‘The Tides of Time’ (Comic)


Please feel free to comment on my review.

The Event Synthesiser and Melanicus with the Fifth Doctor and Sir Justin

‘The Tides of Time’ graphic novel is one of the finest collections of ‘Doctor Who’ comic book stories!

It happens to be the only collection of Fifth Doctor comics that were published in ‘Doctor Who Monthly’ (later ‘Doctor Who Magazine’) during Peter Davison’s era in the series from 1981 to 1984. It must have been so exciting for ‘Doctor Who’ fans to read comics back in those days.

I enjoyed listening to ‘The Stockbridge Trilogy’ (‘Castle of Fear’, ‘The Eternal Summer’ and ‘Plague of the Daleks’) by Big Finish with Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor and Sarah Sutton as Nyssa. Stockbridge was an English village that featured in the comic book adventures with the Fifth Doctor.

I purchased the graphic novel, after discovering the comics in the ‘Stripped For Action – The Fifth Doctor’ documentary on the ‘Black Orchid’ DVD. I couldn’t complete the Stockbridge experience without reading these comics. I’ve now written my own Stockbridge story called ‘The Stockbridge Terror’.

There are seven comic strip adventures featured in this graphic novel. These include six Fifth Doctor stories: ‘The Tides of Time’; ‘Stars Fell On Stockbridge’; ‘The Stockbridge Horror’; ‘Lunar Lagoon’; ‘4-Dimensional Vistas’ and ‘The Moderator’. There’s also the Fourth Doctor adventure called ‘Timeslip’.

All the stories with the Fifth Doctor are by Steve Parkhouse with various comic artwork done by various artists including artist Dave Gibbons. Inside the front and back covers of the graphic novel, there’s an amazing colour spread of the first page of ‘The Tides of Time – Part Five’ by Dave Gibbons.

The Fifth Doctor is alone in these comic book stories since he hasn’t got his TV companions with them. Nyssa isn’t with the Doctor in these adventures sadly. I assume that these comic stories are set after ‘Circular Time: Autumn’ where the Doctor was playing cricket in Stockbridge during that time period.

‘The Tides of Time’ is a seven-part adventure by Steve Parkhouse with artwork by Dave Gibbons. The story is about time going hideously wrong as a demon called Melanicus takes control of the Event Synthesiser. The story starts in Stockbridge journeys off to Althrace in order to defeat the evil demon-like Melanicus.

The artwork is very impressive and I like Dave Gibbons’ drawings of the Fifth Doctor. In this story, the Doctor gets a short-time companion named Sir Justin, who is a medieval knight, plucked out of time. The Doctor also gets joined by Shayde, who is this mysterious being who has this black globed head.

‘The Tides of Time’ rating – 8/10

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2 thoughts on “‘The Tides of Time’ (Comic)

  1. Timelord 007

    Excellent review Tim, been a long time since i read this so thank you for this excellent review which has refreshed my memory of this seven part story.

    I might be bit behind with replying for a while, read my post on what’s not made my day thread explains why.

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi Simon.

      I haven’t read ‘The Tides of Time’ and the other stories in the Fifth Doctor graphic novel for a long while either. I hope to revisit them soon as well as the other ‘Doctor Who’ graphic novels I’ve got. Very pleased you enjoyed my review on ‘The Tides of Time’.

      Very sorry to hear about what’s happened to your cousin, Simon. That sounds pretty bad that. I hope things will improve for you, your cousin and the rest of your family. Take care and look after yourself.

      I look forward to hearing from you again soon on my blog when you’re able to check out any new reviews and stories I post. I’m hoping to upload and schedule ‘The Dimension Serpents’ with the Fourth Doctor and Private James soon for December.

      Tim. 🙂



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