Collects Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #1-5
Synopsis: The Doctor is back on planet Earth which means an invading alien life-form cannot be too far behind. After he was forced to leave Donna behind, the Doctor has been travelling alone. Fate and parasitic entities push wannabe artist Gabriella Gonzalez and the Doctor together. It is up to them to save the World.
What a dragon thinks: My obsession with Doctor Who has awakened once more and I have been unhealthily binge-re-watching. I love the show and I wanted more adventures, more aliens, more monologues about timey-wimey stuff I don’t understand and certainly more running.
When it comes to graphic novels and comics I am very, very picky with the art style. That is why I was somewhat unconvinced whether I should buy the first collection of this new series. I needn’t have worried. Fan-favourite artist Elena Casagrande (I even met her at the Leipzig book fair in 2016! She is great! 🙂 ) and colorist Arianna Florean did an amazing job! My new dream team! Clear lines, no over-the-top cross-hatching; I prefer ‘simple’ illustrations over a down-to-every-crease-style. It’s difficult to adapt characters from a live-action TV-show into a comic and capture all their traits, their facial expressions and draw them believable and realistic yet comic-y. I had two rules and I am so very happy to announce that they were followed:
- The Doctor should more or less look like Ten in the show not just spiky hair, a suit and the face of a man I have never even seen before
- Gabby musn’t be drawn over-sexualized like it happens so often in comic books and I’m sick of it
Meet Gabby Gonzalez, a young woman stuck working in her father’s laundromat and restaurant when she’d rather be pursuing her career as an artist or simply enjoy her life the way she wants to. She is on the way home from her accountancy course when the train guard on the subway turns into a monster. The Doctor arrives in the nick of time and together they manage to fight it off. Later that evening Gabby surprises him at the laundromat where all alien activity seems to converge. Washing machines going wild and the dead appear to have come back to life.
I like Gabby very much. She is determined in everything she does, dreams of bigger things, takes no shit from the Doctor and like so many before her is drawn in by the danger surrounding him. Gabby refuses to be a damsel in distress and while she is taken aback by the sudden realisation that aliens exist, she faces both them and her fears with tenacity and courage. If I were asked what previous companion she reminds me of the most I am very happy to say that she is her own person. Gabby isn’t an artist for nothing and we get to see some of her drawings as well when she writes down and illustrates her second adventure with the Doctor.
The collection is divided into two main stories. In the first the Doctor and Gabby meet for the first time and save the Earth from the aforementioned alien invaders. The second story is the standard thank-you-trip where the Doctor shows his companion a beautiful alien world only to drag her into even greater danger. They find themselves in one of the most beautiful art galleries in the galaxy but something is amiss. Between moving Block Transfer sculptures that aren’t supposed to move and murderous assistants, Gabby and the Doctor must find Zhe, the original creator who had gone missing.
Favourite characters: The Doctor, Gabby
Conclusion: Both stories were lovely. They were a safe début for this new series, introducing Gabby, showing us what she is made of and building up to the next issues. A great art style and colouring, as well as solid story-telling made this collection truly enjoyable to read!
- Writer: Nick Abadzis
- Artist: Elena Casagrande
- Colourist: Arianna Florean
- Lettering: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
- Pages: 128
- Publishing House: Titan Comics
- Date of publication: 31/03/15
- ISBN: 978-1-78276-173-0