Book Review – Doctor Who: The Many Lives of Doctor Who

  • Title: Doctor Who: The Many Lives of Doctor Who
  • Authors: Richard Dinnick
  • Artists: Mariano LaClaustra, Giorgia Sposito, Brian Williamson, Arianna Florean, Claudia Ianniciello, Iolanda Zanfardino, Neil Edwards, Pasquale Qualano, Rachael Stott, Sarah Jacobs (Letterer), John Roshell (Letterer), Fer Centurion (Inker), Color-Ice (Colorist), Carlos Cabera (Colorist), Adele Matera (Colorist), Dijjo Lima (Colorist), Enrica Eren Angiolini (Colorist)
  • Line:  All-Doctors Crossover Special
  • Characters: First Doctor, Second Doctor, Third Doctor, Fourth Doctor, Fifth Doctor, Sixth Doctor, Seventh Doctor, Eighth Doctor, War Doctor, Ninth Doctor, Tenth Doctor, Eleventh Doctor, River Song, Twelfth Doctor, Ian, Barbara, Susan, Jamie, Polly, Ben, Sarah Jane Smith, Romana II, Tegan, Nyssa, Turlough, Peri, Ace, Josie Day, Jack, Rose, Alice, Bill Potts, Thirteenth Doctor
  • Collection Date: 2018
  • Publisher: Titan Comics
  • Date Reviewed on GoodReads: 05/19/2019

**Spoiler Alert** Doctor Who The Many Lives of Doctor Who” is a series of vignettes and short stories, one per Doctor, plus a War Doctor Story, a story with River Song, and a few pages with the 13th Doctor. Each of the stories adds to the idea of the Doctor regenerating into who she will be, for example, the number 13 comes up several times, though in the Thirteenth Doctor’s pages she mentions she isn’t actually the 13th Doctor. The Fifth Doctor story as the Fifth Doctor, Tegan, Nyssa, and Turlough in the cloisters on Gallifrey where they are supposed to be chasing down a renegade Time Lord. But when they find him, he talks the Doctor into helping him use some Gallifreyan tech so he can regenerate. The Doctor agrees, and the other Time Lord regenerates into a woman. We also see both the fourth Doctor, with Romana and the Seventh Doctor, with Ace, solving a problem by meeting someone earlier, which they will do after they did it. The graphic novel itself is very short, and some of the vignettes are only a few pages, while others are full, albeit, short stories. I enjoyed this graphic novel though, and it whetted my appetite for the next two graphic novels in Titan Comics 13th Doctor series. The only flaw in the book is it’s almost too short. Recommended.

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Doctor Who – The Day of the Moon Review

  • Series Title: Doctor Who
  • Story Title: The Day of the Moon
  • Season: 6
  • Episode: # 2
  • Discs: 1 (Part of “The Complete Sixth Series” – 6 discs total)
  • Network: BBC
  • Original Air Date: 11/15/2009
  • Cast: Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Alex Kingston
  • Format: Widescreen, Color, DVD, NTSC
  • Originally Published on my Live Journal 5/01/2011, now hosted on Dreamwidth

UPDATE: This review was written in 2011 before I had seen the rest of New Who Season 6 much less the entire Seven Moffat era of Doctor Who. It’s fascinating what I got right, what I got wrong and what could have been done differently and even better. Oh, and in the original review I for some reason spelled the villain/monster’s name as, “Silents” – I’m fixing that for this review.

I really liked “Day of the Moon” but it was very, very scary. Monsters that you forget the second you turn away and are no longer looking at them – that is very scary. Like conceptually that’s extremely frightening – you could encounter one of these things and never know it. And, also, that The Silence have the ability to manipulate and control behavior is also terrifying.

Though the second part didn’t have as many questions as part one, I still have some. And, I’m really hooked into Matt Smith’s second season. I hope everything pays off.

First, no one, at least no one on camera (not River, not Rory, nobody) seemed to notice that the underground lair of The Silence looked like a TARDIS. I noticed this right away and I don’t think it’s an accident of similar designs.

Second, I happened to be watching “The Lodger” this morning (still working through the S 5 DVDs) and the spaceship on top of the house looked IDENTICAL to the one we see underground and the one where Amy is held, prisoner. I don’t think this is an accident, either. I think it’s probably the first spaceship that landed on Earth piloted there by The Silence, whatever they are – though I have a theory on that.

Are the Silence -Time Lords? Time Lords that escaped the Time War? Time Lords from an alternate or parallel history? (Remember how the Doctor first describes the crack “two universes that should never have touched but did”?) Being Time Lords would explain why you forget them the minute you see them – they exist outside of  Time, therefore how could you remember a point of Time that doesn’t exist? It also would explain why the Doctor can’t see them either – usually, something mental that affects humans, like a perception filter, wouldn’t affect the Doctor.

Oddly enough, the speech by the Silence describing themselves – woven in the history of the Earth, there at every major event from the first making of fire and the wheel to the present – could ALSO describe the Doctor. Scary, isn’t it?

The 10th Doctor (Tennant) mentioned something called “The Nightmare Child” in his rants about the Time War. I think this child that we hear about in “Day of the Moon” might be “The Nightmare Child”  and a cross between a human and a Time Lord, specifically Amy and possibly, the Doctor (tho’ I don’t think the Doctor would have his way with Amy intentionally). Or, another possibility, is that somehow The Silence took Amy’s child and raised it as their own.

The orphanage looked a lot like a run-down version of Amy’s house, too – and Amy seemed to recognize it. When Amy and Rory investigated the orphanage – they both seemed much older, especially Amy. And marks kept appearing on Amy while she was in the same room in the house, which indicates time jumps. Amy’s life doesn’t seem to make sense, and this is the second time the Doctor tells her this. I think it has something to do with her being a time traveler and more than just a companion to the Doctor.

There also seems to be some sort of weird connection between Amy and Dr River Song. I think it’s possible Amy is River’s mother (this possibility was discussed in a recent chat I was in).

The child at the end that REGENERATED! Who is she? Is she Amy’s child? If so, is the Doctor the child’s father? Is the child RIVER?

The Doctor kissing River and River’s reaction was very, very sad. It makes me want to see “Silence in the Library”/”Forest of the Dead” again. It seems like just possibly. River’s now seen the Doctor’s death, and the Doctor’s seen River’s. Eeeep.

Did you notice the Doctor opening the TARDIS doors with a snap of his fingers? This was something River mentioned he could do, and Tennant’s Doctor didn’t believe her (tho’ he does it at the end of “Forest of the Dead”).

Who’s the astronaut that “killed” the Doctor? Is it the child?  Is it River? If it’s River, Did the Doctor tell her to do it? If so, Why? The Doctor that died at the very beginning of “The Impossible Astronaut” was over 200 years older than the Doctor we know. Think about that. We’ve seen Time Lords go batty before (Rassilon, Omega, The Master, The Rani, Borusa, Rassilon). In “Trial of a Time Lord” the Valeyard is said to be a future incarnation of the Doctor (though, this is later disproved as a trick by the Master and the Matrix). There’s been speculation for years that the Master is more than a dark side of the Doctor – he’s the Doctor’s future.

I cannot wait to see the rest of the season.