Doctor Who Series 1: Winter’s Dawn, Season’s End

August 23, 2013 Review 6 ★★★★

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Doctor Who Series 1: Winter’s Dawn, Season’s EndWinter's Dawn, Season's End by Tony Lee
Series: Doctor Who Series #1
Published by IDW Publishing on August 27, 2013
Genres: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction
Pages: 408
Format: ARC
Source: NetGalley
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According to Goodreads:

Writer Tony Lee is joined by artists such as Matthew Dow Smith, Al Davison, Blair Shedd, and Kelly Yates to bring you the last comic adventures of the 10th Doctor! The complete 16-issue Series 1 featuring the 10th Doctor, as portrayed by David Tennant, plus the 2010 Annual are collected in this oversized hardcover.

Unfortunately, this appears to be incorrect as from what I read it's about Eleven and the Ponds, and not Ten.

I don’t know about you, but I’m a Doctor Who fan. Granted, I’m one of those people who started with the new series and then went back and watched (some of) the Classic series, but I own my Doctor Who geekiness with pride. And this? This was a fun one to read.

Because I received an ARC of this one it was only a couple of the short stories, and they were all starring Eleven and not Ten like the summary suggested. On the other hand, with the news that Eleven is leaving and Twelve is on his way this becomes a little more poignant. Eleven is spending time with the Ponds in the two short stories featured here, and each story has it’s own style of art so if you pick this up expecting everything to look the same then you may be disappointed. Then again, in a show where even the Doctor’s face changes regularly you probably shouldn’t be shocked when the art changes as well.

In The Hypothetical Gentleman we see a bit more about Rory and Amy’s relationship, and we also see how the loss of Melody has affected them. I certainly feel for Amy, she carried that child then lost her and… well, please remember that Doctor Who is all wibbly wobbly (Doctor Who required reference #1).  The art is gorgeous and realistic, and the villain is chillingly Moffat-esque.

What I loved most about this short story was the voices. Especially the Doctor, because as I was reading I could hear his voice in my head. So easy to follow along and imagine that this was an actual episode, but unfortunately the ending left a lot to be desired. There isn’t much of an explanation about why the villain is doing this, and the ending leaves some loose threads hanging.

My favourite was The Doctor and The Nurse, when Amy decides that her boys (Doctor Who required reference #2) need to learn to get along and sends them off to Victorian London for a guys night. (Forgetting how awkward the whole relationship is, considering Rory is his father-in-law, he crashed his bachelor party, kissed his mother-in-law, held his wife when she was a baby, and… yeah. It’s Doctor Who, guys. Pretty sure it’s not meant to make much sense. Just go with it.)

Of course, the two boys decide that they could just cheat and use the TARDIS to skip ahead to moments before Amy is supposed to return for them. Except they get lost, the TARDIS breaks down, and what was only supposed to be a few hours turns into a lot longer. Meanwhile, Amy is bored and it winds up being the day of the London Beer Flood. And thanks a lot, Doctor, because I lost half the night marveling at the fact that this was even real, followed by surfing the ‘net to learn more about it!

The artwork was more cartoony than the previous one, and initially I didn’t like it that much, but much like the Doctor with every regeneration, it grew on me. I didn’t want it to go! (Doctor Who required reference #3!)

In any event, I really enjoyed reading this one, but to be perfectly honest? If you’re not already a Doctor Who fan then you should probably stick with something else. There are a lot of things in here that aren’t going to make sense unless you’ve watched at least some of the show, and a lot of the jokes are funnier with the inside knowledge that comes from being a Whovian.

6 Responses to “Doctor Who Series 1: Winter’s Dawn, Season’s End”

  1. Giselle

    I have been meaning to watch Doctor Who for so long but it feels so overwhelming with like 3826487236 series haha. I didn’t know there were books/short stories on the series but I think I’d have to watch the series before getting into any of them 🙂

    • Laureen

      Yeah, there are a bunch of novels and comics about them! As for watching Doctor Who, it’s much more accessible if you start with the new series. The ninth doctor is a lot of fun. That’s where I started, and I’m only just now going back and watching the classic Doctor Who. 🙂

  2. Aylee

    STILL need to read Doctor Who, myself. I’m the same as Giselle – it somehow feels overwhelming to come into it late with so many seasons already out and so many other tv shows to watch. But I do plan on it someday. Maybe then I could understand what you were talking about in this post, haha. I can see why it would be necessary to see some of the show to understand what was going on in this book.

    • Laureen

      Oh my gosh, yes, you definitely need to watch it in order to understand a lot of this. You would probably love The Shakespeare Code (Series 3 of the new Doctor who, episode 2). There are a lot of Harry Potter references (and possibly one of the spells) which may have been made funnier because David Tennant (The tenth doctor) was also Barty Crouch Jr.

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