This review may contain spoilers.
The Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) is back this month in The Transformed, issue #5 of his ongoing Titan Comics adventures.
Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor is joined by two of his most intriguing companions: Rose Tyler, who may have acquired new super skills as well as Capt. Jack Harkness, a superhero of flirtatious banter.
Writer Cavan Scott and artist Adriana Melo take the Doctor, Rose and Jack to modern-day Seattle, where citizens can fly. Many residents have disappeared, and gargoyles seem to fill the sky.
The Doctor is at his cynical worst as he realises what he faces – more than just aurora borealis masquerading as the Northern lights. There is a punchway in the sky, and as the Doctor says grimly, “A punchway does what it says on the tin, smashing a path through space, and damn the consequences.”
The open end of the punchway is causing the cities occupants to mutate and gain power – soon Rose Tyler is flying by, with an American admirer not far behind – but the mutations are coupled with the appearance of gargoyles and the disappearance of humans. Could the events be related?
Cavan Scott has written a fast-paced, exciting story, with crackling dialogue and fights with gargoyles, as well as fights between companions. Will they be able to figure out these creatures? Can they find a way to close the punchway without further disrupting the Earth? Wil any of the mutations reverse if the punchway is closed?
As well as all the questions there’s a hint of an old friend. Rose suspects she sees someone. But that’s all for the next issue as the story closes on that uncertain note.
You’ll find Ninth Doctor #5 in stores now.
Doctor Who Ninth Doctor #5 Credits:
- Writer: Cavan Scott
- Artist: Adriana Melo
- Colorist: Matheus Lopes
- Letterer: Richard Starkings and Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
- Cover A: Blair Shedd
- Cover B: Photo
- Cover C: Simon Myers (a lovely watercolour)
FC – $3.99 – 32pp – Out September 7th