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Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #9 Review

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What will happen when the Doctor and company confront SERVEYOUinc? Read on to find out.

The official description from Titan:

“I DISLIKED MY ENEMY SO MUCH… I BOUGHT THE COMPANY!”

Fresh from a bruising battle with the Amstrons, the Doctor has decided that enough is enough – if SERVEYOUinc won’t stop plaguing him and his friends wherever they land, he’s going to hit them where it hurts – by buying a controlling interest in the company!

But what does the Doctor’s corporate career mean for Alice, ARC and Jones? Is there a place for them in the Doctor’s bold new venture? And what kind of sting does SERVEYOUinc have left to deploy?

11D_09_Cover_BSERVEYOUinc. have played a huge part in the overarc of Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor, as though the fan favourite time traveller and Alice have gotten involved in several unique adventures, this malevolent company has managed to play in all of them. Time may however be coming near an end for this elusive company, as the Doctor is no longer in the mood for playing games, taking this personal vendetta straight to their head offices.

Al Ewing has done a wonderful job of capturing the tempo of the Eleventh Doctor, as though the plot direction of certain issues have failed to entice, the writer clearly has a deep understanding of this world. Nevertheless, the factor that proves most prolifent in this issue has to be drama, as though the initial sequences feel a little drawn out, the issue quickly turns things around. The culminating events also prove curiously alluring, with a change in the Doctor’s appearance and attitude leaving this fanboy eager to read more.

Anyone that’s been following my reviews on Doctor Who will know that I’ve had a distaste for the execution of the Eleventh Doctor’s likeness, with there being something in each of the various artists work that has felt off. This surprising doesn’t seem the case here, as though Boo Cook has disappointed in the past, he more than impresses me here. Bar the Eleventh Doctor’s likeness, the artist also manages to give a dramatic depth to the scenery, and along with Hi-Fi‘s punchy colours it certainly gives a vibrant tone to these dark events.

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #9 may have it’s issues, but that hasn’t stopped certain developments within from astounding. These events alone make this a story worth picking up, as though when balanced things are a little average, the issue will leave Whovians curiously begging for more.

OUR RATING
7.5
  • + Tantalising cliffhanger.
  • + SERVEYOUinc. aren't going down without a fight.
  • + Boo Cook finally gets the Doctor's likeness right.
  • - Initially a little dull.

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