Final Sacrifice (Doctor Who (IDW Numbered)) Paperback – 21 May 2014
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Doctor Who: Final Sacrifice v. 3 On a war-ravaged alien world, the Doctor fights to save a friend from the nefarious Advocate, while avoiding a planetwide civil war and space-and-time misplaced paranormal investigators. Everything leads to this point - but who will die? Full description
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First published in 2011, this collection has the following stories:
Old Friend / Final Sacrifice: The Tardis takes the Doctor and Emily to the Shady Grove Rest Home where an old man Barnaby welcomes his return. Barnaby was the Doctor’s companion with whom he left a letter to guard upon the Doctor’s return. Only the Doctor doesn’t remember Barnaby at all. And at Oxford University in 1906, Robert Lewis is about to test out his time/space travel machine. But the Doctor is determined to find Matthew.
Ground Control: IN the year 6558 AD the Doctor’s Tardis is grounded at a space station by Ground Control; then the Doctor gets asked a whole lot of questions.
The Big, Blue Box: Douglas has seen the big, blue box before. But this is the first time someone from it has spoken to him.
To Sleep, Perchance to Scream: If the Doctor’s asleep in the Tardis, where do his nightmares go?
This is a really good collection; the stories are all good narratives, and the artwork very good. The characterisation of the Tenth Doctor is very good – all up, a really good read.
The main story, Final Sacrifice, takes us back to the days of former companions Adric and Turlough and ties in with the fate of Matthew, a current member of the TARDIS crew, who is travelling with the Advocate. Why? You'll have to buy the graphic novels to find out why...but the sad fate of Matthew is deservedly shared by the Advocate!
Overall, the stories are good but I think the artwork may be an acquired taste. For me, it works. It captures the varying moods of the Doctor personna and the colouring is especially well done. There are also pin-up pages at the back of the book.
Any fan of David Tennant's Doctor will enjoy this set of three graphic novels but even a reader who appreciates good writing and unusual artwork will probably want to add these books to their collection.
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One of my biggest complaints was the way the Turlough diary situation was handled. Just a single throwaway line referencing a visit to Turlough? Why couldn't we show this? I would have loved checking up with Turlough to see what he's been up to since his exile ended, and how he would react to this new regeneration. Definitely a missed opportunity.
The one thing that I did really appreciate was the fact that this book showcased the villain's perspective rather well, allowing the reader to sympathize. I love it when an author is able to show that villains are really just people, and let them argue their case.
Overall, this was a pretty underwhelming collection of Tenth Doctor Who stories, and I still don't care for the artist who did the majority of the art in this volume. This, combined with the confusingly flimsy plots made this book just really not my thing. Maybe graphic novels are just not for me, or maybe this is just a bad example, who knows. Either way, I will be trudging forward through the rest of the comics included in the bundle I bought. Fingers crossed that I find some gems!