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Doctor Who
The Ninth Doctor #2


Writer: Cavan Scott
Artist: Blair Shedd
Publisher: Titan Comics
RRP: UK £2.90, US $3.99
Age: All
32 pages
Publication Date: 17 June 2015

The Doctor, Rose and Jack were taking a tour of the universe, when they became caught in a skirmish between the Unon and the Lect – races battling for supremacy in a conflict that could plunge the entire galaxy into a new Time War! The trio had no choice but to retreat to the TARDIS, just as the Lect ship was destroyed by an Unon barrage! But the Doctor closed the doors too soon, and Rose was trapped outside, exposing her to the fatal Time Vortex! Can Jack and the Doctor ride to her rescue, or will they be too late – and can they stop an all-new Time War before it starts…?

Last issue, much was made in the synopsis about time technology being sold on the intergalactic black market – but the market itself didn’t actually appear. This time it finally enters the frame. Look out for some familiar alien races from the Doctor’s past, present and future buying and selling there…

Last issue, I remarked that the story wasn’t set on an alien planet. This time Cavan Scott’s narrative moves to just such a location. Ooh, you made a liar out of me!

Last issue, I commented that the Ninth Doctor’s dialogue wasn’t very quotable. Well, this time it is, with gems such as: “This TARDIS has plunged into the middle of antimatter tornadoes, swallowed suns that should never have existed and out-run the Big Bang itself. Materialising around a 19-year-old girl? Child’s play.” That’s not a spoiler, by the way. Getting Rose back is not so straightforward – and it involves some neat semi-transparent materialisation effects.

Artist Blair Shedd also captures the full range of Christopher Eccleston’s flexible facial expressions, from grinning loon to angry to bereft. Eccleston goes a bit ‘Jesus versus the money-changers’ when he sees some of the wares on display at the Fluren Temporal Bazaar – well, he did play the lead in The Second Coming, after all.

But what has happened to the spaceships and the warring Unon and Lect from last issue? This episode seems to have taken a completely different turn. Rest assured, things come together at the very end of this instalment. As the caption says: “To be continued!”


Richard McGinlay

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