‘Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #1’ - Advance Comic Book Review

Set shortly after “The Stolen Earth” and “Journey's End” during the David Tennant specials, this issue sees the Tenth Doctor visiting present-day New York City. While this is near the end of the Tenth Doctor's tenure, it still works as a starting point for those who are new to Doctor Who.

The issue follows Gabriella, a young woman who has big dreams and is from a working class family. Just before The Day of the Dead, her family is inexplicably attacked by mysterious creatures. Enter the Doctor, with one of his trustworthy gadgets used for detecting anomalies.

Writer Nick Abadzis manages to craft something that has been missing from the last several years of Doctor Who—a compelling and fully developed female companion for the Doctor. For the most part, the last several companions have been mysteries for the Doctor to solve instead of valuable members of the team. Gabriella appears to have skills to offer, as well as a life outside the TARDIS with her family. When Doctor Who was rebooted nearly a decade ago, the focus shifted more to the companions in order to keep the show grounded and more relatable. Unfortunately, the show has wandered from this formula. If you miss this aspect as I do, then this series appears to be what we have been looking for.

As for Elena Casagrande's art, it captures the bipolar nature of Doctor Who's balance between whimsy and terror. Something that is just as impressive is that she is able to capture David Tennant's likeness without falling prey to the usual pitfalls of making someone a caricature or too realistic, both of which tend to bump me out of a comic book.

Drew Siragusa, Fanbase Press Senior Contributor
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