Will Alice, Arc and Jones manage to save the Doctor? Or will he forever be at the mercy of SERVEYOUinc? Read on to find out. The official description from Titan:
The Doctor has lost himself in a hostile takeover of SERVEYOUinc, and it’s up to Alice, Jones and ARC to bring him back to his senses. And if that takes a little judicious cosplay, well, Alice is all for it!
It’s not often that I find myself thinking that a comic book story could be drawn out more, but that’s what I find myself doing with Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #10. Having sucum to the influence of SERVEYOUinc, the Doctor is pitted against his companions, Alice (dressed as the Doctor), Arc and Jones (using the name Xavi Moonburst), who are attempting to rescue him from his deluded state of mind.
Rob Williams‘ script left me rather indifferent, as though I enjoyed the way he built upon this “Other Doctor,” I felt the overall plot concluded too quickly. That being said, there was a lot of creativity on display, with the Doctor’s change in personality, the holo-Doctor, and the change within the companions all intriguing. The insertion of SERVEYOUinc’s Cancelers also enticed, with their soulless, almost robotic attitude only going to strengthen SERVEYOUinc as a commodity. Despite this, the overall tempo of this story was affected by it’s sudden conclusion, with it needing an extra issue’s worth of development (at least) to reap its full potential.
Original series artist, Simon Fraser, returns for this issue, delivering a more polished finish. Though I prefered the black bow tie on this corrupt Doctor (opposed to the regular necktie we see here), I was overall impressed with the way the artist conveyed the change in attitude. I also loved the way Fraser turned Alice into the Doctor, as though the cover ruined the intended suspense within, the look was nonetheless amazing. In addition to this, we also got some wonderful scenery, and alongside Gary Caldwell‘s colours, it brought tremendous atmosphere to this less than joyful world.
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #10 was a hard comic to judge, as though it’s always nice to see a happy ending, this one came just a little too soon. Nevertheless, it’s still an enjoyable tale, and one that will intrigue any and all Whovians.