Each comic strip is examined individually with a plot summary of each episode followed by a quotation from the story before looking at the continuity of the strip followed by a summing up of what he thinks of the story. Scoones manages to get a real sense excitement with each strip and makes the reader actually want to get up and read the comics. No matter whether the plot is absolutely mad, like the one which involves the Quarks constructing giant bees to kill The Doctor, or not, Scoones manages to get a sense of true wonder into his writing.
You can tell that he enjoys the mad cap nonsense of the strips just from the way he writes about them. However, not all of the strips are just nice mad nostalgia, some of them are, in fact, well written comics which for their time were pretty ground breaking. Such tales as the strip Sub Zero for instance, sound better than some of the things that the programme was producing at the same time. Another interesting insight is into how the strips slowly began to create their own continuity and eventually tried to fit the continuity of the comic strips in with the TV shows.
Scoones brilliantly manages to make sure every single reference back to a past story appears which is commendable on its own due to the size of his task and the lack of other books on the subject. The one drawback to The Comic Strip Companion is the lack of pictures. It would be nice, now and again, in-between the large chunks of text to see an image of something from the strip you are reading. It is understandable, however, that not that many pictures feature as presumably the various copyright payments that would be needed might be too much for the size of the book.
This is compensated for slightly by a selection of various covers featuring The Doctor appearing in the middle of the book.
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It's common knowledge by fans of the franchise that any person who travels in the TARDIS along with the Doctor helping him is designated with the proper term of The Doctor is the main character of the series but it doesn't mean that the companions are relegated to an unimportant level. Several companions are as popular as any regeneration of the Doctor.
And each story is written choosing carefully not only which Doctor is the most appropiate but also which companion s fit better too. This is a very remarkable reference book since the author not only cover the companions shown on TV but also on other media, primarily novels and audio dramas but also comic books and even short stories on the official Doctor Who magazine.
The relevance of the companions in Doctor Who has been even greater than the Doctors in the sense that you know that "The Doctor" is the "main hero", so he can't die and even if so, he will regenerate that cheating chap! However, the flexibility of the companions is that some of them can die in shocking ways, some of them will leave, sometimes they will return, sometimes they won't, some of them can make huge mistakes, some of them will do what that even The Doctor doesn't dare to do, some of them can be from the past, some of them can be from the future, some of them are humans, some of them are aliens including Time Lords , some of them are robots, even someone can become a sentient TARDIS!!!
I think that each Doctor Who fan has their own "favorite combination" of doctor and companion s. However, I like all the wide legacy of 50 years of the franchise, so in the same way that I like each doctor and their particular uniqueness, I like many, MANY companions too. I love the reading experience of the book, I rated it with 4 stars and not a full 5 due two reasons: 1. An omission of a companion I wouldn't mind if some companion from other media than TV, such as comic books or audio dramas may be not mentioned here, but the book didn't cover "Astrid Peth" Kylie Minogue that appears in a TV Special and both "Wikipedia" and "TARDIS Wikia" defined her with a status of "companion" of the Tenth Doctor, so I think that a couple of lines, at least mention her, it couldn't hurt anybody.
However, don't get mistaken, this book is by far, the best option in the market for a reference book specialized on the companions in Doctor Who 's franchise. An extraordinary book indeed! When asked by my publisher to write a book celebrating fifty years of Doctor Who, my first thought was to do a guide to the companions.
It made perfect sense to me; other than the Doctor and the TARDIS, the only thing thats consistently been a part of the ongoing saga of Doctor Who are the people who travel with him. There have been other books about the Doctors companions over the decades, but since the show returned in there has not really been one book that has taken a proper look at every single companion to travel by the Doctors side and there have been many!
And thats the point. Its about time we had the information in one place, to see how all these characters influence the Doctors adventures, to show that despite the sixteen-year gap not including the one-off Television Movie in Doctor Who has been one long narrative, from the opening of the gates at Totters Lane in An Unearthly Child right through to the dramatic revelations at Trenzalore in The Name of the Doctor. Its all one story, one adventure seen through the eyes of many individuals.
The story of the Last of the Time Lords as witnessed by humans, aliens and once or twice by robots. Make no mistake, these people have changed the Doctor; theyve taught him much more than hes ever taught them. He may have shown them the wonders of the 5. Youll be forgiven for thinking that, if youve seen every episode of the television series and believe me, thats quite a feat in itself , youve seen every companion.
You would, of course, be quite mistaken. During the sixteen-year gap the Wilderness Years, as its commonly known Doctor Who continued primarily in prose, and as with the parent show, companions came and went. It started with Ace, continuing from the final television story, but soon all-new companions were introduced.
Their place in the annals of Doctor Who history is not to be overlooked. They are as important, in some ways more so, as any companion seen on television. The continued growth and development began with Ace in Remembrance of the Daleks, and prepared the way for the companions that were soon to join the Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors. And they are all included in this tome although its possible that one or two may be missing if so, I raise my hand and totally blame the Last Great Time War for erasing them , prose companions like Professor Bernice Summerfield all the way through to Trix MacMillan, to the companions introduced in the Big Finish audios like Evelyn Smythe through to Molly OSullivan, plus a few more obscure companions who appeared in the various incarnations of the Doctor Who comic strips.
In writing this book decisions needed to be made. Its an age-old argument among Doctor Who fans what makes a companion? Who counts? Is Astrid a companion? What about Grace?
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Sara Kingdom? For the purpose of this book weve decided to follow the intent of the production team. For instance; Grace Holloway from the Television Movie is not regarded as a companion because the intent was that shed become the Doctors companion had a series been picked up on the success of the Television Movie. No such series materialised, however, and so Grace becomes another in a long list of people the Doctor has met who were almost 6.
But someone like Katarina, although having much less screen time than Sara Kingdom, is regarded as a companion because she was created to be so yes, even Kamelion, who only appeared in two adventures introduced in one, and written out in the other , since he was intended to be a companion. Its inevitable, however, that some will disagree with our selection process, and thats OK.
Every fan has their own standard upon which they choose their canon companions, and youre more than welcome to disagree. We follow the series Doctor by Doctor, each with two chapters. The first is the ongoing narrative of the television series, thus all information can be considered official, while the second chapter will look at the Expanded Universe a term lifted, with some resistance, from Star Wars fans of the novels, comics and audios, exploring the companions never seen on television, while looking into some of the more interesting information revealed about the television companions in adventures never screened.
Often the material contained in the Expanded Universe is contradictory, even more so than on television, but it is not the job of this book to fit everything together into one whole Lance Parkins excellent Ahistory does that , but rather to collect together the more interesting points. So, read on, and meet the Doctors granddaughter, Susan, and begin your fifty year journey of Doctor Who as seen through the eyes of the companions, your guides on a fantastic adventure through space and time. Sad and lonely in ways he has never been before, the Doctor has lost touch with his emotions; along with the reason why he travels.
He is in need of a new companion, someone who can remind him of what he used to be. Enter Rose Tyler Much like Ace she develops a deep love for the Doctor, she is from a London council estate and her back-story is almost as important as the Doctors, driving much of the ongoing narrative of the series. In the pitch document, partly printed in the Series One Companion Doctor Who Magazine Special , we are told that she loves [the Doctor], and he loves her. Simple as that. Not a kissy-kissy kind of love, this is deeper. Rose actually meets the Doctor earlier than she knew.
In The 8. She confuses him for a drunken party goer and tells him the year. He tells her that it will be a fantastic year knowing full well that in March they are due to meet for the first time. When we first meet Rose in the eponymous episode, she is working as a sales assistant in a department store called Henriks, living at home with her mother and dating Mickey Smith although judging by the dismissive way she is with him, it does comes across as if she is merely making do, waiting for something better to come along.
Upon finding the mannequins in the basement of Henriks coming to life, Rose thinks she has become the victim of a student prank, until they start attacking her at which point a hand reaches out and grabs hold of hers. She is immediately running with the Doctor, barely having a chance to find out who this mysterious man is before he blows up her place of work.
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Rose resigns herself to losing her job very quickly and ends up loafing around home with nothing better to do. Even Mickeys enthusiasm over a football match fails to excite her, until the Doctor appears at her house, having followed an Auton arm there. She drags him into the flat, wanting to know more about the night before, but his answers only confuse her more. They are both attacked by the Auton arm, and she follows him out of the flat.
The Doctor is impressed by her curiosity, and the ease with which she handles his answers, but he still remains distant from her. She, however, cannot get him out of her head and tries to find out more about him on the internet. This leads her to a man called Clive who collects stories about the Doctor.
She becomes totally distracted and doesnt notice that Mickey is very clearly a plastic replica. The Doctor reappears and, amidst the chaos, removes the Auton-Mickeys head. Rose manages to activate the fire alarm, thus evacuating the restaurant safely.
She realises that Clive is right; the Doctor is clearly a dangerous man, yet still she 9. Despite her shock, she is still concerned that Mickey may now be dead. She is annoyed that the Doctor doesnt seem to care about this. The Doctor confronts the Nestene Consciousness, and it is Rose who actually saves the day.
He then offers her the chance to travel with him, but she refuses, feeling obligated to look after Mickey, who is now a gibbering mess after his Auton encounter. The Doctor says goodbye, and Rose is left alone with Mickey, clearly already regretting her decision. However, when the TARDIS returns seconds later, and the Doctor mentions it travels in time, Rose barely hesitates and runs inside, no longer giving Mickey a second thought.
She appears to take the plethora of alien dignitaries in her stride, at least initially, but she is quite obviously overwhelmed at the same time. While the Doctor goes off with the sentient tree, Jabe, Rose takes a bit of time out on her own to acclimatise. Her attraction to the Doctor is obvious in this story there is a hint of jealousy when the Doctor goes off with Jabe a sign of things to come. Rose can be quite scatty, making very bitchy and sarcastic comments when she feels she is under attack a good example can be seen during her encounter with Cassandra, the so-called last human.
She also encounters, in this story, someone who would go on to become very important to her: the Face of Boe see the entry for Jack Harkness page At the end of this first journey she is saddened to learn that no-one noticed the end of her planet because of the machinations of Cassandra. To cheer her up the Doctor returns to her own time to demonstrate the nature of time travel.
With billions of years of life left on Earth they go and get some chips; something Rose later refers to as their first date. After taking her to the future, the Doctor promises her a trip to the past. Naturally the Doctor gets the time and place wrong, but Rose doesnt care. She is simply amazed that it is Christmas Upon stepping out of the TARDIS in The Unquiet Dead, after taking great pleasure in changing into nineteenth century dress, she carefully places her foot into the snow, amazed by the idea of travelling into the past.
With her usual bravery she chases after Sneed and Gwyneth, who appear to be stealing a dead body from the Palace Theatre, but Sneed is really an undertaker and the body has been reanimated by a Gelth, a gaseous life form. For her troubles she is chloroformed and shoved into the hearse, only to later awake in the undertakers being menaced by a zombie, another Gelth reanimated corpse.
Although clearly in fear for her life, she responds with sarcasm and gusto. She meets Charles Dickens, who is now assisting the Doctor, but barely acknowledges him although she is aware of him, she is clearly not a fan and is unfamiliar with his works. She bonds quickly with Gwyneth although, much like Ace in The Curse of Fenric, she displays quite a degree of social ignorance when talking about boys Gwyneth thinks Rose talks like a wild thing, a remark that Rose is clearly insulted by initially.
Rose brings Gwyneth out of her shell a little, but Gwyneths psychic abilities enhanced by the Time Rift that runs through the heart of Cardiff enable her to see into Roses mind and she gets more than she bargained for, including the knowledge that Rose considers her stupid. Her own sense of morality comes into play later when the Doctor suggests that allowing the Gelth to use dead bodies to save them just might work.
Rose tells him that this is wrong, until he confronts her with the analogy of a donor card, Its a different morality, the Doctor responds. Despite this Rose insists that Gwyneth should not be used to mediate with the Gelth. As they are surrounded by the animated corpses Rose and the Doctor make their peace. Rose tells him that she is so glad she met him, and he returns the sentiment.
This amazes her to think she has experienced so much in only twelve hours but upon returning to the flat she is met by a stunned Jackie her mother , who bursts into tears. Rose doesnt understand such a reaction; it is as though she hasnt stopped out before. Then the Doctor enters the flat and explains that it hasnt been twelve hours, rather twelve months. It is now March ! Rose has been gone a whole year. In the intervening months Mickey has been accused of murdering Rose, and is now something of a pariah on the Powell Estate.
The police arrive to question both the Doctor and Rose, who can only explain that they have been travelling together. Everyone suspects a sexual relationship, but this idea clearly embarrasses Rose, but not as much as Jackie who slaps the Doctor. Later when she finds out that the Doctor is nine-hundred years old, Rose comments that her mother is right; it is quite an age gap.
It is now becoming clear that the Doctor is also falling for Rose her passion and enthusiasm reminds him of the man he used to be. Unfortunately such a connection has a price, one that becomes more evident as time progresses. Considering that Mickey waited a whole year for her, Rose is incredibly dismissive of him. She is much more concerned that the Doctor might have left her even though he gave her a TARDIS key to prove that he will return than the fact that Mickey has learned all about the Doctor in the intervening year.
Mickey calls the Doctor Roses new boyfriend, but Rose says the Doctor is more than that he is much more important. In a quiet moment in the TARDIS, while the Doctor observes the news of the supposed first alien contact, Rose admits that she did miss Mickey, and although Mickey buys it, it is clear she is lying. She doesnt much care for Mickey being involved when he is He is definitely not welcome in Roses new world. Despite this, Roses concern for others is on display when she reaches Downing Street and sees how upset Harriet Jones, MP for Flydale North yes, you know who she is , is over witnessing a Slitheen kill and skin a man.
After Rose suggests blowing up Downing Street to stop the Slitheen, Harriet points out that she is a very violent young woman, but Rose doesnt care, she has faith that the Doctor will do whatever is necessary to save them all; even if it means sacrificing them in the process. Jackie implores the Doctor to consider Rose, but Rose is adamant that her life is unimportant. Rose denies it, but is soon packing her bags to continue her travels.
Once again she leaves Jackie and Mickey to worry they both know now how dangerous life with the Doctor can be. In the next story, Dalek, we see a blatant example of how fickle a girl Rose really is. In this, she meets a young genius, Adam Mitchell, working in Henry van Stattens underground base in Utah, six years in her future.