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Doctor Who #7

A comic review article by: Ray Tate
The Sontarans ignored the Doctor's warning and landed on a pleasure planet. The Sontarans' damaged engine fractured, then merged the different Westworld regions of the planet, thus trapping the Doctor, Amy and Rory in a collage of mixed time zones patrolled by mixed up Sontarans. How do you top Nazi Sontarans? It's not easy, but Tony Lee takes a turn in Doctor Who that throws you completely off kilter and neatly reinforces the theme of the series. Anything can happen and will happen, but not without reason.

Doctor Who isn't magical in the literal sense. It's science fiction. While Lee crafts impressive mind-bending technobabble to explain the mechanics of the dilemma, the gist requires no explanation and boils down to well known concepts in physics. That said, the story provides a lot of giddy fun with characteristic dialogue, daring moves from the team -- particularly Amy -- and high adventure.

I can just imagine Matthew Dow Smith's face when he learned of the script; from delight to being back on Doctor Who to the abject horror of what he was going to be required to do. Dow Smith really deserves some sort of artistic commendation for all of this work, none of it being copy and paste. The multiple Sontarans alone, despite being clones, are remarkably diverse, and the cartoony way in which he captures the cast no matter the costume is utterly enviable. In addition Charlie Kirchoff's bright, vibrant colors set the exotic mood when the Doctor takes off in a flying carpet over the sands of some far away Arabian dreamland and the suspenseful atmosphere of an espionage night.



Ray Tate's first online work appeared in 1994 for Knotted. He has had a short story, "Spider Without a Web," published in 1995 for the magazine evernight and earned a degree in biology from the University of Pittsburgh. Since 1995, Ray self-published The Pick of the Brown Bag on various usenet groups. In the POBB, as it was affectionately known, Ray reviewed comic books, Doctor Who novels, movies and occasionally music. Circa 2000, he contributed his reviews to Silver Bullet Comic Books (later Comics Bulletin) and became its senior reviewer. Ray Tate would like to think that he's young at heart. Of course, we all know better.

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