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4.0 out of 5 stars High whimsy and science fantasy, 28 Oct. 2007
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This review is from: Doctor Who Graphic Novel #3 - The Tides of Time (Complete Fifth Doctor Comic Strips) (Paperback)
It's been commented that the writer of the Fifth Doctor comic strips wasn't much for viewing the TV show, and it does show. Whereas the Fifth Doctor's TV stories were mostly played highly seriously without the whimsy of the Tom Baker era, the stories in this collection are much more a Lewis Carroll kind of science fiction. Demons try to take over the universe by taking control of a hammond organ that can control the nature of time and is beaten by a magic sword. A giant frog not unlike Baron Silas Greenback in his choice of wardrobe is a ruthless businessman. None of the TV companions appear, which was standard for the time, but the Doctor does get a couple of interesting companions in a WW2 soldier and Sir Justin.

And it's quite good fun. There's some art by comics legend Dave Gibbons, some by Steve Dillon, more famous now for Preacher and some by less well known names, who aren't quite a match for the first two but still very readable. It's strong work that avoids the exaggerations of the super hero genre. All art is black and white, save for a spread by Dave, which is reproduced in colour inside the cover. But this is from the time when artists were drawing to be shown in black and white, so this is not a deficiency.

The volume also introduces some big additions to the comic strip mythology, particularly Shayde, agent of Rassilon, who will have a part to play in the Eighth Doctor comic strips.

I wouldn't say that you'll sit there and say, oh! it's just like watching the show, but as a different take on good old Pete's time as the Doctor it's very interesting and well worth a read.
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