He’s not a superhero. He doesn’t have a cape, but a multi-colored scarf that is twice as long (and twice as useful). He doesn’t have a utility belt or weapons, but carries a sonic screwdriver. He doesn’t have any superpowers, but he fights for freedom and justice. He is the Doctor, an alien with two hearts, a ship that’s bigger on the inside than the outside that travels through time and space, and has a strange affinity for the human race.
Doctor Who started on the BBC in the UK 45 years ago. It is a children’s sci-fi TV series with action, adventure, aliens and monsters. It started as edu-tainment, but quickly became a family show. In the 1970’s it came to comics with a regular series that was serialized in a monthly magazine It is the beginning of this series that IDW Publishing has brought to the US as Doctor Who Classics.
Doctor Who Classics #1-10
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Age Rating: Everyone
The Doctor is a time traveling alien known as a Time Lord. In his spaceship called the TARDIS, he travels to different worlds, different times and even different dimensions. In this regeneration, he is tall and lanky, with a toothy grin, unruly, curly hair, and a gregarious personality. Where ever he goes, he always seems to find himself in trouble. In these first 10 issues, the Doctor goes up against a mechanized Holy Roman Empire, a world where emotions are outlawed, cute looking alien furballs that are anything but, alien werewolves, a criminal that can reshape reality, and ancient Chinese Shaolin monks, among other things.
But the Doctor never goes against these things alone. He has his robot dog K-9, and people he befriends, usually the people he is trying to help, to assist him. Occasionally he will take someone with him as his companion to share his adventures. The companion is the character the reader is meant to identify with, to draw them into the stories more. In these stories, that turns out to be a teenage girl from Northern England named Sharon, starting from the third story until the end of this run. Like most kids her age, she is full of curiosity and loves the adventures she has with the Doctor, danger and all.
Doctor Who Classics is science fiction at it’s best. The stories are still as relevant today as they were 30 years ago. The Doctor is a hero for all times and all ages. It’s a title kids and parents can read and enjoy together. I highly recommend it for any science fiction collection.
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