The Doctor reunites with Grant/The Ghost eight years in his future because the Doctor needs his help finding alien crystals, just like the one that made Grant into a superhero in ‘The Return of Doctor Mysterio.’
Part One of Ghost Stories reunites the Doctor with Grant/The Ghost, last seen in the 2016 Christmas Special. Grant becomes a pivotal role in the Doctor’s search for the same crystals that he swallowed as a child. Set eight years in Grant’s future, the Doctor leads them to a futuristic New York City, which is not the same city they remember. There they encounter the villain of the city who only wished to be a hero himself.
Writer George Mann delivers a relatability to Grant’s lifestyle as a superhero, husband and stepfather. This enriches the script, giving it a vitality that is reminiscent of classic superhero stories. There are essences of comedy, mainly from the Doctor’s ignorance of Grant getting his own way.
Grant has been allowed to develop his personal life with Lucy and eight-year-old Jennifer. He feels wiser and stronger as a person which greatly uplifts the dynamic between him and the Doctor. George Mann writes Grant’s characterisation brilliantly; adding more layers to Grant which makes the journey more engaging.
Artist Ivan Rodriguez and Colourist Dijjo Lima produce a wonderful blend of realistic detail and aesthetically crafted colour; from soft creams to grungy browns and dust covered action sequences. The depth of precision on the close-up shots of the characters is impressive and gives the wider shots a burst of epic atmosphere.
The opening to Ghost Stories is filled with heart and gives us a chance to revisit Grant’s character through the villain’s eyes. The comradery between the Doctor and Grant is explored as best it can be and the artwork is spectacularly arresting.