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Review: Doctor Who 100 Page Spectacular From IDW

“Freeze! This is a scarf-jacking!”

The Doctor Who 100 Page Spectacular, from IDW, hitting shelves on 7/11, is an anthology book  featuring the villians of the Dr Who/Star Trek: TNG crossover, Assimiliation2 (reviews found here and here), the Cybermen along with other stories featuring androids. With five different stories, featuring four different incarnations of The Doctor from both the new and classic series, Doctor who fans will be certain to find something they enjoy within these pages.

 

The first story, “Junk-Yard Demon” written by Steve Parkhouse with art by Mike McMahon, and originally published in Doctor Who Monthly #58-60, features the fourth doctor, companion-less, being mistakenly kidnapped by salvage retrievers who think the TARDIS is scrap. This is a fun story, with the owners of the scrap yard repurposing the Cybermen in an entertaining way.

 

Next up is a tenth Doctor and Donna story, “Autopia”, written by John Ostrander and drawn by Kelly Yates. Originally published as a standalone book Doctor Who: Autopia, in 2009, the story features The Doctor and Donna setting down on a planet that has been sealed for millennia, just in time to be the cause of a civil war.

Third is the longest story of the collection, “The World Shapers”, originally published in Doctor Who Magazine 127-129, is a galaxy spanning story featuring the sixth Doctor, Peri, and Frobisher, that shows both the origin of the Cybermen, and hints towards their ultimate fate. Written by Grant Morrison with art by John Ridgway, this is the kind of story that makes the Doctor Who comics worth reading. Doing things that would be impossible to do in the original run, and costing too much in the current run, this story is filled with expansive vistas, different locations and characters not seen for nearly 40 years make this exciting story only possible in a setting outside the normal television series.

“Space Squid”,  written by Tony Lee with Josh Adams providing the artwork, features the eleventh Doctor, Rory and Amy Pond, and an android Tyrannosaurus named Kevin. This story is typical eleventh Doctor fare, with The Doctor and he companions setting down to get minced-flavored smoothies, and ending up embroiled in a religious uprising. It was originally published in Doctor Who Annual 2011 and Doctor Who Volume 2 #9.

Closing out the collection is “The Collector”, first published in Doctor Who Monthly #36, again featuring the fourth Doctor with his companions Sharon Davies, and K-9. This earthbound story, by Steven Moore and David Gibbons, starts as an abduction story, but turns into something completely different by the end. The artwork is fantastic, but the story itself is lacking in several areas, the resolution being something that every Doctor Who viewer has wondered about, and that the possibility of which is finally resolved in the new series. Nonetheless, it is an entertaining read, and doesn’t detract from this collection in the least.

Priced at $7.99 this book available now.

About the author

Mark Driscoll

When not ranting about the current state of his favorite comics or working on The Magic Cantina, Mark spends a majority of his time renovating his newly purchased, 120 year old Victorian house. Badly. He is very bad at talking about himself in the third person, as he thinks it make him sound pretentious.

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