reasons that I can no longer explain, I held off on watching Doctor
Who for a long time. I may have been scared to jump into a show with
decades of continuity, or I might just have been resisting in a vain
attempt to be cooler than my friends.
on by boredom and with a bit of stay-cation on the horizon, I
decided to jump in a couple of weeks ago. I started with the 2005
revival showcasing the adventures of the Ninth Doctor and was
immediately hooked. I particularly love the way the show deals with
using the limitations of television within the story, weaving time
travel and making the doctor part of a species that regenerates
itself to explain the ever changing face of the doctor.
provides us with the lead story in Doctor Who Classics #5 (a reprint
that was originally presented in Doctor Who Magazine #139). Hearing
Morrison talk about his process might lead one to think him mad,
which may well be the case. Regardless of the state of his psyche,
Morrison is by any standard one of the most influential comic
writers of our generation. Some people (myself included) love him,
and others find him to be too weird.
One of the
criticisms leveled at Morrison which does have some validity is that
sometimes his comics can be slow to build up, leaving one with a
whole lot of weirdness and only a vague sense of what the story is
as we wait for him to weave together some grand story arc that may
play out over the course of years. Not so in this comic, here we are
presented with an 8 page Morrison tale, featuring all the high
concept weirdness one expects from Morrison, but in a more condensed
The story revolves
around the doctor helping a life form that exists on a level
completely different from the ones we typically associate with
intelligent life. Itís short, sweet, and full of the high concept
weirdness we expect from Morrison.
provides art for the tale, and thereís little more to say than that
he breathes life into the story, lending a realism to the fantastic
worlds featured in this story as only he can.
The second story
is a Sci-fi ghost tale written by Dan Abnett with art by John
Ridgeway. Itís a tightly paced story that evokes the Aliens movies,
a kind of space ghost story featuring space marines trying to
unravel the mysteries of a planetís inhabitants. Itís a pretty quick
story, and one that offers few surprises, and instead focuses on
simply being good, a goal with which it accomplishes.
Iíve always loved
anthology comics and Dr. Who Classic #5 is a prime example of why.
You get two high quality stories from top shelf creators that
appeals to fans of the creators involved and the property theyíre