on 18 February 2013
"The Child of Time" is the 11th Doctor era equivalent of Steve Parkhouse's excellent 5th Doctor epic "The Tides of Time". The two stories have much in common; jumping from era to era, past and future war, time periods bleeding into each other and an antagonist with the power to manipulate time and space. That's where the comparison ends though, and it's no bad thing. "The Child of Time" stands on it's own two feet, and is a more sophisticated tale in keeping with the greater emotional content of the modern series. Rather than an evil horned beast, the antagonist is an entirely new creature trying to ensure it's own survival. In the course of the adventure, enemies old and new appear, and the tone rolls from thrilling and tense to whimsical and surreal with the kind of narrative agility displayed by Davies and Moffat at their best. I think my favourite story in the collection is "The Golden Ones", simply because I love the artwork and I'm a sucker for UNIT stories, but each installment is expertly written with a genuine passion and understanding of the series and what makes it unique, as well as a great knack for translating that to the comic medium.
A great read, highly recommended.
Published in 2012, this incorporates strips from the Doctor Who Magazine. The stories feature the Eleventh Doctor as played by Matt Smith, and Amy Pond.
1. Supernature (DWM 421-423): On a planet that is being colonised on a trial basis by criminals, strange hybridisations are occurring.
2. Planet Bollywood! (DWM 424): A musical? Seriously?
3. The Golden Ones (DWM 425-428): Confirms all we ever knew about energy drinks. And UNIT are involved, hooray.
4. The Professor, the Queen and the Bookshop (DWM 429): Who knew getting a book from a bookshop could be so disruptive?
5. The Screams of Death (DWM 430-431): When opera goes bad.
6. Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night (DWM 432): Scary nurses ...
7. Forever Dreaming (DWM 433-434): "Here we come, boys and girls and we're oh-so hungry ..."
8. Apotheosis (DWM 435-437): "If abominations walk amongst us, let us not suffer them to live."
9. The Child of Time (DWM 438-441): Some of the Doctor's travels are catching up with him.
Over 200 pages, plus there's another 30 or so pages of commentary and features.
Overall, I wasn't really thrilled with this collection - some of the stories are very derivative, and some are too heavily overshadowed by Japanese anime art. The stories themselves are not very cohesive or consistently strong, so a bit of a hit and miss collection. Good, not great.