‘DEFENDER OF THE DALEKS’ (TLV)
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Daleks and the Hond with the Tenth Doctor
It’s time to venture into the ‘Time Lord Victorious’ series of ‘Doctor Who’! 🙂
During a time when most of us were in lockdown because of the Covid-19 pandemic, it was announced in April 2020 that a new multi-platform ‘Doctor Who’ story was to be released called ‘Time Lord Victorious’. This looked to be an exciting and very promising ‘Doctor Who’ event to enjoy!
‘Time Lord Victorious’ was to spread across a number of media releases including comics, audios, books, etc. This is an idea I really like as I like there to be an interconnection between ‘Doctor Who’ comics, books and audios rather than just having them have their own separate distinct timelines. 😀
This also turned out to be a very frustrating ‘Doctor Who’ event. It’s frustrating because there are quite a number of ‘Doctor Who’ stories that aren’t readily available to us as we would like such as live experiences which can only be available to people in the UK and in certain places of the UK itself.
It’s frustrating because it’s hard to know where to begin with ‘Time Lord Victorious’ as there are multiple paths to follow regarding characters such as the Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Doctors as well as Rose Tyler, Brian the Ood and the Daleks. Not a huge concern in the grand scheme of things, but still.
It’s frustrating because there are also certain story orders to track your way through including the Fractured Universe, the Dark Times and the Victorious Days. It’s frustrating because there doesn’t seem to be clarity and consistency on how ‘Time Lord Victorious’ begins and how it’s meant to end.
But if there is one thing that I find most frustrating about ‘Time Lord Victorious’ itself is that this particular ‘Doctor Who’ event is TOO LONG!!! I wouldn’t mind that so much but if the event’s creator James Goss gave us a clear indication in how it starts and ends, I could have enjoyed it more.
As is, I feel a lot of the stories like live experiences and merchandise such as Eaglemoss figurines are alienating ‘Doctor Who’ fans into what they should buy and collect to make ‘Time Lord Victorious’ worthwhile. I know a lot of these stories are standalone, but I would like to see how they all connect.
Because of these frustrations and not being able to collect and experience every ‘Time Lord Victorious’ story I would like, I’m going to focus on certain stories featured in the event itself. These include comic stories, books and audios as well as a certain media e.g. the ‘Daleks!’ YouTube series! 🙂
I won’t be focusing on things like live experiences in the UK or merchandise such as figurine items and T-shirts. If there is a certain ‘Time Lord Victorious’ story I’ve missed out and need to review, I would appreciate it if you’d let me know so that I can take it into consideration for a future review. 🙂
I’m also going to follow the ‘Time Lord Victorious’ series through the release order of certain stories from 2020 to 2021. As far as I’m concerned, there are 14 major ‘Doctor Who’ stories featured in ‘Time Lord Victorious’ from Titan Comics, ‘Doctor Who Magazine’, the BBC Books and the Big Finish audios.
The stories include ‘Defender of the Daleks’, ‘The Guide to the Dark Times’ from the 2021 ‘Doctor Who Annual’, ‘Monstrous Beauty’, ‘The Knight, the Fool and the Dead’, ‘Master Thief’, ‘Lesser Evils’, ‘He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not’, ‘The Enemy of My Enemy’, the ‘Daleks!’ YouTube show, ‘All Flesh is Grass’, ‘The Minds of Magnox’, ‘Mutually Assured Destruction’, ‘Genetics of the Daleks’ and ‘Echoes of Extinction’. I’m sure I’ve missed some stories out but these are the ones I feel are most significant. 🙂
‘Time Lord Victorious’ is essentially taken from the TV story ‘The Waters of Mars’ where the Tenth Doctor declared he was the Time Lord Victorious to Captain Adelaide Brooke. I’m not sure how this is carried throughout the actual event itself with its multiple Doctors, but I was very keen to find out.
As such, let’s venture into ‘Time Lord Victorious’ with the comic tale called ‘Defender of the Daleks’!
This is Titan Comics’ contribution to the ‘Time Lord Victorious’ storyline. It features the Tenth Doctor fighting against the Daleks as well as introducing a new enemy called the Hond. The comic was released in two issues from September to October 2020. I purchased the comic adventure via Kindle.
I’ve not really got into the Titan Comics stories of ‘Doctor Who’. I have heard good things about them though. There was one Titan Comics story of ‘Doctor Who’ I’ve read and that was ‘The Many Lives of Doctor Who’. I checked that story out to celebrate 55 years of the TV show’s history in 2018.
‘Defender of the Daleks’ was released initially as two issues in September and October before it came together as one book in November 2020. I wish I had known about that before purchasing the two issues on Kindle, but at least I knew when to pause once it came to the end of the first issue. 😀
The story is by Jody Houser with the artwork by Roberta Ingranata and the colours by Enrica Eren Angiolini. I enjoyed checking out the comic story via Kindle, especially with the artwork looking so good and I could hear David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor as well as Nick Briggs as the Daleks throughout. 😀
The story has the Tenth Doctor waking up on the floor of a burning TARDIS with a headache. He struggles to remember how he got here before he gets out and finds himself face to face with a squad of silver Daleks. Very soon, the Doctor flies off before he finds the Daleks are pursuing him. 😐
Materialising in a desert, North Carolina and Raddplina, the Doctor can’t shake off his pursuers. When materialising in Guelder, the Doctor asks the Daleks what they want as they haven’t tried to kill him. He’s soon brought before the Dalek Emperor which happens to be the gold spherical one. 🙂
The gold Dalek Emperor appeared in the TV Century 21 comics featuring the Daleks and apparently was last seen in the BBC ‘Eighth Doctor Adventures’ book ‘War of the Daleks’. The Doctor also discovers that the Daleks have no memory of the Last Great Time War and they are currently scared.
The Emperor reveals to the Doctor that the Daleks are being attacked by the Hond, an omnicidal species from the Dark Times. The Doctor is disturbed by this. The Hond should no longer exist. They turn out to be gooey golem-like creatures that want to destroy everything as well as kill themselves.
After debating and arguing with the Daleks for a bit, the Doctor agrees to help the Daleks to stop the Hond. He’s soon brought to the Vault of Obscenities on Skaro where he meets the Dalek Prime Strategist. The Dalek Prime Strategist is this rusted Dalek war machine that’s proud of being rusted. 😐
As I’m able to gather, the Dalek Prime Strategist and the gold Dalek Emperor who’s also called the Emperor of the Restoration make appearances in future ‘Time Lord Victorious’ stories including the Big Finish audios and the ‘Daleks!’ YouTube series! Something I’m looking forward to checking out. 🙂
I’ve also picked up in terms of research that ‘Defender of the Daleks’ takes place before ‘The Waters of Mars’ for the Tenth Doctor. At present, the connections to ‘Time Lord Victorious’ aren’t very clear yet, but I’m sure they will be by the time I get into more of these ‘Time Lord Victorious’ adventures.
Like I said, I like how the artwork has been done throughout this comic adventure. I wish this was adapted for Big Finish audio so that I can hear David Tennant’s voice saying his lines as the Doctor. I’m surprised that wasn’t taken into consideration when ‘Time Lord Victorious’ was being produced.
The Hond as new ‘Doctor Who’ monsters seem okay as far as I’m concerned. They’re not really special as they’re blobby-like morasses that are hell-bent on killing others as well as killing themselves. It’s also interesting that they seem to have come from the Dark Times of the universe. 🙂
There’s a very special guest appearance of the Thirteenth Doctor in the second half of ‘Defender of the Daleks’. I was pleased to see that and it would have been exciting if Jodie Whittaker voiced her Doctor for a Big Finish audio adaptation of this comic adventure alongside David Tennant’s Doctor. 🙂
Two of my favourite Doctors together! 😀 The Tenth and Thirteenth Doctors have met each other before in comic form. The first time they met was in ‘A Time of Two Time Lords: A Little Help From My Friends’ which I hope to check out soon. They also met in the story entitled ‘Alternating Current’.
Apparently, ‘Alternating Current’ was meant to come out before ‘Defender of the Daleks’ but it got delayed in its publication. Not that I would have worried about that too much since I knew the Tenth and Thirteenth Doctors had met already, but it was nice to have them meet each other in this story.
The Thirteenth Doctor helps the Tenth Doctor to escape back to his TARDIS when the Daleks have no further use for him after defeating the Hond and are planning to kill him. I like how the Thirteenth Doctor gets to play her own part, albeit a small one, in the ‘Time Lord Victorious’ series overall here.
The story also has a cameo of the Eighth Doctor at the end when the Daleks are observing him on a computer screen. I’m not sure if this is to set up what’s to happen in the Eighth Doctor audios featured in ‘Time Lord Victorious’. It looks like a young Eighth Doctor from ‘The TV Movie’ on screen.
I’m curious how the Daleks seem to have forgotten about the Time War whereas the Tenth Doctor hasn’t. It seems a paradox caused this, whether by a future ‘Time Lord Victorious’ event or not. I hope it’s made clearer later on as I venture into more tales of the ‘Time Lord Victorious’ series itself.
At present, there are things about ‘Time Lord Victorious’ I don’t understand and how they interconnect such as the Kotturuh crisis, the Dark Times and what happened when the Tenth Doctor became the Time Lord Victorious. It also seems a new Time War is being fought in this certain event.
There are echoes of ‘The Chase’ when the Daleks are pursuing the Doctor throughout space and time. It also seems that the places that the TARDIS materialises on are featured in other comic stories. Not that I would know that from reading a few Titan Comics stories, but interesting to know. 🙂
The Doctor’s first encounter with the Daleks on Blecplam Two and a Half also featured in the story ‘A New Beginning’. Guelder and North Caroline were in ‘Hidden Human History’, the planet of the elves was in ‘Time Out of Mind’ (also called ‘Holiday Special’) and Raddplina was in ‘Old Friends’. Perhaps I should check out these comics.
It’s also intriguing that it’s silver Daleks that the Tenth Doctor encounters as opposed to the bronze Daleks that we’re familiar with in new series ‘Doctor Who’. Maybe these Daleks that the Doctor encounters come from before the Time War ever happened to them. A very likely possibility here! 🙂
The extras for the complete collection of ‘Defender of the Daleks’ are as follows! There’s a covers gallery; ‘Road to Victory’, an interview with James Goss; ‘The Art Process’ which contains layouts of certain comic panels and artwork of the story; a timeline of ‘Time Lord Victorious’; adverts for ‘Doctor Who’ Titans Comics collections including ‘Time Out of Mind’ and ‘A Tale of Two Time Lords: A Little Help From My Friends’; a reader’s guide to the Titan Comics of ‘Doctor Who’; and biographies of writer Jody Houser, artist Roberta Ingranata and colourist Enrica Eren Angiolini.
‘Defender of the Daleks’ is a very gripping instalment of the ‘Time Lord Victorious’ series in comic form. I enjoyed reading the comic adventure on Kindle as it felt like watching a TV episode with the impressive artwork panels and it was easy to hear David Tennant’s voice as the Doctor throughout. 🙂
I wish a Big Finish audio adaptation of this comic was made, featuring David Tennant’s Doctor, Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor and Nicholas Briggs’ Daleks. I’m not sure where the ‘Time Lord Victorious’ series is going from reading this comic adventure, but I hope things will be made clear as I continue with it.
‘Defender of the Daleks’ (TLV) rating – 9/10
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