This is the third Doctor Who "graphic novel"(actually a series of six linked stories), covering the fifth Doctor's reign.The stories are well illustrated, especially the first two, drawn by the venerable Dave Gibbons.
The stories were written by Steve Parkhouse, who apparently didn't care much for the T.V. version. This could be a strength,but it could also be a weakness.
The first story is the acclaimed "Tides of Time".This is a true epic, taking the Doctor and his companion Sir Justin across time as they battle the demon Melanicus, who is engineering a galaxy-devastating war.The fertility of the writer's imagination is amazing-on almost every page there's a new concept or plot twist.The next story,"Stars fell on Stockbridge",about a likeable UFO spotter, is both humourous and scary at the same time.
Unfortunately,"The Stockbridge Horror", centring on a malevolent fire elemental, descends from a promising beginning to an unsatisfying ending full of loose ends."Lunar Lagoon" is better, a poignant WWII story where the Doctor meets a Japanese soldier
in the Pacific."4-Dimensional Vistas" is the worst story,featuring the return of enemies from the TV show, and a muddled plot with dull cliffhangers.This story also features SAG3, a UNIT or Torchwood style group with psychic powers-an interesting idea that wasn't used to its full potential.
However,the final story,"The Moderator" is a fitting end to the series.
It's somewhat similar to the TV story "The Caves of Androzani",-both feature an evil businessman,a masked villain and chases through caverns.
Featuring action,wit (one of the Doctor's jibes made me laugh out loud!) and tragedy,it's neglected gem.
As a bonus,the book also features an okay Tom Baker strip.
So,despite the two stinkers, this is a good collection of comics.Recommended.