THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS
The Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) is back in the TARDIS for more of his comic adventures in a remarkable new Titan adventure written by Nick Abadzis with artwork from Giorgia Sposito and Arianna Florean.
In the previous issues, Cindy had been captured and whisked away to a new destination in the Time Vortex. The Doctor and Gabby rescued Cindy from the Red Jade Doctor, and freed thousands of Cindy’s clones. But does Gabby really know the Doctor? Can any human truly understand the mind of an alien? Even though the two have battled enemies over the universe and travelled as close companions, Gabby doesn’t understand the Doctor at all – and in the end, Gabby is filled with butterflies in her stomach.
Also, Gabby begins to understand the language of the TARDIS.
The Conclusion of Cindy’s Capture
Cindy Wu, the real one, has returned to the Doctor and Gabby. She names all of her clones, and they spread across China. Gabby realises with a start that Cindy is now her own ancestor. The Doctor explains that Father Wu Wei and Li, the friends they made in China, are actually interdimensional dragons who protect the citizens of Earth.
Gabby gives the reader a short, fantastic look at their travels. They leave China and see fake Cybermen fighting a fake war. There’s the world that uses fruit as currency, a world with a caterpillar so enlightened they have “evolved into smoke.” Then there’s the glorious Xenopsychology Library of Aramuko, where Anubis decides to stay.
Gabby’s journal barely covers what they did, but the ideas are delightful. She illustrates a dream she has of the TARDIS, and her understanding of the machine’s language has deepened past that of the Doctor.
In the last issue, the Doctor met up with Rose. This time, he meets someone even closer…and he gets some particularly good advice. The Doctor has left behind Gabby and Cindy in a safe house in London, and all is well until Gabby feels herself going through a transformation. In the end, Gabby is filled with butterflies in her stomach….
An absolutely brilliant issue, with gorgeous illustrations throughout, good humour, and a knockout story. At 30 pages, not even long enough.
Blogtor Rating 10/10
DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR YEAR 3 #6 is available in comic book stores.
Writer: Nick Abadzis
Artist: Giorgia Sposito, Arianna Florean
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: June 21