Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Review - Doctor Who: The 10th Doctor (Vol. 2) # 10

Doctor Who: The 10th Doctor (Vol. 2) # 10
"The Infinite Corridor"
Written by: Nick Abadzis
Art by: Elena Casagrande
Colours by: Arianna Florean

With the Tenth Doctor still reeling from last issue’s revelation that ancient Gallifreyans were responsible for sending children into the untempered schism, this episode serves as an opportunity to re-introduce the current ‘season arc’ involving Anubis, Dorothy Bell and Gabby’s notebook. Taking place entirely in the TARDIS, this transitional episode allows Nick Abadzis to take stock of the various sub-plots floating about and tease the inevitable confrontation between the Doctor and Anubis. As vast and infinite as the TARDIS is, I do find stories set within it to be rather lacking in momentum and limited in scope. The Eleventh Doctor episode, “Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS” suffered from this, and to some extent so does this issue of the Tenth Doctor comic series. Abadzis does channel those ‘stuck in the TARDIS’ episodes in his script here, making use of technobabble to explain the distortions of time and space within the TARDIS – I quite liked the visual of the TARDIS stretching, both internally and externally, reminding me of that strong visual of a giant TARDIS on the fields of Trenzalore from “The Name of the Doctor”.

Elena Casagrande returns to art duties for this one-off adventure and her bright and colourful artwork always brings a smile to my face. She seems to be the artist who sets the tone of this series, responsible for the initial designs of both Gabby and Cindy, with guest-artists maintaining a level of consistency in subsequent issues. While the interior of the TARDIS can be quite a challenging location for an artist to render onto the page, Casagrande did a brilliant job ensuring that it remained dynamic and interesting throughout the book. While this issue’s narrative lacked the same momentum and energy as preceding storylines, I thought it was a great way for Abadzis to remind the readers of the series’ central plotline after pushing Anubis to the background for the last few story-arcs. My one nit-pick, however, would be the choice of cover art – clearly Casagrande’s cover was designed to reflect the upcoming New Orleans tale and perhaps it would have been better suited for next issue’s cover – which itself has a generic Doctor and Gabby in space image. Overall though, this was another solid issue of the Tenth Doctor series that performed some vital ‘housekeeping’ by touching base with the series’ big-bad Anubis.

Score - 9.2 out of 10

Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor (Vol. 2) # 10 is now available in all good comic shops, including Forbidden Planet, as well as on the Comixology website. Be sure to put in a standing order for the upcoming issues in the series when you pick up your copy!

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