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Doctor Who: The Cruel Sea GN (Doctor Who (Panini Comics)) Paperback – 8 Jul 2014

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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Panini UK LTD (8 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184653593X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846535932
  • Product Dimensions: 29.7 x 21.2 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 10 Oct. 2014
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This collection of stories, first published in 2013, features stories originally published in other media. They all feature the Ninth Doctor (as played by Christopher Eccleston) and his companion Rose (as played by Billie Piper).

The Love Invasion (DWM 355-357): The Doctor and Rose visit London, 1966. A time of emerging science, but is someone taking scientific experimentation a little bit too far? I enjoyed this story, it has a really good vibe to it, the characters are great, and the story worthwhile.

Art Attack (DWM 358): The Doctor takes Rose to the see the Mona Lisa, but not at the Louvre. This was a really good story. The artwork is highly impressive, and the story itself well paced and well put together, especially for a one issue story.

The Cruel Sea (DWM 359-362): This is a long story, and has a complex plot. It is extremely well paced and well thought out – the artwork is highly impressive again, and the whole story is very creepy. If it played on tv, it would be at a fairly late timeslot.

Mr Nobody (Doctor Who Annual 2006): When Phil Tyson works late one night, he finds a nasty surprise coming his way – enter the Doctor and Rose to save him. This story was great, a real tugger at the heartstrings, and emotional in all the right places. Makes you feel glad to be alive.

A Groatsworth of Wit (DWM 363-364): The title is a play on a pamphlet purportedly written by the Elizabethan playwright Robert Greene, an avowed enemy of William Shakespeare. And this story takes place as Greene lies dying in 1592. A fantastic historical story with a macabre twist, this was really clever and very well done. The historical feeling for the story was spot on. Definitely a winner, this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Robinson-byrne on 24 Jun. 2014
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This is a great book, some really good stories and the ART is superb! It extends the life of the 10th doctor and it also has the story that inspired Blink by Steven Moffat. Get this if you miss Chris!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By paul nicholson on 17 Sept. 2014
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Good to see all these in one book - a great contribution to the collected comic works of Doctor Who
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The Ninth Doctor's All Too Brief Comic Run 19 Nov. 2014
By Adam Graham, Superhero and Detective Fiction Author - Published on Amazon.com
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Coinciding with ninth Doctor's one season reign on television was an equally brief period as the Doctor in Doctor Who Magazine comics. This book collects those stories from Doctor Who Magazine #355-#364 and the 2006 Doctor Who Annual.

With the exception of the Annual, all the art is by Mike Collins who does a crackerjack job on the art. Whether drawing 1960s London or a truly menacing Martian landscape, Collins does a superb job. His backgrounds are rich and fully textured and Doctor and Rose are both beautifully drawn. As the Doctor would say, the art is "Fantastic."

Now, onto the stories:

1) The Love Invasion (Doctor Who Magazine #355-#357): The Doctor and Rose arrive in 1960s London to find an alien force at work. It's building something where Rose's neighborhood should be built and is using then "lend a hand" girls, a group of do-gooding young women as part of its plan. The plan is pretty unique for alien invasion plans and unfolds nicely. Writer Gareth Roberts captures the cadence of the 9th Doctor's voice perfectly while also taking a nice peak at the 1960s. My least favorite part is a very forced "Batman and Robin sleeping together" joke. But otherwise this is sold. Grade: B+

2) Art Attack (DWM #358): The Doctor takes Rose to see the Mona Lisa, but why go to the Louvre (which Rose could do on her own) when he could take her to a museum where the painting is exhibited in the future. Collins writes as well as doing the art and this story is probably more okay than brilliant. The alien is probably Collins' weakest creation as an artist in this book. Grade: B-

3) The Cruel Seas (DWM #359-362): Rob Shearman, writer of the Season 1 Episode Dalek as well as the audio drama it was based on as well as many author Doctor Who books and radio drama turns in his only comic book story here as the Doctor and Rose land on a cruise ship on an artificial sea on Mars which houses a rich man and his never ending supply of Wives and Ex-Wives. The story is probably the best in the book and lives up to being that type of story which Doctor Who could tell on television if it only had the budget for it. The story is a great mix of sci fi and horror with elements of dream, nightmare, and surrealism. Art and story blend for a fantastic mix. Grade: A-

4) Mr. Nobody (Doctor Who Annual 2006): An alien cult that's fanatical about its belief in reincarnation determines that a 26 year old is the reincarnation of someone they believe should have been executed, so they set out to do so. This story features the return of Scott Gray who wrote for the eighth Doctor Comic series. My overall reaction to the story was kind of blah particularly at the average guy's reaction. Grade: C+

5) A Groatsworth of Wit (Doctor Who Magazine #363, 364): In the last 9th Doctor comic by Gareth Roberts, Aliens offer Robert Greene, a playwright and contemporary critic of Shakespeare a chance to come to the 21st Century to find out how he's remembered. To his dismay he finds himself all but forgotten but the upstart Shakespeare is remembered which leads Greene to go on a reign of terror in the 21st Century before heading back to his own time to do away with the Bard. This is the most inconsistent story in the book. On one hand, the Doctor poo poos relativism and opines on the existence of absolute evil using the aliens as exhibit A. The story itself is a nice case study in the destructiveness of envy. On the other hand, you have Shakespeare hitting on Rose which is a bit uncomfortable although it produces a few hilarious lines such as when Rose responds to a Shakespearean pick up, "If you want, but it's not going to get you anywhere." On balance, I wish Roberts had left it out. Still, a nice concluding line from Rose to the 9th Doctor brings the Doctor's career in comics to a close.

The text story, "What I Did On My Summer Holiday by Sally Sparrow" includes many key elements that writer Stephen Moffat would reuse for Blink but isn't quite the same story without the Weeping Angels. It includes many of the timey wimey elements and none of the horror which makes it fun reading.

The book also features 12 pages of commentary that's all pretty interesting stuff and gives good insight into how the comics were produced. Overall, this is a pretty interesting collection that allows fans of the 9th Doctor to enjoy five more adventures with him.
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Ninth Doctor's era of Doctor Who Magazine comics. 16 Nov. 2014
By The Smiling Stallion Inn - Published on Amazon.com
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After several years, here at last is a collection of the Ninth Doctor comics published in Doctor Who magazine during the Ninth Doctor's run and just prior to Ten's intro in The Christmas Invasion. I have enjoyed reading a lot of these comics collections, especially with Eight, Ten, and Eleven. (I have read a little of the Four, Five, and Six comics, although they are slightly outdated compared to their modern incarnations.)

I may have gotten slightly spoiled with the powerful, sweeping arcs of Eight, Ten, and Eleven that created some really great adventures and stellar moments in the DWM comics with neat side characters and some funny antics. Heck, even Five and Six had some of those grand arcs, although they were a little more psychedelic and outlandish at times with less cohesion. Nine didn't have any of those grand arcs and while there were some excellent, funny moments, I suppose it might have been a little underwhelming at times.

Nine's era in Doctor Who Magazine was intended to welcome in first-time readers, some of whom might be younger than the regular crowd of Doctor Who Magazine readers and as new fans to the series, wouldn't know as much about the show or its history. Eventually, with Doctor Who Adventures in Ten's era, they published comics aimed at a younger group of readers and Ten's DWM comics developed some exciting moments that explored stranger worlds and time periods, eventually leading to the Crimson Hand arc near the end of his era.

However, Nine's era in Doctor Who Magazine was testing new ground and trying out different things. The Cruel Sea story in particular, which is the name of this collection as well, is one of the most horrifying, monstrous ideas/concepts that I've come across so far with these Doctor Who comics. It really goes into the realm of the surreal, nightmarish experiences of Nine, Rose, and the characters they meet onboard a near-vacant cruise liner in the middle of a red sea on Mars. Makes the Waters of Mars look tame by comparison...

Anyway, the Cruel Sea was one of the last stories in Nine's era in these strips, when they were already aware that Nine/Christopher Eccleston would be leaving the show. So while they did try to elevate Nine's adventures into the realm of the surreal and fantastic, it doesn't entirely match what they came up with later, or even before in Eight's era. But I still liked it well enough, entertaining, not classic aside from The Cruel Sea, although there is something interesting here, tidbits of greatness.

And the Sally Sparrow illustrated story written by Steven Moffat that was featured in the now famous Doctor Who Annual 2006 is included as well in this collection. That is an interesting short story, written in the perspective of a young ten or twelve year old girl writing a homework essay featuring the Ninth Doctor, although it's not the greatest of Moffat's stories.

I do love the commentary sections as well in the collections, as they showcase a lot of the influence, pressure, and ideas that the writers, artists, and editors were under in trying to create a comic dedicated to a BBC prime-time family drama/adventure show. If you pick up this collection, I hope you enjoy it as well.
The quality of the graphic novel is excellent for the price 29 Aug. 2014
By LenaBeana - Published on Amazon.com
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The quality of the graphic novel is excellent for the price. Like all things Doctor Who, there are some major hits in this collection, and some misses. Overall, I miss Nine and Rose even more after finishing these. The artwork is beautiful; there are some really stunning visuals in this collection. Nice little treat at the end in the form of a short story by Steven Moffat that inspired the beloved episode "Blink". Overall, this is FANTASTIC!
A fun journey with Nine and Rose! 28 Aug. 2014
By Connie K - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this collection highly entertaining! The artwork was very good overall and I felt really captured the spirit of the Doctor and Rose. My favorite story was the cruel sea! It was very creepy and visually stunning! It is too bad there were not more comics for Nine and Rose, but I am glad to have these!
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