‘THE MANY LIVES OF DOCTOR WHO’
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The Doctor’s Lives Flash Before His/Her Eyes
This is a decent celebration of the ‘Doctor Who’ series in 2018!
To celebrate 55 years of ‘Doctor Who’, I decided to review the comic book story, ‘The Many Lives of Doctor Who’! As a part of my 55th anniversary celebration season of ‘Doctor Who’ reviews in November 2018, I wondered whether there’d be one multi-Doctor story featuring all the TV Doctors.
Thankfully there was, sort of, in comic form. ‘The Many Lives of Doctor Who’ features all of the TV incarnations of ‘Doctor Who’ from William Hartnell’s First Doctor to Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor and that also includes John Hurt’s War Doctor. It’s deemed to be a perfect celebratory story.
It’s also an intriguingly unusual multi-Doctor story in comic book form. ‘The Many Lives of Doctor Who’ takes place during the regeneration scene between Peter Capaldi and Jodie Whittaker in ‘Twice Upon A Time’. It has the Doctor’s lives flashing before his/her eyes as he/she is regenerating.
This is something I found interesting and I wanted to find out how exactly the Doctor’s lives would flash before his/her eyes when he was regenerating from the Twelfth Doctor into the female Thirteenth Doctor. The story itself is by Richard Dinnick, who has contributed some Big Finish audios.
‘The Many Lives of Doctor Who’ is also my first encounter with a Titan-produced comic in ‘Doctor Who’. I’ve been mostly avoiding reading ‘Doctor Who’ comics, especially Titan Comics of late. Not because I’m uninterested, but because there are so many comic stories out there to find time to read.
Since this was a special occasion to celebrate the 55th anniversary of ‘Doctor Who’ and because there weren’t many multi-Doctor stories featuring all the TV incarnations from One to Thirteen as well as the War Doctor, I thought why not. It was a lucky purchase and I’m glad I was able to read it.
I was anticipating this to be a little bit like the ‘Prisoners of Time’ graphic novel that celebrated all of the current TV incarnations of ‘Doctor Who’ for the 50th anniversary in 2013. It was something I was so keen to find out as I ventured into it with enthusiasm and eagerness for my love of ‘Doctor Who’.
There are thirteen mini-stories featuring each of the first thirteen incarnations of the Doctor, interconnected by the main story of the Twelfth Doctor regenerating into the Thirteenth. It was intriguing to discover how the Doctor recalled events in the lives she had once when she was a man.
The story begins with a brief recap of what happened to the Twelfth Doctor in Series 10 where he lost his companions Bill and Nardole in ‘The Doctor Falls’. We then have the start of the regeneration scene where the Twelfth Doctor lets himself go in the TARDIS during the end of ‘Twice Upon A Time’.
As the Doctor recalls his lives as he regenerates, we have the first mini-story, ‘The Path of Skulls’, featuring the First Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan. I actually like how this mini-story acknowledges the First Doctor and his first TARDIS team, reflecting how it all began for him in the TV series in 1963.
The story wasn’t very much to go on as I’ve discovered in most of the mini-stories of this comic. It’s basically the Doctor; Ian; Barbara and Susan arriving on a planet where there’s this seemingly burial ground containing skulls to honour the dead. Nothing exciting happens since the four just witness it.
A comment is by the Twelfth Doctor during his regeneration on how he was always ‘trying to be old; grumpy and important’. This is of course a line taken directly from ‘Time Crash’. In fact, a lot of lines featured in the comic story are derived from some of the TV stories we know and love of by heart. 😀
I do like how the interaction is made between the First Doctor and his companions, Ian; Barbara and Susan even if it’s for a few pages of comic strip artwork. The artwork is fairly decent. I wouldn’t say the First Doctor in the comic artwork looks exactly like William Hartnell. He seems a bit tanned here.
A note is made by the First Doctor on how he remarks the skull burial site to be representative of live and renewal, which is supposed to be connected to how things are changing in the Doctor’s life from Twelve to Thirteen. Incidentally, the number ‘thirteen’ is mentioned at some point in each mini-tale.
We then move onto the second mini-story, ‘Card Conundrum’, featuring the Second Doctor; Polly; Ben and Jamie from Season 4 of the classic TV series. It’s interesting the First Doctor TARDIS team and the Second Doctor TARDIS team are crowded TARDISes, reflecting the Thirteenth Doctor’s team.
In this story, the Second Doctor and his friends come across a group of walking playing cards. I have to agree, it is pretty weird. The artwork of the Second Doctor story in this comic is actually pretty good and better than the First Doctor one. The likenesses of Patrick Troughton and others are spot on.
The pacing does feel rather quick and it’s like there are scenes cut out from the story on what happened when the Doctor tackled his foes. I wish the stories themselves were long enough in order for us as comic readers to appreciate the impact the Second Doctor had on the current incarnation.
It also seems like the Second Doctor; Jamie; Ben and Polly are trying to win a game with playing cards against the walking talking playing guards to get the TARDIS back. It almost has a puzzle solving quality to them, which I like but I wish had been allowed more breathing space for us to appreciate.
Mention is made at the end of the story on how the Time Lords eventually caught up with the Doctor in ‘The War Games’ before they sent him to exile on Earth. It was also very intriguing how Polly, Ben and Jamie were chosen to be the Second Doctor’s companions rather than Jamie and Zoe.
We then move onto the third mini-story, ‘Invasion of the Scorpion Men’, featuring the Third Doctor and Sarah Jane from Season 11 of the classic TV series. Again, the artwork for this story is pretty good and it definitely captures good likenesses of Jon Pertwee and Elisabeth Sladen from the series.
It was nice to see the Third Doctor and Sarah Jane driving through the streets of evacuated London in Bessie. It brings back echoes of the Third Doctor era with Bessie here. Wait a minute! Evacuated London? Oh no! It can’t be Scorpion Men that are invading. It’s ‘Invasion of the Dinosaurs’ again! 😀
Actually with that said, the Scorpion Men weren’t that impressive. I mean, yeah they look scary in appearance, but we don’t get enough time to appreciate the threat they cause to the whole of London. Again, this is the problem with these mini-tales during the comic. They’re not long enough.
It actually would’ve been nice if the Brigadier and U.N.I.T. made an appearance in this Third Doctor story to complete the authenticity of the era. Wouldn’t they have been involved with this Scorpion Men menace too? This story also has us return to the Post Office Tower last seen in ‘The War Machines’.
Thankfully WOTAN isn’t there to cause trouble as the Doctor uses his sonic screwdriver with the Post Office Tower to defeat the Scorpion Men. And it works thankfully. The story ends the Scorpion Men leaving Earth and the narrator, the Twelfth Doctor, reflecting how New York City got named twice.
This of course leads us into the fourth mini-story, ‘Time Lady of Means’, featuring the Fourth Doctor and Romana from Season 17 of the classic TV series. And goodness me, the artwork! I’m sorry, but I find the artwork for the Fourth Doctor mini-story appalling cartoonish and not what I had hoped for.
I mean, seriously is that supposed to be Tom Baker’s Doctor in the story? It barely looks like him. It’s almost like a characterization of Tom Baker’s Doctor from ‘Scooby Doo’! My Dad even said so when he saw the artwork for the Fourth Doctor. I fully agree. Why could he not look like Tom Baker?!!! 😡
The story also doesn’t feature K-9. What did he do to deserve not being in this story with the Fourth Doctor and Romana? Anyway, the Doctor and Romana are in New York in 1985 (presumably when the ‘Doctor Who’ hiatus started! 😀 ) as they try to get something from a rich lady and her little dog.
There are quite a number of comedic moments featured in the story, which is fitting to reflect the humourous tone of the Douglas Adams era of ‘Doctor Who’. The aliens in this story happen to be…AAAAAAHH!! Sorry, that was my reaction to them when I saw how bird-like they appeared to be.
The aliens in this story happen to be the Ra’ra’vis and include Tigil and Kemos. Actually, I wonder if they’re related to those avian creatures in ‘Circular Time: Spring’. The Doctor also manages to steal something from underneath a dog in his cot whilst Romana is distracting the dog’s lady owner. Thief! 😀
We then have a page of the Thirteenth Doctor nearly formed after her regeneration from Twelve before we move onto the fifth mini-story, ‘Ophiuchus’, featuring the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan and Turlough. I was delighted to hear that Nyssa was going to appear in the Fifth Doctor mini-tale of this.
Although saying that, I have to raise some continuity concerns about this story. This is supposed to be a story set during Season 20 when Turlough joins the TARDIS crew. Yet why do Tegan and Nyssa look like they’re wearing their costumes from their first stories. Shouldn’t they be in different clothes?
Shouldn’t Tegan be in her white ‘boob-tube’ costume and shouldn’t Nyssa be in her sexy costume from ‘Mawdryn Undead’ and ‘Terminus’? Although saying that, Tegan was in her air hostess uniform in ‘The Monkey House’ which is weird, yet that tale was claimed to be set during the older Nyssa arc.
It was nice to see Nyssa in her original ‘Keeper of Traken’ costume as that is Sarah Sutton’s favourite. Anyway, the story has the Fifth Doctor Season 20 TARDIS team visiting Gallifrey where they go through the cloisters from ‘Hell Bent’ to confront a Time Lord named Ophiuchus who causes trouble.
Eventually the Fifth Doctor stops Ophiuchus and the Time Lord regenerates from a man into a woman. It’s indicated how the Fifth Doctor managed to give the Time Lords’ ability to regenerate beyond their initial twelve regeneration limit. Nyssa even questions on Time Lords changing gender.
The sixth mini-story, ‘Virtually Indestructible’, features the Sixth Doctor and Peri. In this story, the Doctor and Peri are helping the aliens called Triumvirs escape destruction by the vicious Haxeen. Apparently the Haxeen are classified as one of few aluminium-based life-forms the Doctor has faced.
The artwork for the Fifth Doctor and Sixth Doctor stories of this comic is pretty good. At this point, I did forget about the varying styles of artwork drawn by various artists for this comic. It’s interesting to see how the Haxeen try to infiltrate the TARDIS by using ‘green energy beams’ within the time vortex.
There’s not a lot of bickering between the Doctor and Peri in this mini-story as you would expect, which is a good thing. They clearly are fond of each other, despite their bickering. It’s also nice to see how the Doctor respects the Triumvirs and he also reassures them that the TARDIS is indestructible.
The Sixth Doctor manages to outwit the Haxeen with some cunning, as he shares his plan with Peri during a four strip page in the comic. Incidentally, Peri is wearing the sexy pink outfit from ‘Attack of the Cybermen’. The Doctor’s plan does work as the Haxeen are soon scattered into the time vortex.
One interesting thing about the Sixth Doctor mini-story is that it is all set inside the TARDIS. The Doctor and Peri don’t get to go outside as they’re with the Triuumvirs with the Haxeen attacking outside. The Doctor also repeats “Run away?” three times with the last time very agitated as on TV. 😀
The seventh mini-story, ‘Crossing The Rubicon’, features the Seventh Doctor and Ace. I’ve heard that phrase ‘crossing the Rubicon’ before and I now know what it means. It’s in reference to an historical event when Julius Caesar’s army crossed the river, Rubicon. This happens to be a fixed point in time.
The story also features the return of Anthony Ainley’s Master. This isn’t the first time the Seventh Doctor and Ace have faced the Anthony Ainley Master. They faced him in ‘Survival’ as well as in the graphic novel ‘Prisoners of Time’. It’s intriguing how he comes back to face them in comic form again.
Incidentally, Ace looks cool in her Roman armoured-like gear and carrying that baseball bat she used to destroy a Dalek in ‘Remembrance of the Daleks’. 😀 I’m not sure at what point the story is at with Ace’s journey in ‘Doctor Who’, but she could be on her way to become ‘warrior Ace’ from the Virgin novels.
The Master disguises himself as ‘Dominus’, not ‘Magister’ as the Doctor expected whilst the Doctor adopts the alias of ‘Septimus Doctus’, not ‘Theta Sigma’ to gain access to Julius Caesar. It’s interesting how the Master attempted to kill Julius Caesar to prevent him crossing the Rubicon at all.
I actually did think that the Master managed to poison Julius Caesar and that the Doctor was too late. But it turns out Julius faked his own death as he had advanced warning about the Master from the Doctor. Why do I get the nagging feeling that this is some echo from ‘The Curse of Fatal Death’? 😀
The eighth mini-story, ‘The Time Ball’, features the Eighth Doctor and Josie. Now, Josie is an Eighth Doctor companion I haven’t come across before. Josie Day is a companion who appears in the Titan Comic stories of the Eighth Doctor, so this was my first encounter with her through this Titan comic.
Therefore, I can’t really say much about her in terms of a character, although she does seem to get on well with the Eighth Doctor. Josie made her first appearance in ‘The Pictures of Josephine Day’. Anyway, the Doctor and Josie visit Greenwich, 1883 where they have to deal with this Omsonii alien.
Incidentally, the Eighth Doctor almost looks like how he would appear in ‘The Night of the Doctor’. Presumably these comic stories with Josie Day are set between the ‘Dark Eyes’ chapter of the Eighth Doctor’s life and ‘The Night of the Doctor’. The pacing in this comic adventure does feel pretty quick.
The artwork style is also pretty decent, although it’s not as good as other art styles for other Doctors as most of the time the Eighth Doctor doesn’t look like Paul McGann. The story is more of the Eighth Doctor and Josie getting the alien Omsonii to return back to its ship when using some certain transmat.
The story also contains a flashback on how the alien Omsonii was captured in Africa. I appreciate the need of a flashback in this story. It does get tense when the Doctor has to time it exactly right with Josie’s help in order to initiate the transmat beam. The story also feels seafaring aboard a sailing ship.
The ninth mini-story, ‘The Whole Thing’s Bananas’, features the War Doctor from the Time War. This is a rather interesting tale, since it features the War Doctor doing something that was mentioned in ‘The Doctor Dances’ from Series 1 of the new series. Of which, he destroyed the Villengard factories.
Remember the Ninth Doctor saying, “I like bananas! Bananas are good!”? Well this is what happens when the War Doctor destroyed the weapons factories on Villengard and bananas became involved. It also makes a nice link to ‘Twice Upon A Time’ where the First and Twelfth Doctors visited Villengard.
The story also features Dorium Maldovar, who would later become an ally to Matt Smith’s Doctor in the TV series. It’s interesting to find Dorium teaming up with the War Doctor. I’m not sure whether this is the first time Dorium has encountered the Doctor, or whether it’s the first he’s met the War one.
I’m guessing the latter. Anyway, the War Doctor acquires Dorium’s assistance to destroy the Villengard factories before the Daleks make use of it. And by the way, we don’t get to have an appearance of the Daleks in this mini-tale. That’s sad that is. All we get is see some Dalek spaceships.
Wouldn’t it have hurt for there to be an appearance of a Dalek or a few Daleks in the story for the War Doctor to confront? I know these mini-stories are meant to be ‘mini’, but still! Anyway it was quite cute to see the War Doctor carry bananas in his hands, like he was carrying guns, which I do. 😀
There’s then a page dedicated to the Thirteenth Doctor fully formed after regeneration, with her wedding ring falling off and pinging to the TARDIS floor as in the ‘Twice Upon A Time’ TV story. The tenth mini-story, ‘Return of the Volsci’, features the Ninth Doctor, Rose and Captain Jack. Fantastic! 😀
In this story, the Doctor, Rose and Jack visit Kyoto in 1336. This was mentioned by the Ninth Doctor as the last adventure before he, Rose and Jack were absorbed by a bright white light and brought aboard the Game Staton in ‘Bad Wolf’. Interesting how this story’s done in comic form, not on audio.
The Ninth Doctor team come across some samurai in Kyoto 1336 as well as the alien Volsci who arrive in their own spaceship. Captain Jack looks ready for action doesn’t he, especially in white T-shirt and having a powerful rifle weapon? Is it that same T-shirt he got from the Top Shop in Cardiff? 😀
The artwork is pretty good for the Ninth Doctor story as well as the War Doctor story. The Ninth Doctor, Rose and Jack find people in cyro-tubes aboard the Volsci spaceship. An accident occurs where all the Volsci die before one of them, the leader perhaps, manages to survive. She gets hell bent.
The Doctor attempts to persuade the Volsci woman leader not to commit any hostile acts as he shares with her how he went through an experience in killing people and finding it senseless. His arguments manage to work. The Volsci woman leader doesn’t do anything rash and her ship leaves.
The eleventh mini-story, ‘Nurse Who?’, features the Tenth Doctor, Gabby and Cindy. Again, like with Josie Day, this was the first time I came across Gabby and Cindy as the Tenth Doctor’s companions in comic form. Gabby Gonzalez and Cindy Wu were made for the Titan comic tales of the Tenth Doctor.
Both Gabby and Cindy first appeared in ‘Revolutions of Terror’. Like with Josie, I didn’t know much about these two companions. But they seemed likeable and have an interesting relationship with the Tenth Doctor. Alhough I do have one thing to complain regarding Gabby and Cindy in this comic tale.
Their names don’t get mentioned at all in the comic. Now I had to do some research beforehand in order to identify who they were. But for those who have never met Gabby and Cindy before, it’s going to be confusing if it’s not clearly identified who’s who in the Tenth Doctor segment of the comic tale.
Anyway, the Tenth Doctor happens to be ill and Cindy acquires the help of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, who apparently would become the first female doctor in England human history. Gabby and Cindy explain to future Dr. Anderson what happened in a flashback before she heals the Doctor.
It was interesting to discover this historical figure in the story and how the Tenth Doctor gets to meet her after she saves her life. It also links interestingly to how the Doctor would become a woman herself by the time we get to Jodie Whittaker, the first offical actress to play the Doctor on TV.
The twelfth mini-story, ‘Without A Paddle’, features the Eleventh Doctor and Alice. Like with Josie, Gabby and Cindy, Alice is another ‘Doctor Who’ companion created for the Titan Comics with the Eleventh Doctor. Alice Obiefune made her first appearance in the ‘Doctor Who’ tale called ‘After Life’.
The story also features the appearance of River Song, the Doctor’s wife. (wryly) Of course! A ‘Doctor Who’ story wouldn’t be complete without River Song in it. And as we know, River is up to her usual time-playing tricks again in stealing some kind of paddle which doesn’t belong to her in archaeology.
I must comment though, the artwork for this story is a bit iffy, especially with regards to River Song. Sometimes she seemed hardly recognisable as Alex Kingston from the TV series. Also Matt Smith’s Doctor tended not to be recognisable as he was on TV. The art styles are so on and off in this comic.
Also, I’ve got to mention something about the Eleventh Doctor’s TARDIS console room. It looks like the one from the second half of Series 7. Yet I presume the Eleventh Doctor’s stories with Alice are set during the time of Series 5 and 6. I will need to check the Eleventh Doctor comics to confirm this.
The alien species on the planet Hydron are interesting as they speak via telepathic thought via, presumably, the thought balloons in the comic. Yet somehow the Doctor can talk to them through the speech buttons. Also River was acquiring a wedding gift for a thirteenth wedding anniversary. Spoilers! 🙄
The thirteenth and final mini-story of this comic is ‘Harvest of the Daleks’, featuring the Twelfth Doctor and Bill from Series 10 of new ‘Doctor Who’. Don’t get excited about this mini-tale by the way. The Daleks don’t appear! At all! It’s just spaceships we see! Why could the Daleks not appear?!
This story is interesting in that it takes place directly before ‘World Enough and Time’/’The Doctor Falls’, the season finale of Series 10. The Doctor and Bill have struck up a firm friendship by this point and are clearly the ideal Twelfth Doctor TARDIS team that could’ve had a longer run of TV adventures.
In the story, the Doctor and Bill find themselves captured by a Dalek harvest ship with two kids from an alien planet. One of the kids, a young girl, happens to be called Emily. Not sure who the blue boy kid is since he never gets named. In fact, he’s completely superfluous, disappearing at the tale’s end.
It’s interesting to note that Bill has encountered Daleks before when making references to Heather about to be killed by them in ‘The Pilot’. I wish though there was a proper Dalek adventure for the Twelfth Doctor and Bill to have in the series. I hope Big Finish can make it happen for Twelve and Bill.
The Doctor manages to find a way for him and his friends to get out of the Dalek harvest ship, using his sonic sunglasses (ugh!) and using a hair comb (weird?). It’s also interesting how the Doctor connects to the little girl Emily, encouraging her to be one of the great Emilys like Bronte; Blunt; etc.
The comic closes with the final scene of Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor in the TARDIS from ‘Twice Upon A Time’ before he cut to her in her Thirteenth Doctor costume, looking out on some sunny horizon. Presumably this is during the events of ‘The Ghost Monument’ on the planet Desolation.
The final lines of the comic are that it’s unclear what the future will hold for the new Thirteenth Doctor, but one thing’s for sure…“It’s going to be amazing!” And from my perspective, it is amazing! Despite all the division of fan opinion I’ve encountered, I love Jodie Whittaker’s era of ‘Doctor Who’!
Anyway, ‘The Many Lives of Doctor Who’ as a comic is…okay. Not too bad at all really. As a story of the Doctor’s lives flashing before his/her eyes, it does actually work. The stories themselves are trying to make reference into how they eventually lead to the Doctor becoming the Thirteenth one.
I do feel though the stories are rather too short to stay their welcome and it would’ve been nice if the comic was longer to accommodate more time spent on each era of the show. But apart from that, most of the comic’s fine and the stories themselves are pretty decent with good TARDIS teams.
The artwork is mostly good with some exceptions to the rule, as it’s done by various artists for certain comic stories. The interconnecting story of the Twelfth Doctor into the Thirteenth regeneration is pretty good in art style and is somehow consistent despite the inconsistent artworks.
As for ‘Doctor Who’ itself, well what else can I say except that I love the series in all its forms through TV; audio; book and comic? ‘Doctor Who’ is a series that will always hold a special place in my heart. And this comic adventure certainly reminded me on why I love ‘Doctor Who’ in all of its incarnations.
If you haven’t discovered ‘Doctor Who’ before and this is your first time coming across it in this review by me on the comic adventure, I highly recommend giving the TV series a try. There’s plenty to enjoy with ‘Doctor Who’ and it’s not just in the TV series but also in the audios, books and comics.
I’m very pleased I’ve celebrated the 55th anniversary of ‘Doctor Who’ on ‘Bradley’s Basement’, especially in ‘The Many Lives of Doctor Who’. This comic adventure, despite its shortcomings, does celebrate the TV show in all its forms. I am hopeful the series will continue to live on and never end.
‘The Many Lives of Doctor Who’ rating – 7/10
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Epic review Tim, i felt exhilarated reading this & what a fantastic way to celebrate the Doctor’s 55th birthday.
That illustration for the Fourth Doctor is shocking, it looks bloody awful, the most iconic Doctor & gets treated in this shambolic way is unforgivable lol.
Seems like these stories were hit & miss or not given enough depth to them & rushed, i always sceptical of these type of stories because one wonders what’s the point if you don’t deliver stories that give a satisfactory pay off without being short changed.
I agree about Jodies Doctor & you know my original thoughts on her casting but she proven to me a female Doctor can work if cast well the show has a fresh zest of energy & good stories with well written characters my only gripe it is lacking a few classic villians.
Excellent review Tim & a lovely way to celebrate the anniversary.
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Very pleased you enjoyed my review on ‘The Many Lives of Doctor Who’. I’m glad I had you exhilirated and that you found this a great way to celebrate 55 years of the series. I’m pleased I found this comic to help with celebrating ‘Doctor Who’s 55th birthday today.
Yeah I’m not happy with how the Fourth Doctor and Romana are illustrated in this comic. It looks so cartoonish and appalling. The bird aliens in that story don’t help much. I’m pleased the Fifth Doctor era characters got good likenesses in the comic compared to the appalling ones in ‘Prisoners of Time’.
I was expecting this to be a massive story with more pages like the ‘Prisoners of Time’ graphic novel was presented. I expected each story featuring each incarnation of the Doctor to be of the same reasonable length. Imagine my surprise when I saw how each story seemed short for a few pages and they didn’t overstay their welcome. I’m pleased each era of ‘Doctor Who’ got represented in this comic, but it would’ve been nice to have seen more of their eras before we got to the end with Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor established.
I’m pleased with how the latest ‘Doctor Who’ series with Jodie Whittaker has turned out and I’m glad you seem to like it so far compared to when you were against the change of Doctor as a woman beforehand. It certainly is a lot better with what had gone on before with improved writing; character development and acting. I agree with you, it would be nice if there was more classic series monsters like Daleks and Cybermen for Jodie’s Doctor to contend with. Perhaps we’ll get that in Series 12 next year. I hope so.
Many thanks for your comments Simon and glad you enjoyed my review for ‘Doctor Who’s 55th anniversary.