Writer: Cavan Scott
Artist: Blair Shedd
Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor #1 features a great line up of Doctor Who characters. The adventure features the Ninth Doctor, based on Christopher Eccleston’s interpretation of the time lord, as well as Rose Tyler and fan favorite Captain Jack Harkness. The story is set just after the first series episode “The Doctor Dances,” making this one of Captain Jack’s first travels in the Tardis, the Doctor’s sentient time traveling machine.
The doctor takes his companions to a planet of scientific enlightenment and artistic freedom, only to find out it has been turned into an asteroid field. The crew is then kidnapped by aliens, who question what The Doctor and company are doing there. Both parties soon find themselves in danger when the aliens’ ship is attacked by armored centurion space horses, Because Doctor Who….
The issue with the story line is that it’s an extremely generic Doctor Who adventure. In Pop Culture terms, it’s the episode of Dukes of Hazzard where the Duke boys get chased by Roscoe P. Coltrane and jump the creek bed, or the John Mellencamp song about Americana. I can’t get excited about the story because it’s well tread territory in the Whoniverse. I will give credit to the cliffhanger ending that harkens back to Classic Doctor Who episodes, and is one of the few reasons I’d even consider picking up the second issue.
Should you decide to add this to your collection, you’ll have your choice of 29 (!) different covers to choose from. Many of them are exclusive to shops or conventions, but a completist would go nuts and broke trying to get all of these covers. I don’t know when this became a thing, but this in not the only title that pulls these shenanigans.
The art is the other reason. The issue is, for the most part well drawn. Blair Shedd has a great eye for detail. As a fan of the TV series, I found the main characters and the interior of the Tardis to be close enough to their real life counterparts. Of course, their are a few exceptions:
I can’t figure out what’s going on here. She could be sticking out her tongue, but that’s a weird angle, and an appropriate response to the shock and horror on The Doctor’s face. My best guess is that just being near Captain Jack has given her an acute herpes sore, and that part of the story was dropped later.
There’s also several panels with brightly colored silhouettes on a black background. The panels look good, but there doesn’t seem to be a rhyme or reason to how these panels are use, and they don’t seem to be an integral part of the story. The end result is these panels come off as quick shortcuts to finish the issue on time.