David Tennant's fans won't let him go as the Doctor.

Doctor Who #12

IDW Publishing (June 2010)

WRITER: Tony Lee
ARTIST: Blair Shedd
COLORIST: Charlie Kirchoff
LETTERER: Neil Uyetake
EDITOR: Denton J. Tipton

The Doctor has been arrested, and UNIT plans to go ahead with the Advocate’s plan. Knowing that the devastation will we worse than Magambo thinks, Martha and Emily (with the help of the Knights) breaks the Doctor out. He tries to send the ship into space in hopes of leading the Enochians away, and Crane ends up being killed. The Advocate is able to bring Matthew over to her side, and he leaves to travel with her. Now the Doctor and Magambo are on the outs and he and Emily are forced to leave without Matthew.

What they got right: While I’m not happy that Matthew is so gullible, there is some good potential to this story, with only two comics left for it (the next issue and the upcoming annual, not in that order). And if I haven’t said it before, the design on the “clockwork angels” are very good. There have been some good dramatic shots in this arc because of them.

What they got wrong: I hope the Doctor and Magambo make amends by the end of the arc. Despite her faults, I really liked her character in the show, and would like to see more of her. Here, however, she doesn’t come through very well, and I was disappointed when the show pulled the same thing with Harriet Jones. Magambo is every bit as likable as Lethbridge-Stewart and I want to see a similar friendship between the Doctor and the new head of UNIT.

Recommendation: How many times do I have to tell you to buy this series? I hope you have been. If not, fix that. Now!

Line forms around the block, "lady".

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7 responses »

  1. Blair Shedd says:

    Sadly, that’s it for my arc. The next issue is the Annual, and after/coinciding with that is the 4-part “Final Sacrifice.” I honestly don’t know if Magambo shows up in it though. I think Tony meant that line about getting another face was meant to be a final scene between the Tenth and her. But, like I said, I dunno.


    • ShadowWing Tronix says:

      Do you know why they keep changing artists every arc? I mean, they’re smart enough to keep the same writer (this one being the right choice).


      • Blair Shedd says:

        For the same reason that Marvel has a rotating team on Spider-man: keeps books on time. Very few artists nowadays do runs of a year or more (Mark Bagley comes to mind as an exception).

        When Pia had to drop out of the Forgotten, they had to scramble to find a team to finish up the unfinished parts.

        By having Al do 1-2, then Matt on 3-6, Al on 7-8, and me on 9-12, while one artist works on his arc, as long as the script is done, the next artist can work on his arc at the same time. That’s nearly impossible with a single artist.

        However, after the annual, Matt Dow Smith will be drawing 13-16, and then when it goes back to #1 for the Eleventh Doctor’s first story (I believe in December), Matt Dow will be on the book indefinitely (with, fingers-crossed, me in for the occasional one-issue fill-in to give Matt a break – comic artists don’t get weekends, evenings, or holidays).


        • ShadowWing Tronix says:

          OLD FOGEY: :I remember a time when the same art team and writer would be on the same books for longer than an arc. Sometimes even years.”

          So you’ll have to forgive my perspective. Then again, you’ve listed a number of reasons why I’d rather be a writer than an artist. (That and my art isn’t as good as I’d like. 🙂 ) Just on the strips I do for Sunday it’s the art side that takes the most work.


  2. Blair Shedd says:

    Honestly, I don’t know how some of those old masters, like Kirby and Ditko, cranked out the work they did each year.

    But nowadays there seem to be more distractions for artists, be it entertainment or important everyday life/family things. At least that’s what I’ve seen in my peers and myself.

    There are still guys that go for six or so months at a time, but then you see one or two issues from a fill-in while the regular artist takes a break, and then he’s off again – but sometimes, not on the same book. Some of these guys get shuffled around like NBA free agents.

    Just as an FYI, I started drawing my arc back in December of 09. I finished #12 at the end of April. Not making any particular point – just giving you an example of time involved and when things happen.


    • ShadowWing Tronix says:

      Actually, I found that rather fascinating. Now someone needs to tell me why a number of titles are dated two months after they actually come out. 😀

      Even in the old days you have plenty of “filler stories” where if the writer wasn’t able to finish in time they’d just drop in this comic to ensure an issue was put out, and the occasional filler artist. But Dikto and Kirby lived in a different time. Look how many titles they put out a month.


  3. Blair Shedd says:

    Ditko, Kirby, and a few others are like gods among comic book artists FWIW, so comparing even most current superstars to them is useless.

    As for why comics are dated two months after their actual release, it’s much like magazines; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cover_date


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