50th Anniversary Jewel!,
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This review is from: Doctor Who: Hunters of the Burning Stone (Doctor Who (Panini Comics)) (Paperback)
This graphic novel, reprinted from the pages of Doctor Who Magazine, is a fantastic treat for any fans of the Doctor.
Without spoiling the story too much, the events of the very first broadcast episodes from 1963 form the basis of a fast moving and well plotted sequel. At the heart of the story are original companions Ian and Barbara. Their characters are well drawn, both in terms of personality and speech as well as visually. Their adventure with Matt Smith's Doctor has a wonderful celebratory edge to it and feels particularly fitting as a way of celebrating both the origins of Doctor Who as a programme but also the beginning of 50 years (so far...) of a multiverse of characters which occasionally interact in new and unexpected ways.
I especially love the reasons developed in the story as to why the TARDIS has always remained in its Police Box shape (yes, it's because the chameleon circuit has broken, but now we know why...!)
It's many years since Jacqueline Hill, who played Barbara, died: this story pays tribute to her contribution to the on-going life and legend of Doctor Who, as it does both Matt Smith's and William Russell's, but also the earliest story - at times a bit ropey in episodes 2-4 - is given a fantastic twist and its legacy is given new weight.
If it had been possible to collect Hill and Russell from 1963 and bring them back to the present, this would have been an amazing anniversary story on TV - however, it loses now of its wonder by being presented in strip form.
At the end of the story there are some superb 'behind the scenes' features on the creation of the story and artwork.
This was one of the absolute highlights of the anniversary year for me - wonderful!
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