Flashback Friday: Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #1

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Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #1

Written by Nick Abadzis
Art by Elena Casagrande
Colours by Ariana Florean
Letters by Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt
Published by Titan Comics (2014)

Who’s your Doctor? It’s a question often asked throughout the world, but for a select, and continually growing, population, that query has deeper significance. The Doctor Who phenomenon has grown exponentially in the last ten years or so, and finally the rest of the world is catching up to what the United Kingdom has known for years.

Doctor Who is a spectacular show.

I would never admit to being a super fan. I know that my knowledge is limited and flawed. I’ve never seen any episodes that didn’t star Eccleston, Tennant, or Smith, and I haven’t even finished the 11th, but I do know that what the Doctor represents is an entertainment dynasty that has stretched across six decades and enchanted millions of fans.

After years of middling success with several companies, most recently IDW, Titan Comics picked up the rights to the Doctor Who comic franchise, and they launched with a bang. Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #1 features my Doctor, David Tennant on the cover, and takes place just after Donna Noble left the Doctor’s side, and finds him once again on Earth just as things are about to go haywire.

Subtitled “Revolutions of Terror” this book follows the Doctor Who plot diagram that I grew used to while watching those episodes around the 10th Doctor. A “real” world character-based problem, in this case a girl who feels trapped by her familial obligations, and a supernatural or alien experience that changes her view of the world, makes her see that there is more to it than she believes. Nick Abadzis has experience with long-running characters as he’s made several appearances in 2000 A.D. and is a true to form Whovian, and writing David Tennant’s Doctor just as he was portrayed on television. He is inquisitive almost to a fault, and finds joy in what we might find terrifying, like a radical physical transformation in a baby. For most of this first book he’s wandering around the city fiddling with a machine he knows isn’t working quite right, only that he’s following an “expanding periphery” and that he’s frustrated that the machine doesn’t “ding”.

Screen shot 2015-03-12 at 11.56.43 AMArtwork by Elena Casagrande (Suicide Risk, Hack/Slash) is great, capturing the whimsical nature of the Doctor in her spot-on renderings of Tennant, complete with swishing trench coat and loosely knotted tie all the way to the tips of his crazily spiked hair.

This is a fantastic adaptation of the television show, and proof that the move to Titan was well timed and a good idea. If this issue is any indication, they are handling the heavy load that years of complicated canon can put on a character. The Doctor flitting about, enamoured with all things Earthly while still keeping the true and unknown threat first and foremost, brings me back to those first days watching the show, happily jumping to the next episode on the Blu-ray as the credits rolled on the last. Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #1 is the best way to continue those adventures that we never saw in the show, and it keeps my Doctor in the TARDIS, where he should be.