jumps between such extremes in his adventures, and writers Scott and David Tipton craft a very laudatory tale (this is a celebration of the character…

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“Doctor Who #5”

“Doctor Who #5”

This issue, part one of two of the new adventure “The Eye of Ashaya,” does a very good job of NOT focusing on the Doctor, rather it pushes the story forward with other characters. As this story opens, Amy and Rory, the committed companions, have once again had an unsatisfactory vacation experience. This gag remains something that always is humorous to me (and it has been a recurring one), as it reminds the reader that…

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“Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #1”

“Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #1”

I will begin with ending because there is a great post-script on the final page of this issue from writer John Ainsworth, a Who-comic veteran from the 1990s. In his brief reflection on being apart of the history of Doctor Who, he alludes to the power that the comics medium can have on an existing property from another media outlet. Doctor Who began as a television show in 1963 in the U.K. and soon began…

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