Book Review – Ninth Doctor Vol. 1 – Weapons of Past Destruction

  • Title: Weapons of Past Destruction
  • Author: Cavan Scott
  • Artists: Blair Shedd, Rachael Stott, Anang Setyawan, Richard Starkings, Jimmy Betancourt
  • Line: 9th Doctor
  • Characters: Ninth Doctor, Rose Tyler, Captain Jack Harkness
  • Collection Date: 2016
  • Collected Issues: Issues # 1-5
  • Publisher: Titan Comics
  • Date Reviewed on GoodReads: 1/02/2016

Titan Comics started their excellent series of Doctor Who graphic novels with the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors, and quickly added the Twelfth Doctor. Now they have gone back in time so to speak and started a Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) series. Weapons of Past Destruction is the first volume in that series. The novel is set between “The Doctor Dances” and “Boom Town” and also features the Doctor’s companions, Rose Tyler and Captain Jack Harkness.
The Doctor brings Rose and Captain Jack to a planet dedicated to art and science for vacation, but when the TARDIS arrives the planet has been completely destroyed. Captain Harkness takes the three to an illegal weapons bazaar, which upsets the Doctor. When the Doctor finds a dealer selling Gallifreyan weapons he freaks out a bit. Soon, the Doctor and his companions are caught up in a galactic conflict between the Unon and the Lect. As is the case with such things, Rose, Jack, and the Doctor are separated, reunited, separated again, in various combinations. But the story does draw to a successful conclusion. It also has a story that gives one time for thought.
The artwork is truly, truly gorgeous – and the characters’ voices are true to the Ninth Doctor Era of Doctor Who.
I enjoyed this graphic novel and I hope Titan Comics continues the series. Recommended, along with the other Doctor Who graphic novels.

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